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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bogenschutze (1) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2015 does not count
Frankly, I’m drunk and, from an outside-looking-in perspective, wouldn’t trust my judgment (as regards rating this beer on it’s 5-point scale). Nevertheless, this was my introduction to this particular beer and I found it to be EXACTLY what I’ve been searching for.....perfectly seated between Russian Stouts and brown ales. I was also overwhelmed with the fact that it’s brewed right here in Virginia (F--- Yeah!) This beer gives me a mouth-feel and richness in between the two......and thoroughly kicked my ass after about five beers (I’m 6’1" & 235lbs)......perfect! Not too rich (like the former)......not too thin (like the latter)...and perfectly balanced alcohol to allow me to socialize before becoming too inebriated to perform. Okay, so if you like light beer.....take a hike; I’m obviously not talking to you. If you’re feeling "manly" and can’t even begin to consider anything below "Stout" rating, good for you.....go dead-lift a castle. But if you’ve been looking for that "kick your ass" beer with a full flavor and refreshing beer taste, try this beer; it is the shiznit. And that’s all I have tuh say about that...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5964) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft at Park Lane Tavern. Dark, ruby brown. Dreamy consistency with a nice smooth malt character. Roasty and caramel flavor components. Very clean and drinkable, not heavy at all. Well done. (#5340, 11/2013)

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmericanHobo (66) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StoutDr (44) - Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Not a typical dopplebock. Interesting complexity with hint of winter spice blend. Very light on the palate. I would have liked better with heavier mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1038) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4963) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Slightly hazy, muddied ruby and violet tinted deep brown body with a thin, one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of nuts, earth, caramel, oak, toffee and a bit of cardboard. Full-bodied; Deep earthy, malty and very nutty flavours up front with some pecans and peanut butter right afterwards, followed by some lighter earthy and caramel bite and finishing sweet. Aftertaste shows some good complexity with the nuts and caramelised sugars battling it out for supremacy. Overall, a good complex beer that is very deep and strong, but the depth of flavours and intensity is a bit too much. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Trader Joe’s in Bailey’s Crossroads (Falls Church), Virginia on 21-November-2013 for US$1.59 sampled at home in Washington on 07-January-2014.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3977) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
On cask at Mad Fox Cask Beer Festival. Pours a hazy cola brown with a tan head. Toasted nut aroma. Toffee and toasted nut flavors. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2518) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2014
12 oz bottle pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of caramel malts and spice. Taste is caramel and toffee.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1914) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2015
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, it’s 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.


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