mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
On tap at LaConner, pours a clear amber with a tiny beige head. Nose brings out toasted caramel, toasted nuts, and bready malt. Flavour is very sweet, nearly cloying, with candied sugar and caramel. Not authentic at all, nor balanced well. Pretty poor. hayduke (5209) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Looks like this one has not been around for a while, but is was there today at the brewpub, and the brewers seems to have really nailed it this time. In the glass this draft pour was a cloudy reddish color with s nice off-white head and lots of good lacing. Very attractive. The nose is sweet and full of floral notes. Medium body and an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is caramel malts with ripe fruit . Bitter finish. This was an exceptional beer, and stood out tall among all those I tried today at the brewpub. . Get this one before it is gone. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
DOPPELBOCK--12 OZ. BOTTLE
2001--6.30% abv. (4.25 / 5.0) Lightly hazed burnt red color with rich brownness. Malty mild hop (38 IBU) front. Light sediment. Smooth rich complex sweet malty doughy cherry fruit caramel body. Hot hop alcohol end with lingering maltiness. Sampled 7/25/2001.
2003--6.50% ABV? (4.5 / 5.0) Thick pour. Clear rich thick amber red color. Malty floral front. Sweet rich smooth black cherry body. Smoky toasted doughy biscuit notes. Big & sweet. Clean mild citrus hop end. Touch of EtOH heat. Rich Lager. Sampled 5/1/2003. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2004
This was an okay doppelbock. It tasted a bit old but that could just be me. I will have to try this again and re-rate. BeerPinMan (3) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2004 does not count
Lighter than I expected for a Doppelbock.
That being said, very nice palate and would be even better on cask than in the bottle I'm sure.
TimE (5817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2004
Has an unusual winy chocolate nose, but the body is very malty with an caramel bread covered in chocolate feel. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Red color. Slight aroma of fruit. Very fruity palate. Comes of quite sweet and strong. Good stuff. Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2003
I just don't get the other reviews of this beer, I found it to be an outstanding example of doppelbock, from the wonderful bready malt flavor and aroma right down to the clean, dryish finish with just a touch of bitterness. I know of no better doppels brewed in the Pacific Northwest, and I wish this was easier to get ahold of! drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 I've always been particularly fond of LaConner, the brewery that gave us Tennenbaum and a lovely IPA, but this didn't seem to have that LaConner flair. Having a very large malt profile, this seemed almost too standard. Big carmelly body and the burnt sugar aftertaste. This, however, did not have that undesirable metallic zing so many malt bombs like this are akin too, which is good. Just really too characteristic of the variety, too un LaConner-ish. - (Yeah, I just had another one, still the same. My first rating was dead on.) KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2003
Deep reddish amber with a decent wheaten head and speckled lace. Aroma is light with sherry-like tones and a touch of caramel sweetness. Flavor is assertive but syrupy sweet with trace molasses tang--a bit medicinal. Hops provide trace dryness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, the sensation exacerbated by the uni-dimensional malt profile and the lack of any top-end presence to provide a counterbalance...This has no shortage of flavor, but is decidedly lacking in balance and complexity...a bit of a disappointment from this brewery.