Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2010
(Old BA rating - growler)
Poured with an excellent, albeit moderate, head. Head had a light caramel color, which looked very pleasant.
Tawny, darker brown coloring. Lacing after every sip, throughout the entire beer.
Raisiny / dried plum smell. Very light on aromas compared to other versions of the style
Excellent taste, not as sweet or syrupy as the coloring and aroma suggest. A bit dry in fact. As it’s a Sixpoint beer, there are some hops that sneak to let you know where it was brewed. Overall great dopplebock taste, and representative of the style. Definitely coats the palet, but not a hugely mouth-filling beer. Very pleasant. I could definitely do more than one, but it’s a bit dry in the finish for me to have more. You definitely can’t catch the 7.4% ABV, which is great, but this is still a strong beer on taste.
Overall, very great beer. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Rich thick, heavy and smooth. Flavors if coffee, toffee, rich dark roasted malts and sweetness. Some dark fruit and figs dates. Flavor has some molasses and faint hops. Overall pretty good. tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Decent aroma of fruit, brown sugar, bread. The appearance is a beautiful red/brown, tan head. The flavor is fruit sweetness, bread. The ending is sweet, with mild bittering hops. Decent, but hardly the best dopplebock around. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2009
tap at blind tiger. Pours deep brown with a tan 2 finger head. Nose is sweet rich and mlaty. Taste is sweet, malty interesting overall. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Tap at Barcade. Another dull, typical beer from 6p. Mildly vegetal, with a big noble hop aroma, way too much hopping for a doppelbock. Quite malt sweet, some celery and corn and that kind of stuff. A bit lactic, again, I think that is coming form their yeast.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2008
On tap @ Muggs in Brooklyn. Pours reddish brown. Big hoppy aroma & taste. Wouldnt have guessed this was a dopple. Some dried fruit, molasses, malt sweetness combat that real nice bitterness. Tasty argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2008
(draft) Clear blood red body, tan head, lovely lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, chocolate, some alcohol, light raisin, anise. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, some alcohol, roast, molasses. Fairly smooth medium body, mild alcohol burn. LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Growler. Pours a dark brown with no real head just some tan bubbles. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and a light sweetness in the background. Flavor continues along these lines with a nice roastiness and some sweet malt and molasses. Pretty tasty but certainly not what I had expected from a doppelbock (I’m not complaining though). Nice balance of roast and sweetness without being too sweet. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Growler. Aroma of sweet, nearly taffy-like malt, some roasted malt with a touch of coffee. I guess there are some floral/bordering on piney hops there, but I don’t get them nearly as much as some others do. Flavor quite sweet as well with only a meager attempt by the hops to balance. Maybe that’s to be appreciated in a doppelbock, but this one remains to sweet for me, as most doppels do. Low carbonation coupled with the sweetness creates a touch of stickiness/cloyingness. Not unpleasant, but not a favorite, I think the first time I’ve been slightly let down by Sixpoint, and it may be entirely my fault! JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Draught. Pours dark brown with red highlights shining through in the light, $ and a pillowy tan head. Aroma is round, roasty, a bit of cocoa and hint of espresso, with a bit of piney hops underneath. Clean. Taste is smooth and clean - roasty, sweet malt, hint of cocoa, piney hops peek through, with a roastiness that comes out on the finish - toasty, with a bit of cocoa. Mouthfeel is slick, with a medium heavy body and medium to low carbonation. Felt like the hops could have been pulled back a hair to better let the malt shine.