TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Draft: Lightly hazed russet brown. Dense, tan head. Rich, meaty, sugared malt aroma. Wafts of chocolate, dried plum, and tea leaf along with some fruity hops, dough, flowers, and fig. Firm, grainy body. Tiny, sandy bubbles scrub the palate. Stellar malt display right away with the rich, doughy, slightly caramelly caravienne leading the way, touched by sugary sweetness and and soft pale malts. Continually plummy and waxy underneath. Reserved chocolate, caramel notes with a touch of coffee and nuts. Ends with lingering starfruit hints amid a plethora of succulent, rich malts. Stunning example once it fully warms. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Draught [2003 version]: arrived in a snifter with a brilliant ruby-black body and a generous dark brown-bubbled head. (It also arrived freezing cold, but I had time to wait this one out . . . and boy, was it worth it). Stunning aroma: soft milk chocolate, raisins, roasty nuts, sweet caramel, and some light mocha. Simply amazing mouth-feel; soft, creamy and full. Great chocolate malt flavour along with roasted hops, plums, chewy raisins, and thick caramel add up to one of the finer Goose Island offering I have had. 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! BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2005
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) - San Francisco, California, 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.
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft at GI Clybourn. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Medium carbonation. Aroma is of malt, spice, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is very rich malt, spice, brown sugar, raisins, chocolate, and caramel. Long lingering alcohol warmness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light given the alcohol content. Has a malty, alcohol soaked finish. Damned drinkable. Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
On tap at the Clyborn Brewpub. Very impressed with this offering from start to finish. The robust nutty molasses in the nose brought me in right away, and kept me intrigued. Also, some good red apples, melon, cherry, light mocha, almond cookie, and light earthy, grass hops to round out a highly appealing aroma. The appearance was a ruby brown color, medium body, with a nice frothy white head. Actually tasting this one was no let down either. Very bold, but not boozy at all, just keeps you thinking about the flavor throughout. Not overly sweet as well, just some quality notes of dark nutty german malted cookie malt, crisp mixed fruits, cherry, herbs, light chocolaty sugars, and earthy backing hops. I was definitely expecting such high quality here from GI with a dopplebock, but I didn’t mind the surprise. Very, very 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. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a woody amber with a thin lasting head and nice lace. Aroma is big biscuit and toasted malts, sweet Munich and caramunich - earthy tones. Flavor is toasty, malty moderate sweet, some brown sugar, honey sweet, light fruity, big toast, caramel and big munich malts- clean smooth finish- well made. One of the best at the GI promo event. Cimbasso (893) - - DEC 21, 2014
Sampled on draught in a snifter glass at the Goose Island Brew Pub on Clybourne. Very dark reddish brown colour with a beige head. Roasted malt and coffee aromas. Very full, fruity taste, with coffee flavours along with a very slightly tart baked apple and toffee tastes. This beer has a very good malt flavour and plenty of fruity hop notes. A really lovely, complex beer to be savoured slowly.