rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Dopplebock brewed in sub 6% South Carolina seems like a very novel concept to me, and when I saw this new arrival on the shelves in Georgia, I had to snag a six pack to see how close they could get.
The beer poured out dark brown, bordering on black, and had a really small head and very little carbonation. The lacing was sparse and thin. The smell was not malty and floral like a Dopplebock, but more like a chocolaty roasty Porter, or a Belgian Dubbel.
The taste again confirmed the lack of malt in this beer. Roasty, chocolaty, grainy, soured, and a little burnt in the taste profile, this was more or less like a Schwartzbier to me. The flavors were not bad, but were just no match for the real thing. There was no explosion of fruity notes and grassy hop bitterness here at all. All I could detect was a steady and simple mix of the more basic flavors.
The thin body and the lack of strength made this a drinkable beer. Judged on its own merit, it is not half bad. But slapping a label proclaiming the contents to be a well known style does not make it so. And just for that atrocity, a few points were shaved off the rating.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2005
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Despite the mediocre rating I enjoyed drinking this beer. Looks and smells like a typical doppelbock, but falls short of the full body I expect from this style. South Carolina is one of the few states with an ABV limit at 6%. I would classify this as a dark lager rather than a doppelbock. Not as rich and delicious as some beers in the style, but still very drinkable.
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, nearly opaque chestnut color and very little head. Aroma of baker’s chocolate, prune and currants, blackerry/cherry, toasted almonds, turkish coffee, and a sour tang of fermented grapeskins. Flavors of molasses, stewed fruits, toasted oats. I’d be very surprised if it isn’t decoction mashed. Balanced acidity. Becomes sweeter and fruiter with warming. Smooth, with a chewy fullness. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and berry aftertaste. The last sip is much better than the first.
Hangover (1057) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pour with a somewhat lasting tan head. Smoky malt aroma. More malt in the taste. Somewhat thin. Some dried fruit in there. Not too bad.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Lacing was there but for a short while since the head disappeared too quickly. First aromas were maple syrup and bacon. This became figs and caramel. Slight fruit, some smoke, and some caramel. Light body and semi-dry. Bitter finish.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft. orange-amber, nice head, lasted well. sweet round rum cake like malt. I found this to be a very nice beer, it would be nice to have a little more alcohol in the beer to make it more true to style. I liked it though.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Flavor is malty and has a bit of sweetness in the flavor. Finish is smooth and an over all good brew.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Barley’s Taphouse in Asheville. Mahogany black in color. Tastes like a marzen. Good malt palate, but needs to be stronger to achieve the named style.
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
rich and smooth, this is a nice dopplebock. dark brown in color, sweet and malty tasting. a damn nice dopplebock, this was one of the better brews i had today. sampled at brewgrass 04 on draught.
SpringsLicker (3120) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Knoxville Brewer’s Jam 10/04.
This is the best offering fromThomas Creek that I’ve had so far.
Deep copper color, nice head, good malt aroma.
The flavor is well balanced and the lack of body that plagues some of the other Thomas Creek brews is not a problem here. Not the best out there, but an enjoyable, drinkable Doppelbock.