glennmastrange (2922) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle. Moderate aromas all around, with roasted for the malt, cooked orange for the hops, dough and a hint of leather for the yeast, and date brown sugar, bourbon and faint spice in the background. Head is small, fizzy, light tan with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is clear dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, creamy with a carbonation between soft and lively and a sticky on the lips finish. Am almost syrupy Doppelbock, it smells good and tastes very good. Just nothing grand about it. leah2974 (429) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Pours a very dark brownish red, not quite opaque. Freshness from the wood contrasts with heavyness of the sweet dark malts and forest fruits. Sweeter than most dopplebocks. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.
mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
Appearance: Very dark brown body with a smallish, light beige head.
Smell: Malty and sweet-scented with firm notes of roasted malt, hot chocolate mix, and sugary caramel-flavored candy. Some skins-on dark fruitiness. I’m coming up empty on the planks, just a whole lot of maltiness.
Taste: Cocoa, heavy caramel, and Tootsie Rolls glazed with instant coffee. Moderate sweetness. Dark fruits. Subtle wood character, I’d hoped for a better showcasing of the woods. Slight spiciness, a faint flutter of earthiness. Again, there’s the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it wood character. Sweet, undoubtedly malty finish that’s lightly warming.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some stickiness present.
Overall: A very Americanized brew in the vicinity of the Doppelbock style. As mentioned before, I was left wanting more wood character. I’ll still probably give Plank III a go.
[4709-20120818] Bottle. Vanilla extract and roasted grains aroma. Dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Light boozy toasted sweet caramelized bread flavour. Medium body. Nice roast characteristics. (6/3/7/4/14) 3.4
radio_nowhere (1474) - Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2012
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2013 Got a bomber of this from the Heavy Seas tour a few months ago. Poured into snifter glass, very dark brown with cream head. Aroma of roasted malt sweetness, bread, chocolate and some wood. Taste is malty and sweet, caramel and eucalyptus wood notes. Heavy and thick palate. Very good.
TheGent (657) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Don’t drink many dopplebocks but this is a pretty good one. Color is reddish brown letter light through with slowly spiraling carbonation to a bubbly head. Aroma is malta soda with some plums or cherries. taste is sweet with some maple and vanilla from wood ageing. Its a hardy heavy beer but with a clean cool body. Very tasty. thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a strongly carbonated semi-opaque brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was sweet musty and dark malt. The semi-thick mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild un-Doppelbock like flavor contained notes of roasted malt and dark malt. I caught myself saying, "This is a Doppelbock?" One of my favorite styles of beer! Give me my Andechs any day of the week please. But, it did taste nice, just not a Doppelbock. 8balls (31) - Winston-Salem, USA - NOV 4, 2012
This is a real good brew with a flavor that’s unfamiliar (thank goodness).It doesn’t taste like a beer that I’ve had previously, but it still maintains that doppelbock style. There is a sweetness to it that’s not overbearing, but it’s definitely prevalent. I can see how this flavor may not be for everyone, but it certainly works for me. It’s very smooth, and the notes become louder as it acclimates to room temp. I’m real impressed at the woods used in the aging process (always refreshing to have something different than oak), and I believe it really helps in the development of the flavor. Even though this is a beer that hangs its hat on the wood aspect, I don’t think it tastes woody (hmm, right word-??). I missed Plank I, but I’m looking forward to Plank III after enjoying this one. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Draught. Pours a thick and near-black with a moderate head. Nice roasted and malty notes to the nose. The taste has just a hint of sweetness with some almost fruity notes. Interesting brew... fraternie (1021) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Unique for its fresh, cool mint/ eucalyptus quality that balances effortlessly with roasted cafe mocha and black plum flavors. Light on its feet for the abv, not overly rich, finishing on a creamy note.