adnielsen (9533) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Dark red/brown appearance with fairly small tan head. Very sweet dark malty Bock aroma with a slight hint of anise. Quite sweet amber/brown malty Bock flavor, again with a licorice flavor. Very sweet finish. Too sweet for my palate.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and clear copperish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, earthy, nutty, caramel, burnt, and lighter coffee. Tastes of caramel, toasty, nutty, and some coffee. Heavier alcohol burn in the finish. On the sweeter side.
Drake (9251) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks! Pours a reddish copper color with a thin head. Poor head retention and fair lacing. Very malty aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, fruit and hops. Taste is EXTREMELY malty... tons of toffee, brown sugar and dark fruits. Full bodied and quite sticky in texture.
jtclockwork (9066) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber. Off white head. Nose of caramel malt, candi sugar, grain, malted barley and alcohol. Taste is same. Smooth.
3fourths (8291) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2009
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Clear tawny copper colored body. Filtered. Nose is just consumed by this bubble-gum saccharine and overly sweet caramel malt. Simple nose. Thick, viscous and frothy, for sure, but flavor is consumed by this saccharine caramel and toffee malt, far too sweet, moderately astringent. Bad stuff all around. Terrible execution.
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Luscious caramel benefits from raisiny fruitiness in this sweeter-than-usual Doppelbock, ending in a light leafy hop showing.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear burgundy.
-Alcohol presence is mostly submerged in the supple dextrins.
-These dextrins are also a tad smoky and roasty. But caramel is dominant throughout.
-This is a very good sipper, even if it is not necessarily an authentic example of style.
DocLock (8089) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Take the SA regular DB, add more malt, and this stuff looks great and smells great, but the body and flavor are just tto cloyingly sweet and sticky and rich and a bit muddled. This one starts at a 3.8 or so, but ends a 2.7 or so, as it gets stickier and more cloying as it warms. Not bad per se, but muddled and a miss for me.
shrubber85 (8080) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Raisin malt and alcohol aroma. Hazy orange-brown color with moderate head. Sweet raisin-orange bready malt and bitter herbal hops flavor. Strong alcohol finish. Very good - way better than their last effort.
gnoff (8005) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle at The Rover, on July 21, 2012
Cloudy copper to brown color, small tan head. Malty, sweet, fruity, cold, alcohol scent. Alcohol, bitter, sweet, grainy taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from someone at the BA Decadence release tasting line. Pours with a light brown head and a hazy amber body underneath. Aroma is malty with wheat and raisins. Taste is alcohol, caramel and raisins. Watery mouthfeel for the ABV.