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RATINGS: 615   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear medium brown with some reddish highlights and an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film and medium collar with poor runny lacing. The aroma was of a lightly toasted sweet grain malt and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and a mild fruity ester. The taste was lightly sweet and rather malty with a hint of caramel and just a touch of chocolate form the start, then changed slightly into a bitter sweet taste with a light fruity presence and a mild alcohol finish. The flavor was short lived with just a light lingering alcohol taste left behind. Mouthfeel was just above light in body and dry in texture with a somewhat lively carbonation. Overall this was a decent Bock beer with a really good taste and a smooth drinkability...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_rookie (179) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 30, 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. Itís 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. Itís also maybe just a tad chocolatey. Itís very malty, but not so bitter from hops. Taste is hard to figure out.

Mouthfeel is quite full. Itís 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, itís pretty good. I wouldnít suggest it for everyone. This is not very drinkable. I donít know how one could handle more than two of these. But itís worth a try if you like the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Barreras (1318) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (5661) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moebbels (514) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3497) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Draft at the brewpub. Pours clear reddish brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like sweet nutty malt, some dried fruit, caramel, chocolate, very sweet with a light hop presence. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet malt, nutty, and some dried fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jabah (220) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2015
The best thing about this beer for me was the kick (ABV%). The balance of flavors were a little overwhelming, but Bocks are typically heavy in flavor....especially a double. It was good, but meant more for sipping or a change of pace beer. I also read a review about not mixing with dinner, but to enjoy on itís own....which I tend to agree with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlindGuardianco (43) - - APR 23, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2015 Good amber beer, a bit more interesting as it is a doppelbock , got a flat bottle but think the others had a good head, will try again. Low carbonation on another bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8749) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toast, some dark fruit notes into a bit of spice, some vanilla, touch of grassy notes. Taste was a mix of dough, grass, dark fruit into some spice, caramel, toffee into a bit of dark fruits, finishing slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1503) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2015
Tap. Pours a dark semi hazy amber with a ring of creamy off white head. Aroma and taste of malts and a bit of wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (3717) - FINLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle@tkcbb, hki. Red amber. Malty, bit autumny leafy, bit herby grass. Med full bodied, light oily, bitter nice. Tasty. Bit sterile. Decent.

-- bb

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