rajendra82 (979) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From BA Riggsy as part of Secret Santa 2005, this 12 oz. bottle yielded a beer that was clear and deep orange in color, and possessed a rather large three finger head that prevented emptying the entire contents into a flute glass (also courtesy of Riggsy). The color was a little light for a Dopplebock, but the overall presentation was very good.
The aroma was quite uncharacteristic of a Dopplebock, with floral, citric, hoppy smell that was a little too light on malts. The taste was rather citric, hoppy, and dry, none of which should not be the primary flavors of a Dopplebock. The mouthfeel was thin and crisp, which was another puzzling deviation from the style. Aftertaste was a little bitter and spicy, rather than smooth and creamy.
None of these characteristics made Troegenator a bad beer, but it was much too far off the mark from the style they were aiming for. If you like it for what it is, then good for you, but don’t look at this as a prototypical example of the style.
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium orange-bronze color with a full, creamy head. Could not successfully coax out much aroma. Mild malt flavor deftly masks the potent alcohol.
Frank (3341) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 This pours a brown red color w/ little head. Nose and flavor both are strongly malt centric but it really comes alive w/ dark fruit complexity once tasted and a touch of acidity comes into play. Sweet and sticky, slightly undercarbed for a German style but still quite tasty.
Original Rating 12/27/2005: Sampled from a fresh growler: I’m not sure this quite fits the style but is a nice strong lager nonetheless. Pours a nice dark brown amber w/ a nice head. Mostly malty w/ a nice edge of hops but an unfortunate slight metallic off note in the finish brings it down a notch. 7 3 6 3 14
alobar (3100) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice solid dark copper color with a clear white head. Slight malty aroma. Tastes of malts, yeast, and caramel. This is a wonderful beer that I enjoyed quite a bit.
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 What a sorry excuse for a doppel. Not more than a single. OK ... maybe a 1.25. Light brown and clear with a small head ... a see through version of a Celebrator. Thin in the mouth ... too thin for a doppel. Taste is OK for a beer ... a little coffee, a little dark roasted malt ... but a doppel? A beer you can eat? Liquid bread for Lent? I don’t think so! An ok beer, but not even a parody of a doppel. // OK ... tried it again. Not a parody, merely a poor, thin copy. Sort of a 1.4 bock.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark, small white head. Aroma malty. Flavor of nuts, malts, caramel and bread. This is my first doppelback, so I was surprised. Medium body, easy to drink, a little bitter as it warmed.
Arris (8) - Pittsburgh, USA - NOV 22, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I haven’t had very many dopllebocks so this was a nice surprise. The color is a beautiful dark clear orange/crimson. After a rather thick pour, there is a small white head. There are many tastes that can be found: malt, grapes, caramel, nuts and pepper. I think there is a little apple also. A pleasing beer that I plan on getting again soon.
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown orange amber color with a tiny fading white head. Aroma is malty with hints of dark fruit and grapes. Taste is malty with hints of sourbread dough,rasins and figs. Not bad.
dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a deep red with a creamy off-white head that left a huge amount of lace. Sweet aroma with caramel and even some chocolate in the nose. Not a huge fan of this style. Definate kick on the first taste.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong malty body, made me think of caramel, this one deserves a try. However, its not nearly as red as it looks in the picture here, so don’t let that throw you off.