hurleymanvw (101) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Copper color with nice amber head. Nice malt and fruit aroma. The flaovr was good nice and smooth. I am a fan of the doppelbock and i was not disappointed. Roaste malt made for a smooth finish. Good beer. Ratman197 (14664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2006
750ml bottle poured a clear copper with a lasting amber head. Aroma was malty and fruity. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark fruit, roasted malt and toffee with a smooth, sweet finish. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Wow- great find Ryan! Thanks for sharing this at HWOH last week. Pours a clear deep amber with a nice lasting thin head. Sweet aroma, deep caramel, caramunich, munich, melanoidin- all the real thick nice caramel toasted malts with lots of big aroma and flavor. Also some slight fruitiness like plums and raisin. Flavor is thick and malty, slightly astringent, sweet and almost cloying. This would have been very nice, but it was way overcarbonated and foamed up in my mouth on the first couple sips. i had to let this sit for a while and swirled to kill some of the carbonation. Pretty good overall though. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours a reddish brown with a nose consisting of roasted and chocolate malts. Initially there is a sweetness, followed up by a more roasted flavor, and a hoppish finish. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Cloudy copper-brown with lasting beige froth. Spicy hop nose. Mouthfeel got better and better as the beer warmed from my cold fridge. Carbonation was lively. Hops were zingy, piney and a little citrusy, and they also seemed to surface more with time. Malt flavors were nice (toast and candy-coated nuts). Quite a bit of sweetness, but it was balanced well by some sourness and a healthy bitterness. Hint of brown sugar was nice in the aftertaste.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2006
03.12.06 750ml bottle thanks to FrumptyDumpty at HW OH. Firm off-white head over a medium brown body. Sweet aroma with citrusy hops peeking from beneath a heady and malty punch. I’m initially thinking this seems more a barley wine than a doppelbock. Smoky and dry on the palate, but that’s unfortunately overshadowed by being quite overcarbonated. It still reminds me more of a barley wine than a doppelbock, but not a great barley wine either. Mineral and peat mess, not clean and lagery and sharp as I’d hoped. Too bad. This brewer has great ideas but just doesn’t ever seem to nail the execution for me. HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 75cl bottle with cork. Poured with well formed, tight head that lasted. Cloudy medium dark brown. Nice aroma with port, alcohol, prunes. Very soft mouthfeel. Malty upfront with definite bitter chocolate flavor. Oddly bitter finish that did not marry well with the primary flavors, including notes of sulfur. Maybe just too hoppy at the end or the wrong kind of hops. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Poured from a 750mL bottle. Muddy medium brown appearance. Aroma is of honey, chocolate, apple, and some cherry. Light chocolate and toffee mostly in the flavor with a slight apple fruitiness at the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel. Decent example of the style. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
From a bottle. Beer pours a murky, dark amber-brown color with a small, creamy, light-brown, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is stellar! Heavily and luxuriously malty with thick notes of roasted grain and caramel and moderate notes of coffee and chocolate; smooth, yet moderate hoppy notes of pine act as a foil against the sweet, fat malt. The flavor is smooth and easy-to-drink. It begins moderately sweet and heavily bitter and fades into a long, lightly bitter finish. The body is full, the texture is creamy, the carbonation is lively and the alcohol feel is moderate. Ernest (7658) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin/pine), moderately malty (toasted bread, nuts, caramel). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Very very nice in the mouth department, though I don’t like the strong piney-resinous hop smell at all...they should’a used something more appropriate for the style IMHO, but I’m an old fogey in that regard...keep that piney-grapefruity crap outta malty old school brews like bocks, stouts, etc., and save ’em for the IPAs double IPAs or whatever else is suitably American hop-centric. Sorry to be such a hard-ass about that, but it really rubs me the wrong way when brewers ruin a completely good recipe with too much of the wrong hop. This could have easily been a 4+ beer otherwise.