tillmac62 (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark ruby red, almost brown, with a good head and lacing. The nose is dark fruit (plums, raisins), caramel and toffee against a sweet biscuit background. As it warms, prunes are at the forefront. Full medium body with a nice smooth texture that approaches slick. The carbonation level is low normal. The flavor profile is complex and well balanced. It begins with dark fruit, progresses to toffee/caramel and ends with a rich toasty sweetness. The finish is smooth with a nice burst of sweetness and a slight tingle of alcohol at the back of the throat. An outstanding doppelbock.
VitaminD (2) - - FEB 27, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Medium sweetness, full body, creamy, average carbonation. One of my all-time favorite beers. Dopplebocks rule!
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, grain. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness. Good mouthfeel.
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours a very dark brown with a nice off-white head. Aromas of hay and grass. It’s a healthy 7.6% alcohol, but it has a nice smooth flavor with more hop bite than I’d expect based on the aroma. Nice beer.
snigglesnaggle (2) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Characteristic fruitiness, mild vanilla, medium hop bite, mild astringency, thin head. Very well balanced, real nice mouth feel. Classic Doppelbock.
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep drown with a medium off white head. Aroma of sweet malts and caramel. Tatse is malt dominant with a good caramel flavor, finish is well balanced with hops. Great beer, well crafted.
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich, heavy, and not overly powerful. A good doppelbock, despite doppelbock not being my favorite style.
nolsak (9) - - FEB 4, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Optimator is my favorite doppel. It’s rich, medium-heavy, and not overly alcoholic.
TheBLP (7) - Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a big head. Comes out dark, but can almost see through. Aroma is very hoppie (sp?). Very creamy flavor and strong.
tightslice (159) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown with a creamy white head. Big malts and molasses and not much else. Tasty but a little rich for me.