generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
This beer pours a beautiful deep amber brown color with a small cap of creamy foam. Inside this big beer there is some slow moving carbonation making its way through the thick body. Its light tan head holds on well and makes a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some nice sweet malty notes of sweet dark bread, roasted barley, caramel, and brown sugar. There is a boozy note as well and hops can be found way off in the background. Like the aroma its flavor sweet and malty but not overly so or to the point of being cloying. The abv comes through and adds some mellow warmth to its overall character. Hop bitterness is low and just light leafy hop spice is noted in the finish. The palate is thick and heavy with just enough carbonation to give it some life. eRock_2013 (460) - 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!!! Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Red color, small off white head...Malty sweet aroma...sugary...Sweet malt flavor, with a sweet malt finish...No hops tasted...No alcohol in the flavor...Slightly warming... Fulmonte21 (42) - USA - JUN 10, 2009
They just started carrying this one. This one is strong on the malt and caramel. You can smell and taste the alcohol content. Definitely a sipping beer and I don’t think I could have too many of them at one sitting. dekeq (36) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2009
As I poured it out of the bottle, it came out in a nice, brown, translucent color. There was also a slightly red tint to it. After the pour it formed a nice, off-white head that settled very quickly. Taking a whiff, there was a pretty sweet, almost fruity, aroma with a dash of hops. In my first sip, I got a nice, smooth, malty taste. It was followed by a nice hint of fruit and sweetness and it finished up with a nice kick at the end from the barley and the alcohol (9.5% is hard to mask). The texture, I thought, was fantastic. It was very filling - almost like bread. And the entire experience was very smooth. It has a smooth opening and an interesting bite at the end to finish it off.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.
The color is a dark brownish-amber with a small white head.
The smell is subtle malts nutty brown sugar flavor.
The taste is it strong, has some nice malty flavors but is full of some nice caramel and bready flavor.
This is a beer with some kick but also with some great well balanced flavor as well. Nice rich moutfeel and enjoyable drinkability. A well made beer.
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. Finhead (1741) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
A deep amber-brown pour with a fluffy, tan head. The aroma is full of caramel and bread along with some faint licorice. The full body has a thick and creamy texture with average carbonation. The taste is sweet throughout with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. BlindGuardianco (88) - - 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. 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.