dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
Reddish/brown clear, tan head, strong malt aroma with a hint of hops, flavor is intensely rich and malty, sweet, finish is light and slightly astringent... however not unpleasant... quite a good beer. SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
Setting: Served in a sample cup at the Michael Jackson Beer tasting held at RFD’s.
Appearance: A slightly murky cherry red/burgundy colored liquid topped by a light tan head that dissipated to a small ring of foam. No real lacing of note was left.
Aroma: Aromas of prunes, cherries, assorted fruits, and caramelized malts beckon you, sirenlike, to sip upon their goodness.
Flavor: Mesmerized by the siren-song of the nose, a hearty quaff gives you sweet and dark caramel malt flavors with a hint of smokiness lingering in the background.
Palate: Solid medium body. Nice and crisp.
Overall: A lovely and contemplative beer. One to quaff while poring over the Old Testament or maybe Homer, I’d say. I’d have no problems drinking a decent amount of this stuff.
Marginalia: In a total beer geek moment, and I blame Randall th’ Enamel Animal for this, I was able to pick out the rauch malts used in this. It’s such a small amount of rauch that you’d be hard pressed to taste it if you didn’t know beforehand. I "blame" Randall for this since all the other taste receptors in my mouth were still reeling from Randallized 120 Minute IPA. The only thing that I could taste with assured clarity was smoke. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Freshly tapped and poured into an Aventinus glass.
Dark at the top, clear at the bottom, caramel colored, edging on a bright crimson...attractive creamy tan cap atop.
aroma: sweet and spicy, with notes of toffee, peppers, leather, nougat, and the slight sting of brandy.
Taste: rich, thick, and warm. Great grit in the texture, full bodied, long, sweet, considerable finish. Huge malt, tenacious cling on the palate, toasty and ultimately dry. Quite complex.
Terrifically balanced doppelbock. Not too sweet, full of flavor, the caramel never quits,...deeply delicious, roundly rewarding. Higher alcoholic content creeps up quietly, then takes command and let’s no one forget it’s there.
A masterfully conceived and brewed beverage. One I’ve had on the to-try list for many years, and am glad to know it and enjoy it at last!
One more word on the subject: Yum! CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Pours from the 12 oz. bottle the color of iced tea with a one finger brownish head that settles into a thick, creamy collar. Lively carbonation, but not overly fizzy. Aroma is of sweet, bready malt. Taste is sweet, bready, thick & almost chewy. Mouthfeel is quite substantial, almost stout-like. It compares closely to the Sam Adams Double Bock, but this beer has a quiet hop prescence in the background & on the finish that makes it much more balanced than the almost syrupy sweet SADB. The alcohol is much better hidden in the SVDB as well. All in all, one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite brewers! I’ve got to make the 30-minute drive to Downingtown to sample this on tap before they stop production for the season. Get it while you can!!! ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown body with a khaki-colored head.
Smell: A strong, malty aroma laden with fresh fruits, namely cherries, dates, and cooked apples. Some alcohol in the nose, as well.
Taste: Rich butterscotch maltiness upfront enveloped by a fresh fruit taste - black cherries, blood oranges, and dates. Nicely toasty, but also some slight roasted flavors peek through. Mild hop bitterness, but it ultimately finishes sweet. One of the tastiest doppelbocks I’ve had to date!
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, and at times both fizzy and sticky.
Drinkability: Ohhh! This beer is quite good! Definitely worth a try.
Mastelefish (91) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
On tap at Downingtown Brewhouse. Aroma is so smokey and delicious with tons of roasted malts. Not bitter by any means with a medium body. Finishes rather wet and long. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Pours amber with a brown head. Aroma is very sweet. Some caramel and dark fruits in the flavor. Had with a Ayinger Celebrator and was still impressed. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Pours a very dark amber/ chestnut brown color with thin tan head hthat settles into thin lace. Nice roasted chocolate, malty aroma. Roasted malty flavor that lasts throughout, with hints of chocolate, caramel, chestnut and licorice. Very well-balanced and quaffable with a bitter sweet dry hoppy finish. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
12oz bottle from Lush Wine and Spirits. Pours a clear, very pretty amber-ruby colored body with a finger-width, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is really nice. Sweeter caramels with a touch of smoke, dark fruits and cherries, nuts, grassy hops, maple, a light honey-bread, and a touch of toast. Flavor is similar. Rich and lightly toasted caramels, a soft cocoa, grassy hops, smoke, nuts, raisins, dark fruits, maple, bread, a hint of roast, and some toffee. Finishes dry with a light-medium hop bitterness, roast, a touch of smoke, and a nice dark fruity caramel to balance. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, clean, medium body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very impressive doppelbock. Extremely well balanced and easy drinking. Solid, rich caramel maltiness with no cloying sweetness, a touch of bready toast and toffee, a pleasant dark fruitiness, some smoke and roast, and a nice hop presence to dry things out. Loved this one. coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2011
isnt that a great description by the way haha..a maple and honey aroma quite strong and strangely pleasant too..nice clear red with a brown tinge..foamy off white head plenty of lacing..tatse is sweet and fruity and complex..plums amybe prunes raisins vanilla spicinessand roasty malts..strong and flavor ful..full body and texture a bit oily and sticky overall a nice maltbomb from a brewery that basically specializes in hop bombs