KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted throughout and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of roasted dark bread malts, a sweet leathery yeast with hints of coffee, chocolate, toffee, raisons and a mild alcohol scent. It tasted lightly sweet with a mild coffee overtone at first and ended with a chocolate-coffee flavor with notes of raisons and had a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was medium in body and kind of watery in texture and had a flat carbonation.Overall a tasty brew but not too exciting.
Emeister84 (1536) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel aromas, fresh bread, earthy hops, nutty. Hazy brown with a fully lasting head the color of eggnog. Sweet upfront, loads of caramel, molasses, syrupy. Medium-full bodied.
Travlr (15625) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at WoB C-ville. Beautiful deep ruby maroon brown color, thick beige head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of cocoa, prunes, plums, vanilla. Taste has chocolate covered plums, coffe, malted milk balls. Delicious.
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating, great beer. Ruby brown. Huge malt and grain body. Almost chewy. Some dark fruit presence as well. Good stuff.
aumentm (416) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is wild. Very filling. Definitely from the german style and this beer will make you want more.
cards04 (2217) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I haven’t had a doppelbock this good in a long time. Thanks shrubber85. Pours a dark maroon. Tantalizing aromas of dried fruit, red wine, sour cherries and bread. Flavors aren’t dulled down with heavy malts. Instead a bright sour cherry and raisin flavor lift this up. A bit of booze and toasted grain as well. Fantastic beverage.
eRock_2013 (325) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer reminded me why doppelbock will always be my favorite beer style. Pours a glorious shimmery dark ruby color, excellent lacing and a proportionate white head. The aroma is distinctive, standard caramel maltiness, red fruit, but also a chocolate-cocoa flavor, very fresh and not boozy as some d-bocks are. Taste is delicious, layers of caramel malt, roasty burnt malt, chocolate malt, caramel malt, it's malt-tastic! The body was lighter and not as full as others, but I actually enjoyed it as this was the cleanest finishing doppelbock I've ever had. Absolutely no booziness or indication of the high ABV. Truly excellent in every respect.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5364) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a large foamy tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was faintly malty and did not have anything else going on. The flavor was faintly malty with a hint of dark fruit. Medium finish. Medium body. Surprisingly bland.
RobertDale (4192) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks to my Winter Secret Santa. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, caramel, and grain. Taste is malt, dark fruit, caramel, grain, and a hint of chocolate. Very well balanced. Excellent.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel sweetness and earthy hops momentarily tag team until malt flavors decide to take over this warming Doppelbock.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy dark burgundy.
-Candied fruit appears here and there.
-Carbonation is soft and the residual sugar level is high. Which is about right for the style.
-Malt flavors are a tad linear, which is not uncommon for Doppelbocks.
On tap at The Thirsty Monk, Asheville.
Lubiere (11004) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark brown Bock with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with dark fruits, vinous character, pleasant. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with dark fruits, molasses, alcohol warmth, nice. On tap at Thirsty Monk.