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Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Style: Doppelbock
Ettal, Germany

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RATINGS: 504   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Looks non-too-impressive from the pour - almost like a pepsi, but with some minimal head and a more opaque body. Aroma is sweet and heavenly but subtle - caramel, prune, alcohol. Taste is sweet but with a bit of alcohol and bitterness striking oddly on the back of the tongue. Leaves a nice complex taste all around the mouth to savor. Palate is quite full, smooth and extremely wet - almost like a milkshake, okay not thaaat thick. Overall, a really lovely doppelbock - my favorite style! I could drink this anywhere, anytime and be happy as a clam.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1816) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2017
500 ml bottle. Copper color with a brief creamy beige head. Roasted malt nose has notes of caramel, figs, dark dried fruit and syrup. Flavor mirrors nose with additional notes of light chocolate and cane syrup. Chewy mouthfeel. Cloying sweet malty finish and aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
migwell (348) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Not my favorite style. Aroma of figs and caramel, flavor much the same. Large bottle poured into a tulip, twice... very flat indeed. Deep brown color, medium oily body. Sort of like lightly carbonated prune juice. Couldnt take more than one of these sweet treats and had a hard time finishing the bottle. This brew is the opposite of complex and its rather disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ritzn (1173) - GERMANY - FEB 13, 2017
Dark red with little brown head. Aroma is brown sugar, grapes, butter, some nuts. Taste is buttery and flat, a bit sweetness and roast bitterness. Thinbody. Hm.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (4437) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2017 Tap, the 7% version. Dark ruby color with beige head. Aroma is fruity, molasses, earthy. Taste is molasses, prunes, earthy. Rather sweet. A heavy and typical Bock, rather heavy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (2022) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 12, 2017
Draught at BKL Mnchen 2017.
Dark copper body, with a medium, creamy, lacing, beige head.
Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, cocoa, some toast.
Tastes quite similar, but fuller, with lots of lovely cocoa and caramel notes.
Full, creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes smooth, moderate roasty, a bit sweet, toasty, with cocoa, caramel, dark fruits.

Tasty! Very smooth and greatly balanced, with enough toasty notes and dryness to compensate the dark, sweet notes. Classic, accomplished style example, very enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biir (1197) - Berlin, - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle from the cloister - Dark brown color with rather small head. Thick malty body. Taste is dried fruits, dark malts, chocolate, toffee. Rather sweet, slightly boozy. Nice Doppelbock.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hman43 (1431) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Pours brown with Ruby highlights. There is not much of a head. The aroma is a malt parade with caramel, roast, coffee, toffee, and molasses. There are many malt flavors in the mouthful that include caramel, roast, coffee, toast, molasses, and a bit of coffee. In spite of the ABV, this is a very smooth lager. There is a slight dark fruit taste as well. It is full bodied and thick. It has low carbonation and some alcohol warming. Overall, this is an array of malt showcase and very clean. There are some hints of dark fruits but the malts showcase is what this lager is about.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanCrusher (1057) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle 0,33L. Clear dark brown/amber color with large, creamy, light brown head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, milk chocolate and caramel. Taste starts moderate sweet and very malty, while finish become light to moderate bitter with a note of dark chocolate. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Not bad, but should be better with less sweetness...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Pours deep red with no head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits and candi sugar. Very smooth little carbonation in finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (2800) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2016
$4.29 bottle from Wine Warehouse. Pours color colored with little carbonation and almost no head. Aroma of sweet wheat and - shit, cola. Taste is similar. Almost too sweet in the finish... lack or carbonation makes me feel like Im drinking a can of pop that sat out overnight.


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