AbsoluterZero (11) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: 16 oz bottle from local retailer.
Aroma: The overall odor isn’t particularly strong. When you get a bit closer you can smell a bit of sweetness and roasted malts.
Appearance: Deep reddish brown color, unclouded, and topped off with a finger’s width of moderately dense tan head.
Taste: Roasted malts and a bit of caramel are apparent when it first hits your mouth, but not overly powerful. The flavor is rounded out with a very mild spice and bit of fruity sweetness which seem to come through more prominently in the aftertaste.
Palate: Smooth on the palate with relatively thin body to it.
Overall: Rather pleasant to drink. I was expecting, given the name, something a bit spicier or sweeter. Turned out to be a fairly solid Dunkler Bock.
mrjaxson (330) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
About as average a beer as I’ve had lately. Just faint nuttiness to the aroma, light body and hints of sweetness on finish. Poured from a tap at the Sprecher restaurant in Lake Geneva, WI.
ads135 (3200) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty decent doppelbock. Deep mahogany coloration, mild malty flavor, bready with some light caramel sweetness.
pumpmaster (1196) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $4.99/4-pack. Very good.
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad this. It was quite strong but smooth. NOt hard to drink but neither something special there.
crossovert (8484) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
473ml twist-off. Purs a darker amber wiht a thick forhty off-white head. Smell is roasted grains, herbs, and salted pork. Oooh a savory dish! It is poorly bodied but has a nice flavor of dark bread, savory, spices, caramel, rye, herbal cutting bitterness. Certainly not up to par wth the best of the style but nto bad.
beerbaaron (1497) - Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby brown with small off-white lasting head. Aroma is quite powerful but smooth; sweet, malty, caramel, toffee, bread, touch of dark fruit. Flavor not nearly as powerful, but still very tasty. Smooth, balanced, and very drinkable. Body is smaller than I expected. Very nice toasty bready finish. Better with every sip.
MarinEvelyn (637) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
strong dark fruit and caramel, malt.
Kind of dry flavor, but dark fruit, caramel, and malt definitely present. A little nutty/bready, something of that sort.
Flavor definitely not as strong as aroma, slightly disappointing, but not bad.
superspak (3070) - Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/20/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light roasted malt, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity esters with light hops; very pleasant and inviting with solid strength. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, light fruits, brown bread, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of malt/hop flavors with light fruity esters; with a fair amount of robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with and a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol i very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice bock. Good balance and robustness of malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
madvike (3033) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is caramel, dark bread, a little milk, and some mild nuttiness. Taste is smooth, nutty malt, a little chocolate, and mellow roasted nuttiness. Finishes malty and a little bitter. Medium body with soft carbonation. Better than I expected.
chinchill (2554) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz. bottle served in pint glass. Poured nearly opaque but clear mahogany with a medium level of tan head. Some chocolate with toasted malts. Soft and smooth; medium body.
This "winter brew" lacks the "holiday spices" that might be expected, but that many beer aficionados will not miss. No faults detected, but somewhat lacking in interest.