Reid (2541) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2011
500ml swing top bottle ( very attractive package) from TJs Salem Oregon, $3.49
Amber/orange ale with a big ole thick bubbly off white head
Subdued aromas..mainlly creamy cereal,roasted peanut..not that bad really
Taste is again of course malty..bready,hay..slightly toasted..some semi-dark coffee bittering at the very end.
I actually liked the mouthfeel..its rich enough yet still easy..only a touch of the alcohol.
I actually did like this beer but its no doppelbock..a nice strong bock/ale hybrid beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Sampled 12/31/2011. This dopplebock pours a light to medium orange gold color from a 500ml swing top bottle. Medium to large sized white/beige foamy head. The aroma is caramel, bready, fruity, floral and sweet. A medium to light bodied dopplebock. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and floral. Decent carbonation. It is a touch metallic/mineral tasting at the finish, and a little dry for a dopplebock, but otherwise a fairly decent beer. Hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Swingtop pint bottle from TJ’s. Props to Trader Joe for shelving an Italian craft beer at a reasonable price. Not sure why this beer is listed as a doppelbock. I guess the color and alcohol level fit. And now that I think about it the hops are right. Oh well. A well-made beer except for a slightly metallic taste. monk191 (1978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2011
First good Italian beer I have had. Lighter color and taste then I expected, considering the bottle says "double dark". Sweet smell and taste, pretty malty. Tastes like an average Belgian style beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
50 cl bottle from Trader Joe’s (Tucson) - Pours a clear deep copper color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and floral. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted caramel malt and esters. The caramel lingers a bit in the finish. Medium body. A decent beer. I dig the bottle too.
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Mineral and malt aroma. Mineral and malt flavor with light caramel. Medium bodied. Mineral and malt lingers with light caramel and light spice. rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle: pours amber with medium sized creamy beige head. Aroma is mostly malt with a small note of roasted grain and toffee. Flavor is malt and toast ending in a light nutty bitterness. Palate is sweet with a slight bittering,but seems rather thin bodied for as malty as it is. Ok beer but not one I will seek out. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2011
500ml flip top bottle from Trader Joes. Hard to avoid at 3.49. Pours with a creamy pale beige head over clear amber. Simple aromatics of light toast and light molasses. Dry and oaky with a simple sweetness that suggests malt extract or a very simple grain bill. Thin bodied, though the creamy head does offer some balance. Lacks the robust full body that I look for in a doppelbock, this comes off more like a heavy Vienna. mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 Bottle from TJ’s. Medium amber in color. Bready nose with some maltiness. Sweet flavors. Some hops. Tastes like an earthy sort of English hop. Fairly rich dark ale with some tasty hops. Some flaws start to show after a few sips. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
12 ounce bottle purchased at Trader Joe’s in Davis. The aroma is fruity and metallic. Lightly floral, not much else. Transparent honey golden body with a medium off-white head. Starts sweet and herbal. Some metallic hints follow, and then a general nothingness is present later on in this beer. Tastes very floral, and almost a sugary character like pixie sticks. I don’t know what style this is, but it’s pretty awful whatever it is. I don’t know who the dumbass was who entered this as a doppelbock, seeing this beer is an ale.