Legend Guardian Dog Doppelbock



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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Richmond, Virginia has many well-known and many times told urban legends. One of the most popular is of a black dog that is said to guard a child’s grave. Some believe the iron statue of the black dog resided in front of a Richmond Shop many years ago. During her short life, the little girl would pet and talk to the dog as she passed on her way to school. When she died of scarlet fever, the statue was given to her family in order to avoid being melted down for the war effort, and placed by her grave in Hollywood Cemetery. The dog has a personality of his own and has been reportedly discovered looking in various directions. He is said to come to life if he feels the need to protect his young mistress. Legend Guardian Dog Dopplebock makes use of Vienna and dark Munich malts as the base, also incorporating Cara-Munich, Aromatic, and Chocolate malts for a hefty, toasty beer in flavor and aroma. Hops are used only for a counter to the malt sweetness. No aroma hops are added. Expect a deep mahogany color, a rich malty aroma, and a complex flavor that truly celebrates malted barley in its various forms. Look for plenty of biscuity and bready flavors, accented by caramelized sweetness, finishing smooth and mellow with hints of chocolate.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2008
Pours a rich dark brown with ruby hues, not a lot of head. Aroma is oddly vinous, with tones of other dark fruit, took me a minute to decide how I felt about it, but in the end I really enjoyed it. Flavor is fairly sweet with strong over tones of rich fruit: cherry, and raisin, with lighter tones of figs and raspberry. A fair amount of sweet caramel malt, some moderate doughieness, overly sweet, but a lot of nice complex flavors. Only vaguely reminiscent of any other dopplebock I have ever had, but some really nice complex fruit flavors that make this a really nice beer.

Iphonephan (7263) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2014
On draft at the Mad Fox Maibock festival 2014. Pours a clear brown amber with a tan head. Malty nose. Flavors if roasted nuts with some tart cherry notes. Medium body. High carbonation.

alexsdad06 (10784) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2013
22 oz. bottle as an extra (2009 from notes). Pours brown in color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some chocolate, dark fruit character, light tart like it may be off a bit, some weird funk, thin for the style. This was a one and done for me.

zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
roasty sour cherry notes. Red body with light orange notes. Roasty choclate and sour cherry taste slightly tart finish. Tart and dry on the palate

Emeister84 (2580) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2013
Aromas of dark berries, chocolate-covered cherries, raisins, figs, and subtle toast. Ruby-bronze with a retaining, khaki head. Fruity and toasty, well-balanced by a quick taste of hops, and followed by flavors of molasses. Medium body, good carbonation, and finishes with flavors of dried fruit.

obguthr (6653) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
Cherry and wood nose. Clear garnet, thin head. Strong elderberry flavor, slight DMS. Medium body.

MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2009
(Sample Date: 5/19/2009 Source:Legend Brewery) Pint at the brewery. Light caramelized malt aroma. Clear deep amber brown with a small white head. Malty and bready with a very light fruitiness. Finish is sweet and malty with a peppery yeast character. Pretty good.

decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2009
A bit of an off odor that reminds me of musty something. It isn’t a show stopper but it is odd. The flavor hints of chocolate but has that flat funk. A drinkable beer but an odd beer. Not one of my favorites of one of my favorite styles.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2009
22oz from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. Fully expecting the worst, given the fragility of Legends bottles, I was moderately surprised to find this an enjoyable if unassuming doppelbock. Dark red pour, very transparent with the lightest of carbonation. Fruity malt aroma with a nice fluffy one-finger head. Caramel malts are certainly there in the taste, but there’s a very light, almost fleeting fruit quality to this, like a Lite version of the style. Not bad, and not an infected bottle, but nothing overwhelming.

LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Draft - A very thin, alcohol dominated beer. Hints of chocolate and raisen, but not one of the best offerings.

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