bleeng (1554) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Papago/Scottsdale. Sweet and a bit hoppy Some bitterness. Full body, very alcoholic. Thick and chewy. Nice beer.
Sregnar35 (1004) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mahars. I gave this a lower rating only because it doesn’t fit the mold of a bock, It’s good and hoppy, really nice IPA, but it’s supposed to be a bock.
alassio (76) - USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Malt House in Madison, and very well cared for. Has a slightly amber tinge to the blonde doppelbock beauty. At 9.5% the syrupy malt richness helps buffer the potency, but it is the big hop kick that makes this really dynamic. The heavy juicyness of the rich, clean, well-powered malt go head to head with the nice, big hops, and herbal, licorice, sugarplum things start dancing around as they battle it out.
rocbyter (1921) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Delaney’s in New Haven. Malty aroma with some hops mixed in. Clear orange color with a small white head. Hoppy flavor with sweet malt finish, Creamy in the end.
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 ounce sample at the Graduate in Davis, CA. I double checked the tap handle, and this is the beer. I contend that this beer is a heller bock and NOT a doppelbock. Metallic, lightly spiced aroma with some mild buttery, diacetyl notes. Kind of sweet. Dark golden/light copper transparent body with a fair off-yellow head. Much too light to be a doppelbock. Sweet, sugary, oily body wit start. Some light esters are present in the middle. A little herbal, metallic, spicy with a piney C-hop finish. Seems pretty typical of Sierra Nevada.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a clear golden color with a small off white. Nice layered lacing. Aroma and flavor was mostly bitter hops. Maybe with a little more time the malt will come around. Medium body. At this point, I wouldn’t call this beer a Doppelbock. Still, worth a try if it shows up at your local beer bar.
Drake (9939) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on draft at Tyler’s Taproom in Durham. Lighter color than expected. Golden amber with nearly no head. Aroma is roasted malts and spicy hops. Resiny hops in the taste with wheat and banana notes. Full bodied.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft, at Blind Tiger (NYC) 8/30/08. I showed up at the Blind Tiger a few days after a Sierra Nevada event, and was happy to find that a few rarities were still on tap. Pours amber, with a slightly ruby hue, capped with a moderate sized off-white head. Big malty aroma, with bready notes, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is a bit too sweet, with caramel malt, dark fruit, alcohol, and mild hops. Syrupy mouthfeel.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark clear amber pour with a thin head. Bready aroma. Loads of caramel malts and slightly yeasty. Notable hints of pepper. Bitter alcoholic finish.
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is very bitter and boozy. A jazz fusion beer - done to impress the fellow craftsmen out there, but not a tune you come away whistling.