Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg. Pours a clear dark red color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Taste is raisins, caramel, roasted malts and anise. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. I like this quite a bit. fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle pours dark red/amber color with off white head. Aroma is biscuit flavor. Flavor is more biscuit with not much else. Pretty one dimensional. nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2009
12oz bottle. Ruby brown-amber color with a respectable head. Sweet, fresh, and malty aroma. Sweet and smooth, a pretty well-executed Dopplebock, though it lacks some of the fruity/pungent yeast nuances found in some German examples. Creamy, with a balanced bitter edge. Really covers the alcohol well. Full flavored, but completely sessionable. Good stuff, way underrated. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 02/21/2009. Clear deep cherry body with ruby highnights and a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel and fruit aroma. Sweet caramel and light molassas flavor with some bready notes. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet doughy caramel malts and a touch of light fruit. Starts fairly full and sweet with some light carbonation and some mild bittering hop presence before a thinner, weaker finish. Could use more body and complexity, but still has good drinkability.
jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12oz bottle-pours a dissipating light tan head and reddish copper color. Aroma is medium/dark malt, husky-toffee, medium fruit, some earthy/spicy hops, some alcohol. Taste is medium/dark malt, drying, husky-toffee, medium fruit, some earthy hops. Thanks jwc215 for sharing this one. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Pours a light brown with a thin white head. Aroma is some caramel a little bit of malt. Flavor is also a bit of caramel, but this beer is very watery, Not a whole lot going on in the palate. Thin slight malt flavors. This is 8%? Why bother? Sobriety waster. SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 17, 2009
clear light brown color with a white head. malty caramel aroma. flavors of mostly caramel. medium bodied. needs some complexity. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark amber body with a smallish, white head.
Smell: Lightly sweet-smelling nose of bready malts and, to a lesser degree, caramel with dark fruit notes of a nose-tingling waft of alcohol.
Taste: Toasted, multi-grain bread slathered in sweetish dark caramel sauce. Raisin and plum fruitiness. Tiny bit of hop bitterness. Some unrestrained, peppery fusels roaming free throughout the taste. In the tailed, there’s a rebound of toasted malt that develops into a growing, somewhat harsh graininess that dominates the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s not exactly the most graceful, adroit dopplebock on the dopple block. The slightly astringent graininess in the latter half mars the overall experience. Maverick34 (3304) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Draft. Pours a watery brown. Aroma is pretty light for a DB. Some hoppyness inthe finish. Ok.