sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle curtesy of Ibrew2or3.
Pours copper with thin head.
Taste is malty with caramel and toffee. The 8% abv is noticable.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges. Roasted biscuity malt with caramel and toffee sweetness. Invisible alcohol and medium palate. Nutty, sweet, good.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a stunning clear amber with thin tan head. The aroma is big and nutty with some roasty to biscuit malts joining in for good measure. The taste is much the same with a nutty almond – filbert – hazel nut nuttiness that is rich and goes deep into the experience. Behind that I get medium roasted malts and some biscuit. I find that the malty nutty sweetness builds up beyond a level I find comfortable with. Just becomes overly too sweet for me.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear and deep copper. Creamy beige head. Sweet, nutty-toasty nose. Medium body; prickly carbonation up front; finished soft. Malts had notes of sweet nuts, dark caramel, toffee and burnt toast. Plant-like bitterness was balancing. Lesser notes of earth, peat and smoked wood. Decent beer.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, no date from Zac (hellomynameis), thanks! Poured aggressively--clear auburn with a 2 1/2 finger off-white head that did last. Lots of toasted grains up front with light caramel and earth next. Maybe a bit of honey, but that’s about it. The flavor had too much caramel sweetness dominating most everything with some everpresent alcohol. The spicy alcohol dried the finish out as well, with bitterness peaking at a 2 out of 10. Medium body with low carbonation. Meh, not a so good.
cgarvieuk (13921) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Bottle at home Thank to douglas88 for this Deep brown ... Very smokey litttle sweet lots of caramel ... light ruit hop .. really quite tasty
Beerdedone (2567) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a nice light tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts, nuts, and some light fruit. Flavor is caramel sweetness, toffee, peat, fruit and finishes with a hop bitterness.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear brown color with dark red edges when held to the light. Has a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted and caramel malt. Flavor is a full toasted malt, almosty biscuity. Medium body. Has a lingering malty after tasty. A decent beer.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A smooth, but quick pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a fairly clear, red tinged, full amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, light cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma is certainly malt focused, but also has an off-putting cabbage note to it. Lightly concentrated malt aromatics (light for a Doppelbock), toasty malt aromas, sweet caramelized malt sugars and even a touch of raisin character is noticeable. Somehow the aroma just seems a bit jarring; that sort of cabbage note really gets in the way of things for me.
Sweet tasting and not overly rich, the sweetness is actually fairly clean compared to the richness of most Doppelbocks and it seems to accentuate atypical, fruity notes of raisins and berries. A touch of lightly astringent, darker malt notes add some sharpness towards the finish and there is touch of cabbage character that lingers on in the finish. This is pretty well carbonated as it can taste fizzy at times, though I think the lighter body contributes to this as well. This seems to lack the deep richness that I like to find in the best examples of this style. I would never have guessed this was 8%abv, it seems a bit lighter than this.
This is not a bad beer, it just doesn’t quite have enough richness and malt complexity for me. Because of this it is a bit disappointing, though the slight off-notes don’t help things either.
matt7215 (2151) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from a trade with douglas88. pours deep red with a small quickly fading head. malty aromas, mostly fruity with some alcohol. flavours are malty and boozy. kinda all over the place with unexpected bitterness near the finish. ok but neads some rounding out and polishing. thx doug.