Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, I think we got the last of the wooden barrel. Lovely, very warm copper color with a thick and stable head. Aroma is...strong, sweet, grainy. The palate is very soft and easy going. The flavors are balanced. Mainly big and malty and sweet, with fruity undertones, finishing clean and crisp at first. Gets more cloying towards the end of the glass. The alcohol is surprisingly well-disguised and smooth and feel the heat mostly in my head. Makes me sleepy. Overall unspectacular as far as doppelbocks are concerned, it has more of a pale bock spirit.
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at home. Clear amber pour, thin white head. Aroma of swamp and wet dog, combined with some faint German hops and sweet malts. Flavor is swampy, some bitter hops with spices and a quite unpleasant yeasty malty swamp flavor. Not my kind of brew. And also not something I would call a doppelbock.
Oakes (16655) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the barrel. Copper, bright. Warming malts, somewhat sticky-caramelly aroma. Sweet, caramelly taste with nutty accents. Has a fairly healthy bitterness to balance, with maybe some alcohol coming in late. Not bad doppelbock.
theSlipperyPen (280) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
It’s a light amber to golden beer with a quickly receding, loose, off white head. The initial impression of the nose is of a strong lager style; there’s a rich maltiness but it’s not exactly rounded or complex. And like a lager there’s a bit of bread and sweat here. The hops give off an aroma of aged oranges and dried lemons. In the mouth there’s a musty honeyed sweetness that gives the bready-heavy malts and old hops a bit of a backbone, though it does get a tad over the top as the beer warms. And, indeed, as the temperature rises the alcohol comes out, but it has a nice zing to it. The mouth feel is medium with a definite stickiness; the carbonation is likewise medium. The finish returns to the yeast/bread and lager sweetness, though right at the end there’s a bit of a soapy note. It’s basically like a strong, malty pilsener - and though it’s drinkable, it’s not very interesting.
Grima (2386) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2010
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Into the glass pours a dark amber-colored beer that is losing its head quickly. Smells strong roasted malt. Starts also very roasted malt, subtle alcoholic with a strong licorice undertone. The aftertaste is roasty, bitter coffee and decent alcoholic. The further course is a little nutty, but always remains strong roasted malt!
deanso (9836) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - DEC 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle from ABCBeers in the Hague.
a little white foam. Blond colour. A nice beer
jfb (6020) - Freising, GERMANY - NOV 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught) pours a clear amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of caramel and tree bark, light toasted malts and fallen leaves, quite spicy and autumnal. flavour is the same, quite heavy on the malts, with some robust notes of alcohol and some light hints of peaches and herbal hops in the finish. medium to heavy body with average carbonation.
johndoughty (5230) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear bronze with a small head.Slightly sweet with a presence that is quite deceptive.Only when I looked at the bottle did I realise how powerful it was.No carbonation and dangerously drinkable
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 50cl. Bottle from Bierzwerg.de. Clear dark amber with a small beige head. Terribly inviting nose where odd cardamom and lemongrass, caramel, candied coconut, apricot and spicy hop components show up, all very nicely balanced by a flawless malt back. Low carbonation. Great balance. Very drinkable with a good bitterness. Beautiful lacework. Dry finish. A sublime beer.
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle [Courtesy of yespr, thanks buddy] Light fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Cloudy golden color. Aroma of mild malt and fruity, also toasted malt, hint of bread and caramel. Some alcoholic notes. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Moderated sweet flavor, light bitterness. Malty and light alcoholic finish.