574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2016 coachd (836) - Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’m not a huge Sam Adams fan, but thought I would try this one on a whim. Pours a very pretty amber color with tan foam - huge bubbles at the surface. Aroma is malt and a little skunkiness from the hops, but mostly malt. Not a very complex or pleasant scent. The taste is a little better; malty, light and drinkable for 9.5% ABV. I wanted a stronger taste; this is a little weak. Palate is decent, goes down smooth but has a weird metallic aftertaste. I won’t be getting this again, perhaps it’s the style but to me this is just a watered down Oktoberfest.
Pours a very cool looking dark reddish-brown with crimson-orange highlights and a decently tall cream-colored head that settles to a thick ring and film, leaving some spotty ropes of lace. Nose involves dark dense crusty bread, apricot jam, brown sugar, smoky meaty-ness, and some wafts of alcohol. Quite sweet, fairly bitter. Thick, full body, very oily and syrupy, still with a fairly active carbonation, finishing long, a bit smoky, and sweet with brown sugar. Good, but maybe just a bit too hefty body wise, which probably has a relation to the 9.5% ABV. GC1379 (32) - - MAY 24, 2016
Draft - Poured a beautiful burgundy with a smooth head that disappeared too quickly. Nice flavor without the Sam Adams dark beer after taste. I could drink this one regularly. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a nice deep golden brown color. Aromas of rich dark malts, chocolate, fruit. Flavor is rich with a lot of flavors light chocolate, dark fruit, smoke, coffee. BlindGuardianco (89) - - JAN 1, 2016
Solid beer, nice palate and aroma, good taste very Malty and interesting, not room bitter or boozie, pretty well balanced. Not as good as celebrator but will repeat anytime. BlackBeerPG (675) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Taste, bold, malty, roasted, molasses, complex, alcohol bourbon notes.
Deep Red/Brown color, clear, Full body, nice lattice to lace. Big spice in the finish. 25 IBUs
stevoj (5043) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle from On the Fly Gasmart. Clear brown pour with medium foamy beige head. Very sweet malty aroma, tree nuts, wood, peat. Taste increases the sweetness, slick, almost syrupy feel. Slightly woody, bitter finish. chucklemation (1684) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Pours a dark mahogany with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is lots of caramel malts, booze, and bread. Flavor is sweet caramel, lots of caramel, and some booze. I am very pleased with this one. scotchzombie (590) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2015
From the tap at Hop Yard Raleigh NC. Delicious representation of the style. Great depth of flavor especially when slightly chilled. Bready, warming, malty goodness. If you are a dbock fan, you can't go wrong with this one. ttoadee (1491) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Hazy metallic amber pour, full and frothy tan head. Nose is malt...yeah, malt. Bittersweet. Middle is toffee, and deep malt sweetness. Finish shows pleasant mild hop bitterness, controlled by malt sweetness. Some of the German ones may be more subtle, but this is a solid Doppelbock. eRock_2013 (470) - South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2015
Wow, from the 2015 edition bottle, this pours an an absolutely beautiful beer. Perfect dopplebock reddish mahogany color, with vibrant lacing and a soft pillowy head (it just looks worthy of such descriptive adjectives). Aroma is distinctive in a positive way, features standard rich malty and red fruit notes, but also some grassy noble hoppiness, also a hint of dark chocolate. Flawless so far. At first sip, a little tart but not too much, maltiness isn't as overwhelming as expected. Complex layers follow one another, first malt, then slight noble hops, then a chocolate cocoa finish. Pleasantly surprised at the minimal booziness. Warming indeed, though the palate doesn't betray the high ABV. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, "velvety" as the bottle claims. I am thoroughly impressed. I think this is truly the best dopplebock I have ever had, although the flavor intensity could use a small boost. Nonetheless, an excellent variation of the style, I especially appreciate the hoppiness that seems to be rare in most doppelbocks. Try it!!!