hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2017 ganache (6032) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Vintage 2011, this one 21P / 8.4%abv. Nose is smoked, beautiful (and very obviously) cherry wood with some kriek notes even in the main -- not sure if they’re from the wood itself or s.t. else. Alcohol fumes a bit raw out of the bottle. Pours a dusky dark reddish chestnut with a deeply tanned fizzy head. Smooth lagery body, light, smoke lingers long into the aftertaste, better than many whiskies and without the sting. Indeed, the alcohol is much more civilized than expected from the nose. Smoke has none of the meat associations of the style, rather uncommon grace. Subtle caramel and a touch of complementary apple with light rye ’spice’. Smooth and yummy, though I could see many become bored after a half-bomber.
Aged bottle. Poured a brown color with a small sized off white head. Rye, some smokiness, and some spiciness. N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2016
2011 vintage: Drank from a pint glass poured from a large bottle. Pours a nice dark brown color, zero head :( Aromas of smoke and rye, taste was a little much on the smokiness and rye. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Tap: Dark mahogany & woody-brown color with some ruby at the edges. Dark-tan head that also shows a slight ruby tint. Decent retention, some wet lacing... Good looking beer. The smoked malts are heavy on the nose; liquid smoke, charcoal, campfire woodsiness, peat. Once you get used to the smoke, the doppelbock characteristics pop out a bit more. Faint molasses, dark fruit, burnt caramel, & a hint of woodsy salt. First sip has lots of liquid smoke & char up front, fading into a more sweet profile with molasses, prune, toffee, & toasted nuts. On the palate the smoke has a more "meaty" vibe than the aroma, giving off flavors of bacon & smoked ham. Mild earthy spice & bitterness towards the finish which may be from the rye as well. Medium body, lower carbonation, slick mouth feel. I might be slightly biased, as I love smoked things. This was pretty tasty. The heavy smoke can wear down your palate, but the 8 oz snifter I had was just fine. crossovert (13730) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Draft. A NH beer I always have seemed to pass up. It is nice though, not too hot doggy like some of the style I’ve been trying recently. Very much more brown aley than most doppelbocks. NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Brown pour with minimal head. Big smokey aromas. Flavor is smokey rye with notes of molasses and toasted cherry. Very interesting. Didn’t get to try it with any food but I bet it would go really well with cheeses or grilled meat. Solid offering.
tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bomber shared. Pours medium brown with red tints. Aroma is definite smoke, lots of malt, molasses and caramel. The flavor is unique with plenty of smoke and malts and the spicy of the rye. Lots going on here but flavor is distinctive. The molasses blends with the smoke and the cherry comes out. Overall different but very good. Chudwick (3317) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - APR 2, 2014
growler into Le Guinness Dimpled Mug - Nose is smoky. Sweet and boozy upfront. More smoke and I love it. Lots of sweet malts whatever they are named, but I shall relay my adumbration: caramel syrup with Belgian candy and whiskey. Dry to the lips. I might just go make a ham sandwich to go along with this. A pleasant surprise and glad to not see the silly hats on the label. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Taster on tap at Lucky’s. 1 ounce or less.. Clear dark red color. No head or lace. Kind of mahogany colored. Lots of peat, smoke in the aroma. Medium to bigger body, kind of full. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Sort of slick. Good long peaty aftertaste. Moderate sweet taste, nice light warmth to it. Light to moderate bitter. Hints of dark fruit. Nice smokey doppelbock, though I don’t pick up much rye from this tiny taster. Sledutah (7791) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle shared @ RBWG after the GT Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Dark brown with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate and rye. Flavor is smokey and chocolate
RBWG14 Trip Rating#165. Bottle shared at the Downtown Inn Saturday PM Bottle Share. Pours a dark red color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, smoke, rye, raisin. The taste is smoke, brandy, rye. Medium bodied, disjointed.