DocLock (9348) - 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.
arminjewell (9210) - 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.
slowrunner77 (9202) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
i had fundamnetal questions about this beer, one being why. why brew an imperial double bock? their seasonal release double bock, which costs less for a six-pack than this one does for 4, is a solid brew. Iíd have been surprised if this imperial version was as good, let alone better, for the extra $$$, but...i tried it anyway. looks nice. deep mahagony brown, some light head. aroma is weak when the beer is chilled, but warms up nicely. sweet malt bready dominance in the nose. the body is fairly full, as was the regular release, but this one borders on sticky sweet. overkill? maybe. for a while as it warms, though, the alcohol lends a nice warming finish. this becomes cloying too, though. by the time it reaches close to room temperature, itís a little much too. overall this was a pretty good oversweet beer thatís not quite as good as itís cheaper cousin"
BVery (9189) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Somewhat opaque brown orange pour with a minimal head. Terrific aroma of caramel malt and bread. Smooth palate. Taste is also caramel malt. Alcohol is very well hidden. Excellent brew.
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle as a trade extra from dstructo- thanks again! Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, figs, caramel malts, brown sugar, cereal grains, cardboard, and chocolate malts. Flavor of chocolate and caramel malts, prunes, raisins, alcohol, cardboard, and honey. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation and a fruity mouthfeel. Dry finish. Something was a bit oxidized in this one, and I think I would have liked it more if not.
3fourths (8980) - 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 (8957) - 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.
DuffMan (8915) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear copper penny colour, light tan head. Aroma is caramel malts with fruity and boozy notes threatening domination. Sweet malty palate, but not enough bread or toast to make me happy, itís mostly fruity caramel that just isnít all that yummy. Warm finish.
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours copper, mahogany/beige.
Aroma and flavor of caramel and light chocolate, lightly sweet with some dark sugar, roasted malts and a medium caramel finish.
alexsdad06 (8230) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from notes ( I had all 3 as soon as they got off the truck at Jungle Jimís upon original release). Pours a clear deep amber color with a small fizzy disappearing head. The aroma is sweet malts with some dark fruity notes. The flavor is heavy on malts, caramel, dark fruits. Medium bodied, a little on the syrupy side. Decent.