coachd (249) - Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iím 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 wonít be getting this again, perhaps itís the style but to me this is just a watered down Oktoberfest.
eRock_2013 (309) - 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 (499) - - 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 (6549) - 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.
tekstr1der (103) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber pour with thin tan head - doesnít look as appealing as itís about to be... aromas of bread and caramel. Much the same comes across the tongue. A sweet finish makes this just right.
beertholomeus (1063) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a burnt amber color with a khaki head. Malt. toffee, caramel, toast, earthy and some brown sugar aroma. Sweet malt, toffee, toast, alcohol, molasses, raisin, chocolate, earthy and roasted barley flavors. Medium full body and low carbonation, Molasses, toast, caramel and alcohol finish.
AnokaBrewer (71) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown in color. Malty aroma and flavor. Kind of a browned\burnt sugar flavor as it warms. Very little head and very light carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter finish.
Obfuscate (222) - Minneapolis, - FEB 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some Burt campfire, alcohol and licorice smells. Deep mahogany in color. Thick and creamy good malt base itís definitely a big beer. Kind of a malty/bread American strong ale. At 9.5% itís enough alcohol to force you to slow down and sip. Tastes better as it warms. Watching the return of KG on the Timberwolves!
gripweed57 (876) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany brown color. Medium sized rocky beige head. Faint sulphury sweet malt nose. Rich sweet roasted malt flavor has obvious molasses notes. Bold and complex with a huge maltiness. This is much sweeter and more intense than their regular Double Bock. Finishes with hints of licorice and cooked raisins.
GreatDane1632 (677) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rated base on notes taken 11 Feb 2012 -- Drinking again on weekend pass from OTS at Auburn. A good Doppel, but I wish it had a little more body.
Maverick34 (2480) - New York, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled into optimal or mug. Brownish clear pour, caramel and bread scents. Similar taste, a bit too sweet and notable burn but pretty nice effort