j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Sampled this at Campground Brewdown 2. Pours a lightly hazed brown with a thin beige to tan head. Soft banana and smoke on the nose, malty. Medium-bodied, soft malt, toast. Light malt, sweetness with toffee notes and light smoke on the finish. superspak (6228) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Got in a trade with icetrauma. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but likely bottled this year. Pours lightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, dark bread, raisin, prune, wood smoke, ham, roast, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt and smoke notes with moderate dark fruits; and good strength. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, dark bread, wood smoke, roast, light nuttiness, raisin, prune, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, dark bread, wood smoke, roast, nuttiness, raisin, prune, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate smoke and dark fruits; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent smoked doppelbock style! Awesome all around complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt flavors with smoke and dark fruit; and very robust and smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering. bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2013
clear brown with a nice sized tan head with long retention. dates, raisin, caramel, chocolate, roast, mild smoke. medium-heavy sweet, light bitter. full body, creamy feel. it’s enjoyable, not not outstanding drjay44 (3893) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2013
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick well retained light beige head, with some lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is light smoke, heavier plum, raisin, light hop spice....taste is sweet, with plum, raisin, hints of cocoa, light smoke with very light terpene bite, finishing with a moderate lingering hop, spice bitterness....mouth feel heavy of medium, slightly sticky, moderate astringency, alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds clean finish. The smoke was used with a light hand and added complexity to aroma and flavor rather than dominating. The net is a pleasant beer which lacks the rich complexity of the best in either the Dopplebock or Smoked categories. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7 JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle. Reddish brown pour, with a off-whitish beige head. Smoke, caramel malt, light cocoa, dark fruit, and a bit of sweetness. Decent.
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle shared @ Oakquinox 2013. Mahogany pour with a tall khaki head. Smoke, caramel, and dark fruit notes on the nose. Some cocoa, burnt wood, and a touch of roast. Smokey flavor along with some burnt wood. Mild sweetness of caramel. A bit of cocoa bitterness, roasted malt, dark fruit, and cola. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a huge tan head. The aroma has some smoked notes as well as some darker, roasted malt and some dark fruit. The flavor has a lot more smoke in it. I get a lot of ashy, meaty smoke as well as some roasted malt and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very good. blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2013
bottle, dark brown garnet pour with multi layered waterfall head, really nice balance of smoke and malty dark fruits, good medium bodied bock with nice finish TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Dark ruby brown with a light brow head. Aroma of smoke dark fruit and dark malts. Very smooth smokey dark chocolate w/ cherry and plum taste, with great carbonation. Overall its a very complex beer that was born for cooking and enjoying while cooking or any other time. ozarkspops (368) - - FEB 2, 2013
Dark brown cherry pour. Mild tan head. Aroma was smokey chocolate, caramel, toffee, licorice, sugary. Flavor starts to show the smoke. All the malty characteristics in the aroma show up but with that smokiness. Sweet clean finish.
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