jsquire (4270) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was a pretty moroon/ruby color out of the tap at the Copely pub. No head. It had a perfumey raspberry nose. Raspberry I tell you, raspberry! Fruity flavors of plum, prune and RASPBERRY. I thought it was cloying with too much raspberry for a doublebock.
aracauna (3539) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This has a nice dark ruby color with a weak head that fades completely. The aroma is fruity, almost like prunes (BBB63 said it was the doppelbock plum, but Jsquire and I said it was almost like raspberries). It tastes old, but it was on tap at the brewpub and had low carbonation.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2004 At one point, I thought that a fight was going to break out - Mike (bbb63) vs. JeffSquire - regarding the flavors of plum and raspberry!! I personally thoutght that this fell somewhere in the middle - the dried plum (prune) intensity does sometimes verge into raspberry territory. I was also split about the palate - was it "CLOYING" or did it have a nice hoppy dry snap at the finish. Well, I’m right in the middle of the two of them - I thought that this was an average doppelbock - could have use some more body and probably a nicer finish. Good try though.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: Deep brown with ruby highlights, no head or lace (but mouthfeel is lively). The aroma has notes of plum, currant, noble floral hops, caramel, juniper berries, and white pepper. The taste is fruity and malty, a bit syrupy at the midpoint but a good bitter and twangy finish cleans palate, a hint of wood as well. The mouthfel is smooth, lively and has some alcohol warmness. This is a solid and very quaffable beer, good depth.
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with very little head. Malt and fruit aroma. Flavor is very sweet, fruity, nuts and ?? Very unusual and hard to describe. But I like it, thanks Dogbrick.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma and taste are identical to a Luden’s cherry cough drop! Very weird to drink. High alcohol taste, thick feel to it.
Dogbrick (12247) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 Rerate 04/18/04: After trying a growler of this beer again this year the style is more discernable (and I know more about beers). This is a high-ABV Doppelbock that really takes some liberties with the style. The beer is a dark brown color with a medium beige head and next to no lacing. The aroma is very nutty along with a touch of malt. Very rich body, with a full flavor of nuts, caramel, malt and liqueur. The warming alcohol is readily apparent right from the start. The finish is definitely reminiscent of cough syrup, however it is only palate-shocking right at the start. After your nerve endings are fried, the beer is much easier to drink and becomes more enjoyable. Still, this beer is nowhere near the same league as the great Doppelbocks of the world.
12/23/02 (3.6): Our waitress really couldn't tell us what type of beer this was, but it tastes like a good old-fashioned Christmas ale. Pours a dark amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is alternatingly sweet and spicy. Flavor of malt, sweet cherry and cinnamon. This brew takes advantage of the law in Ohio allowing for higher-ABV beers.