Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hearty caramel. fruitbread and alcohol aromas. Cherrywood varnish appearance, and that is appropriate. Extreme sweetness, would be puckering if not so strong, which is its own issue. Syrupy, sludgey body, falls between the standard German doppels and their frozen counterparts.
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another good beer in the Imperial Series. It's definitely a malt bomb; does for malt what a DIPA does for hops. A tad too malty for me, I'll go for a Paulaner Salvator if I want a Double Bock.
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superspak (4678) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/3/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pear, apple, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pear, apple, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, pear, apple, biscuit, nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a excellent doppelbock! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of malt and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Boutip (5910) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of heavy residual sugar with loads of caramel malt is sweeter than expected. Taste is also dominated by too much residual sugar with loads of caramelized malt without much else in terms of characteristics. Body is quite full with light carbonation. A bit too sweet an done-dimensional for my taste.
novice101 (308) - - NOV 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a huge fan of this beer, it was fairly flat and it was a murky brown with little to no head, smells great and taste a little bit like bourbon and vanilla.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Molasses and dark brown bread barley malt aroma. Deep amber with a moderate beige head. Sweet molasses, brown bread, raisin, and toasty bitter flavor. Full creamy body, moderate carbonation. Alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.
Luvystypotables (1653) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong aroma of sweet malt, dark amber colour not much of a head. A complex taste of malt, smoke, band aids, sweet, a hint of bourbon. Strong malt finish slightly bitter.
mike5326 (1624) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Amber color, not much of a head. Strong malt aroma. Malty alcohol body with a band aide finish.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured out of a bomber into an imperial pint.
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a one finger light tan head. Just ok head retention fading to a light coating over the beer. Just a few splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma has a big hit of raisin plums/prunes, and brown sugar. Some burnt sugar/ dark caramel along with a touch of grass from the hops. Just a tiny bit of metal that detracts a little but not bad altogether.
Huge hit of molassass and dark fruit in the flavor. The metal is, thankfully, not present here at all. Dark bread and fruitcaked along with a good shot of alcohol in the finish providing a pleasant warming at the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy up front but that fades rather quickly leaving just a moderate sweetness on the finish.
Overall, a nice stab at the style from Sam Adams. While this is not my favorite style overall, I do enjoy this beer and might even pick it up again sometime.
AGknights44 (20) - - SEP 15, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hot alcohol taste and bite. Not smooth. Hardly any rich malt character. Dark fruit. Not good representation of style and not enjoyable