aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, sample in a plastic cup. Pours dark amber with a small tan ring of foam. Aromas of light roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of nuts. Flavors of sweet malts up front, caramel, light chocolate, and light hops in the finish. Plate is smooth and medium bodied.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 o bottle - Pours a medium deep red color with a smallish light tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is full of slightly toasted caramel, bit nutty, notes of lime zest, faint milk chocolate, touch of oak. Flavor has chewy malts, toastyness, caramel, raisens, toasted oak. Finish is balanced just on the sweet side. Overall a decent brew. Nothing earthshattering, but good for the style.
JaBier (5928) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Sam Adams tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 3.5.09. Pours clear medium brown with a medium tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a touch of nuts. Malty flavor with some alcohol and not much else going on. Not bad, but pretty boring and kind of a letdown.
ben4321 (5085) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Picked up a 12 oz. bottle at Gilly’s, drank it 3/9/09
Aroma: Malty, smoky, coffee scents
Appearance: Light brown/maroon looking color.
Flavor: Nice malty sweetness dominates the alcohol and hops
Palate: Fully body, long finish
I’m going to totally disagree with anyone who says that the alcohol dominates, I felt that way about the Imperial White, but not this one. I thought the malts were the strongest flavor by far, and I enjoyed this one. I actually thought the smoothness of it was impressive based on the high ABV, and the alcohol taste didn’t ruin it at all, but for me, enhanced it. It’s really a nice beer, probably the best Doppelbock I can remember outside of the Celebrator...
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 12 oz bottle from Freddy. Pours a translucent brown with a fine beige head that has fair retention and some lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with dark fruits, brown sugar, anise and roasted malts. The flavor mirrors the aroma with soft black licorice and brown sugar dominating. The mouthfeel is smooth and light with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering anise. Overall: Very good dopplebock.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle at a tasting a few weeks ago. Pours dark amber with thin beige head. The aroma is brown sugar, alcohol, burning leaves, and roasty notes. The flavor is alcohol, sweet maltiness, some leafy hops, but not enough to balance the sweetness. It finishes with chalky caramel. Meh.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - MAR 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown with light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and a hint of caramel. Flavor is lightly roasted malts with caramel and toffee notes. Very sweet double bock.
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice but overly sweet doppelbock. Aroma was OK. LIght malt and caramel. Pour was a nice dark red with a one finger off white head. Taste was sugary sweet with a hint of caramel in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation with a bisucity aftertaste.
Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber with thin white head. Aroma is slightly wordy with a good bit of caramel. Taste is same with nice biscuity finish, and apparent alcohol upon exhalation. $2.5/12oz
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from Windmill Farms. Pours a copper/amberish color. Aroma is sweet and malty with a good lager aroma. A hint of alcohol is present as well. Full bodied and sweet. Good maltiness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Nice toffee as well. Tasty bock.