daknole (10242) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just realized I forgot to rate this after looking at some of my old notes from last month. Brown pour with a smallish than head. Aroma is full of malt, caramel and some fruit. Flavor is very nice. I got some caramel, light milk chocoalte tones, some vanilla, and a very light touch of hops. Of the imperial series, this is the ONLY one worth drinking.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear, deep copper lager with a small, creamy, off-white cap. Great retention. Vinous, malty aroma of tawny port, caramel, date and a suggestion of prune. Full-bodied and thick with soft carbonation. Sweet port and caramel with just a touch of prune. Sticky, sweet finish.
adnielsen (10037) - 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 (9713) - 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.
mcberko (9214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at tasting, pours a cloudy orangey amber with a big beige head. Aroma of fudge upfront, caramel malts, toffee and candied fruits. Flavour of fudge, chocolate malt, toasted bread, caramel and dark fruits. Quite a thick palate with rich flavours. Very nice.
shrubber85 (8836) - 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.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown/red pour, with off white head. Aroma is some smoke, raisin and fig, touch of chocolate. Taste is some thin dark fruit, chocolate, touch of smoke, roasted finish. Not bad, but not near as complex or tasty as most dopplebocks.
3fourths (8554) - 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.
DocLock (8500) - 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.
MartinT (8492) - 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.