Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a lager glass.
The appearance was fairly dark brown color with a decent retention in the head which was somewhat eggshell brown colored. Dissipation was fairly slow. Light moderate lace.
The aroma had some sweet dark fruit, brown sugar, earthy hops, light grassiness, some bready/doughy-ness and ended with a little bit of milk chocolate.
The flavor leaned into the sweetness of the blend of the prior mentioned aromas leading into the same sort of aftertaste following into the finish.
The feel was about medium bodied and having a stable carbonation and a worthy ABV.
Overall, this was actually reviewed fresh, but I don’t have a date when I actually consumed this, just a while ago, sorry I only got these notes, just last week. Apologies to whoever might be reading this. Mikeyaponte (76) - Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2015
Their best beer. That's saying a lot. There other beers are average at best.
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15-Sep-13 (12-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with 46er3498, thanks Tom!)michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2008
I let this one go too long, so it’s not going to be the same beer it was when fresh, but it’s still very tasty. The beer is medium-brown in color with good clarity, and it’s initially capped by half an inch of tan head that settles quickly to a thin ring. The nose is very sweet and malty with tootsie roll and dark, dried fruit, brown sugar, and a bit of earthiness. It’s also very rich in dark, fruity, malty flavors. Prune, cola, chocolate, molasses. It’s full bodied, light-medium in carbonation, and would be a bit cloying except for the light touch of acidity in the background. Overall, this doppelbock has evolved into a pretty intense and dark-flavored beer, but unlike most doppelbocks that cellar awhile, this one is very tasty and enjoyable.
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malts, dark fruits, plums, nuts, and dates. Poured medium brown with a hint of ruby in color and a small, tan head that disappeared quickly. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of alcohol, brown sugar, malts, nuts, molasses, and dark fruits. Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Malt-sweet, alcohol and dark fruit finish. Drake (14447) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2008
12 oz. bottle... nice extra from Ty5592! Hazy chocolate brown pour with a medium head. Faint caramel, dark fruit aroma. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, raisins, banana and something I really like that I can’t quite put my finger on. Alcohol is definitely noticeable but blends well. Eminently drinkable, and definitely one of the better doppelbocks I’ve had.
SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2008
12 oz. bottle - thanks to Ty5592 for the bonus bottle; deep, cola brown; clear with thin white head; candy malts and sweet, mild aromas; grainy and sweet; nothing too exciting, but a very tasty and slightly rich FlacoAlto (4247) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2008
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, lightly cocoa stained tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, burnt, concentrated amber color and shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma is thick, sweet and chewy. It has quite a bit of fruitiness to it actually with notes of berries and brandy soaked raisins. Noticeable alcohol adds a bit of warmth / heat in my nose, but can be fairly subtle at times. Underneath the fruitiness is a rich malt character that provides notes of caramelized bread crust, toasty grain, sweet concentrated amber malts, something a bit like cola and some light toasted malt notes towards the finish.DocLock (11256) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Rich and chewy up front, but seems to thin out a bit pretty quickly in the first sip. The second and subsequent sips have a bit more palate coating chewiness to them though. Sweet tasting, almost a bit too sweet, which makes it seem a bit like non-alcoholic malzbier. Concentrated malt notes produce flavors of toffee, caramelized bread crust, raisins, . A light bitterness in the finish seems to be as much a product of the darker malts as of hop bitterness; it adds a hint of astringency as well. As the beer warms up quite a bit it loses some of the sticky sweetness, or at least this gets balanced a bit better by the richer malt flavors. A touch of alcohol adds a bit of warmth to the flavor.
The aroma can seem a little too sweet at times; a Doppelbock should have some sweetness, but it should be a rich, complex sweetness that this one doesn’t quite achieve. Not a bad beer, enjoyable enough, but it could certainly be a bit more complex.
Pours burnt sienna with 1-finger tan head. Nose is roasty caramel/scotchy malt, figs, brown sugar, hops, and raisins. Tastes rich, with a hefty malt bill, matched by brown sugar, fig/raisins, almond, earthy peaty notes, and slight rauchy and port winey notes. Fairly complex in flavor profile and palate characteristics, this one is one I’m glad to have bought a sixer of. Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle. Pours a dark brown color that you can see through if you look hard enough. Small off white head that leaves rather quickly. Nice aroma of roasted malt, light peat, and light caramel/raisins. The taste is basicly the same with sweet malty light smoke flavor. This was a very good beer. thornecb (6231) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2008
Pours deep mahogany into a stem glass. offwhite micro head recedes to skim surface and hug rim. Pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Sweet and full with upfront caramel and a lasting tart finish.