yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Decent pour with an off white head that diminished rapidly. This is a copper to deep copper beer that has a slight haze and slight carbonation and an ever light lace. Scents of malt, bread, yeast, and alcohol greet you to much of the same on mouth for this medium bodied lager. It does attempt to linger on finish in the front of the mouth in sync with the present sweetness. Holtguy (179) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Reddish brown pour with a creamy white head. Taste is malty with nary a hop to be found. The high alcohol is hidden well. I found this to be a fine beer, one of my favorites from Sam Adams, and I welcome this readily available, high alcohol offering from this brewer. jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Not a style that I would gravitate towards..my evaluation is above. Too sweet for my liking. Hbuck72 (177) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
Pours a nice hazy brown, carmel and toffee notes in the aroma. tan head. taste is typical for a good doppelbock with a sweet carmel, toffee taste.
Good beer, just not sure that it is worth $10+ for a 4 pack, when there are plenty of good doppelbock’s for much cheaper, with a same or better taste. yackery (168) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 12oz bottle. One-finger head that lingers atop yet five minutes later with comparable and complimentary lacing.
The aroma is impressively very roasty recalling chocolate coffee in a metal pot but mostly coffee in a metal pot. That’s definitely better than it sounds.
The appearance is a beautiful, amber lava, seriously red and glowing appealingly.
The taste is a little bitter and salty and a little sweet. And a little meaty carrying the nose most excellently.
The palate is full body with perfectly lively carbonation and a satisfying finish.
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Lots of malt. They claim "subtle" hops. A little too subtle; needs a tad more to balance out the sweetness. I even tasted a hint of bourbon; probably because of the high alcohol content. alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark red brown color. Smells like a big bag of roasted grain with a litte coffee note. Tastes sweet, and roasted. ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2011
ALTHOUGH THE BOTTLE THAT THIS CAME IN IS NOT AS PRETTY AS THE BOTTLE SHOWN HERE, THE HEAD ON THIS BREW IS SIMPLY GORGEOUS. THICK AND CREAMY BROWN AROMAS ARE ROBUST AND REMINISCENT OF A RICH BARLEY WINE COLOR IS A DARK CHOCOLATE THIS ALL LEADS UP TO THE MAKING OF A GREAT BEER, THE FLAVOR IS THAT OF SWEAT BARLEY WINE MUCH LIKE THE AROMA TASTE LIKE A FRUITY FERMENTED WINE WITH A RAISIN FLAVOR MIXED WITH DARK ROASTED MALTS. ALTHOUGH THE AROMA AND APPEARANCE IS GREAT THE BEER IS NOT THE BEST OF ITS CATEGORY JuliusCaesar (162) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Good beer. Caramel sweetness dominates along with a lot of alcohol on the finish. Would have liked more complexity and depth. phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
Pours a dark mahogany/amber red; like a glass of wine even. Head is minimum. Flavor is dominated by a strong presence of alcohol, that tingles the palate. The taste is true to the Adams brand; different, not like others but just as good and even better. Would Recommend.