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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
On tap at the brewpub 12/16/2005: Pours a transparent ruby mahogany with a nicely-lacing, frothy tan head. Sweet earthy caramel aroma has a touch of German yeastiness and bread. Lots of sweet sticky dark caramel maltiness in the body has a hint of corn and earthy noble hoppiness. Fairly authentic, but could be more balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2005
On tap at RB Chicago. Poured a deep brown with a short beige head. Very nice, intricate lacing followed it down. Vinous notes and other dark fruits in the aroma with spicy rye and some toasty dark maltage. Flavor was chock fulla smooth dark fruits, chocolate malt, and some English-style hoppage. Alcohol appeared in the warming finish. Smooth on the palate for the most part, with a little bitterness and alcohol bite on the tip of the tongue and around the edges... became more sharp as this warmed. This was very tasty!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5983) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Tap at Rock Bottom Chicago. Brown amber pour, small head. Nose of caramel and prune. Taste is similar. Very good!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
At the brewpub. Poured with a medium brown body with a frothy, slightly off white head. The aroma was sweet honey with cantalope and banana. The taste was sweet and alcoholic with apples and dry leaves. This has a nice finish and gets a little more dry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Sample at Rock Bottom Chicago. Pours a clear reddish brown with a medium tan head. Malty aroma with caramel, nuts and a hint of cinnamon. Caramel malt flavor that is slightly nutty with a bit of a harsh boozy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2009 Draft at rb Chicago, pours reddish brown with off white creamy head. Nose is toffee, prunes, and cookie. Flavors of dark fruit, cookie, brown sugar, with a stiff toffee and dried dark fruit finish. Med body with sturdy alc presence. A nice warming brew!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Draft at Rockfest. Pours a caramel colored red/brown. Nose is Munich malts, sweet fruits and biscuit. On taste, light bready notes and a sweetness comes through. Some more dark fruits as well. Decent.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
RB Chicago. Pours to a nice clean brown body with a creamy beige head. The aroma is hoppy (English?) with some rye and strawberry. The flavor is hoppy and yeasty. Very delicious and hard to describe. Light strawberry. Leafy. The palate is rich and creamy. I think this beer is a phenominal example.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2432) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2010
[Tap] Sampled in mid-December. Poured a rather clear light brown color. Sweet and malty aroma included some brown sugar and nutmeg. Taste is of sweet and roasted malts, cinnamon, nuts, fig and some alcohol. Solid palate and relatively low carbonation. This beer had more flavor and complexity compared to the other brews I sampled.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Chicago. Looks like I get to put this one on the map with the 10th rating. Deep, translucent, chestnut brown in color with a creamy tan head that pulls like marshmallows descending into a tube thatís too tight of a fit, and then leaves the most blanketing lace Iíve ever seen for a doppelbock. Cleanly, yet traditional, aroma ensues with chestnuts, pecan shavings, copper, mild sugarless milk chocolate cocoa powder and smooth cedar nodes. Milky, full-bodied delight the moment it graces the palate. Modest milk chocolate teams with chocolate covered pecans to impart a flavor of beauty. Sweet caramel-laden Rolos have been smeared and are now melting all over cedar sauna panels. All the while, it plays a tune of a chestnut and hazelnut backdrop. Whole-mouth Spanish inquisition. Perfectly balanced - in fact, if palate could be a 6, this would be a 10. Hazelnut sheafs and chocolatey toffee bring things to a close as Iím dumbstruck with how impressive this doppelbock is.


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