beertholomeus (1437) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a burnt amber color with a khaki head. Malt. toffee, caramel, toast, earthy and some brown sugar aroma. Sweet malt, toffee, toast, alcohol, molasses, raisin, chocolate, earthy and roasted barley flavors. Medium full body and low carbonation, Molasses, toast, caramel and alcohol finish.
AnokaBrewer (149) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown in color. Malty aroma and flavor. Kind of a browned\burnt sugar flavor as it warms. Very little head and very light carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter finish.
Obfuscate (387) - Minneapolis, - FEB 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some Burt campfire, alcohol and licorice smells. Deep mahogany in color. Thick and creamy good malt base it’s definitely a big beer. Kind of a malty/bread American strong ale. At 9.5% it’s enough alcohol to force you to slow down and sip. Tastes better as it warms. Watching the return of KG on the Timberwolves!
gripweed57 (1199) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany brown color. Medium sized rocky beige head. Faint sulphury sweet malt nose. Rich sweet roasted malt flavor has obvious molasses notes. Bold and complex with a huge maltiness. This is much sweeter and more intense than their regular Double Bock. Finishes with hints of licorice and cooked raisins.
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rated base on notes taken 11 Feb 2012 -- Drinking again on weekend pass from OTS at Auburn. A good Doppel, but I wish it had a little more body.
Maverick34 (2784) - New York, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled into optimal or mug. Brownish clear pour, caramel and bread scents. Similar taste, a bit too sweet and notable burn but pretty nice effort
slowrunner77 (8353) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
i had fundamnetal questions about this beer, one being why. why brew an imperial double bock? their seasonal release double bock, which costs less for a six-pack than this one does for 4, is a solid brew. I’d have been surprised if this imperial version was as good, let alone better, for the extra $$$, but...i tried it anyway. looks nice. deep mahagony brown, some light head. aroma is weak when the beer is chilled, but warms up nicely. sweet malt bready dominance in the nose. the body is fairly full, as was the regular release, but this one borders on sticky sweet. overkill? maybe. for a while as it warms, though, the alcohol lends a nice warming finish. this becomes cloying too, though. by the time it reaches close to room temperature, it’s a little much too. overall this was a pretty good oversweet beer that’s not quite as good as it’s cheaper cousin"
Darkmagus82 (2128) - - SEP 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a rather large head of off white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a very nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a sweet caramel smell and is mixed with some lighter aromas of a more chocolate and bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some other sweeter smells of a dark fruit nature with some fig and raisin hitting the nose. A little bit of a molasses as well as some very light hop smells of an herbal nature and a little bit of a boozy rum smell come to the nose, overall producing a nice sweet and warming smell.
Taste – The taste begins big and malty with tons of caramel and some very bready and roasted malt flavors. As the taste advances the darker roasted malt flavors are intensified with a bit more roast and some darker fruits of raisin and fig joining the tongue. The darker fruits also add some more sweetness to the brew and with a molasses flavor that develops later in the taste, ends up sweetening the brews taste ever so slightly sweeter, even with a loss of some of the caramel sweetness. A tiny bit of a boozy rum comes to the tongue at the end, but this is rather light for a bock of 9.5 % abv, leaving a decently roasted, and dark fruity sweetened, malty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the double bock style the feel is right on with it really nicely complimenting the malty and sweeter flavors of the brew and making for a nice slow sipper.
Overall – A big and robust, thick and fruity sweet double bock. If looking for something very sweet and malty then this is a good choice, with it delivering in both sweet and malty with a bit of alcohol and roast balancing it all out. Overall fairly tasty.
Bulk_Carrier (3153) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Purchased from Breeze In, Lemon Creek/Juneau, AK.
Grumbler was poured into a mug and a pilsener. Pretty much the same in both glasses.
The appearance was a semi-dark red to brown color with a decent transparency about it to allow a stringy carbonation to be seen rising. The head was about less than a finger’s worth. The lacing in both glasses was speckled and sliding right on into the beer.
The smell started off with a decent caramel to bready earthy toast. A light dark chocolate came across decently.
The taste was roasty and sweet through all of the previously mentioned flavors.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there and good for the doppelbock style.
Overall, its good for the style for the most part and you know I would have this again, though, it ain’t no Celebrator, this one is still worthy for the most part.
generallee08 (765) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours a beautiful deep amber brown color with a small cap of creamy foam. Inside this big beer there is some slow moving carbonation making its way through the thick body. Its light tan head holds on well and makes a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some nice sweet malty notes of sweet dark bread, roasted barley, caramel, and brown sugar. There is a boozy note as well and hops can be found way off in the background. Like the aroma its flavor sweet and malty but not overly so or to the point of being cloying. The abv comes through and adds some mellow warmth to its overall character. Hop bitterness is low and just light leafy hop spice is noted in the finish. The palate is thick and heavy with just enough carbonation to give it some life.