Hair6a11 (1315) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a Dark Amber/Brown - Light Off white/tan head at the top, smell is sweeter than I expected, certainly. Aroma is maple syrup, sweet breads, and figs, flavors are similar, to be certain. But first, the brew is lighter than I expected - mouthfeel is medium, i suppose. It starts a little bitter at first, like a port, with a certain breadiness, but then the sweetness comes out as well, and there is toffee or syrup, combined with dark fruits. Nice brew overall - Bottle didn’t match the artwork so I continued to question whether I was drinking this beer, but I triple checked myself. Bottle is actually a swing top, coupled with poor artwork of a jolly monk - well, whatever works.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml, bottle conditioned. medium-dark caramel colored body, low carbonation as in the marzen, little to no head. nose centers around haplessly sweetened grape and apple juice, with the grape flavoring and what seems like wood oil coating the mouth throughout. chewy but flabby body. horrible flavor. drainpour.
JohnnyJ (4226) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Copper pour, white head. Sweet malts, chewy fruit bread, caramel, and lightly nutty. Meh, okay.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a translucent, dark amber color with a moderate, beige, frothy head which settles to a very thin, frothy layer and leaves some frothy, lace rings. The nose is certainly bready and rich with sweet caramel, sweet rolls, some raisin, light nutmeg, and a bit of almonds. Typical doppel, the flavor carries plenty of malt richness; again very sweet caramel, honeyed rolls, candied raisins, maybe some molasses, maybe some plum, and a slight almond note. The palate is medium to full, creamy, and soft to lively. The finish is sweet with raisin, caramel, and some light almonds. Typical rich doppel which is nice, but the best of the style have a bit of complexity and depth. Very nice German example and very nice but no Celebrator.
jb (2147) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy caramel nose. Also a bit of fruitiness. Appearance is cider colored with a minimal head. Taste is very doughy, chewy, graham crackers, very satisfying but very simple. I like my doppelbocks more complex and nuanced but this is still a nice beer.
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl swingtop - cloudy brown beer - a rich and creamy doppel that is sweet but never cloying - nose of caramelized sugars/toffee, raisin, date, some earthy/mustiness - very creamy body - clean sweetness, caramel, raisin, fig - some yeasty/doughiness - moderate spicy character and tartness bookend these qualities, preparing and then cleansing the palate of most of the sweetness - quite tasty.
CanIHave4Beers (3142) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful deep red color with a big white head. The aroma is clean and malty with some apple and mild roastiness. There are fruity and molasses notes in there as well. The flavor is a good sticky maltiness with some spicy hops with a mild roastiness, some molasses, and a bit of alcohol. The palate is full and a little sticky but with a lively enough carbonation.
drpimento (2153) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Swing top bottle with a little pop when opened. Pretty decent traditional doppelbock, if perhaps a tad sweet. Poured with a nice foamy frothy thick light tan head and lots of lace. Aroma is roasty burnt sugar malt dark bread. Flavor is like aroma and dominated by a slightly bitter and mainly sweet character. Finish is like flavor with a bit of tang at the start. Body is thick and full with good carbonation.
FatPhil (9005) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle (Stockman, Tallinn)
Very deep red, brief beige head. Rich grainy aroma, some huskiness,
some sweet maltiness too. Full crisp palate, a little sweet, but nicely
toffee-ey in places. Graininess prominent, as is a bit of
pencil-sharpenings, alas. Some burnt plastic too. I don’t know how
strong this is, but whilst there was an initial wave of alcohol, I’m
not noticing it now. Remarkably refreshing doppelbock.
SaintMatty (5083) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml Bottle - Brown with red tinges and a foamy head. Malty aroma with raisins, caramel and some slightly roasted elements. Fruity and slightly roasted taste with spicy malt. The fruity and roasted elements linger in the finish.