derekalyon (12) - - OCT 9, 2016
Dark chestnut leather color, cloudy
Minimal head, fine bubbles at edges
Strong aroma of bitter chocolate
Creamy texture on palate
Soft bite, bitter unpleasant finish
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TICK 4000 FINALLY!#! Long time coming on this. Bottle from Plumpjack. Dark brown in color with a small tan head. Aroma is nice, dark cherry, toffee, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is medium sweet, malty, loads of cherry, not much bitter, some bourbon bal notes. Slight tartness. Medium full bodied and smooth. Really solid stuff. popery (2171) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 24, 2015
The beer is a very dark brown with a small tan head. The bubbles dissipate to nothing after a minute or two. Too dark to tell the clarity of the beer. The aroma has a big creamy vanilla and chocolate flavor. Some roast. It’s quite stout-like. You only get a little hint of that doppelbock blend of bready malt and clean lager flavor in the background of the beer. Rich caramel. Milder oak than expected. Taste has a really nice creamy vanilla flavor. Full of rich malt sweetness. Lots of chocolate. Cinnamon kicks in towards the middle and the finish has a gently tingly chili spice. Toasty malt goodness throughout. Spice is mild to moderate. Fairly sweet but good clean sweetness. More oak than in the aroma, still not a ton. Round mouthfeel. Chewy maltiness. Surprisingly good beer. bytemesis (9814) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle shared by the brewer - thanks! Pours clear mahogany, small tan head, dissipates fairly quickly with some lacing. Aroma is really heavy cocoa, faint hints of vanilla and honestly not a lot else. Flavor is also very cocoa forward with hints of vanilla. Perhaps a very faint bit of chili on the far finish. The coffee has almost completely disappeared. Medium sweet, roasty and light bitter. Medium body. This still drinks well, but I bet it was much more complex and interesting in its prime. ineedbeer (2386) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Aroma is very rich with a nice malt note of dark caramel, toasted bread and light chocolate. A medium light pepper aroma with light vanilla. Some light bourbon and oak notes as well. Light cinnamon after it sits for a bit. Works surprisingly well for all the adjuncts, though I think the pepper will clash in the long run. Pours a dark brown with some burnt amber hues and a medium sized, moderately thick, tan head with decent retention as it recedes to the edges. Light lacing and medium small legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some nice chocolate and caramel notes. Some toffee and toasted bread also present. Medium light pepper notes and light spice with light cinnamon. Finish has a lot more chocolate with some light bourbon and oak. Hints for alcohol and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a surprisingly nice beer and I think the adjuncts work better with the doppelbock base than they do with stouts. Some nice malt notes as well and a clean fermentation profile.
bhensonb (16389) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Waxed bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours slightly ruddy dark brown with a foamy tan had. Aroma is cinnamon chocolate with a distinct chili tone. Full bodied or nearly. Flavor is "Mexican chocolate" with a noticeable chili tinge. It’s rather malty, but it’s not really sweet, just enough sweet for the chocolate. Think of one of those wafers from Mexico used to make chocolate, then add some chili for fun. It’s flavorful enough that the wood is hard to detect, let alone the type of barrel! Really good stuff. marcus (11160) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 19, 2015
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours Dark brown with a thick tan head and a strong toffee aroma. There is a complex full-bodied flavor that is heavy on cocoa, moderate on cinnamon and exactly right on the chili finish. Very well-crafted and an interesting version of doppelbock. Definitely not reinheitsgebot.