17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2009
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle labeled "Imperial Series Double Bock" 9.5%. Pours a very clear but darker glowing copper color with a fine fizzy beige head that fades quickly. Very sweet roasty aroma, raisins and toffee, slight grassy. Very sweet without any of the dark roasty qualities I want in a doppelbock. Sugary smooth body that is dull in the mouth with soft very large carbonation. Very hot, too much alcohol, quite boozy without any indication of cohesion. Syrupy feeling left in the mouth. Not much in the way of smoky, chocolate or coffee flavors. Maybe a bit of chocolate is buried under the hard alcohol. Hard to swallow. The initial flavor isn’t too bad, however, the aftertaste makes one gag. Holy hell that medicinal finish/aftertaste is horrid. Another reason why craft beer should be produced by craft breweries.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish amber color with a creamy tan head. Mild aroma of toffee and coffee. Roasted oaky flavor with a hints of passion fruit, toffee and a real light trace of chocolate. Medium malty body with a slightly dry finish.
cheap (5224) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2009
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Nice thin creamy head. Friendly yeasty aroma. Strong bock initial flavors. Alky is certainly apparent. Decent carbonation. Color is orange red brown. Medicinal coarse alky laced finish.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle purchased from Frugal MacDoogal’s in Nashville. Poured a deep amber color with a one finger tan head. The aroma was caramel malt, roasted malt and nuts. The flavor was sweet, with a light earthy hop finish. This was an average beer.
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 (6773) - 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 (5565) - 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 (2336) - Ouray, Colorado, 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.