Hcgiii (30) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From first sip, taste buds wait for alcohol taste to hit. That feeling lasts through sip, but above-average beer taste follows.
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dsilvashy (24) - - JUL 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, what a pretty looking beer. Not much of a head, but a nice maple color. For lack of a better word, it had a woody taste. Smooth finish, and definitely a beer I would have again
Mario61Aler (21) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was of carmel and coffee with a roasted quality that lingers in the nose.
The color was a dark brown that was clear with very little head but excellent lacing
Taste was med sweet, with light bitter tones, hardly bitter at all.
The body was medium, mildly creamy, medium carbonation that had a long finish.
Overall I liked this, not as in your face as some dopple bocks as Iíve had but very drinkable. Iíll buy this one again. I had this with a veggie ravioli with a butter garlic, cashew sauce, and a chicken ragu. This paiored wonderfully with a meal. Might be under powered for some but a good selection none the less.
mbalmer (16) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Aroma of bread and alcohol dominates; very difficult to sense much else. Appearance is a dark chocolate brown, with little lacing and a small (one-finger) head. Taste is primarily alcohol (it starts rather astringently) and -then- the malty, bready goodness I look for in a doppelbock, a little unexpected and while not unpleasant, not what I was hoping for. Other flavors that come through very, very late are small amounts of toastiness, a little caramel, and a little chocolate. Moderately heavy on the palate, has a good weightiness to it that I like but the alcohol seems to erode that a bit. Overall, not the worst Iíve had from Sam Adams, but far from the best. Itís just a little too high on the ABV scale, and the other flavors I would expect in a doppelbock just donít seem to come through like Iíd like.
dpmeersman (13) - Rochdale, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Changing this offering from one of their seasonal to their new Imperial label has been more than just a re-hash of an old brew. Strong caramel and fruity nose, rapidly thinning head will leave a nice lace eventually after joyfully lingering over this complex brew. Increase in ABV is readily noticeable.
buckeyebeerman (11) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours a redish brown with not much head at all. aromas of bread molasses and alcohol. A little sweet taste and after taste. Hard to describe
AGknights44 (11) - - SEP 15, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hot alcohol taste and bite. Not smooth. Hardly any rich malt character. Dark fruit. Not good representation of style and not enjoyable
hockeyhoser81 (3) - Exeter, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To begin, Iím a lover of ales, hoppy IPAís and spicy wits. That said. This is probably one of the best bottles of beer Iíve ever sat down and enjoyed. Dark, creamy, malty, sweet, fruity, rich, the healthy ABV sneaks up and reminds you its a winter warmer not a tailgater, but soooo smooth for a serious winter beer. Made me want to go out and buy a Heath bar. So rich and decadent, thereís a good reason its sold in 4 packs
barefooter64 (2) - USA - JAN 25, 2012 does not count
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is metallic. not pleasing to me. orange brown with some red tint. Not as dark as I would expect. Lots of fine carbonation. Nicely balanced flavors. substantial feel in the mouth, somewhat thick.