jwdevalue (158) - Neptune, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is part of a beer club. Had only one bottle but was decent for the price. Poured great and had a nice finish. Would do again.
FatguyRacer (158) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a nice cola brown color with a small khaki head that disappears quickly. Nice aroma of malts, moca and alcohol. Taste is pretty good. Nice blend of roasted malt, dark fruit, spice, dark breads and bitter hops on the finish. Sweet, but not overpowering. I’m glad i bought a sixer of this. Very drinkable.
Rotbart (155) - - SEP 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel colored with a quickly dissipating head. Bold, malty flavor with a clean finish with a modest hit of coiffee flavor. NIce fall offering.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a decent brew but perhaps lacking a little in the flavor department. nice hoppiness but not overly complex.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a white head. Aroma is of sweet malt, alcohol, and caramel. Taste is also sweet malt, alcohol, and caramel. Pretty good stuff.
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Russet, coppertone, the color of English breakfast tea or Captain Morgan’s spiced rum. Not as dark as I was expecting it to be, for sure! Pours a nice milky head. The appearance was one of the nicest things about this one.
Nose: Definite esters, honey-roasted peanuts, caramel, and American hops with a strong alcohol undertow.
Taste: Spritzy right off the bat, a little sweet-and-sour action, hops (too hoppy for me -- a definite sign of an inappropriate American appropriation of European classiness), tartness, sea salt, brown sugar, cheap Hershey’s chocolate, and bananas on the finish.
Palate: Spritzy with a smooth finish. Nice.
Overall: Tart for the style. Definitely flaunts its 8.5% for all its worth. This was completely not what I was expecting from a Doppelbock -- oh, how I miss Ayinger Celebrator. This is not German (bananas aside), but a true American spin -- a brown Doppelbock. However, style aside, it’s pleasant enough -- and the more I drink it, the more I like it. Think pairing with chocolate covered pretzels, or desserts with peanut butter. Certain sweet, dark entrees (ok, concession to the German original -- sausage!) would be nice, too.
This is a quite amenable and pleasant brew, if definitely on the strong side (I’ve had higher ABV beers that hid their strength and seemed lower than this one’s 8.2%).
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours mahogany with off white head. aroma of raisins, malt and alcohol. tastes sweet and malty; breads and pit fruit, zucchini bread, cherry, sautéed carrots. obviously, quite complex. palate is full and sticky.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of sweet wild cherries, candi sugar, mild licorice, some alcohol . Dark brown almost ruby red, well filtered. First malt sweetness, this is weird of me to say but some oak follows through, sweet cherries, mild booze. Full on the palate. This is a nice after dinner digestive. Very nice.
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Winking Lizard. Pours a nice copper red color that’s really quite appealing. Aroma is pretty good with sweet malts, raisins, handfruits, and a subtle nuttiness. Taste is sort of a letdown; the complexity from the aroma is replaced with a pretty straightforward malty caramel flavor. Creamy and full-bodied. Could have been better.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
eep red color, lightly carbonated, syrupy full mouth coating body. good malt taste, complementing yet submissive hop bitterness. Not one to turn down.