jsquire (3857) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer glows a ruby/garnet color when held up to the light, with an initial foamy beige head that shrinks to a lasting slick and leaves good lace. Sweet malt syrup nose with hints of burnt toast. Lots of dusty chocolate, some coffee, roast grains and an almost berry tartness as it warms. Finish is more coffee and bitter chocolate on the tongue. Okay beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of Suttree: Darky brown body with a small, but thick, tan head that fades to a thin layer that sticks atop the beer. When held to the light the body shines a dark ruby. The aroma is molasses, grapes, dark fruit, chocolate, and mild coffee. The taste is chocolate with a hint of roasted malt, bitter coffee, molasses (but not sweet), and a hint of dark fruit. Finish is bitter chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat thin in the mouth.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Music City Brewer’s Fest. Dark brown in color, with a small but frothy light brown head that fully diminished. To the nose, a light molasses aroma with some hints of dough also. The taste had a light bitterness to it with molasses and hint of coffee standing out. Light to medium body.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark ruby brown with a very thin head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is predominately hoppy with a little malt. Easy-drinking brew, thin, and simple, though not bad at all (just not what I expect from a Dopplebock). Mild coffee flavor with floral hops. $$
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown, small off white head, no lacing. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruit, malty. Flavor is smilar, really not bad at all. Flavor is somewhat rounded and full, good palate.
rajendra82 (998) - 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 (621) - 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 (1094) - 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.