Ernest (7746) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2016
Bottle (2016 edition). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (bread, nuts, caramel, molasses), with notes of whiskey/bourbon, vanilla, oak, date, brown sugar. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Sweet but lip-smackingly sippable, with a nice aroma that is a bit overwhelmed by the whiskey barrel character. Clean and rich and delightful...this could be 4+ quality if they would just ditch the trendy barrel aging. But American beer bros crave that kinda thing, so I understand it from a business perspective. And since it sells out at the bottle shop in "hours", there’s little likelihood that they’ll ever keep a bit of the unaged version aside to sell separately. One can dream though. jsquire (4537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2015
2015 bottle. Clear deep amber color with a short lived beige head. Fruity nose with some spice and whiskey barrel. Caramel sweetness with a hint of wood and a warming touch of whiskey. There is a bit of toasted bread, ripe fruit, vanilla and a some spice. It is all subtle in this era of huge barrel aged Imperial Stouts. Quite nice. BrewMstr (194) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle. Very nice, sweetness and rye and whiskey balanced. Toffee and caramel front, bock sweetness, then just a hint of the whiskey barrel. Probably better with age, though quite decent as is! ogre71 (359) - Utah, USA - NOV 7, 2015
This is a good beer with some great rye/malty flavors. Very smooth easy to drink pours a dark amber with a light head. Would recommend. Suttree (6466) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2015
It says 2012 on the label, for what that’s worth. Brownish mahogany, with a thin beige head. Smells like prune, rey whiskey and oak. Flavor is surprisingly winey, given the aroma. Red wine, lightly tart, some vanilla and toast. Dryish finish.
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Whiskey and caramel malt aroma. Vanilla, and subtle wood. Caramel flavor, and sweet malt. Whiskey/vanilla, ans some sweet tartness. Whiskey character is pretty well-balanced with the malt. Tmoney99 (14755) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark brown copper color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with very good lacing. Good toasted dark rye malt and dark wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth thick texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet toasted malt flavor with a medium smooth dark sweet finish of moderate duration. Good doppelbock. alexsdad06 (10586) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
500 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have dark fruits, sweet malts, a touch of wood, some hints of spicy rye whiskey, good body and mouthfeel, toasted bread, solid beer. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
500ml bottle, thanks to local raters for sharing. 2013 bottle. Mostly clear red orange color. Thin ring of white head, some dots of lace. Toasty nose, dark fruit, wood. Dark fruit, mild oxidization in the flavor. Toasty spicy rye, and some alcohol, kind of vegetal, weird flavor to it. Moderate bitter taste, lighter sweet, kind of dry finish. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation, with a sort of slick finish. Some tannic to to it. OK, but I’m not really fan. A little tannic, hint of tartness, dark fruit and something that reminds of stomach acid in the finish. Body doesn’t match the full creaminess of my favorite doppelbocks, doesn’t quite support the rye whiskey. stevencon (522) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle to glass. Muddy tan brown not much head. Malty brown sugar and plums aroma with some pulpy wood. Wood malt and plums starts but then it turns sour. The beer finishes with a sour apple vinegar taste. Definitely not to style and hopefully not intended. As an ode brune I’d rate it higher but as a doppel bock its not good. Serious signs of infection.