Ughsmash (7159) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
BVery (6626) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Rock Bottom Chicago. Brown amber pour, small head. Nose of caramel and prune. Taste is similar. Very good!
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JaBier (4964) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[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.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 that’s too tight of a fit, and then leaves the most blanketing lace I’ve 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 I’m dumbstruck with how impressive this doppelbock is.