VinegarStroke (414) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap (sampler): Clear, copper brown, thick head and nice lace. Dark malt, roasted, caramel, ester and banana. Dry to off dry, not sour and moderate to medium high bitterness. Roasted flavors. Medium to dense. Long. Roasted. Smokey. Clean and fresh. Nice flavor
Zymurgeist2 (2166) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In a pint glass at the Brewery.
Pours a deep reddish-brown. The head is beige and did not last long - leaving a faint rim around the edges.
Nose of rich malt but light for a dunkel.
Crisp, clean nutty malts on the palate. Medium mouthfeel with pronounced carbination on the finish. A light version of this style.
Nik925 (793) - USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong fruited malt with a nice tinge of burnt. Better than other attempts of this style I have tried and well made. Good carbonation an mouth feel. Overall, nothing crazy good, but great for the style.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Super dark red color with a creamy beige head. Light toffee, and caramel aroma. The flavor has some brown sugar, caramel, and nuttiness, with light bitterness. Light bodied with hight carbonation. At first, I had a sampler size glass of this and really liked it, but a whole mug on my second visit wasn’t nearly as good. It tasted a little weaker and not quite as fresh. Still decent and quit drinkable, but missing the richness of flavor that would demand a second mug.
bhensonb (14983) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewpub. Strongish caramel aroma. Hazy dark brown color with a flat beige head. Near medium body with sharpish carbonation. Flavor is darkish caramel with a little noble hop. Could be a hint of chocolate. Fits the style. The finish does develop a small amount of bitter that accumulates.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 On tap, part of the 10 beer sampler. Poured a dark amber color. Very close in flavor to the Doppel Bock, but with less body and flavor
Update: Had it a second time and had more flavor. Upped it 0.2 points.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Sudwerk. Similar to the Doppel-bock, this one is a bit more watered down version. Flavors are similar (chocolate and caramel), but are muted or distant.
DYCSoccer17 (3686) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub last week. .3L sample. Similar roasted, cereal-like malt bill to that of the Ur-Pils that I just finished. Some spices and metallic hops notes are also present in the nose. Doesn’t really smell like a dunkel. Mildly hazy dark amber body with a smooth, small, off-white head and ok lacing. Toasted, roasted, malts to start. Becomes lightly floral and a bit hoppy with some lingering bitterness later on. Tastes a lot like the Ur-Pils I just had. Kind of funkel for a dunkel.