ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 6, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t know why this is listed as a Bock. This is a Dopplebock. This brew pours a clear ruddy brown. The average creamy/frothy beige head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The soft nose is mostly caramel, and roasted cereal, with a hint of flowers, herbs, resin, and earth. The flavor starts warm, rich, earthy and very sweet and finishes long with a nutty bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden in the nose, and the flavor. The brew has a lovely medium creamy body with soft carbonation. The finish has an alcoholic feel. Hats off to Tommyknocker brewery, nicely done! Beer of the Month Club is 4 for 4. And I had previously thought I didn’t care for the Dopplebock style. I guess I just don’t care for Paulaner.
vacek (67) - College Station, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Other than the missing head, this beer has many qualities of something that I would like to add to my favorites. Awesome amber color, sweet smell and a great taste. The cartoons on the bottle just add to this beer. To this point, the best Tommyknocker product that I have tried. I am certainly looking forward to the rest.
STUARTMILLER (10) - flushing, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
mildly sweet yet a quite enjoyable dobbelbock
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Bottled december, 2002: Thin whisp of unretentive foam atop an auburn shade. Subdued, yet beautiful, aroma exhibiting loads of spicy hops, brandy, pecans, wet paint, underlying pineapple, and loads of crystal malt to complement the hops. Lean texture. Sublime flavors of chewy Crystal alongside and spicy hops. The finish is extremely long, full of grape and more spicy Hallertauer. The winner of the sampler pack, but that’s not saying much.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
the silly cartoony labels caused my hand many times to careen off the tommyknockers and onto other, more visually enticing products whilst at the booze store. but i’m glad i finally tried this potent offering. it tapers from golden to deep red in my glass. if the head was cloud cover, you’d call it a good day for a picnic. still, it’s nutty, floral, with oven-fresh crust of whole wheat bread in the snout. brisk enough on the palate to be far from flat, and the hops are there to greet you at the door. very nice; mild for a doppel, perhaps, but at 8.2, a force and flavor to be reckoned with.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice blend of malt and hops. A very good bock.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oh, what a night...me and the guys go to Hooter...*ahh*, Chili’s, to watch a basketball game and drink a bunch of Shiner Bock, then we each have a glass of some Whiskey stout, and this stuff was mixed in there somewhere. Very sweet for a bock, seems like most American bocks are. Smooth palate. Will try again and re-rate when sober.
omhper (20554) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-brown Very hop aromatic. Big maltiness. Tastes like a barley wine.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im not a fan of this style, but I enjoyed this brew. This is much better than the Sam Adams double. The flavor was outstanding, sweet caramel--went down smooth.
beerbuff99 (8) - Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A surprisingly good example of the style.