Rando7 (736) - Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour gives fairly clear reddish-brown color with thin tan head. Strong dark fruit aroma. Taste malty with some caramel, raisins, bread, toffee. Alcohol well hidden. Palate on the thin side bordering on watery, minimal carbonation. Mild dull fairly long hoppy finish.
A very drinkable doppelbock but it’s somewhat lacking in flavor and mouth feel. Not a bad flavor but I just wanted more.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a pub glass. The beer pours a surprisingly light medium amber color, with a moderate slightly off-white head. The nose shows more pilsner malt character than one would expect, conversely lacking the depth of Munich and Vienna malt notes typical of great examples of the style. The flavor also seems to lack from an aggressive enough hand with German character malt, showing a strong malt character and sweetness, but lacking the refined and seemingly unending depth of flavor notable in beers like Ayinger Celebrator. Carbonation and mouthfeel are enjoyable. The finish leaves a lingering note of bready malt. Overall, something of a disappointment from a usually excellent brewery.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Lush Wine and Spirits. Pours a clear, very pretty amber-ruby colored body with a finger-width, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is really nice. Sweeter caramels with a touch of smoke, dark fruits and cherries, nuts, grassy hops, maple, a light honey-bread, and a touch of toast. Flavor is similar. Rich and lightly toasted caramels, a soft cocoa, grassy hops, smoke, nuts, raisins, dark fruits, maple, bread, a hint of roast, and some toffee. Finishes dry with a light-medium hop bitterness, roast, a touch of smoke, and a nice dark fruity caramel to balance. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, clean, medium body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very impressive doppelbock. Extremely well balanced and easy drinking. Solid, rich caramel maltiness with no cloying sweetness, a touch of bready toast and toffee, a pleasant dark fruitiness, some smoke and roast, and a nice hop presence to dry things out. Loved this one.
TonyDiUlio (650) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found some old ratings on paper that I never posted. Dark brown pour that is clear with no haze and little head. aroma is strong alcohol but sweet with apple and nuts. Flavor is nutty alcohol. Hints of pomegranate and raisin. Rough tingle on the palate.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a light chestnut brown with a nice off-white/tan head. Minimal lacing as it goes down, although it was fairly chilled when I poured it.
S: Sweet malt, caramel, and toffee. Good combination and proportions.
T: Fairly sweet, but not cloying. The dominant flavors are definitely caramel and, to a lesser extent, toffee. No alcohol heat and just the slightest amount of hop bitterness.
M: No discernible alcohol presence for a beer of this size, although the mouthfeel is decidedly lacking in viscosity, which is even more surprising given the sweetness of this beer.
D: Very drinkable. The thinner mouthfeel and lack of a super-sweet taste makes this one go down pretty smoothly.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-17-2010
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours deep brown, with a ruby tinge. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, with a hint of alchohol.
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught, 7.8%. Sweetish fruity aroma. Cloudy dark red brown colour. Unstable head. The flavour is fruity at first. Turns nicely sweet with a hint of alcohol to balance. Good, sweet dark fruits. Spicy, almost herbal hop flavour. Clean finish. Better than many German Doppelbocks.
TaktikMTL (5751) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 12 oz partagée avec MartinT et Beerbuzzmontreal. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de noix et d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #3208)
SandyTom (9) - USA - AUG 25, 2010 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle left over from last winter. toasty carmel, autumn leave aroma. poured thin with no head. dark amber with a slight haze to it. a nice light sweet taste with a easy thin drinkability for a doublebock. def get it again when it comes out. love the dobblebocks
djaquay (120) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2011 thin tan head, dark orange/brown pour, wonderful taste! sweet aroma of caramel and nuts, moderately sticky palate. much more than i was expecting, and very much worth coming back to.