Ratman197 (8869) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of carmel, dark fruit, brown sugar and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, brown sugar, earthiness and a hint of dark fruit with a smooth lingering malty finish.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a clear amber with a decent off white head. The head is mostly lasting and laces well. Aroma is good with hints of brown sugar, caramel, and grains. The carbonation is light but it works well. Has a rather basic flavor. Better than Macros but not real deep. The finish is ok but weak, and no rela great aftertaste. This is okay but not much more.
IndianaRed (2163) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a crystal clear deep amber with a small quick fizzy tan IPA. Brown sugar woody carmel aroma with a touch of apple butter. Flavor is a bit thin.
Woody here as well, and fairly sweet. ore light smokey brown sugar. and maple syrup. Not Aunt Jemimah, I’m
talking the real stuff from Vermont.
A touch of coffee and lots of lightly toasted malts
Plenty of sweetness, but feels like it has fermented down pretty far.
BuckeyeBoy (2414) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Douglas88 Pours out a dark amber topped with a small tan head. Aroma of grain, sweetness, a little pit fruit and wet malt. Tast more of the sweetness. Brown sugar, spice, and a little milk chocolate. A nice brew from Utah no less.
ChainGangGuy (4274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with a frothy, (just barely) off-white head.
Smell: Sweetish, grainy nose with vague notes of fruit and spice, as well as some alcoholic wafts evident.
Taste: Grainy from the get-go and moderately sweet. Light fig fruitiness. Again, it’s still quite grainy, husky even. Spicy, earthy hops with a light bitterness. Touch of peppery alcohol. Final kick of toasted grains in the warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Thanks, but no thanks. A tad lacking for a doppelbock, really. I’d prefer something more bready, more richly melanoidin laden instead of all this sharp graininess.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This 12 oz bottle poured a rich and clear deep copper color with a robust light tan head and very nice lacing rings as it settled. Nose of caramel malts with lots of other aromas of nuts, ripe fruit, and even some smokiness. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is slightly sweet with some yeasty fruity flavors. You can detect the alcohol in the finish. Pretty darned good.
emacgee (3809) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks douglas08. Pours a translucent dark copper with a thick creamy light tan head. The aroma is nice and sweet, malty, caramel, bready, raisiny, some peat. Flavor is sweet and bready, nice malt character, peaty, mild leafy hop flavor, some alcohol warmth showing through. I enjoyed this. Thanks Douglas!
JMerritt (1735) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Dark ruby amber in color with a large, off-white head formed of medium-sized bubbles. Really nutty hazelnut aroma, underlined with peat, soy sauce, and what I swear is rice wine vinegar (it sounds bad, but I dug the aroma). Sweet, peanutty flavor with moderate caramel and some smoke, alcohol noticeable underneath it all but not overly so. Finish is a little stale, notes of old bread and cardboard.
bhensonb (10215) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Douglas88 for this bottle. Beautiful clear ruby color with a good beige head. Aroma of roasted caramel with a touch/hint of smoke. Full body with near creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet roast caramel, but there are notes of coffee and smoke. And hints of fruit. Finish is moderately sweet, and there’s not much hop bitter. But the whole thing is a feast for the mouth.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Park City location. Color was a reddish auburn. Nice looking. Aroma of fruit, bread, caramel and apples. Flavor was sweet and fruity; yeast, bread and caramel. A solid body. I wish they could brew higher alcohol beers all the time.