fidelis83 (2005) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy dark god pour with a creamy off white head that has great retention and nice head.. Aroma is big on cereal, toast, nuttiness and light spicy an floral hop notes. Flavor is full of cereal and caramel, some caramel and spicy hops. Light to medium body with a moderate, but blanketing sharp carbonation. Good stuff.
wlajwl (4068) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is pale malts, bread, caramel and a hint of spice. The flavor is pale malts, fruit, a low undercurrent of spice and a mildly sweet/bready finish.
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft on tap at Binnys SL (Chicago, IL). Quick stop by in search of some Pipeworks releases. A pleasant surprise as I was never able to find this bottle. Pours a golden orange hue, some healthy amber. Deep striking glow to the body with darker orange middle, small frothy whitish head that laces small. Aromas are bready malts, dough, and grain. Florals, kiss of honey, sweeter malts and gentle fruit. Mellow dry earth, toast, light black pepper as it warms a bit more. Initial is a touch of black pepper spice on the sides of the tounge, gentle bready malts, dough, sweeter elements touch a bit. Kiss of honey, wet grain, mellow sweetness, touch of earth. Middle is sweeter and thicker as the backend shows a bit of yeast, gentle pepper/. Some toast, straw back there coming out of the lightly sweeter middle. Finish is gentle mellow earth, florals and grass. Touch of lemon rind, mellow lingering black pepper and grainy dryness. I don’t care for these types much, not in my wheelhouse. But it’s not too sweet and that black pepper element at least gives me something to keep my interest a bit.
portableparty (1961) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours amber with a tight sudsy white head that fades to a soapy film a tight collar. Aroma has plenty of malt which is sweet and nutty with subtle fruit and nuts. Taste has sweet nutty malt and subtle bitterness with a lingering spice. Palate is medium to full with a slick dry finish.
jmohno (1137) - Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light copper thin head.Clear.
Slightly fruity aroma with vanilla tones of carmel and malt breadiness. Pretty mild aroma.At times aroma is void/no complaints.
Taste is mildly carmel with malt/light maltiness.Pretty clean really with some citrus/lemon and itstartness towards the finish. Does not seem like 8% at all but has some smooth body.Nice crisp brisk finish.A little bit of pepper in there,barely noticable, fairly complex in taste though.
BeerSquare (117) - - OCT 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like this one-- for a blonde, peppercorn flavored dopplebock, it sure is subtle and mild about all 3 of those flavor elements.
I.e., it’s more golden than blonde, the peppercorns are just an accent to the brief hop bite, and it is lighter and cleaner than most any dopplebock.
Aroma is too sweet for my taste, as with most dopples, but taste is far more complex.
I understand some of the criticism here about how this one does not bowl you over, but the interplay of the flavors in my bottle was really remarkable-- like a distant cousin to the Celebrator Dopplebock by which this brew was clearly inspired, at least in part (more specifically, the rich carmely malt profile).
First new dopplebock I’ve liked in a while from a brewery that often fails to amaze me-- kudos.
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the DBLDP on 09/02/2012: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes slowly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready malt, mild hops and fruit. Medium body with flavors of grainy malt, ripe fruit and faint hops. The finish is mildly hoppy with a short malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
andyhwcinc (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at La Pasida something (can’t remember) in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, IL; enjoyed while making my first all grain homebrew and sweating during it. Appearance is a slightly clear gold with a thin white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of lager yeast, lemon, a bit of pepper, smells nice. Taste is nice and refreshing, lemon and pepper notes, goes down pretty crisp. Pretty nice brew, another solid one from the series.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Overall just too mild. Cannot really detect much that’s above average here.
tibicinoid (26) - Wyoming, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: "2A191622" stamped on bottom
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock Glass
I was excited to see Two Brothers re-release their doppelbock, which I hadn’t the opportunity to try in the past. My expectations were not met, as the Incinerator is a fairly weak-bodied hellesbock with an equally faint aromatic and flavor profile, mostly dominated by peppercorns (and even these aren’t particularly powerful. In general, I’d consider this a miss, maybe it needed more time to lager.
Pours a 1.5cm head of marignally off-white foam that has about average retention for the style, lasting about a minute as it collapses to a thin ring around the glass with some thin islands of foam atop the body. Head leaves no lacing along sides of glass. Body itself is a copper-orange color, transparent, with light bringing out brighter orange and yellow hues. Carbonation is very active and visible along all sides of glass.
Aroma features noticeable black peppercorn on top of some sweetish honey-like aromas and very mild graininess. In general, a very subdued set of scents, also missing out on a number of key caramel and/or fruit esters commonly found in helles doppelbocks.
Opens with light syrup and honey-like malt sweetness, with light biscuit and bread undertones. Sweetness remains through mid-palate, but the presence of the peppercorns used increases noticeably. Back of palate sees a slight amplification of malt and bread-like flavors and sweetness, with a drop-off of the peppercorn influence. Aftertaste is rather slight, with some grain, light honey, and modest flowery notes present. Ethanol content isn’t noticed at all. In general, rather timid in flavors for a malt-heavy beer; rather surprising.
Beer’s body is medium to medium-light in weight, with mid-level carbonation that peters out fairly quickly. The result is a mouthfeel that is crisp and slightly prickly at first, but which gradually reduces to a mildly carbonated, smoothly flowing feel. The weight of the body itself is overly light for a doppelbock, rather surprising and disappointing. Closes out with a semi-dry character and some residual stickiness around edges of palate.