Karminator - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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3.69/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pils glass
A: Dark brown, somewhat opaque with a one-finger head that lingers
S: Sweet, caramel, fig, a hint of molasses
T: Matches the nose- sweet, with dried fruit and caramelized sugars
M: Full-bodied, you can tell the alcohol is there but it's buried in the sugar
O: Worth a try if you have friends to share it with but not a repeat buy - better dopplebocks and better Hoppin' Frog brews are both easily found
03-06-2014 16:42:48 | More by ONUMello
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big molasses, caramel, raisin, prune, fig, pear, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, light chocolate, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of big syrupy-like malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big molasses, caramel, raisin, fig, prune, pear, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, biscuit, chocolate, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, prune, pear, brown bread, brown sugar, biscuit, chocolate, and light nuttiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and dark fruit flavors; with a nice sweetness/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick, moderately syrupy, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good doppelbock style. All around good balance and complexity of dark malt and dark fruit flavors; and quite smooth for the ABV, but is still definitely a sipper. A nicely enjoyable offering.
11-02-2013 05:53:42 | More by superspak
3.13/5 rDev -15.9%
From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle (purchased 5/2013)
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator glass
Hoppin Frog's Karminator is a good, albeit quite strong, doppelbock that satisfies any craving for a malt-heavy beer. While the toasted bread crust and caramel components are easily accessible in the flavor, the dried fruits and any complexity is either lost to the ethanol or simply not present. Additionally, I thought the aromatics were fairly weak. Would I get this again? Nope! for the price ($8 per 22oz), I'd rather get four 12oz bottles of Celebrator. Better than a straight, boring average, but still not "worth" the price.
Pours a 1cm tall head of tan colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, giving a very frothy appearance. Retention is average, the foam lasting about one minute in a decline to a medium-sized ring around the glass and a small island of residual, wispy foam resting atop the body. Lacing is minimal, a few small spots cling to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out reddish-brown hues. Carbonation is visible through the mostly transparent (20-30% opaque) body, low in number and activity.
Aroma is surprisingly mild for such a huge beer, somewhat disappointing. What does exist is of rich, toasted bread crusts, caramel, and slight mineral character.
Overall flavor is of deep, heavy Munich malt with plenty of Maillard reaction products generating toasted bread, caramel, dried dates and brown figs, with a noticeable, yet not over the top ethanol presence. Front of palate picks up heavy sweetness with significant Maillard reaction products: rich caramel and toasted bread crusts, faint and slightly herbal hop notes, and a touch of ethanol. Mid-palate of heavy, toasted bread and crusts and caramel, with lesser dried date and dried brown fig flavors, mild ethanol being present in the background. Back of palate has large accents of toasted bread crusts, caramel, dried dates and brown figs, slightly herbal hop characters, and mild ethanol. Aftertaste is of spicy ethanol, slightly herbal hop characters, and toasted bread crusts with a bit of caramel.
Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium-high levels of carbonation that foam this beer up on the palate almost instantaneously, yet without any fizziness or harshness. Significant ethanol in the nostrils and on the back of the throat. Why is it that US brewers cannot either hide their ethanol or brew a lower ABV beer? Closes dry, with heavy stickiness on the lips and palate from residual sugars.
10-08-2013 03:51:06 | More by falloutsnow
3.66/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours dark mahogany with thin off-white head that dissipates to a ring around sides of my Hoppin Frog snifter.
Smell is ripe fruit and a strange cedar type character to it. Reminds me of cedar shavings in a hamster cage but without the hamster shit. Alcohol detectable too.
Taste is raisin and mild hints of chocolate. Alcohol pretty apparent but not overpowering. Mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly.
Overall this was good and worth a try.
07-07-2013 01:12:18 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Karminator from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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