Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version)

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Reviews: 188
Hads: 262
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-12-2006

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Photo of Gobigvt7
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle from Grape and Gourmet in VB, VA into pils glass

pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a hint of amber when held up to light. there is very little head despite adequate carbonation, and it is very close to white. Lacing is very loose and watery.

chestnuts, light milk chocolate, leather

rich malt character with a warm, boozy finish. hops very light, seems like they might potentially have been more prominent when brand new. Caramel, figs, vanilla.

Not syrupy, but not far off. Coating, creamy mouthfeel. Hides the abv well, despite my previous comment. The booziness never feels harsh, but very round and smooth.

overall, this could be the best doppelbock I can ever recall tasting. Intense malt bill without being too sweet, especially with the 9%abv. Artfully crafted, beautifully made. Utterly delicious! (828 characters)

Photo of Dubbledown
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Freely poured into a 14.9 oz nonic.Quarter inch crown of creamy brown. First smell just water and yeast. Mouthefeel rich and luxurious, slighty oily with good weight. Great big malt-chocolate taste that slides down the sides of the throat turning from almost milk chocolate to black bitter baking chocolate followed by strong flavor of liquid malt. Next comes dark cherries, currants and other dark fruits I can't identify.There is just the right amount of bitter hop taste to let the flavor evaporate on your palate correctly.

To me, this is a near perfect example of the dark Doppelbock. It's 28 degrees outside, overcast with no wind. Everything is in stasis. Spring is still two weeks away and this beer takes all the flavors of the winter holidays and brews them into a near liquid meal that will sustain us until its warm and time for an IPA.

Grade A Purchased at Stony's - $4.99 ea. (893 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby-tinted brown, with very little head, and little dabs of lace here and there. Rolls around in the glass with an almost syrupy patience.

Nose is semi-sweet and vinous; dark berry, lots of fig, cocoa. A slight bit of alcohol helps give it an edge. The marriage of toasted malt sweetness and succulent dark fruits is outstanding in depth and balance.

Big flavor here, with superb balance. Juicy, succulent fig is the highlight, followed by dark berry, light nut husk, molasses and a gooey yet subtle layer of chocolate syrup. Very grape-y throughout, and yet again the word "juicy" comes to mind. Grape bubblegum, grape juice, red wine, many variations on the mighty purple fruit are right here in this righteous doppelbock. And I can't forget the big bready doughy pumpernickel vibe. Earthy, almost woody finish, but far from dry, with tartness creeping in but ultimately keeping the whistle wet and glazed; has an almost holiday-like feel. Germany's equivalent of those big holiday Belgians? Sort of.

Slick and soft in the mouth...buttery, lightly syrupy, just the right balance of carbonation. Remarkably smooth.

Curator might be the biggest ABV German beer I've ever had. That won't make any beer an automatic winner, but in this case the higher alcohol highlights a recipe that's apparently generous with the ingredients. And wouldn't you know, with all that flavor I hardly noticed the alcohol, which is merely a bit player in the flavor. Big malts rule here; its complexity and depth make this a must-try for any fan of German beers, no matter the style. Das ist ein zehr gutes bier! (1,605 characters)

Photo of WMBierguy
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is called the American version of the beer. I've never tried the German version, but I can't imagine it being much better than this one. It pours a typical doppelbock color (resembles a rootbeer), with a pure white head that lingered throughout the glass. The taste was malty and delicious, with very little aftertaste. The high alcohol content isn't noticable: I thought that this was a 6.5-7% alcohol beer, and was very surprised to discover that this had 9%. I've never had a beer this powerful that was this drinkable. I fully recommend this beer. (556 characters)

Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got Dayum!

This beer brings it. I dunno what I'm missing that I think it's exceptional while the craft-beer community hasn't esteemed this to level of cult favorite.

A - Slightly darker than your lighter Brown Ales. Not as dense in body as many Brown Ales. No real head, even with an aggressive pour.

S - Maybe my bottle has some time to it, but there's no hops aroma and virtually no pronounced malt aroma. Pretty pedestrian.

T - This one makes you wanna curl up into the fetal position. It borders creaminess with drinkability. It's not a heavy beer, but definitely what most folks imagine when they think of "dark beer". It has all the chewy continental malts that you hope for in German Lagers but so seldom get. There's plenty of sweet caramel notes, though this beer is never cloying. Not only is the sweetness contained, so are the metallic bite and graininess so notorious in Lagers.

As it drinks some alcoholic heat and graininess in the finish emerge, but they're actually welcome since they're qualities that restrain this beer.

M - This spilled over into the taste review above. It masterfully balances that delicate line between heavy, burdensome body and drinkability. Really, this is a cold weather beer that never turns into liquid concrete like other beers I know.

O - The 9% ABV is hidden by some ancient spell, I suppose. The flavors are complex while approachable. It's everything the stereotypical dark German beer should be, and then some! (1,468 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep ruby/mahagonay with a two finger off-white head that quickly falls to a cap of at least 1/4 inch! Not great lacing, but it's there.

S- Sweet dark fruits, molasses, and a little bit of an aroma I can't quite describe. A little smokey.

T- Just like the smell, with just a hint of warmness coming through in the end. Also a little toffee and caramel. None of the ABV shows. Also, a little cocoa shows up as it warms up more.

MF- Very creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied beer.

D- I really like this beer, hate me if you must, but I liked it more than Celebrator. (583 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, tawny brown with ruby highlights, it pours with a meager tracing of beige lace.
The nose is an veritable collage of malt, with roastiness, charred pork fat, cinnamon, nutmeg, hazelnut, liquorice, and sherry-esque booze traits.
Upon entering the mouth, roastedness takes control, full of burnt grain, and burnt meat flavors. These linger as a spiciness wells up towing notions of anise, mace, and a peppery rye-like quality. Back into the molten malt bath, it sweetens with fig, and hazelnut, and carob. Turns vinic on the outset, with vapors of sherry and marsala.
Moderate in the mouth, and only lightly carbonated. The sweet-bent of this brew, while wine-like and notably potent, is quaffable rather than cloying or gummy.
This is a delicious dopplebock, and carries enough uniqueness to make it a must find, even if your not a normal fan of the style. Though I am, and found this absolutely entrancing. (914 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull brown with a murky glow thats heavy in the middle getting slivers of dark gold at the edges and bottom. Huge topping of dark ivory foam thats loose, puffy, fluffy, and thick. Didn't sit for too long before slipping to its always present thick skim and concentrated bubbly center. Lots of great looking inky lacing coats the glass. A beautiful bock to behold!

Aroma is tenderly dark and sweet with semi tanged molasses thats deeply centered in a root beer soaked fruit bread dusted with cooked brown sugar and currants.

Taste is seemingly similar to what the smell leads ya too. A good thing here as this is quite solid in taste, flavor, and body. Smooth and luscious in a thickly coating dark maltyness that brings in a nice molasses tang thats mildly tanged and slow. Nice notes of brown sugar, dark fruity chewy things, caramel, chocolate, and a good portion of length into the finish. By far the best area of the beer. It transcends into its own as it finishes very lengthy with a stretched out dark malty coating and tiny warming.

Nearly perfect for a Doppel in body. Nice easy front with a steady medium body gaining a very complex tone into the finish as the dark malts gain in flavor, body texture, and warmth. Very easy goin' down with a great gooey little texture of smoothness. Ahhh, malts, malts, and more malts. Solidly good.

Drinkable and then some. Only a slight hint of warmth after a while begins to settle in as ya go and tends to slow it down. But for a Doppelbock, this is very solid and a showcase of the style. Import version or not. Me likey! ...yum... (1,591 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful, rich-looking mahoghany color. A brief head subsides to a halo of big frothy bubbles.

S: Quite fruity overall with aromas of grape candy and bananas. Light phenols.

T: Again, fruity but balanced with a grainy taste and a strong caramel flavor. Fairly sweet.

M: Quite thick and full-bodied. A sticky, syrupy texture combined with light carbonation make this one soft and smooth on the palate.

D: A great beer. Maybe not quite as good as some of the doppelbocks on the BA Top 100, but as far as I'm concerned, it's at least in the ballpark. Recommended. (576 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish-brown/black, light tan head; very little retention, some lace.

S: Very malty: Bread, dark raisin, dark caramel, brown sugar

T: Very malty: Dark bread, dark raisin, brown sugar (light molasses), chocolate, nut; mild spicyness from hops is pleasant. Balanced slightly to the bitter side. Some warmth to the finish (though I wouldn't have guessed it was that strong). Taste is bordering on exceptional.

M: Full, chewy body. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate.

D: Very good, especially considering the strength.

mmmm... liquid bread!

I suspect it might be more attenuated than it was in 1609... but it's definitely fuller/chewier than a lot of its southern Bavarian counter parts.

Highly recommend it!

I've had more than 20 other doppels, and I'd put this on 4th, behind:
Korbinian
Domhof Doppelbockbier
Celebrator (863 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle; served in a Pilsener glass.

Pours a light shade of amber with a dark hue of mahogany. Dense and creamy tan head that sits a half of an inch high and is slow to budge. A few traces of thin and spotted lacing.

Bright, vinous fruit; rather sweet with a bit of tartness. Plum, cherry, fig. Sweet molasses with a port-like alcohol profile.

Sweet molasses and a slick toffee initially joined by a wave of aged fruit soaked in port. Plum, cherry, fig, raisin. Notes of bready malts with an exciting, semi-dry spice profile: nutmeg, clove, saffron. Unusual for a Doppelbock, but the spices are balanced and work remarkably well. Almost like a Doppelbock-Winter Warmer hybrid.

Almost full in body; smooth on the palate. A nice balance of sweetness and dry qualities; never approaches slickness like other versions of the style.

A unique, dynamic Doppelbock in terms of aroma, flavors, and body. Not a Lager I could drink all night, but one of the more interesting German Doppelbocks available. (1,014 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, visual bown hue with lots of maroon highlights. Decent head at the start but eventually trickles to nothing. The aroma has a light alcohol raoma. But this adds to warm an already toasty/roasty malt character.

The flavor profile is a great, complex and sweet malt. Hints of prunes and lightly burnt peahces mixed with vanilla and black cherries in the pit.

The palate was nice and warm, but not too sweet to cloy the taste buds. (443 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear brown with an almost tan frothy head which rose well and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong caramel presence. The aroma contained a slight DMS (corn) character. Also present in the aroma was a slight smoke and dark fruits, cherries most notable.

The flavor was malty with a strong presence of molasses. The flavor was rich and contained a strong caramelization and melanoidin with caramel, biscuit and dark fruits. The dark fruits were cherries and raisins and the bittering was strong enough to be noticeable and lightly spicy and enough to keep the malty flavors at bay. The flavor also contained a good chocolate presence and a light bit of roasty and smokey character.

The finish was dry with a lasting malt impression and caramel long into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium full and very nice with a low carbonation level. Probably the most interesting dopplebock I have had in a long time. The DMS in the aroma was a bit off base and the initial molasses flavor almost put me off, but all in all, a wonderful beer.

16.9 ounce bottle. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very dark dark brown with nice tan head off the pour quickly fades away to lacing, carbonation appears very low

Smell- very sweet malty and rummy nose, raisins and very sweet toffee caramel notes, delicious nose

Taste- sweet malts and delicious sweet notes that are nicely balanced by a bit of dryness on the end, great finish and overall really enoyable balance, sweet but not to point of being to much

Mouthfeel- medium to heavy bodied, low carbonation

Drinkability/overall- really really great balance and delicious flavors, alcohol is so hidden, this is a beer i loved when i brought it in to my store the first time cuz i liked it years ago and it still is just as good to me now, still feel very confident i will continue recommending this beer to customers and visit my self again, possibly my favorite german brew (837 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being from Germany, I might not judge this beer like I should, but I try to be fair.
It poured a deep, almost black, clear mahogany brown. The almost not existing head dissipates fast, with no lacing.
Smelling the beer, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits like raisin, plum , mixed with molasses.
The taste is accordingly, caramel and molasses up front, fruits following, and a malty finish.
Overall a full bodied beer, which is very balanced and very drinkable. The 9 percent ABV will sneak up on you!
Great monastery brew! Especially since I have been there and tasted the real stuff fresh from the wooden keg. (610 characters)

Photo of CWiggins
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real German Doppelbock. Perhaps the first I've had since I began reviewing beers on this website a few months back. German beers intrigue me; probably because I simply haven't sampled more than one or two. Dopplebock is one of my favorite styles, so I'm looking forward to describing this drink.

The color is a dark amber/brown with red highlights. A thin head appeared briefly. Afterwards, a thin lacing around the surface/glass edge continued until the beer was gone.

A wonderful aroma of sweet bread, dried fruit, honey, and a sugary essence provides a nice anticipation of the flavor. Malts are very discernable as well, but the alcohol--which, at 9.0% should be noticable--doesn't really make its presenced known.

One expects the flavor to match the aroma, and it sure does! Strong malts and sweet fruits dominate the flavor, while the alcohol is barely evident, until you've finished the bottle! A nuttiness is present as well; much more so than the aroma betrays.

"Very nearly chewy" is probably the best way to describe the texture of this beer. The carbonation is thankfully low, and the beer fills the palate while not becoming obstrusive to the feel. Very nice!

I hope this is a great example of a German Doppelbock. I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying others like it. (1,314 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Devil's Den in Philly. From notes.

Appearance: Delivered with the expected dark chestnut body capped by a frothy head of light tan foam. It's hard to tell if it's clear or not as the beer is dark and the bar is dark. The head holds quite well and leaves some thin lacing about the glass.

Aroma: The nose displays a toasty and caramelish malt. Clean. Subtly spicy (seemingly more from yeast or hops than alcohol).

Mouthfeel: It's full and creamy across the palate with a full body and very fine, median carbonation.

Flavor: The flavor is far more rich and malty than the nose suggest, and it's caramelish with a thin strand of delicate cocoa and perhaps a bit of butterscotch. Some dark fruit is present as well, but it's more on the caramelish with underlying chocolate side. It's very straightforward rich malt, and there are no hints of roastiness or smokiness or any dark malt acidity to interupt its smooth passage. In fact, there are barely any hop flavors either, excepting the spiciness, which may be coming from alcohol and /or yeast, or a combination of both. Some floral, and perhaps grassy hops do dance about in the background but they are minor in comparison to the dark maltiness. It's bitterness is also restrained, allowing the malt to shine, but it remains superbly balanced and never appears sweetish, only richly malty. Very cleanly fermented. Very nicely rounded. The alcohol is very well-cloaked and it never appears 'hot'.

Drinkability: One of the best doppelbocks I've tasted. Some go too strong, some go too complex, some are just too thin... this is very direct and very drinkable without becoming strong or heavy on the palate. Worth seeking out! (1,695 characters)

Photo of blakesell
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a standard beer mug.

A-RC cola mahogany colour, not too much head, maybe a finger thick, quickly dissapates, very little lacing

S-MMM.. Smells of rich malts and candi sugar. I'm wondering if they maybe threw in some belgian sugar just to give it some uniqueness. Slight spice and chocolate linger in the background.

T-Oh so sweet and malty it is.. I can drink this and savor it for hours. In fact I did, while watching a 3 hour movie to take it all in at random minute intervals. You have to let these babies warm up to get the most out of them. Carmel, and slight smokiness, alcohol burns the tounge slightly, creamy as well.

M-Creamy and thick like skim milk, isn't too thick but still stays sticky on the lips. More chewy than carbonated.

D-This is one of my favourite beers. So far I can't say enough good things about this brewery, but unfortunately I have only had this and the helles. Both are a home run out of the park and can't be beat for the price. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 0.5l bottle at Half Time, setting me $4.99 arrears. Have already had the German version at the Kloster, so I'm interested in comparing the two versions.

Alrighty... into a Spaten stange goes the bottle's contents... The bier is a clear, striking mahogany color, with a minimum of carbo within, as well as a thin, beige head. Bubbles are fine and tight, and cling mostly to the rim. Not much lacing to speak of, though. Aroma is full of malty caramel and toffee. Smell is A-OK! Body borders on medium, at best, though it is rather smooth across the tongue, with only light prickliness.

Flavor? Nicely sweet yet never close to being cloying. There's an abundant measure of caramel and toffee coating the tongue, and quite well at that. Anything more? Maybe a touch of roastiness and dark fruit, but the sweet malts dominate. There's only a subtle suggestion of floral hopping present here, with the malts being the item to write home about. And as it warms? More malt comes your way. Hard to find the 9% ABV, too, which is a scary thought. Flavor seems to be on par with the homeland edition, though appearance and mouthfeel are slightly behind. Overall? Solid; quite solid indeed. Prosit!!

4.25
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark walnut brown (with generous orange highlights) that becomes dusky ruby when backlit. The head is the color of toasted wheat and is a good contrast to the lucent liquid on which it sits. A short collar of lace has appeared, with more, perhaps, to follow once the stubborn cap finally relents.

The nose is gently roasted malty, dark fruity and lightly spicy. It isn't as bombastic as the biggest members of the style, but it's enjoyable all the same. Actually, repeated sniffs convince me that this is one of the spicier doppels that I've smelled. It'd be nice if that characteristic translates to the palate.

Curator is full of flavor and is a wonderful example of the style. As I'd hoped, it tastes like it smells, for the most part. I often forget that doppelbocks are lagers and shouldn't really be stout-like in the mouth. While this one isn't the biggest doppel in the race, it's in the lead pack.

Sweet, well-roasted barley is the unchallenged focal point. There aren't a huge number of accessory flavors bathing the taste buds, but then there doesn't need to be when the beer is this well-crafted. Buttery figs, dark caramel, cracked coffee bean and a wee smattering of cinnamon play supporting roles is this impressively complex lager. Delicious.

I don't know why Klosterbrauerei Ettal decided to give the American import version a higher ABV, but the alcohol is so well-buried that it doesn't really matter. If it helps depth of flavor, so much the better. The mouthfeel is medium-full with an impressive amount of lightly silky smoothness. The next highest score is only a hair's breadth away.

Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock is fantastic and should be enjoyed by lovers of quality doppelbocks and by most others as well. The fact that the recipe was created by Benedictine monks in 1609 proves that good beer is timeless. (1,854 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting fact: The Germans brew doppelbock specifically for exporting, thus the two versions of this beer. And yes, I have the export version. When I was in Germany, many of the people did not know about the doppelbocks. Note: I was in Northern Germany and most of the Doppelbocks are from Bavaria.

This beer pours a nice dark roasted brown color and minimal head. The nose is caramel and roasted malt. There is also a hint of bitterness but it is just right.

The taste is over the top. Lots of caramel, lots of malt, lots of sweet but overall this is a really fine tasting rich beer. The ABV is rather high but that is OK with me!! As I savor this brew, it becomes even better. This is a rather new offering to our area and I will seek this out again. I try lots of beer but not that many stay on my "keeper" list. (822 characters)

Photo of ajs4bd
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 2-18-09 in a snifter

A - Poured a clear, dark amber with an average head. Lacing was very good.

S - Excellently complex aroma. Heavy malts, including molasses, hay and toasted nuts, raisins or plums and some brown sugar. Very sweet.

T - Good taste, with all the aromas coming through. The molasses and raisins come through the most. Also very sweet in comparison to some other doppelbocks.

M - A medium finish with a somewhat creamy feel. Not as creamy as Samichlaus. The aftertaste is sweet and lingers well.

Overall, a very good doppelbock. The aromas were excellent, but the taste was not as strong as I expected. I concluded this was a good thing, because there was a lot going on in this beer. (712 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at Brawley’s a while back, spending more money than I should have, when some dude walks in off the street and purchases a full case of these things for $4 a pop! That was enough of an endorsement for me. On to the review!

Curator Dunkel Dopplebock pours a 3 finger white head that dissolves quickly, leaving lacing on the way down my big Weizen glass. This Dunkel is a rich, woody brown, clear with lots of fizz. The head eventually vanishes completely.

Smells sufficiently dopplebockish, with lots of heavy German malts, brown sugar, toasted oak, grapes, dates, dark fruity esters. Figs? There's a mild peaty smoke smell that intrigues me. I also get hints of clove and a good deal of alcohol spiciness. No discernable hops. Alright, I give up, this smells fantastic, and gets lots better as it warms.

Hmm, this is rather tasty… it’s your typical dopplebock, very sweet and rich, with a singed caramel malt flavor and supported by a roasty backbone. Very fruity, with sugary dates and prunes coming to mind. Tannins and the same spiciness in the smell make an appearance, rather well balanced, I’m thinking. The 9% abv lurks behind the flavor at all times, daring you to drink more. In fact, for 9% this is stupidly drinkable – I’ve just downed a half-liter of the stuff and could easily have another. Dangerous!

Mouthfeel is sweet, sticky, and finishes slightly dry and warming. Very much to style and pleasant.

I’m trying to find faults with this beer and really am having a hard time. It’s just a super tasty, rich German Dopplebock. Easy to drink and delicious; I now can see why our friend buys it by the case. If I had the means, I might join him! Very much recommend to the malt-fiend. (1,722 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: on tap at Minneapolis Town Hall

A: very brillant ruby when back lit that turn dark cherry when not. No head to speak of--just a thin layer of white-ish foam around the edge.

S: dark frutis, chocolate early that decreased a bit as it warmed. Strong malt, alcohol that was sherry or wine-like---complex and pleasant.

T: chocolate cont'd with a slight but barely noticeable roast, dark cherry, raisins, a little spice, and a bit of a twang on the tongue.

M: thick but not chewy. Smooth and fills the mouth.

D: smooth and easy--a sipper.

Overall: A very good beer, and a nice combination of a strong lager: big taste of a high alcohol beer but the smoothness and blended character of a lager. Enjoy. (721 characters)

Photo of cabsandking
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very attractive dark chestnut brown color with a stiff creamy beige cap that slowly fades but does maintain a nice surface layer to the bottom and some descent lacing. Rich nose of molasses, dark malts, plum and slight hoppy ester. Medium to full body and a thin mouthfeel. Roasted malts, burnt sugar sweetness, fruity tartness like cranberry towards the end but is with a cocoa powder bitterness. Some hop resins at play but very much complimentary...balanced very well. As it warms it becomes a little more earthy, caramel notes develop and the cocoa moves closer to carob flavor. The finish has a burnt malt, burnt brown sugar, and cocoa warmth. (650 characters)

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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.