lusikka (7038) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle.
Pours a clear copper colour with a thick white head. Aroma sweet malts and loads of caramel. Flavour of licorice, sweet malts, raisins and pleasant sweet fruits. Medium bodied with a thick mouthfeel and a smooth, warming, fruity finish. A very pleasant Doppelbock.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 0.9oz swing top bottle into a mug.
Appearance: The body has a deep brownish coppery color with dark reddish amber highlights. On top is a small collar of tan foam. The head slowly settles and clings to the glass as I drink. This makes for lots of cool lacing on the glass.
Smell: It has a big deep aroma with tons of malt character. It has deep roasted grain with notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread and toasted nuts. The alcohol is also noticeable and adds a touch of fusel character which is a little distracting.
Taste/Palate: The flavor is big and full bodied like the aroma and like the aroma it starts with a big bready and roasted grain like base. Inside of it are notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread, and some light toasted nuts. I also pick up some dusty/earthy and mildly fruity yeast as well as some old dried/leafy hop spice. This adds some light bitterness to the background. Mingling through all of this is a very noticeable fusel booziness that has a harsh edge to it.
Notes: There is a lot of depth and complexity but it has its ruff edges too.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 500 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a hazy, very deep amber color with a slight, off white head. The nose is very malty with some bread and a good bit of dried fruit notes. The flavor is fainter that I was expecting and the brew comes across as a little thin and flabby. There is some bread, caramel, perhaps a bit of banana, and a little fruitiness. Medium bodied with lower carbonation leading to a short to medium, thin finish. It’s okay, just not great.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz swing top from Capone’s. Pours turbid ruddy deep brown with clingy eggshell head. This one looks great. Nose iscorn flakes, earthy brown sugar, peaty, malt. Tastes malty, with corn flakey, brown sugary, toffee, and mild red vinous fruit notes. Nice complexity, a smooth finish, well balanced, and downright delicious.
Cuso (5866) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from Bierzwerg. Amber color with small beige head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, honey. Taste, caramel, coffee, toasted bread. Strong alcoholic finish. Nice, strong beer.
garrettdcole (23) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful amber color with a long-lasting white head. Very, very malty; I am surprised to be saying this, but a little sweeter than I would like - it needs some bitterness to balance out the overall flavor. Also the body is a bit thin... The wife really enjoyed it (note her favorite beer is Kasteel Donker). Still a good doppelbock and worth seeking out.
Sammy (9442) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Premiere Gourmet. Very rich, bit overly sweet, cloying. Reddish dark bown, thick pour, thick mouthfeel. Drinkable but not the best representative of the style. Very malty aroma.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red colored with little light brown head. Rich dry nutty aroma with caramel and slight alcohol, also some roastiness here. Medium bodied. Flavor is more sweet with nuts still dominating, some safty palate here as well. Aftertaste is nutty still. Decent doppelbock.
BillKismet (3464) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gorgeous dunkel-malted amber hue with a melanoidin underpinning. Well carbonated and topped with a well proportioned tanned cream head. Dusty melanoidin cider-malted aroma with some malt-ball. The flavor similarly accentuates the malt-ball and cider character. Dusty, aged malting. Sweet cider malt finish. Bountiful melanoidins and dark fruitiness. Bready caramel cider finish.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The upshot of this beer is that is is still good, but maybe too raw, fresh, separated in the kinds of flavors. Not at all subtle, and in my opinion of 6 bottled beers from this brewery not typical either - these beers are flavorful, natural, and meld together well. Also, it would be better with less alcohol. Not nearly as good as the Andechser I had in Berlin. The aroma was good initially but gets fusels soon: alcohol, a touch of varnish, a big part of an otherwise good aroma of sweet molasses with earthiness and big spice (think a broader-spectrum mix of cinnamon and clove). Flavor is pepper and clove, then more "regular" dopple-caramel. The flavor is intense and better than the aroma for sure, although a bit one-dimensional in the spicing. The spice affects even your lips. I have to try this with some kinds of aged Swiss or aged Gouda - it may react in a cool way. Best before August 3, 2011, so very fresh. Bottle from Piwoteka, of course. Great store.