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 (203) - 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.
BVukelich (37) - Algona, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gave it a Euro-pour right down the middle of the glass. Built a tall, beige head. Real, rich brown color. Less than average lace after sipping. Aroma was that sweet, malty smell you’d expect from a doppel. Flavor was the same. Definitely sweet, no bitter hop flavor...plum or raisin notes, maybe? I could barely pick up the higher alcohol content. Carbonation was less than average and mouthfeel was decent. The viscosity was medium and not a long aftertaste. This is a classic version of the style. Shouldn’t disappoint most that are looking to sample a decent doppelbock.
cowboy7381 (3) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great smooth beer. High on malt taste, but not bitter. Good mouth feel and goes down smooth.
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle->willi becher. Dark brown with medium lite tan head. A: malty, with grains, grass, brown sugar. T: bittersweet malt, with both roast and caramel, grains, molasses, burnt sugar. Good.
Scrapersnbeer (1486) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Doppel rivalry: Spaten vs. Paulaner. The other rivalry match-up that occurred today makes me need a drink. In this games, everyone wins. Aroma of earthy malt and candied black cherries. Dark cola like appearance, except rather still. Sweet dark fruit taste, doesn’t feel so strong and to be fair it isn’t. at lest relatively speaking. Medium body, slick feel. A very good introduction to doppelbocks. For export only...strange InBev trickery.
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,5 l bottle from Systembolaget. A dense lightly tanned head, atop a clear ruby-brown body. Initial aroma is light acidic-fruity, followed by a scent caramel and dark bread, and a wee note of nuts and licorice. Body is medium full. Soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Not very sweet-flavored, yet flavorfull with a big malt base. Taste of dark caramel, rounded roast, with a light pepper tone and hint of dark dried fruits and licorice. Low bitterness. Finish is surprisingly short, bordering on watered down. Overall, a more then decent beer with lot of fine Doppelbock qualities.