Bill Becker (2008) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 20, 2017
From Mar 2007
This one pours from 750ml caged and corked bottle(2005) a deep clear amber with a medium sized head of foam that receded rapidly. After the second pour, the foam stuck around much longer and showed some good lacing.
The smell is very strong. I'm getting a lot of caramel and roasted malt and it's way on the sweet side, kind of reminds me of butterscotch.
The taste on first sip is huge malt....lots of sweet caramel, roasted malt, some dark fruit, and bread. The more sips I take, the more the sweetness seems to subside and is replaced by strong burnt caramel along with some molasses and some bitterness. There's even a touch of sourness in there. Hmmm. I'm not exactly sure if the various flavours are really working all that well together.
I'm now on my last pour and....the foam is really thick and billowy now with the clarity I mentioned earlier being replaced by a murky amber and the flavours seem to be meshing more favourably so I'm starting to like this Doppelbock more. I guess my initial experience with the complexity of this brew caught me off guard. Yep, I like it.
Bottom line: This starts off a bit muddly but if you persevere with it, it turns out to be a pretty darned good brew in the end.
Edit: Jan 2, 2011:
2005 Left Hand Goosinator
Still a great looking brew with plenty of foam.
Huge caramel malt smell, lots of chocolate and toffee.
Lots of the same in the smell with some definite oxidation. Loads of bread in the taste as well. Bottom line, this didn't handle the 5 years well but is still drinkable.
djd07 (16307) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is dark fruit and bready malt. Thick mouth, toasted malt, spruce, light dry finish, decent. alexsdad06 (11232) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99 (2007 consumed in 2011; notes). Pours a cloudy amber brown color with a medium sized beige head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was sweet, fruity, and floral with more specific notes of caramel and dates. The flavor had a very mild smoke quality to go with the sweet caramel malts and dark ripe fruits. Some signs of oxidation were there. This was still decent given the age. planky84 (3494) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle from Utobeer Market Stall. Brown pour with a beige head. Smoke, chocolate and coffee aromas. Smoke, fresh tobacco, chocolate and caramel flavours. Quite sweet. Smooth, sweet finish. Tasty. crossovert (14135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
2007 vintage, expensive bottle. When I bought it I didn’t feel I was buying a doppelbock.
It pours a deep brownish plum with a fizzy off-white head that produces a bit of lacing.
The smell is smoky with a bit of a floral bouquet. There is also some cocoa and malt sweetness.
The flavor is sweeter than expected. It has a nuttiness to it that goes pretty nice with the campfire smoke flavor.
It is a nice smoked doppelbock, a bit sweet and alcoholic, but nice. Not the best one I have had but it is solid. Probably not worth the price tag however.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-04-2011 01:10:57
madmitch76 (26435) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
1st January 2008 GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Dark brown beer. Crisp and dry. Smoky! Malty mid tone with some bitterness in the finish. Smoke dominates too much.
Bottle. 2005. Poured a clear ruddy dark orange color. The head was three fingers high and off white with good retention and decent lacing. Big malty aroma with molasses, caramel, and brown sugar elements. There was also some date and raisin. Medium bodied and sweet. Moderate carbonation with toffee, caramel, and date flavors. Nice. Not as overwhelming in the alcohol or malt departments as the Samichlaus I had last night. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2009
A deep copper/red pour with a foamy head and lace. Nose of some dried fruit. A very rich sweetness, full malt, with a very light hops bitter. Palate is full and creamy carbonation is excellent. Very solid offering with a good abv warmth and lingering flavor that is pleasant for minutes after drinking. Hints of molasses as it warms ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Vintage 2007. Dark amber pour with a fluffy tan head and thick drippy lace. Caramel & dark fruit on the nose. Light earthiness and smoke up front. Sweet caramel finish. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2009
750ml bottle 2005 vintage, a bottle from the cellar that looked worth cracking this evening. Drank at cellar temp, shared with my girlfriend while dinner is in the process of cooking. Pours reddish with a tan ring. Nose is liquid smoke, and some old tired spices. Taste is sweet, and rich and somewhat smokey. Overall a bit light and overall underwhelming.