17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2009
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle labeled "Imperial Series Double Bock" 9.5%. Pours a very clear but darker glowing copper color with a fine fizzy beige head that fades quickly. Very sweet roasty aroma, raisins and toffee, slight grassy. Very sweet without any of the dark roasty qualities I want in a doppelbock. Sugary smooth body that is dull in the mouth with soft very large carbonation. Very hot, too much alcohol, quite boozy without any indication of cohesion. Syrupy feeling left in the mouth. Not much in the way of smoky, chocolate or coffee flavors. Maybe a bit of chocolate is buried under the hard alcohol. Hard to swallow. The initial flavor isn’t too bad, however, the aftertaste makes one gag. Holy hell that medicinal finish/aftertaste is horrid. Another reason why craft beer should be produced by craft breweries.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle, thanks to 17thfloor. Clear, magony-brown with small, light beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, cola-like, some roast, caramel and some mollases, hairspray. Big mollases, alc, caramel, burnt brown sugar, a lot of sweetness. Medium to full body and creamy. A lot of sweetness with this dirty burnt malt with an almost burnt, spiced wine quality that is similar to glug or possibly a spiced tea.
eaglefan538 (2904) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 4, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from SL. Poured copper brown with a pretty clear body, weak head. The aroma was bubble gum, chocolate, molasses, caramel, light smoke/roast. The flavor was bubblegum initially, chocolate, molasses, some dark fruits (raisins), caramel, finishing with some smoke. Seetness and alcohol were both prominent in this one, too strong for a "lager" of this style. Drinkable, but nothing impressive.
Sledutah (5022) - Utah, USA - JAN 28, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Pours dark copper with a small white head the dissipates very quickly, no lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel, raisen
Taste: Sweet malts, raisins, some hop bitterness. The finish just leaves a sticky sweet taste in my mouth
Wow, what a mess this beer is. Way to sweet, my mouth and lips are sticky sweet with sweet malts and sugar. Glad I didn’t buy a 6-pack. I’m going to get a IPA next to get the sweetness out of my mouth.
gururyan (616) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle pours a dark reddish brown, moderate head, rich aroma. Quite nutty and syrupy, not really enjoying this...well, the ABV is being enjoyed, but nothing else is.
BeerBunker (725) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours mahogany with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. Taste is of Nyquil, fruit, malt, and chocolate. What the hell is wrong with this beer? It tastes like horrid cough syrup and cheap malt. It pours nice and smells nice, but it tastes awful. Ok, after several sips, the horrid Nyquil taste settled. Though it never fully went away. Small notions of malt, chocolate, and caramel. Mouthfeel is extremely light and very gritty. They slapped in a ton of alcohol and slapped on a bigger price tag. Just plain poor.
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
An unimpressive appearance. The beer looks clear brown like any lager bock and pours with a weak head which is boring and settles to no head before the second sip. Heavy caramel malts and sugars in the aroma. Its the same problem with any bock. A candy beer for the kids. Malt, sugar, and caramel. Do you want beer or do you want candy? kidz? A hint of extra alcohol is present in the aroma and the flavor and this doesn’t help to make the beer more attractive. Fortunately, its good for the style. Unfortunately, in the realm of beers, the style... well, you know.
AGknights44 (19) - - 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
DBob5150 (198) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2009
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark amber color with a nice tan head. Carmel aroma with hints of coffee. Taste is crisp with a bit of a medical aftertaste. Overall not bad, definitely a sipping brew, not to be rushed.
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at The Flying Horse, Stockholm, Sweden. Aroma is thick and sweet, almost sticky. Pours a dark amber with a high white foam. Taste is sour and very sweet, no bitterness at all. Mouthfeel is almost sticky, not at all pleasant.