Zymurgeist2 (1527) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau during a Sudwerk event. Very rich caramel malt with slight chocolate. Alcohol burn.
theOptimator (354) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is bright sweet caramel malt with hint of chocolate roast. Appearance is dark brown with redish tint, medium off white head. Taste is bright sweet malt followed by a light chocolate bread crust followed by a light herbal hop flavor/bitterness. Palate is medium. Crisp yet full, hides alcohol well. Overall a very nice beer. Not a world class example, but has some malt depth and very clean. Good example of the style
monk191 (1542) - 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 (8356) - 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 (2706) - 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 (1214) - 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 (1948) - 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 (354) - Napa, 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 (1437) - 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 (4872) - 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.