coachd (477) - Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’m not a huge Sam Adams fan, but thought I would try this one on a whim. Pours a very pretty amber color with tan foam - huge bubbles at the surface. Aroma is malt and a little skunkiness from the hops, but mostly malt. Not a very complex or pleasant scent. The taste is a little better; malty, light and drinkable for 9.5% ABV. I wanted a stronger taste; this is a little weak. Palate is decent, goes down smooth but has a weird metallic aftertaste. I won’t be getting this again, perhaps it’s the style but to me this is just a watered down Oktoberfest.
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice deep golden brown color. Aromas of rich dark malts, chocolate, fruit. Flavor is rich with a lot of flavors light chocolate, dark fruit, smoke, coffee.
BlindGuardianco (66) - - JAN 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid beer, nice palate and aroma, good taste very Malty and interesting, not room bitter or boozie, pretty well balanced. Not as good as celebrator but will repeat anytime.
BlackBeerPG (199) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste, bold, malty, roasted, molasses, complex, alcohol bourbon notes.
Deep Red/Brown color, clear, Full body, nice lattice to lace. Big spice in the finish. 25 IBUs
stevoj (3533) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from On the Fly Gasmart. Clear brown pour with medium foamy beige head. Very sweet malty aroma, tree nuts, wood, peat. Taste increases the sweetness, slick, almost syrupy feel. Slightly woody, bitter finish.
chucklemation (1172) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is lots of caramel malts, booze, and bread. Flavor is sweet caramel, lots of caramel, and some booze. I am very pleased with this one.
scotchzombie (510) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the tap at Hop Yard Raleigh NC. Delicious representation of the style. Great depth of flavor especially when slightly chilled. Bready, warming, malty goodness. If you are a dbock fan, you can't go wrong with this one.
ttoadee (1155) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy metallic amber pour, full and frothy tan head. Nose is malt...yeah, malt. Bittersweet. Middle is toffee, and deep malt sweetness. Finish shows pleasant mild hop bitterness, controlled by malt sweetness. Some of the German ones may be more subtle, but this is a solid Doppelbock.
eRock_2013 (379) - South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, from the 2015 edition bottle, this pours an an absolutely beautiful beer. Perfect dopplebock reddish mahogany color, with vibrant lacing and a soft pillowy head (it just looks worthy of such deScriptive adjectives). Aroma is distinctive in a positive way, features standard rich malty and red fruit notes, but also some grassy noble hoppiness, also a hint of dark chocolate. Flawless so far. At first sip, a little tart but not too much, maltiness isn't as overwhelming as expected. Complex layers follow one another, first malt, then slight noble hops, then a chocolate cocoa finish. Pleasantly surprised at the minimal booziness. Warming indeed, though the palate doesn't betray the high ABV. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, "velvety" as the bottle claims. I am thoroughly impressed. I think this is truly the best dopplebock I have ever had, although the flavor intensity could use a small boost. Nonetheless, an excellent variation of the style, I especially appreciate the hoppiness that seems to be rare in most doppelbocks. Try it!!!
samsmith33 (772) - - APR 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance, Dark reddish brown. Clear copper. No head.
Aroma: wine, Apple,
Taste: sour Apple, but not too sour. Easy drinking. Light grasses, hops, malt.
Good beer. Like a "less festive harpoon winter warmer".
alexsdad06 (8150) - 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 Jim’s 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.