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RATINGS: 621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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This award winning doppelbock (8.2% alcohol by volume) lager is brewed with a generous supply of Munich, carapils, caramel and chocolate malts and is fermented with Bavarian lager yeast. The resulting caramel sweetness and rich mouthfeel are complimented by the mild bittering of German Hallertau hops. 1997 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuff99 (8) - Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2002
A surprisingly good example of the style.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (13051) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 9, 2016
355ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Sweetish raisiny aroma, some woodiness, a bit tart and dry, dare I say it, even a bit sour (BB Aug 2018, drunk Jun 2016). Deep copper, brief head. Kinda watery palate, thinkened only with sugars, carbonation fairly pleasant. Somewhat milky taste - lacto about to kick in? Sweet caramelly malts, bit more raisin, with stalks for bitterness. Tastes a bit old and stale. I love bocks, but this is thin and in poor shape.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
foyle (382) - Wyoming, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Served in pint glass from 12 oz bottle Appearance: Pours a 2" pillowy cream colored head that falls slowly with mild lacing. Color is cloudy copper-brown with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma: rich malt flavors of caramel, fresh bread, raisins and ripe fruit. Earthy and herbal hops. Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slightly astringent with a somewhat dry finish. Flavor: similar flavors to the aroma. The alcohol is (dangerously) well hidden in this beer. It does not drink like an 8.2% abv beer, but more like a session ale. Overall: a pleasing malt bomb. Recommended for anyone who enjoys malty brews.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Pours a reddish brown. Sweet caramel/roasty aroma. Roast malt/chocolate flavor with a touch of fruit and great hops.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocJitsu (1570) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours heavily a cloudy brown-copper with a short, antique white head. Full sweetness with subdued tartness. Caramel with dried fruit.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hermod (5935) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2016
355ml bottle. Reddish brown, thin white head. Strawberry marmalade in aroma, flavor does not differ that much. Malty, almost boozy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (6297) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear rich hazel, small beige head, dissipates fairly quickly, some lacing. Aroma is rich and malty, a bit smoky, toffee and woody notes. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter, very malty and rich, caramel notes prominent. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_rookie (329) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 30, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2015 Pours a dark ruby color. Almost too dark to see through. Less than two fingers tan head. Reduces to film, but some lacing left on glass.

Aroma is very malty. It’s also pretty heavy on caramel and bread. Some grassy hops in there, but not much. The malts are pretty dark roasted, so smells also somewhat smokey.

Taste is a little caramel. It’s also maybe just a tad chocolatey. It’s very malty, but not so bitter from hops. Taste is hard to figure out. But it seems there may be some figs in there, perhaps?.

Mouthfeel is quite full. It’s thick and rich and perfect for cold winter nights, hence the winter seasonal style. It does finish a little astringent from the high ABV.

Overall, it’s pretty good. I wouldn’t suggest it for everyone. This is not very drinkable. I don’t know how one could handle more than two of these. But it’s worth a try if you like the style.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Barreras (1505) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Pours a light copper color with a faint toffee aroma. Taste is sweet, with a decent malt backbone. Syrup, and caramel in the flavor with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, tasty and good.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Lots of sweet malt and caramel. Light hint of roast. Sweet finish. Slightly syrupy consistency. Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moebbels (670) - FINLAND - AUG 15, 2015
Pours a clear reddish copper body with a minimal head. Sweet and makty nose with caramel and chokolate notes. Sweet malty and chokolatey taste with a mildly bitter finish. Soft carbonation and rich palate. Good basic bock.


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