SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, #462. Dark mahogany pour with small head and good lacing. Rich malty aroma and flavor. Bit of caramel and some fruity sweetness. Good brew.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, dark brown color with good foam, malty caramel aromas, flavors are nicely balanced caramel and dark fruit, finsih gets a bit flinty at the end but very good overall
bigrond (1443) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I wasn’t overly impressed with this beer. It did have a smooth flavor and a nice warming effect. It’s a nice drink for a cold winter night.
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours light brown with a thin tan head. Smells of molasses, fruit, vegetables. Tastes overly sweet and unbalanced. Not what I was hoping for.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle.. clear mahogany pour , almost no head, no lacing.sweet syrupy aroma .sweet molasses ,brown sugar,caramel ,dates and cherry flavors. very malty,syrupy with a bit of spice. alcohol is hidden but warming. For me ,their regular dopple offering beats this one easily.
notalush (4635) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark ruby, but fails to kick up much of a head - aroma of caramel, raisin, roasted nuts, strong maple syrup character, and a touch of alcohol on the tail end - very smooth and very malty, like any good doppel should be - the alcohol is very well-masked, too - both of these qualities make this one dangerous beer to drink (at 9.5%, it drinks as if it were no more than 7%) - a lot of caramel, raisin, date - light maple and a tiny hint of spicy character - it’s smooth, and has decent flavor, but it fails to stand out and/or deliver the complexity of the finer german examples of the style.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice copper/amber color with almost no head. Aroma is sweet malt, some nuttiness, caramel, maple syrup. This was one gigantic malt bomb. Very sweet on the front end and sweet all the way through. Hid the alcohol well, and not cloying, but it was skating a thin line between tasty and overpowering.
PorterPounder (5199) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour - almost no head whatsoever. Sweet maple syrup aroma. Sweet molasses flavor, some caramel, hint of bubble gum. Alcohol hidden well. Clean, even mouthfeel. Good, but unremarkable. Not outstanding in any on area - put together well - but not deserving of the imperial moniker.
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Poured a clear ruby red in color with a medium off-white head that hung around and provided some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty and sweet with a small amount of nutty roasted malts. Some dark fruits and brown sugar. Flavor is quite malty with lots of dark fruit (big on prune, dates). Alcohol is muted, but present. I really like this one...
jb (2057) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather clean looking with thin head and a orange-reddish hue. Nose is a bit fainter than some but still has some of the usual, caramel, dates, brown sugar. Palate is great, very heavy duty, boozy, tingly, warming. Yes it is a big beer. I was a bit worried at the start. This one really needs to be sipped, enjoyed and made to last due to the alcohol comfort. Points off for a lack of the delicacy and balance of the German ones though.