Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of markwise. It pours dark brown with tan head. The aroma is an interesting mix of prunes, chocolate, raisins, brown sugar and some roasted malts. The taste is similar with prunes, figs and chocolate (which is odd interesting and fairly tasty all at the same time) mixing with dark roasted malts, a sense of coffee and then slivers of earthiness that add further interest.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Dan Journal #422. Tasted 11/11/10. 22oz bomber. Pours rather opaque with a subtle ruby highlight. Spiraling head. Aromas of soapy hops and soggy malts. Mild undertones of anise, soy sauce and cocoa. The body is on the fuller side of medium. Mild honey notes with tangy dark berries and a creme broule sweetness. Graham crackers, fudge and dark chocolate. A sticky and cloying body with the tart taking a backseat. Such a pleasant drink! Absolutely perfect seasonal drinking with itís crisp body and smooth flavors. It has both a chill and a warming tingling effervescence. As it warms, the raisins and chocolate flaovrs become more apparent. Thereís a nice nuttiness and maple sugar sweetness that is off set by the bitter citrus and mild smokiness. Nice and toasty. Great stuff!
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Three Floyds. This is not really a doppelbock, more of a big ass Schwarzbier, imo. But whatever, itís still pretty awesome. Pours deep brown/black with off white head. Nose is full of roast, chocolate and some dark stone fruit. Touch fruity. On taste, full of roast, which brings it into Schwarz territory. Full and roasty, full bodied for a lager and nice fruit notes. Pretty awesome beer.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to markwise for the share. Poured a deep brown color with a thin tan head. Rich malty nose, heavy roast, chocolate, toffee, bread, and ample dark fruity esters. Full chewy body with a slippery mouth feel and ample carbonation. Flavor wise, this beer as with most FFF beers suffers from a major identity crisis but in a very good way. Thereís enough roast and coffee notes that blind I would probably call this a stout but I still get that ripe dark fruit presence that I get from Doppelbocks, actually, blind I would probably think this was a European stout. Interesting beer a kind of roasted, chocolaty, Doppelbock.
wedgie9 (1664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I tasted this on draft at Big Star a couple of weeks ago. The pour was a super dark and opaque amber with an average beige head. The nose is a lot of sweeter caramel and chocolate with some dark chocolate and roasted malt bitterness. On the palate, this beer is pretty dense and sweet with caramel, milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, and some darkly roasted bitterness as well. The body is fairly full with average carbonation and a long caramel and dark chocolate finish.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Tooch4321 for this one in trade. Ok, so knowing that this is an FFF beer tells me that style will be ambiguous, but it is a tad difficult to describe this beer. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is roast, chocolate, earth, slight tobacco, and slight smoke. Flavor is chocolate all over, roast, some coffee up front, and some pruney/ dark fruit in finish along with esters, and slight spice. Medium-bodied and definitely diFFFerent.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whenever someone says "no words to describe" something I like to prove them wrong by describing it.
Deep chocolate pour. Medium lacing. Chocolate, roasty nose. Lots of chocolate on the palate. Thinner mouthfeel. Nothing remotely dopplebock-like. There, I described it. With words. It is pretty darn good though, as long as you donít mind the fact itís not what it thinks it is.
From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.
edwardbass (362) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I know nothing about doppel bocks, but I enjoyed this one. Pours very dark brown, aroma of chocolate and roasted grain. Chocolate is pronounced in the flavor and it has a nice lightness to it. Bomber shared with office mates. This sampling makes me want to try other doppel bocks, which Iím sure I will.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at the brewpub on thanksgiving weekend.
A-pours a transparent dark coloa brown with a dark tan colred head.
S-the nose is faint but very roasty in what I do get. Roasted malts and some notes of roasted coffee.
T-the taste follows the nose but bigger. Lots of roasted malts, lots of coffee, some notes of dark chocolate with just a hint of malt sweetness in the form of dark fruits.
M-creamy medium body that is soft on the palate and has a well carbonated finish giving it a nice clean feel on the back of the throat.
D-different than what I was expecting. big time roasted malts with very little sweetness. Still, this is pretty tasty, very simple and straigh tforward, with great drinkability especially for the alcohol content.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from 3F. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, sweet roast, toffee, and some grains. Flavors of chocolate, sweet roasted malts, bit grainy, and some dark fruits. Nice chocolaty dopplebock. Nice surprise. Almost like a foreign stout or porter.