Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2012
From the bomber bottle, pours black with a thick foamy off white head. Aroma is cherry and caramel malt and not a thick beer. Very smooth, flavors of honey malt an caramel, some toffee, a little bit of chocolate syrup, hints of black cherries and alcohol, very smooth and silly throughout. Really good beer. AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2012
22 oz bottle - pours dark brown with medium tan head, quickly diminishing, not a lot of lacing. Big aromas of dark bread, cereal, grain, malts, chocolate, dough and vanilla. Nice medium palate, not heavy at all, with smooth creamy long finish. Tastes of darker malt, plums, dark fruit, with a touch of balanced oak at the finish. Very tasty. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 19, 2012
THOUGHTS: A nice doppelbock tweaked just enough by wood aging to make it slightly different. But if I wasn’t looking for the wood I might not have noticed it.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark red that was nearly black in the glass with deep red highlights and a very small, tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma had heavy grain, molasses and caramel; raisin; prune; slight cherry; slight wood; maple syrup; and more wood as it warmed. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, slightly bitter and slightly sour with and average to long duration. There was maple syrup, toffee, molasses, caramel, and herbal and sort of minty wood, alcohol, grain, chocolate, banana, raisin, prune, cherry, chocolate syrup, more wood, and dry wood. The medium body was slightly syrupy then, then oily and then dry with sort of soft carbonation and a lightly astringent finish. jercraigs (11166) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
2012-08-18. Very dark brown body with a modest beige head. 3+ Flavour is quite malty, sweet with sugary touches, caramel notes. 7+ Medium plus body, softly carbonated. 3+ Sweet sugary malt aroma, caramel malt accents. 7+ Very nice doppelbock. Bottle, Campground Brewdown 2012 wxman (1870) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Pours a clear dark cola color with a light tan head. Cocoa and coffee aroma. Sweet, almost cloying caramel, mollases and coffee flavor. Very good!
j12601 (13472) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Had this at the Campground Brewdown. Pours a deep brown with a thin white head. Malt and oxidization on the nose, toast and light wood. Malty, big oxidization, sweet and fruity, dark fruit. Long sweet oxidized malt on the finish. ben4321 (6900) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 8/18/12
superspak (6371) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Aroma: The nose is mostly smokey, musty, and roasted malts, with some caramel and fruity notes
Appearance: It pours a dark ruby red-brownish color and it has a lasting, thin sheet of beige head atop it
Flavor: It tastes lightly sweet, it has some roasted and lightly smokey malts, with fairly minimal bitterness
Palate: The body of this beer is medium, it has a decent feel, average carbonation, and a lightly dry finish
Overall, this is a pretty decent one, and the malty flavors work nicely here. It is a very solid beer, (sorry Kramerica, I know you would have preferred if I hated it, since its Heavy Seas), but I found it to be a rather solid offering.
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(2012 bottling). Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, prune, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, oak, herbal, earth, and light pepper. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, biscuit, nuttiness, prune, oak, herbal, earth, and light clove. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, prune, oak, nuttiness, clove, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent doppelbock! Great flavor complexity and balance and extremely smooth to sip on for such a big beer. Definitely one of the best doppelbocks I have had. Braudog (6944) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours midnight black with just a little thin top of white foam. The aroma is interesting ... almost hints at vanilla, sweet. It drinks with an almost stout-like character, silky, sweet, hanging on chocolate and vanilla notes. I’m not getting any woody notes at all to me, but this is a tasty, fun, dark brew. (#4722, 8/7/2012) coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma and flavor was sweet malt, caramel, molasses, some dark fruit, touch of vanilla. Could use more of the raisiny character I love in German doppelbocks. Didn’t really pick up the wood -- maybe it dries it out and adds some bitterness, which might account for this being a bit less sweet than most doppels. Medium thick palate. Very good American doppel.