StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent mahogany brass in color with a fizzing head popping excessively at the top. The aroma captures so much goodness. Milk chocolate talc and creamy toffee ribbons course through the nose. Sandalwood and cocoa powder dusting milky hazelnut candies keeps it coming. Flavor produces a bountiful amount of carbonation, followed by cocoa, dates and disintegrating cocoa nibs. Chalky toffee blankets the tongue while gooey tollhouse cookie batter imparts a devilish creaminess. A hint of oxidized dates meander around peanut brittle. Fuzzy, active mouthfeel is overcome slightly by the over-carbonated body. After the carbonation dies down, it sings a much more delightful story. The caramel cream and cocoa talc drive it home for an altogether pleasant post game.
ccex (1199) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a moderate tand head + decent lacing. Aroma is that of a malt bomb: bread, caramel, dark fruits and perhaps a bit of chocolate, but nothing roasty/toasty despite the color. Taste is sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is well hidden for 10+%. Body is medium to full without too much carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky. A very good American dopplebock which serves its purpose as liquid bread
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Single bottle, 99 cents at Binny’s (!) July 2010. Got too many cellarable doppelbocks staring at me when I want something for the holiday weekend, so this one seems ready for sacrifice. Pours nearly black, slight brown highlights where possible. Thin tan head that fizzes for a while, then settles to a small parfait layer. Deep malty nose with a bit of grain, but otherwise mellowed out with age. Taste is a nice thick malt bomb. No roast to it, with alcohol in the form of, perhaps, Kahlua. Chocolate-covered cherries. Bananas Foster. All sorts of good things, mostly fruity esters, go into this malt. Then there’s a slight roastiness to the follow, but less than you’d expect from this black brew.
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very thick and potent dopplebock, for stout drinkers. If celebrator were a doppelbock it would be this.
arkurzynski (2268) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at WI Microbrewer’s Fest. Deep amber brown in color. Good malty nose, some dark fruit. Clean malty profile with some roasted characteristics. Finally what I’ve been looking for from Sand Creek.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big caramel aroma and taste. Some dark fruit and a little bit of smoke. ABV is subdued, but evident. Not too sweet. Put together really well, and quite enjoyable.
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
meaty, some sweetness, very clean .. shows a touch of heat .. coffee whiffs and some chocolate .. . smooth down the throat .. . enjoyable.. . Well, that’s because you’re an idiot.
Ungstrup (34643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A deep red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and fruit, leading to a dry finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.
travita (4861) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is malts, sweet, caramel, and not that great. The look is clear, has a beige colored head. The taste is malts, sweet, caramel, and chocolate.
thirdeye11 (6071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
( 12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours clear brown with nice bubbles. Nose of graham crackers, alcohol and sweet chocolate. Taste is chocolate, sweet malts, nice balance and no off flavors. Great finish and linger as well.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. pours a deep amber with a beige head that laces the glass. when swirled you can see the legs holding onto the side of the glass. aroma was caramel, dark fruits, alcohol, a touch of cinnamon bread. flavor was caramel, grains, alcohol, and cinnamon. body was light with medium carbonation.