kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Draught at the brewery. Pours a reddish brown with a thin creamy off-white head. Aroma is a slight spicy hops upfront with a grainy malt chacracter. Flavor is similar presenting a pleasant light grassy spicy hops that gives way to a potent cereal malt body. Full bodied.
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2010
On tap @ the Olympic Tavern in Rockford IL. Pours a medium brown with a small off-white head. Aromas of hops, brown sugar and slight alcohol. The hop flavor comes through at the beginning with a more traditional dopplebock flavor following. Noticable alcohol on the finish. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2010
aroma is slow flowing melted toffee with clean end devoid of alcohols coming sting. appearance is dark pretzel with lasting ring and big lacing. flavor is bracing hops sizzle then cara-sludge with hot gasoline booze. delightful. arkurzynski (2427) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 Drove to Madison to taste on tap at the brewery! Online description is as follows: "Tett Doppelbock is a brunette hued doppelbock brewed, fermented, then lagered to 6 weeks old. At that point a hot water infusion of German Tettnang hops was pumped in to the lagering tank. We kegged it 2 weeks later." My rating: Brown-amber color off tap. Nice, sticky hop aroma followed by alcohol. Initial flavor is that tangy, sticky, spicy hop aroma (I love Tettnanger hops!). Follows through with roasted, caramel-type malty sweetness. Alcohol, despite being able to smell it a bit, is well hidden. Medium to full body. Excellently crafted and very different from what you would expect from a doppelbock. Burped hoppy goodness all the way home. From talking to the bartender, sounds like this will be the next Capital Square Series brew. Worth the drive and looking forward to the bottled offering.
Re-rate on bottled version: Lacking the great flavor combo of the original batch. Malt profile is more sweet and cloying and hop profile has a "fake" taste to it. Not overly enjoyable compared to what I remember from the tap version months ago. (original rating 4.1, updated rating 3.4)