RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mostly clear burnt orange with a thick, fluffy white head that lasts ages. Aroma of caramel, sauteed apples, pears, toffee, potpourri, champagne, and a slight bit of grass and pepper. Aside from the potpourri, it smells quite nice, and strong on the nose. Flavor of toffee, pears, green apples, hay/grass, slight caramel, and definitely more rose champagne notes. Finishes, with tangy fruit, a bit of dryness from the hops, grass, and earth. Medium to full bodied, high carbonation, fluffy creamy mouthfeel, and definitely a bit of an acidic bite to it. Very good! The fruit qualities can be strange, but itís complex and unique thatís for sure.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange gold with a soft white head. Sweet pineapple on the nose, but not a whole lot else going on. Very smooth, the carbonation here is wonderful, giving this a great mouthfeel. Unfortunately the flavors are rather boring. A bit of wheat, fruit, and some toast. Just overall very dull. A light bit of alcohol on the finish. Disappointing.
glennmastrange (2229) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop notes of straw, nutty and herbs, light dough for the yeast, with cardboard and candy sugar in the background. Head is large, starts fizzy turning rocky, slightly off-white with thick but slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is sparkling clear amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the long finish is bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is medium, oily with a fizzy carbonation and finishes a little sticky. An okay beer, but a Dopplebock? Really? Itís missing a few things for the style if thatís the case. And $20 for a 750 ml? No thanks. Donít waste your money.
Skinnyviking (6793) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. High fluffy and lasting white head. Clear amber golden warm body with a lot of bubbles. Aroma of alcohol, barley malt, a touch of lemon. Bitter sweet lemon peach flavor with a champagne like body. Heavily carbonated. Long sweet aftertaste. Alcohol very well hidden in the flavor.
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a light amber with a medium white head that dissipates quickly. The aromas are bread, light cinnamon. The mouthfeel is sticky slightly and sweet with a medium body. The .bottle is really cool but I donít know that is classify this as a dopplebock. It has Little too much carbonation for a dopplebock. It was an interesting beer.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a very interesting looking clear, pure amber with a slight off-white soapy, fizzy head. Aroma has a touch of honey, malty with bright fruit and a hint of pepper and alcohol spice. Flavor has a light but rich maltiness, lightly burnt caramel, nice bright fruit notes, pepper notes and sweet. Mouth feel has a medium body and a champagne like mouth fell, very lively carbonation. Overall, a very tasty, enjoyable brew! Good Shit!
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden yellow color with a big white head. Nose of molasseses and grapefruit. Taste is very bland and a little bitter, and it is way too sweet. Carbonation is not noticeable, very light bodied. I donít know if this isnít a style I like, but I didnít enjoy this beer.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very clear budweiser color. yellow and fizzy, check. Four fingers of head that almost overflows onto my counter, check.
smell of bananas, wha? Lots of them, that was a bit unexpected, sure I expected a bit, but this was very strong. underneath that, which was hard to get through, was the smell of belgian yeast, some feet and a hint of cinnamon and coriander.
taste is very strong on the banana, but finishes VERY clean, my first swallow, I had planned on reviewing the flavors, but the finish sticks out after the banana assault. after sipping this a while, I am beginning to notice that I feel like I have a sort of mucus buildup growing near the back of my throat. It is most unpleasant, and cant say this has really happened with a beer before, I wonder what would cause this... not sure where to take that hit, so putting it under palate...
Anyway, back to the flavor profile... lemon on mid-palate. After a few sips the banana seems to disappear and more of the lemon comes out. The alcohol is WELL masked, cant believe this is 10.3%.
This is pretty good. I am pretty impressed, though I didnt have much of an expectation going into it.
cbfobes (2275) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle, pours a clear golden color with a decent head, aroma has a nice sweetness to it with hints of citrus to it, the flavor is complex with all kinds of different notes in it, a nice fruity touch with a solid malt balance with a flavor of almonds and nuts, the finish is somewhat dry, interesting brew and glad I got to try it.
philvil (173) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a few glasses of this with Jim Koch himself at the release party last night. It has a light golden color, crystal clarity, and carbonation like a champagne. But the malt and hop complexity is way beyond champagne. It has a powerful malty sweetness, with malt flavors that surprisingly remind me of a barley wine. Due to its light color, I think it is a better fit in the Heller bock category than the doppelbock category (which is defined as "amber to dark brown").