5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle:   Amberish, a little fiery, light carbonation, large frothy off-white head, little lacing.   Soft pale bready nose.   A touch nutty.   Noticeable alcohol up front, not hot, warming, soft breadiness, certainly a malty sucker.   Body and mouthfeel are however, moderate.   Finishes like it started, pale breadiness, malty, also clean.   Not mealy, which is nice, but also not adventerous.   Very much middle of the road. keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2012
No bottling information.odinstyr (807) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Appearance: The body has some chill haze, but is somewhat clear with a darker amber hue to it, there’s a dense tan head that has decent retention and leaves lots of lacing as it dissipates to a nice coating. This is darker than I expected from the name though.
Aroma: The nose has some tasted malts, hints of toffee, caramel and a floral hop presence.
Taste: The intro is of caramel and hints of toffee but the finish is a bit sharp of floral hops and toasted malts. Not bad, but where’s the fruity notes?
Palate: Medium and full-bodied with no carbonation on the tongue.
Overall: This is a really mediocre dopplebock in every way. I don’t recommend this, it’s not even a good value if you’re looking for a cheap buzz.
Pours a clear orange with a hint of red, with a minimal white head. Smells of bread, whole grains, a bit of rye or pumpernickel, caramel. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter, honey, whole wheat bread, mild hops. ben4321 (6840) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 12/1/12
mcberko (19871) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
Aroma: The nose has some caramel/toffee, bready malts, sugar, and a fruity hop presence too
Appearance: It pours a murky looking copper/orange color with an off-white head and medium lace
Flavor: Tastes fairly sweet, malty and kind of sugary, and finally, it has a later fruity hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it feels a little sticky and a bit muddled, with dry finish and a little heat
Pale doppelbock you say? I don’t know what I’d call it, but it wouldn’t be that. Maybe an American Strong? Yes, American Strong, that seems right. Anyhow, this one has some interesting components, and something about it does work, but at the same time it doesn’t quite all come together, so I’m mixed. Considering all that, this score seems about right...
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear amber with a small white head. Nose is quite fruity and nutty, with toasted almonds, various pitted fruits, and some toffee. Flavour brings out dark pitted fruits above all, toffee, some feint toasted nuts, some caramel sweetness, but also some hops to cut this down and provide an element of bitterness. Fairly full-bodied, with a pleasant mesh of flavours, with the pitted fruits characterizing this. Very solid stuff - enjoyable.
bhensonb (15976) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bomber from Made in Oregon. Pours dark copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma seems rather toffee. Med + body. Flavor is fairly sweet caramel. Hints of hop bitter, but this stuff is finishing somewhat on the sweet side. Fair for the style. Certainly there’s hop bitter after all the sugar leaks away. There is no trace of heat. Nice that. With some time I’m thinking it’s finishing towards bitter. Seems ..... Complex isn’t it, but it’s pretty entertaining stuff. Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of bubble gum, butter, candy sugar.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Well, it certainly isn’t pale. And it doesn’t behave like a Doppelbock. From a blind tasting point of view, this is totally an American strong ale or barleywine, but not even respectable in that light. Bubble gum and diacetyl and tons of sugar-and-caramel. Syrupy sweet with almost nothing to balance. Full Sail must be fans of The Bruery. Pretty much undrinkable, and definitely unenjoyable. drjay44 (3893) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear dark amber (SRM 17) body....nose is heavy malts, with light raisin, fig, plum, treacle....taste is treacle, raisin, plum, date, sweet until a slightly dry mildly bitter finish....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low. This meets the style quite well. It is paler than many and appropriately lacks the cocoa, chocolate, coffee tones found in the darker versions. There is nice malt complexity with minimal hop presence. It is slightly bitter on the finish, and there are some lite off tones at the very end. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7 pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2012
From 22oz. bottle. Deep copper in color with an almost molasses taste to it. Overall pleasing beer. SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Pours slightly oily copper with a large off-white yellowish head. Smells AND tastes like an IPA gone bad. I can’t say I’m too fond of this one, but I’m not dumping it.