Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Style: Doppelbock
Ettal, Germany


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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biir (968) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hman43 (1294) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanCrusher (1022) - 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...

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (2517) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (3045) - CROATIA - JUL 30, 2016
On tap at Cajt, Zagreb. Pours dark red brown with tan head. Caramel malts, nuts, dried fruit. Quite sweet, but it doesnt hurt the beer. Medium bodied. Better than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (6864) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2016
330ml bottle [Thanks to Barettalbier for this Top 50 Doppelbock!]. Clear, dark burgundy colour with small to average, thick, mostly lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Mellow malty aroma, fruity notes of red berries, cherry, fig, raisin; caramel and toffee in the background, a touch of liquorice; dry hints of fruit parings tend to evoke resolvent allusions. Taste is moderately sweet fruity, again red berries, cherry, fig and raisin, additional notes of toffee, caramel, white coffee, interludes of treacle inspired sweetness; oily texture, slightly sticky palate. Rich and complex, relatively light for 9% abv, surprisingly fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kajser27 (1565) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 3, 2016
Ruby red colored, frothy beige head, good lasting. Aroma is of caramel, dried fruits, some chocolate and toasty notes. Taste is medium to very sweet malty, caramel, toffee, bit chocolate, lots of dried fruits, medium herbal bitterness, bittersweet finish. Full bodied, sticky. Too sweet overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle 33 cl from Bier-Bienne (CH). Reddish brown beer with refections ruby, average beige head. Aromas soft malted with notes of alcohol, red berries and chocolate. The taste is soft, round, with roasted, molasses-licorice, black cherry, choc and a touch of vanilla. Creamy beer, complex but heady. Bittersweet hop. The top of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trolleo (1424) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 27, 2016
Clear dark brown body, no head. Alcohol and brown sugar aroma. Taste is much better, chocolate, dark fruit and caramel. Soft carbonation, medium body. Good one. //on tap at Craft Room

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