AmericanHobo (66) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice winter warmer beer. Malty and sweetness with slight aroma of hops. Refreshing palate with crisp, smooth finish. Bold taste of roasted malts and toffee with maybe some carmel. Nice beer to enjoy by the fire on a cold winter night.
bubbleflubber (1900) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber-brown into the glass, with a fully reduced wispy head that leaves trace lacing. Malty sweet with rum bread to the nose. Flavors are toasted caramel malts and spices, with just a hint of ABV and spiced bready notes to finish. There are some very good things at work here. By the by, itís a decent Doppelbock that satisfies on cold evenings, but a touch more dark ester complexity would catapult the offering to a top-shelf tier. Very nice, though. Definitely will have again due to its cold-weather comfort.
FS_Fletch (2) - - JAN 1, 2015 does not count
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really like these guys, more than likely due to all the Dead references, but the beer is pretty good as well!
Nice, warm flavor. Not too sweet; doppelbocks can feel fuzzy on the tongue sometimes.
Lovely color. Ruddy copperish.
Slightly raisiny, nice bitterness. Malty enough, I guess!
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a reddish brown color with good clarity. The head is really disappointing - itís not even a finger high, and even then doesnít have good retention. Itís more or less a mocha-colored film. No lacing to speak of, either.
S: Pretty typical for a doppelbock. The primary note here is caramel sweetness, but thereís also a goodly amount of brown sugar (and later, nuts) emanating. Some of the fruitier notes - like, say, cherry - arenít as prevalent as Iíd like them to be. Letís call the nose ísatisfactoryí, shall we?
T: Yep, this is a total caramel-and-brown sugar bomb. It finishes with a faint hint of fruity lager yeast. This is a solid (but simple) doppelbock, with one problem...a mustiness builds up on the back end, and itís kind of off putting.
M: The light flavor profile does give it an advantage here...despite the high sweetness level, itís zesty carbonation and semi-dry finish makes this one pretty drinkable. The lager yeast is a little too biting in its crispness, but otherwise thereís nothing wrong with the mouthfeel.
O: For better or worse, this is a lighter doppelbock. Itís not bold, but itís easy to drink. Itís only problem is there are a couple other examples out there that ARE bold, while retaining its drinkability. I wouldnít put this one on my "must purchase again" list, thatís for sure.
dlovell2 (1008) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown/amber with a off white head. Roasted & sweet caramel malt aroma with fruity yeastiness. Sweet caramel malt flavor roasty notes. Dark dried fruit flavor in the middle with slight molasses. Finish is sweet dark dried stone fruit booziness.
solidfunk (4784) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a huge beer, just drinkable and ok. Pours dark brown without much head or lacing. Some chocolate malt flavor here with light sweet finish. A note of crisp malt. Cask at Churchkey.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper appearance with a medium size tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel and tobacco. Lightly hopped, caramel and toffee flavors sit on top of toasted malts. Medium bodied, modestly carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.
Cybercat (3735) - Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cola-brown that fades to dark amber with a decent, though effervescent, light tan head. Aroma has roast malt, nutty, earthy, caramel, and subtle clove notes. Flavor is a little bolder, roast malt accompanied by nutty and caramel side notes plus hints of caramel and molasses. Texture has average firmness but lacks fizz. Still, a good winter brew. Have one after skiing, or shoveling snow - or fighting the [censored] crowds at the mall.
DocLock (8246) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Wegmanís Collegeville. Pours chestnut with minimal tan head. Vienna malt, cherry, and X-mas spice notes in the nose, earthy nuts, spice, and malty flavor.
Maverick34 (2454) - New York, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Red brown pour. Malt. Some dark fruits. Plums. light to medium body. Not super great but iok.