monk191 (1272) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great Doppelbock, very well balanced. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smell is raisins and caramel. Taste is very well balanced with a nice amount of hops. Well done. Tasted at the BevMo Holiday Beer Fest.
slowrunner77 (6925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"not a bad beer, but sub par for one of my favorite styles. slighlty lacking in the big body. the malt character is there as well, but not robust enough. it didn’t help that it was served too cold, but i got the idea as it warmed up a little. pleasing, if a little lite for the style. 1/11 - had it again in the bottle at proper temp, and raised the score 0.1
BOSSbrewer (2685) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 Pours a clear amber with three fingers of frothy off white head. Aroma is sweet malt and caramel. Some spicyness in the nose also. Flavor is caramel but is also very tart and tangy. Very odd. Doesn’t seem to style at least not what I was expecting. Almost berlinerweiss in character but with some maltiness. Overall drinkable but a bit odd.
BucannonXC5 (1062) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Feb. 22, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 28, 2014
Poured a dark mahogany color with two fingers of bubbly tan head. Minimal foggy lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention.
Smelled roasted nuts, sweet caramel sauce, toffee, chocolate, wintry spices, cocoa nibs, slight bitter coffee beans and peppery spices.
Tasted cocoa nubs, chocolate, caramel, toffee, wintery spices, roasted nuts, slight crayon and faint bitter aftertaste,
Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.
A pretty decent beer overall. Great for the winter months. Would definitely have it again.
Fatehunter (1644) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a half finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is mild caramel malt and a touch of lemon.
The taste is pretty mild for a doppelbock. Mild caramel sweetness with balanced bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An easier drinking doppelbock. Enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 2/1/2013 Total Score: 3.7
A half finger of head on a dark brown colored body.
The smell is faint overall: roasted malt and candy.
The taste is good: roasted malt, bread, malt sweetness and a tiny lemon bitterness at the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A nice, solid doppelbock.
VinegarStroke (339) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap (sampler): Clear, deep copper brown, thick head and moderate lace. Closed nose. Poached fruit and tropical. Creamy. Malt driven. Caramel. Off dry, not sour medium bitterness. Dense and long. Very fruit palate. Loads of flavor. Dried figs and raisin starting to show.
beertholomeus (1160) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep caramel brown with an off white head. Caramel, malt and slight chocolate. Caramel, malt, toffee, biscuit and slight chocolate flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet taste and a malty finish.
joeneugs (4143) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. It pours a very deep brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is very dry and toasted with lots of melanoidins, a little cocoa and some earthy hops. The flavor is a bit harsh with a heavy, out of place bitterness that stands out above the rich malt background. The alcohol is also pretty noticeable and makes this a bit of a chore to drink. If they had dialed the bitterness down a bit this would have been pretty good.
Oscbert (1130) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
~Strong melanoidin malt character with toasty bread, light caramel and earthy hop
~Pours very dark brown color almost black with small creamy off white head.
~Lots of roast in flavor with sweetness to balance it out. Melanoidal and toasty with caramel like sweetness
~medium full bodied, medium CO2, sweet yet roasty lingering finish.
~ I quite like this beer. Intriguing. A bit on the roasty side. Enjoyable sipper.
Earlier Rating: 5/25/2008 Total Score: 3.3
~Pours a very dark red with diminishing head.
~Scent of sweet chocolate raisin and caramel
~Taste is sweet, but not overbearing. A bit of chocolate and some fruits.
~Medium bodied. Nice finish.
~ I don’t care too much for the aroma. Smells too sweet. Luckily, for me, the flavor is real mild. I like this brew. Would be great on a winter’s night.
bhensonb (12310) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a transient light tan head. Aroma is dark, slightly roasty, malt with maybe some grassy hop hints. Med body. Flavor is malty, perhaps with some earthy hop. It finishes far from bitter. Decent.
Earlier Rating: 12/10/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Aroma of dark musty red fruits and roasted malt. Very dark brown color (beautiful ruby under strong light) with a good tan head. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is darkly roasted malt with notes of chocolate, possibly coffee, but not much fruit (none?). The finish approaches dry, and there is a decent amount of bitterness. Good winter brew.