ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught tulip at Sunset Grill on 11/17/07
Funny to see this is a heller doppelbock. I drank this thinking it was a strong IPA. Of course, it dosent quite come off as a strong IPA, but, it sure dosent come off as a doppelbock, heller or otherwise. Dark bronze with a medium off-white head that laces lightly. Clear with moderate carbonation.
Quite assertively bitter in the nose, though with some pleasant fruitiness (strawberries, cherries, nectarines) and somewhat unpleasant fruitiness (green apples). Dry malt courses through the nose, showing off graham crackers, whitebread and upon warming, dollops of medium-sweet caramel. Bitterness eventually overcomes any sweetness and leaves dry, rather limp/weak malts in its wake. No flaws or alcohol noted. Medium strength of aroma.
Hard, dry malts up front show light melanoidins and quickly pass in to a bitter, leafy, peppery hop mess. Bitterness and sharp citrus flavors never soften and bits of caramel and toffee seem to clash with the hop notes. I like how FlacoAlto comments on the garlic-like flavor of the summit hops, and I really see that here. Way too much acidity without soft enough malt sugars. Carbonation is moderate, texture is hard. No alcohol or flaws noted.
Not rating this to any particular style.
pinkzambia (1560) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: If every doppelbock tasted like this, I would be all over them all the time. Clear brown color with a frothy off-white head. Sweet aroma of malts mixed with hops - interesting. Love the aroma. Flavor is hoppy grains with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Thin body.
williamherbert (1341) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impeccably cloudy, the color of prune juice. Layer of slush on top. Looks like a chunky barleywine. Glows only slightly in front of the light.
Aroma is supremely sugary malts: definitely closer to a barleywine aroma than a doppelbock even. The piney hops are definitely there, floating above the malts as an accent. Finished wood and resins. Light oak.
Flavor is sugary malts, more resinous hops. Spicy finished wood. Basically everything in the aroma matches in the flavor. Has a taste of powdered Lipton iced tea.
Feels rough and grainy; not quite a choker but a slow sipper. This is a very good beer. Although the prices I’ve seen them charging for a six pack is outrageous, it’s a damned fine beer.
grundsow (102) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Untypical flavor for the style, but a great-tasting beer. Delightfully bitter and overflowing with hops. Only way to make it better is to reduce the alcohol.
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - AUG 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-26-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter
Appearance – Served an amber colored brew with a half finger white head. The head faded over a moderate time to leave a decent level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was heaviest of malt and some toffee and caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas were some good hoppy aromas of a grapefruit citrus as well as a pine aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet toffee and malty flavor with a good presence of a grapefruit hop flavor. As the taste moves more toward the middle there are flavors of a pine hop that come to the tongue. While this occurs some of the sweetness fades a bit. In the end the pine and grapefruit grow slightly stronger and in the end leave a hop bittered, but malt balanced flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is smooth and creamy with a carbonation level that is just about average. The smooth and creamier body is great for the hop flavors and really lets them shine through the flavor profile.
Overall – Quite nice. The beer has a great flavor profile, nice flavor transitions as well a good feel for the style . While not what I would consider a doppelbock, it is a god blend of doppel and IPA. Its very drinkable, flavorful, and very tasty.
LuckyDog (484) - - JUL 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Great balance. Not a brewery I’ve had anything from before, but I’ll be looking for more.
vlan1 (204) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Black Angus. Pours a hazy tea color with a average fluffy head. Tart Grassy hop aroma with subtle sweet bready notes. Flavor is distinctly hop forward with not much malt backbone to carry their weight. The hops here also have a very astringent aftertaste. IMHO not up to snuff with Stoudts other offerings.
obguthr (4226) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tea nose, a little vegetal. Clear copper, medium cream colored head. Tea and cabbage. Significant astrigency. Probably an old bottle, did not hold up.
williamstome (1075) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruddy brown, small white head. Aroma of raisins and coffee, flavor of raisins, grassy hops and burnt coffee.
AirForceHops (3776) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Sunset Grill & Tap. 4 oz. sample, dirty amber color with a ton of carbonation. Caramel, toasted grain, fruitiness with a light earth note as well.
Flavor is light. Malt dominant with dark fruit and a sweet finish caramel leading into a weak earthy hop note. Very light watery body hints of sweetness. Alcohol for 7 % shows up in the finish. With a name like “Smooth Hoperator” I was expecting a much bolder hop profile. Not a bad brew in anyway just a bit of a letdown.
pjames317 (93) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium bodied chestnut brown lager with off white head. Interesting concept of a beer. German malt, booze-soaked raisins, sour dough bread, and floral hop bouquet. Very well balanced. Has a burnt, chewy quality to the mouthfeel. Nice bitterness. Crisp lager carbonation gives way to flavorful hop profile that finishes bitter and dry. Great change of pace from the typical IPA. Recommended.