Philweiss (2) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just about everything I want in a Dopplebock. Dark color, head that starts off strong but settles fast. Nice roastiness and caramel in the flavor. Almost as good as Celebrator.
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a mildly effervescent body of swirling sediment (cola in coloring), under a long-standing, creamy, tan head. Lightly staled wheatgrass gently taints an otherwise pleasant aroma of toasty malt, crispy caramel and peanut brittle with subtle hits of alcohol and basement mustiness. Dang... that alcohol is a tad too forward in the flavor as I take several sips, one after another (after another) trying to concentrate on the gorgeous depth and richness of the underlying caramel-sweetened, roasted maltiness. A mildly disappointing aftertaste suggests this could be bumped up to be a little more bold, but it’s still a solid, delicious beer. ~~~~~~~~~ Absolutely no idea on where this came from nor how long it’s been in my cellar. Which is odd since my "cellar" has basically dwindled down to a handful of Dark Lords, Stone Vertical Epics and a smattering of Anchor Christmas beers from 1999-2007.
dwyerpg (6013) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A slight malt aroma. Not much. Very full thick head with some graininess to it. This is a nice beer. A little sweetness, some chocolate, the thick head dominates the simple beer.
badgerben (5058) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a thick head. Dark fruit aroma, with caramel malt and prunes. Lots of sweet malt flavor, toffee and caramel. Light graininess towards the end. Oddly enough, almost watery. Still solid.
crossovert (12426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 liter growler flip top.
It pours beautifully into my 1 liter dimpled mug. It is a deep, dark brown, looks black int eh big vessel, and a unique brownish tan head.
The smell is super malty. A nice dark doppelbock. It is sweet with some cocoa and caramel. There is an alcoholic twang and also some subtle dark fruits. It is big and bold, i like it.
The initial gulp is quite flavorful, one of the sweeter, more flavorful doppelbocks. It is thick with molasses, cocoa, dark bread, some licorice, and dark fruit. It is just a looong quaff of malt. IT is a flavor deeper than you will usually come across.
The mouthfeel is full and thick, but perhaps lacks a bit of carbonation. It is a mouth full of flavor.
I have to lower drinkability a little bit because the sweetness is tiring after a while.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 01-23-2011 23:40:54
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very Malty and sweet, but also clean on the finish. Easy to drink due to the watery finish, but that could get you in trouble.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml. swing top bottle, coded freshness date at the bottom center of the back label, sampled in a pilsener glass.
Poured a ruby hued dark brown with an robust pale tan head of creamy foam that slowly settled into a thin sudsy lacing, fair amount of sticky lace at the brim of the glass.
A bit strange smelling for a doppelbock because the hops are the first thing I noticed, floral and quite herbal. Further whiffs reveal traces of sweet fig-like fruitiness and roasted barley, traces of smoke. Also in the mix is estery alcohol.
Not as full bodied as some doppelbocks, but I like it. Enough carbonation to give the moderate body a creamy firmness, crisp and dry, this is a smooth drinker. In the beginning this has a fermented sugary sweetness balanced by a nice mild sour fruitiness, prunes and figs, before turning roasted nutty in the finale. The hops are more assertive than in a lot of doppelbock, a good herbal spiciness that has an drying, cleansing effect in the finish. The alcohol is barely noticeable at first, just a low temperature fruity warmth, then it acquires the hop spiciness, adding an sharp alcoholic bite to the dry ending.
When I saw the 7.2% ABV, I was worried this was going to be a relabeled Cambonator Doppelbock, but it is very different from that. Different and slightly unique tasty, I thought this was very enjoyable, well worth picking up a bottle of this to try for yourself.
doublebock (558) - California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown translucent color. Aroma of date and bread
Flavor has notes of biscuit and grape. A bit of a flat palate
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent chocolate amber in color with a swirling, glacial grey head and phlegm like lacing around the edges. Aroma emits charcoal, toasted hazelnuts avec tinsel, milk chocolate bubblegum and caramel cola. Subtle, sweet and smooth aromatic chocolate talc. Flavor first positions itself with spicy, ginger candies lightly laid on broiled butterscotch. The trail end of each sip contains toffee rings with bock enclaves and a hint of cocoa laced licorice for the backbone. Spritsy tongue trait numbs the lining slightly but does quick work of offsetting the aggressive flavors to come full circle with an enjoyable palate load and flavor compound. Cocoa toffee in pumpernickel bread does a dance with cocoa nibs as a butterscotch caramel cola recesses eloquently on the way out. Solid performer.
jimhilt (2600) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a five+ finger almost tan head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Deep mahogany almost black color. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweet fruity with slight fruity/chocolate finish. $4.70 for a 500ml flip-top bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.