douglas88 (6301) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Dan. Pours a clear mahogany color with a medium tan head. A sweet toffee and cocoa nose, some tobacco. The flavor is molasses, caramel, toasted malt, sweet but not overly so. Baked gingerbread. Nutty. Quite good. A near perfect winter lager. I still have lots of love for DR, one of the first breweries I really liked.
tmongoose (1386) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared. Pours brownish color with yellowish brown head. Aroma is heavenly. Malt forward with plenty of buttery caramel and some toffee. Medium bodied, flavor is so smooth. Plenty of malt flavor sweet and not cloying. Plenty of buttery caramel is the best description I can come up with. Very good and the alcohol is well hidden.
gripweed57 (763) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Cloudy mahogany brown color topped by a finger high creamy tan head. Rich malty cocoa aroma. Sweet roasted malt flavor upfront with notes of milk chocolate, caramel and toasted nuts. There is an underlying spicy hop prescience that picks up in the mid taste and follows into the finish. Somewhat reminiscent of the classic Bavarian doppelbocks with that cloying chewy mouthfeel you expect of the style. Overall, a very tasty brew.
GTAEgeek (1273) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Decatur Craft Beer Fest. Pours dark brown, with a medium, tan head. The aroma is chocolate, molasses, talc, and some earthy hops. The flavor is very sweet, with just a light bitterness. Heavy body, sticky, and syrupy. Overall, this is a mediocre dopplebock, lacking complex flavor or depth.
Huhzubendah (2650) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer appears a dark shade of mahogany with a half inch of foamy beige head. The aroma offers dark malts, brown sugar, bread, alcohol, ripe plums, raisins. Sweet brown bread, cookies, alcohol, yeast. Definitely true to style. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid beer.
olr1984 (1137) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from ygtbsm94. Pours a amber brown with a tan head. Coffee aroma. Molasses and dark chocolate taste.
574deadzone (1088) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown to black with a fairly thick khaki-mocha head that settles to a ring and leaves some hanging lace. Nose involves some dark chocolate, roasted malt, nuttiness, touches of alcohol, some earthy hops, cherries and other dark fruits, almost a wooden quality. Taste is fairly sweet, fairly bitter, lightly tart. Fuller bodied, rich, crisp, oily, softer carb, with a warm toasty bitter finish. Pretty close to the Celebrator for me. A really nice dopplebock, lots of complexity, yet very approachable.
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark and rich mahogany pour with a small fluffy beige head. Aroma was full of rich caramel, lightly burnt sugar and fruit cake. Flavors were rich and decadent, light fruit, lots of caramel, cake, touch of booze. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Finish was slightly sweet with more notes of burnt sugar and vanilla. I am really coming around to this style and this is at the top of the heap. Incredible.
queenholly (3014) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light milk chocolate aroma. Dark brown with a large tan head. Toasty caramel, chocolate malt, and dark fruit flavor. Body on the light side of medium, soft carbonation. Pretty tasty.
drowland (6144) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/31/13. 12oz bottle from Five Points. Deep amber red pour with a nice two finger head that fades to a ring but laces like a champ. Rich maltiness in the aroma, caramel, burnt toffee, roast, and a wisp of smoke and alcohol. Malty flavor as well, of course, lots of caramel, some toasted bread, roast, a wisp of smoke, and an herbal aspect that reminds me of root beer. A touch of acidity lingers, almost a lemon aspect. Not bad.