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Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Style: Doppelbock
Ettal, Germany

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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The nose is filled with complex notes of figs, fruitcake, port, licorice, cherry, raisin chocolate, black toffee, coffee and caramel, while it tastes deliciously thick and chewy, with great complexity showing notes of fruits, coffee-roastiness, molasses, licorice, and toffee. This beer is a meal!
Editor's note. The draught version is 9% abv, but also contained under this listing. Edit #2 The bottles are now 9% as well (from 7%)

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3.5
DSG (15432) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2010
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Shachar. Clear copper-deep amber color. Aroma of malt, caramel, honey, some nutty hints and light toastiness. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, hints of toasted bread and light herbal notes. Medium-bodied. A nice delicate Doppelbock.

3.5
Tmoney99 (15137) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark brown with an average frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate toated caramel and tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Heavy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

3
kermis (14999) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours clear brown with a ring off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, soap, light caramel, malt and toffee. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.3
HenrikSoegaard (14710) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Some caramellic notes. Moderate bitter caramellic flavor. Some alcoholic notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

3.3
Dogbrick (14333) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Deep dark brown color with a medium tan head and patchy lacing. The aroma is bready malt and fruit. Medium-bodied and creamy with roasted malt, fruit (raisins) and caramel flavors. The finish is tart and fruity with touches of malt. A decent enough beer, although it doesn’t really fit into the Doppelbock flavor profile that I prefer.

3.6
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2009
I am surprised that I haven’t rated this yet. 500 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a deep ruby red color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, toffee, raisins, light anise. Taste is anise, alcohol, toffee, dark fruits including primarily raisin. Full bodied with significant alcohol warmth. Very tasty. Good doppelbock.

4.3
crossovert (14153) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Comes in a nicely decorated reused 1 pint .9 ounce bottle. Brewed according to is historic recipe of 1609, created by the Benedictine Monks. This is the U.S. import version. Pours a nice dark brown with hints of burnt golden orange. A small tan head forms and quickly dissipates with a vigorous pour. The smell is the smooth, sweet chocolate malt of dopplebock we’ve come to know and love. Some dark dried fruit in there as well. Also a slight nuttiness. One of the better smelling doppelbocks. Mouthfeel is smooth with a small amount of carbonation. Taste is of fruits, cocoa, coffee, and hops. Alcohol is present with a bit of burn in the throat. Like others have stated the word "juicy" comes to mind, not in the fruit juice sense but in the overall feel and scent of this masterfully crafted brew. For doppelbocks it is pretty high up there, a solid one for this category. I am itching to try the German version as it has less abv.

3.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2006
(500ml bottle, thanks Goldtwins) Crystal clear copper body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel. Some alcohol burn in the finish. Creamy medium-full body. Hops? We don’t need no stinkin hops!

3.4
BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle received via trade with porterhouse. Pours deep brown with an average, frothy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toffee, nutty), light hops (grass), average yeast (broth, dough) with notes of figs, cherries, port, and molasses. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a slight bitter, metallic finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

3.7
bierkoning (13815) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 Bottle: deep dark brown color, poor head. Malty raisinny aroma. Full bodied, almost thick. Sweet and malty flavor. Tropical fruit, caramel and some chichorei. Alcohol clearly noticed. Malty, bitter aftertaste. Firm high quality doppelbock. Tap: Café Morshuis Albergen. Sweet, malty flavor with roasted malt and some bitter chocolate. Mango. Soft but persistant prickly mouthfeel. Not a sign of alcohol. Very likeable. A tap sample tasted in feb ’06 had a mint and anis character.


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