kramer (5228) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby amber body with a one finger frothy off-white head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is nicely smoky with a campfire quality to it. A slightly heavy sweet malt base below. The flavor is a little more focused on the ’Bock’ qualities than the smoke. Sweet and richly malty with lots of caramel notes. The smoke comes out more towards the finish. I wish the smoke were a bit more aggressive and up-front. Medium bodied, rather smooth and almost chewy with soft minimal carbonation. This one is pretty decent. Not among my favorite for the style, but not a bad effort.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samuel Adams Cinder Bock is a very clear, dense, copper beer with a soft, fluffy, yellowed foam that has great staying power. It’s mostly smoke in the aroma, but a tart malt is detected as well. It smells a touch sweet. It’s very full bodied and smooth with a creamy, chewy finish. The flavor is much like the the aroma: smoke and tart malt. There’s a slightly sweet, herbal flavor that’s somewhere between cola and a cough drop. Smoke is the dominant flavor here. When combined with the malt, it comes off as umami. There’s a sort of salmiakki aftertaste. This is reasonably bold and complex. It’s a sipping beer with a lot of character. There are subtleties to it, but the overall flavor is quite bold.
Belgian22 (17) - Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
After spotting this while up in Maine for the weekend, I grabbed one. When I looked it up, the first review gave me a laugh, so I’m still chuckling over the aroma of ’beggin’ strips.’
That said, yes, I can see where that may be slightly possible, but for me this is much more reminiscent of my standby doppel from Ayinger. Sure it’s even sweeter and not quite as balanced, but for who it’s made by I have to say this isn’t bad.
Firm, somewhat lively carbonation, heavier mouthfeel, plenty of dough and malt all day. I think the nose and color are the strongest qualities here.
Overall, not too subtle, but absolutely worth a go, especially at $6 for 22oz.
flywatt (24) - East Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2013 This could be the weirdest rating ever..... But my brother and I both agree that the aroma was consistent with Beggin Strips dog treats. That being said, I always wondered what that delicious meat candy taste like. Now, I got the feeling I know.
mbgrayson (577) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber, with a whitish tan head. Aroma is malty with sweet notes of caramel. Taste is rich and complex, with lots of malty sweetness. Smooth and quite drinkable. I really like this one. Thumbs way up!
adeishaqra (40) - - MAR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic bock. Very Smokey flavor that lingers on the palate. You taste the smoked ham(win!) Finishes with a subtle hoppyness. Aroma is well balanced with a strong Smokey character. You’re definitely at a barbecue with this one.
pagvan229 (7) - panama city beach, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel, chocolate, toast, sweet and smoky,bold rich flavors, alcohol at 9.4% which leave you feeling well after one.
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. Aroma of faintly sweet, toasty dark caramel malts, some light woody smoke and earthiness, with tinges of herbal hop, almond and background cherry fruitiness. Hazy, deep, dark amber color, with a fine, creamy, lasting ivory head and some very impressive lacing, quite impressive in the glass overall. Flavor profile shows plenty of rich, bready, toasty caramel malt throughout, blending with the fairly tame level of smokiness and some light-moderate hop bitterness, finishing a bit drier and fruitier, with more of that lingering cherry tone underneath. Very smooth and full on the palate with a substantial body. Alcohol is nary a factor, other than towards the end of the bottle when it begins to take effect. I would have preferred a tad more smoke, personally, but this is still a very nice Doppelbock.
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a muddy burnt orange, with a finger of quickly dissipating white corn head. Quite a bit of lacing is still left. Smell is of dark fruits, peaty malts, and grassy wheat. Taste starts sweet with sugary malts and darker fruits (almost like salted prune), then segues into peppery, peaty malts, and earthy yeast. The taste finishes with a slightly medicinal black-cherry. Palate is quite hearty and chewy.
Handypaul (284) - - FEB 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is caramel and molasses. Pours cloudy reddish brown with a thin light brown head. Taste is richly sweet, honey and molasses that lingers in the mouth. A medium body, that is a bit thick, almost sticky with sweetness with an average carbonation, and a long finish. A good beer for a cold winter night.