Mechtly (1) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have only found this beer on draft. Superb aroma, nice caramel color, and a slight bready adn outstanding tasty flavor from first sip to after the last sip. Have 1 or several and feel the flavor burst.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught - BrickStore Pub - Decatur.
A dead ringer for an IIPA. Not what I would expect from a doppelbock. Hoppy, citrusy, resiny, substantial, with a great malt backbone. This one is what would happen if an IIPA had kids with a a great tippel...
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew was amazingly drinkable despite it’s fat malt kankle legs. True to SN style there was a defined hop profile yet still mild. It reminded me of a baby bigfoot. Excellent stuff and well made.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft at Taco Mac, Crabapple location. nice deep golden color with a very thin white head. the aroma is a bit faint... some sweet malts and hops. excellent on the palate... very soft body with apricot, peach and caramel on the tip and a good punch of bitterness on the back. really soft on the sides... I really could drink this all night. So smooth. Nice bitter finish... definitely a "healthy dose of hops." I thought I was drinking a IIPA there for a minute... didn’t really feel like other doppelbocks I’ve had in the past.
alassio (86) - 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.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this is better than the ratings indicate, and the ratings would have been better if it had not been called a double bock. It’s more of a double Sierra Pale ... Strong, malty, hoppy, good body, great bitter finish. But it has nothing in common with a double bock except alcohol.
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Hops in Humboldt in Fortuna, CA this came a deep dark yellow with a decent white head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose of citrus hops and caramel malts, Mouthfeel is rich. Strong hops in the flavor. You can taste the alcohol in the dry bitter finish. I like this a lot and hope it hits the stores in bottles.
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had some on draft at the Pony Bar in NYC. Good beer this. Pours a copper-red with a fine white head. Nice malty aroma with earthy notes. Flavor is crisp with notes of caramel and a nice malt backbone. Finishes clean and slightly warming from the ABV.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Taco Mac. Pours a very clear copper with brown/amber/orange highlights and a very thin off-white head (awfully light in color for a doppelbock). The aroma is malty and bready - not particularly strong. The flavor is quite crisp and refreshing. The beer certainly starts malty and bready with some residual sweetness (not much for a doppelbock). The roasty notes mentioned in the commercial description are pretty much absent (is this the right beer?). At mid-palate - the hops hit. They are pretty serious: very firm bitterness with a slightly citrus touch. The light residual sweetness and light citrus note of the hops give subtle impressions of orange candy on the back of the tongue. Aftertaste is fairly balanced - malty, but also surprisingly hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a crisp bite of carbonation, but not spritzy. Overall - I liked this beer a lot, but I really fear that the server screwed up entering my order. This doesn’t look or taste like a doppelbock. The commercial description does mention the "Sierra Nevada fashion" of using a lot of hops though. And, aside from the description’s mention of roasty flavors, it tastes a lot like the description says... So here’s to hoping that this rating is in the right bucket. (I was hoping to read other reviews to see if others had a similar experience or if I really was sent the wrong beer, but I see a message that instead reads "No ratings yet, use the form to the right and be the first!" - someone else entered the beer w/out rating it...)
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap- poured a clear brown hue with a thin white head that had someretention.Sweet caramel aroma with a hint of warming alcohol. Flavor ssemed to showcase the alcholic content of this brew as well as brown sugar and caramel notes. Finish was smooth.