ebone1988 (1926) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Aroma is bready, raisins, booze. Appearance is dark brown, a beautiful doppelbock. Taste is...interesting. Strong booze, some dark fruit, mostly booze. The mouthfeel is thick. I don’t think I would try it again. Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Poured from a 22ounce bottle. The smoke is strong but never out of balance. There are notes of chocolate, prune, raisin, a big malty beer. drowland (8758) - Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
8/11/12. GTMW. Deep amber pour with a small khaki head. Rich aroma of sweet fruits, caramel, molasses, and definitely smoke. Rich smokey flavor as well, a bit salty and porky, with plenty of caramel, molasses, and dark fruits. Not bad. ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 28, 2012
The molasses forward character of this and many doppelbocks has never been my thing, but the smokey, tobacco and earth aroma and flavor of this beer helps dampen the sweetness. Still, too much alcohol, too much brown sugar, and too little restraint. jmohno (1619) - Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Cloudy dark reddish brown,thin head.
Aroma has some tart/sour oak dark carmel light mineral/ slight pipe tobacco some smoke notes it does have a tart cherry likeness(if thats from the cherrywood?)
Light medium body,strong tart bittersweet carmel sourish oak bourbon.Seems more sour oak bourbon like than smoked.Prettty tart and lingering tart, it has a good amount of dryness also. This probably would go better with cheese or something other than by itself. Probably wont get it again,at least anytime soon.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Bomber. Poured amber brown with a medium-sized tan head. Quite the mix and match of elements: rye, doppelbock, and rauchbier. The smoke dominates the aroma and flavor, but not as much as some other rauchbiers. Typical aromas/flavors of smoked meat, bacon, etc. I always wonder if the meat is really there in the aroma or if it’s just the power of suggestion? The doppelbock comes through nicely. Some dark fruit, raisins, rather sweet. The rye might have added some spiciness; hard to say. Nice herbal hops element. Nice! Johnsense (1672) - - JUL 15, 2012
Darker brown pour, 1 finger of head. Smoke, toasted malt, Dark rye bread. Lighter Carbonation, smoke up front, toasted Rye bread, Raisin, tobacco, brown sugar, molasses. Heavier body, ighter carbonation. Went deadly with my BBQ tonight. superspak (5600) - Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2010 vintage. Pours a clear and extremely dark reddish brown color with a small light tan head with ok retention that reduces to a a ring of lacing. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, smoked meat, molasses, raisin, prune, toast, bread, oak, herbal, earth, chocolate, toffee, and rye. Very nice aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big caramel, toffee, raisin, prune, molasses, smoke, bread, oak, chocolate, toast, herbal, earth, rye, and light peppery spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, smoke, toast, earth, and rye on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of all flavors; with a very nice amount of complexity. Smokiness is not overpowering and compliments the style nicely. Minimal cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel as expected for the style. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Definitely a sipper, but is still very smooth. Overall this is an excellent smoked doppelbock. Very nice flavor complexity and balance, and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering, well done. brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2012
10 ounce glass at the New Holland Brewery. A smoked rye doppelbock? You can’t pass up the opportunity to try this out. They met my expectations and it ended up being my favorite option of their entire menu. The smokiness and meat-tinted flavor really combines nicely with a slightly sweet bock flavor. Despite all those heavy flavors, it still pulls off a certain refreshing feel. I’d readily buy this in a bomber bottle if I saw it around here in Chicago. Dogbrick (13018) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Sample at the Central OH BA Tasting at From The Vine on 06/02/2012: This brew is a dark brown color with a medium light tan head that diminishes slowly. Partial rings of lacing. Campfire aroma with some malt. Medium body with flavors of smoky ham, charred ashy cinders and fried rubber. The finish is insanely smoky with a grainy aftertaste. Just too much.