zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Clear red pour with a puffy and soapy off-white head that lasts for a bit. Aroma is rather sweet with hints of candied sugars, sweet malts, yeast, apples, and some spice. Flavor is sweet at the beginning but fades to a mildly bitter middle that’s laced with apple skins, sweet malts, and some dry grassy notes. A bit water and very fruity for a doppelbock. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Bours mahogany with a thin but stubborn off white head. Smells of caramel, some dark fruit, pepper, spice. Tastes of sweet caramel, some tarte hints, fruity, a touch od earthiness. Decent. adavis234 (289) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Pours a brown-orange color with a medium, tan head. Heavy, caramel malt aroma with a hint of hops. Much like the aroma, the taste is a strong malty, caramel flavor with a moderate alcohol taste at the finish. A well done brew, but a bit overpriced. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
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. jrob21 (3874) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2008
This one came back from Nashville and is a decent drink. Pours clear brown with a bit of a red hue. Decent tan head. Flavor is a little bit of raisin and a nice roasted malt profile. Finish is a little sweet and sugary. Aroma reminds me a little bit of a weak bourbon drink and has a hint of alcohol in there.
Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2008
For my 400th rating. Beautiful, brilliantly clear dark clear amber with golden amber highlights and decent sustainable tan head. Aroma is the best part of this brew, rich malt, raisins, plum, caramel, cane sugar, and the faintest hint of alcohol on the tail end. Flavor is a bit of a let down. All the above mentioned in the flavor, but a prevailing hop bitterness joins, and in my opinion, ruins the party. Body is medium thin, but at the same time, ever so slightly syrupy. Too bitter for my taste. But a solid brew nontheless. bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 This was a very good doppelbock. Nice dark golden color, very malty, hints of brandy. DTM (870) - Vacaville, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Poured a dark amber color and had the smell of sweet hops. Smooth on the palate, but somewhat bland in flavor. A little bit of spice flavor but not too overpowering. Drinkable, but not a outstanding beer. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle from Wade’s Wines in Westlake Village, CA. From the ratings, you’d think this one was lacking, but I didn’t find that the case. It was very drinkable with a nice maltiness to it and limited bitterness. Octoberfest is right around the corner, and this one was great with a brat! wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color, with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel. Flavor is similar, sweet, lots of caramel, chewy, but there is a lack of carbonation that leaves the beer a little flat.