Zeswaft (1768) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Looks really nice. Black color, small head. Really velvety texture and smooth. Aroma isn’t that noticeable. Not much flavor but it’s all really mild. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Appeared a mahogany/ blood red with a cream-colored ring. Aroma is BIG alcohol and BIG malts, with the esters being a bit overbearing. Full-bodied, the flavor starts with an overage of sweetness moving to a dry finish with light, bitter hops. Flavorful enough, but it comes across as a "get-drunk-quick". (Sampled directly after the brewer as he tapped a fresh batch.)
fidemaster (313) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2005
<font size=-4>On tap at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Island Beer Company (Clybourn), Chicago, IL 60614<font size=-1>
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2013 Starts out with a nice fruity and chocolate taste, but not too sweet. Then we have a hoppy, malty taste fallowed by a bitterfinish. Its seems like you could drink 10 of these without a problem but then the alcohol actually finds you. Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2005
A very well made doppel. Defitely a touch on the sweet side and fairly complex with a healthy dose of bitterness in the finish. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Deep red/brown with a quite malty nose. Smooth fruitiness about it, though thin in the mouthfeel. Some chocolate and a very light hop finish. Nice.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2005
very dark amber, almost black. malty nose. taste is fruity with lots of chocolate. medium body. very smooth. a slight warming sensation, but the 7.6% is not evident. served in a snifter on tap at clyborn goose island. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 A tight creamy tan head crowned this mild tasting doppelbock. It looks nice, good lacing, too, when it’s drunk, but the aroma is a light caramel with hints of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is awfully watery and the taste isn’t very strong. It’s hard to believe the advertised abv (7.6%, not 7.5%, as listed on this page), it swallows so smoothly. It does warm when it hits bottom, but I’d like more of a beer experience afore that happens.BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2005
<font size=-4><a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Island Beer Company - Clybourn, Chicago, IL<font size=-1>
On tap at Clybourn, listed as 7.6% ABV on the board: Deep brown hue with a purple highlight, topped by a small creamy head and good lace. The nose detected plum, fig, blueberry, caramelized and toasted malts, mocha, grassy hops, and a dusty yeast ester. The taste was sweet and fruity with a lot of carmel and chocolate notes. The finish displayed a touch of smoke and some nutty qualities, very subdued bitters. The feel was quite lush and sliky smooth, the alcohol was very well hidden. Oh so yummy once it warms up (served too cold at first). A must try for warming up on those cold Chicago days. austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Tasted in the fermentation area at Brewpub with Wil Turner (brewer): The alcohol in this is insanely well-hidden! Deliciously sweet and dangerously drinkable. Some guys at the bar were bemoaning the fact that this was no longer on tap the day I visited, but the resourceful brewer, Wil Turner, hooked me up with his emergency Doppelbock stash. Oh yeah! Insanely malty with little hops. Its achilles heel, if it has one at all, is a slight lack of complexity. Well done. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Dark brown with hints of deep ruby sparkling beneath the creamy, off-white head. A rich, pleasant aroma of dark, ripe fruits, fresh dough, cocoa powder and a touch of hops. Full and deliciously thick mouthfeel. A wonderful flavor profile that shows strong malt character. Plenty of fruit, nutty caramel, chocolate and a light smoke character towards the end. This is one fine example!