HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Nothing quenches your thirst on a 102 degree day like a doppelbock. My poor decision notwithstanding, this beer pours a rich brownish red. Nutty aroma of lots of rich dark malts. Strong, mildly sweet dark bread. Mild chocolate. Taste is mildly sweet. Lots of bready malts. Rich caramel and chocolate malts. Big, rich, and robust. Full bodied, well-carbonated. Finishes a touch sweet with normal lager crispness. Pretty good, despite the elements. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2012
22, capped and foiled. Pours a clear but very dark brown with a loose and creamy medium tan head. Sweet caramel, graham cracker, and molasses nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Molasses and dark pitted tree fruits on the mid palate, but not at all cloying. Very nice beer. killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Half-pint @ Chuck’s. Big and flavorful doppelbock from Great Divide. Don’t see this one around too much. Nice and malty but with a weird aftertaste. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a brilliantly clear, deep amber colored body with an inch thick, creamy and slightly frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Really good looking beer. Aroma is lightly sweetened grainy pale malts with some breadiness, a light chocolate, and some toffee notes. Clean lager yeast, a light dark fruit, and a hint of earthy hops. Flavor is solid with a lightly sweetened toffee and cocoa up front along with a light, balancing earthiness. Some grainy, slightly bready pale malts and a light dark fruit note with a touch of lager yeast. Some toast and a nice lingering cocoa towards the end as this finishes mostly dry, clean, lightly bitter, and lightly sweetened. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice Dopplebock. Very clean, lightly bitter, and balanced with a nice chocolate, slight toffee, touch of dark fruit, and grainy pale malt backing. Absolutely no hint of the 8% ABV. Highly enjoyable. Ratman197 (15220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, molasses, light eartyhiness and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, molasses and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2012 Bottle from Fermentation Market. Pours a deep mahogany with some nice ruby touches and a pillowy tan head. Nose is baked bread, toffee, hints of currants and plum. Flavor reflects the aroma with some added toast aspects and finishes clean. I think it’s pretty tasty. paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Holy crap...a doppelbock that doesn’t end in -ator? About damn time American craft brewers. Pours a nice rich mahogany with some ruby notes, beige color head with great lacing. I love their lager strain, which is odd because I am not a lager fan generally. Light notes of chocolate, figs, plums and some baked pears. That chocolate really lingers. Smooth clean finish when compared to other doppelbocks, especially American varieties. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2012
The beer pours a deep garnet color with an average, beige, pillowy head which has nice longevity for a lager and leaves minimal, frothy lace rings. The nose is nice but fairly subdued; bready, toasted caramel, some toffee, raisins, and light fig. The flavor is similar with rich toffee, sweet caramel, some mineral bitterness, faint earthy roast, light toast, and golden raisins. The palate is moderately full, soft to lively, and creamy. The finish is more bitter than most of the style, still minerally and earthy, slightly roasty, and rich with caramel. A pretty decent attempt at a rich doppel with a bit more bitterness than most but still al the right parts. The fruit notes are pleasant, there is just enough toast and roast, and the malt notes are rich as they should be. There is just something that separates the best German examples from American ones. This one is nice but just not quite up to the same level. drjay44 (3799) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark copper (SRM 17) body....nose is dried fruits, raisin, fig, light toffee/caramel....taste is light dried fruit, fig, raisin, heavy cocoa, light toffee/caramel, finishing with a mild bitterness....mouth feel medium, alcohol present, carbonation low. This is a relatively dry Doppelbock, with less of the malty complexity, and richness found in the best of the style. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7 cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Tap @ Great Divide’s 18th Anniversary party. Orangish brown appearance with an off white head. Fairly sweet, caramel, dull grassy aroma. Not all that hard to drink. A bit boozy. Rich sweet, caramel, straw flavor. Another less than average lager from Great Divide. Too bad.