tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2009
The aroma is fruity, licorice, caramel, pepper. Nice. The appearance is red/brown, white head. The flavor is more peppery than sweet, some fruitiness. The finish is spicy, peppery. Medium mouthfeel, strong carbonation. Decent, enjoyable. I love, Dopplebocks, and the Troegenator in particular. The peppery quality infused into this beer makes it almost unrecognizable as the Troegenator. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2009
on tap-pours a tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-licorice/roasty, dark fruit-raisin/plum, spice. Taste is medium/dark malt-licorice/roasty, dark fruit-raisin/plum, spice, rock candy. Dryish finish. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
12 oz bottle. Clear bloody brown with a slim tan head. Nose is yeast, candi and brown bread. Taste pretty much the same. Medium body with a tingle. Bubblegum, raisin and cardamon; bitter finish. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Max’s Tasting @ Pauls. Pours a mahogany body with an off white head. Fruity earth spicy body with some spicy fruit esters accented with plum, cloves and light minerals. Some lighter caramel but still very fruity with a light warming of citrus. Nice ale. kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle, as Scratch 24. pours a ruby-copper color, topped with a very thin off-white head. Aroma is on the sweet side, with notes of candi, bubblegum, spice, dark fruit, and Belgian yeast. Flavor begins quite sweet and a bit syrupy, with caramel, tropical fruit, candi sugar, and yeast. Spice overwhelms the sweetness towards the finish. Alcohol becomes quite prominent as the beer warms. This was OK, but I expected more based on the aroma.
Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2009
thought this was pretty good, had a bit of a spicy sweet malt aroma, body was a bit creamy, had a nice spice taste to it, carbonation i think could have been better. j12601 (13091) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a clear thin black to brown with a thin white head. Sweet cordial style alcohol. Light sweetness, little cola and caramel. Finishes up with some light caramel. Nothing overly memorable, but not terrible either.
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle as Scratch 24. Pours a clear crimson color with a small, quick head of frothy, bubbly, ivory tinted foam. Skinny micro-lines of lacing mark the glass. The aroma is a bit odd, showing notes of Juicyfruit bubblegum, candied tangerine peel, and dark winter spices over a malt base of bronzed candy sugar. There’s even some unexpected mango, papaya, and strawberry notes in there, which are completely off the wall for the style. I can’t recall any dubbel I’ve had that is anywhere near as fruity as this one. Flavors aren’t as well defined, but still sport an insane amount of fruitiness, even delving into the tropical varieties. Bubblegum again serves as a detractor, while bready yeast lends a very Belgian feel to the sweet, dark candy malts underneath. Candied citrus is prominent, as are dark, zesty spices. The palate is medium bodied at most, perhaps a little thin for a dubbel, finishing moderately dry and spicy. Eh, this was decent, but not my style. I don’t really care for the heavy spicing or the weird fruity elements. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2009
12oz bottle from Capone’s (Scratch 24). Fairly still pour, deep gleaming amber with a trace of carbonation. Sharp malts and a bit of alkie phenols in the nose, along with some rich candied notes, a hint of yeast, and some honey. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, could be bolder. Tastes a bit hot initially, but the interaction of the soft fruits, honey, sharp spices, and malts comes across nicely before long. Definitely recalls a spiced ale more than a dubbel, but okay. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2009
12oz. Bottle (as Scratch 24): Aroma of toasted caramel, light Belgian yeast, slight caramel, and a hint of dark ripe fruits. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, off-white head that diminished quickly but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Very slightly sparkling. Some tiny particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of Belgian yeast, light malts, slight pepper, light toasted caramel, and slight grains. Medium body. Slightly thin, blunt texture. Soft to average carbonation. Belgian yeast, grain, slight toasted caramel finish. 9%ABV is completely hidden.