KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky medium mahogany with a huge (3-4 finger) light brown thick creamy head that was mostly lasting leaving behind a ton of residue which in turn created some good sticky lacing.
The aroma was very pronounced of a roasted dark bread malt, a resin hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, honey, some dark fruit (raisons and figs I believe) and a strong alcohol odor.
The taste was sweet and malty with a touch of caramel and honey at first the transformed into a sweet bitter mildly sour flavor with a strong dark fruit presence and a not so subtle alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a decent duration with the sweet fruitiness and the alcohol tinge creating a nice flavorful aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was a bold medium in body and a tad syrupy and slightly oily in texture with a moderate carbonation.
Overall a brew with the flavors interacting very well together giving this beer a well rounded sweet fruity warming sensation.
574deadzone (1362) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very cool looking dark reddish-brown with crimson-orange highlights and a decently tall cream-colored head that settles to a thick ring and film, leaving some spotty ropes of lace. Nose involves dark dense crusty bread, apricot jam, brown sugar, smoky meaty-ness, and some wafts of alcohol. Quite sweet, fairly bitter. Thick, full body, very oily and syrupy, still with a fairly active carbonation, finishing long, a bit smoky, and sweet with brown sugar. Good, but maybe just a bit too hefty body wise, which probably has a relation to the 9.5% ABV.
GC1379 (19) - - MAY 24, 2016
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft - Poured a beautiful burgundy with a smooth head that disappeared too quickly. Nice flavor without the Sam Adams dark beer after taste. I could drink this one regularly.
oldrtybastrd (4951) - 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 (76) - - 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 (271) - 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 (3771) - 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 (1308) - 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 (520) - 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 (1236) - 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 (392) - 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!!!