BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Cheesehead YeAH 2007, thanks Chuck for bringing the bottle: Clean coppery hue with a frothy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, walnut, crabapple and berry esters, charred malt, grassy and resiny hops, and a hint of corn whiskey. The taste has sweet malt and fruit, slighty spice, phenolic and mineral. Medium-bodied, oily, lively. Solid brew but a tad young . Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Thanks to Chuck for bringing the bottle! Poured clear reddish-caramel with a short, loose cap of tan headage. The aroma picked up toasty, deeper caramelization along with a bit of herbal and floral hoppage.. nice, warm, and malty! The flavor had warm, deep caramel blended well with chocolate and molasses.. herbal and caramel notes ride through the warm finish paired with some pine and herbal bitterness. Warm and malty throughout with nice bitter accents.. decent balance. jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle, pours a dark ruby red color, with a very thin head and little carbonation. Aroma is light, some dark malts are slightly present but not very perceptible. Nice malt flavor some carmel and a touch of roast, hops are barely present but slightly bitter, very watery mouth feel. Alcohol is slightly present. Nothing too special here and I was a bit disappointed. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 9, 2007
THOUGHTS: A lot of people are saying this needs maturing but the alcohol should be noceable in a doppelbock. So I think it works. It’s just not the best doppelbock. It could have been a little more malty and a little less metallic. I did like the way it burns just a little going down, with most beers I wouldn’t like it but with a doppelbock I do.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark, slightly reddish amber with an average-sized, off-white head that kept a thin sheet for a while but then fully diminished. The aroma was moderate malt and light chocolate, raisins and alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, while the finish was heavily sweet and moderately bitter with and average duration. The flavor was malt, a little chocolate and maybe a little smokiness. Oh yeah, and also metallic. The medium body was somewhat syrupy and tingly with a metallic and moderately alcoholic. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle into stem glass, purchased at Frugal McDougal, Nashville. Pours with a fizzy head that disappears quickly, leaving a crystal clear ruby brown beer. Smell is bready with some acrid alcohol and some other off aroma that I couldn’t identify, but didn’t like that much. I’ll definitely agree that this is green, it tastes much like a wine when too young. The hops are sharp on the sides and biting, not a pleasant bitter accent at all. The middle seems to have some nice malts going on, fruity under a sourdough feel, but it needs to round out and balance out. I don’t know how much time it needs, or whether time will fix it, but right now it’s kind of broken.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
GABF. Malty and sweet in the aromas. More of the same in the flavor with some alchol in there on the finish. Pretty good. I also had the special with all the added flavors. I liked them equally. Maybe this one a bit better because of the simplicity. DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Clear medium copper pour with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee, some assy funk, nuts, and polyurethane. Tastes caramel malty, with mild notes of brown sugar, cabernet, nuts. Not terribly complex, with a medium to light palate heft. It also gets rather hot near the end, while retaining a cloying quality, which seems paradoxical, I know, but try it and you’ll understand. I really wanted to like this one, but something just seemed amiss all the way through, and it didn’t mesh together well. This beer is analogous to a decent looking woman with a decent rack, yet when you get her in the sack you realize she has a winterbush and ugly feet. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle thanks to puddintane: Pours a clear brown with an off white head. Aroma, a little nutty, cararmel and roasted notes. Flavor, a bit ashy up front, caramel, some fruits, roasted notes, and a bit nutty. Ehh. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Too many cooks spoil the broth? Seems to be the case from this brewer with cool packaging surrounding another one of their pedestrian beers. From a 750ml bottle purchased at John’s in Iowa City, IA. Dark copper colored body with a yellowish khaki head. The aroma is strange with apple pie and caramel. There is also a light herbal note in the background. The smells like a rich desert. The taste is light caramel with some peach pie. Roasted almonds come through in the finish. The body is surprisingly thin for a beer of this abv. As it warms you get a little more spice, but the sweetness is cloying. At least it has low carbonation, making this an ok sipper. I regret that I spent so much money on this barely passable doppelbock. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Lightly burnt orange to copper color. Moderate, lasting, beige head. A few rings of lace. Heavy malt aromas with toasted bread, light caramel and scones. HInts of grassy and noble hops. I thought I caught a hint of mold but only pick it up once and have not found it again. Malty start with again, caramel and toasted grains. Middle is full of hops and rather aggressive with plenty of bite. The middle lead to a mild burn and heat. Finish is hot with hazelnut and alcohol. Somehow this one is really coming off, young, hot and a bit thin. Perhaps it is age, but I’m not convinced. Some part of me thinks this could develop to a smooth malt elixir, while another part of me thinks this might become an alcohol mazel tov cocktail. Of course I’ll pick up another and hope for the former. But I’m not going to hold my breath.