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

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

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 01-12-2006

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Photo of KeefD
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass, dark brown with ruby red highlights, with a yellowish-orange hue at the edges. Big bubbled-foam on top of the body, fades quickly, leaving behind light lacing. Strong floral, sweet, fuity, grassy aroma with slight nuances of roasted malt and dark fruits. Taste is roasty and toasty, hints of coffee and chocolate, semi-sweet, light dark fruit, some grape, a bit of burnt caramel. A bit astringent for my taste. Bitter and dry on the finish. Lightbodied, almost too thin for the style. Carbonation is overly-lacking, doesn't give the light a body a real pop. A bit thin, a bit watery, not enough body for a good Dopple. What flavor is there just doesn't lend any complexity to an overly-thin body.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A deep dark color with a little red in it when held to the light.

Smell- I thought it had sort of grape or currant smell.

Taste- It has a nice roasted flavor that is somewhat toffee/coffee like. Sweet with a very slight hop bitter aftertaste. There is a little alcohol bite but not as bad as thought it would be given that it is 9%.

Mouthfeel - It has a full medium bodied.

Drinkability- Not bad but I would probably chose other double bocks if given the choice.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark mahogany color.

smell - Chocolate, dark malts, and molasses.

taste - Rich malt taste, mix's of dark fuits.
Little strong here too.

mouthfeel - Medium-full body

drinkablility - Pretty good, have had beeter bocks then this. I have had #2 and #3.

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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!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the Coop a few weeks ago for about $4 ... been waiting to share it with my carpool buddy... He's really into German lagers... so tonight was the night... My half poured into my Kasteel tulip and allowed to warm pretty much up to room temperature.

1" head dropped fairly quick... no real lacing. brew is very clear polished walnut.

Aroma is thick malty goodness.. nice caramel and dark dried fruits.. whiffs of maple.. really pretty complex...

Flavor mirrors the aroma perfectly with a background spiciness. Long finish on this one. No alcohol to speak of which surprises me on a 9% lager. Bigger than average mouthfeel with silky carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer.. I really am digging it. I normally don't buy dopplebocks that much even though I love German lagers... this one is way up there with some of the best, if not the best I've ever had.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark reddish brown color with a very bubbly, light brown, two-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of malt, chocolate and light grasses.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a nice roasted malt flavor. It also had a strong chocolate and caramel taste, plus a candy sugar flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good dopplebock. Despite a fairly high ABV, the alcohol isn't noticeable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a orange highlights and a thick head that splashes some lace around

Smell: Muscat-soaked raisins, fruitcake spice and a hint of tobacco

Taste: Opens with raisin, caramel and allspice flavors; by mid-palate, there is a bit of brown sugar sweetness that comes into focus; but the surprise is when the tobacco arrives, after the swallow, to add another dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, creamy carbonation

Drinkability: By keeping the cloying tendencies in check, this beer ranks among the better doppelbocks out there

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Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 1 pint, .09 fl oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
The appearance was decent but hardly outstanding... pours a deep, maroon-purple colored-hue with no lacing and a minimal head...
Very sweet, rich, smelling-aroma bursting with dark sugars, dehydrated fruits, and prunes...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a noticeable suggestion of dark fruits, figs, dates, prunes, syrup, and molasses...
Ultra-rich and super-thick mouthfeel led to a decent level of drinkability, which ended up taking a hit due to the very sweet and slightly cloying flavors, not to mention the hefty 9% ABV which was certainly discernible...
Not bad...

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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.

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Photo of danielharper
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick brown syrupy body, very minimal head. Approximately appropriate for-style.

Smell: Very sweet, malty, nutty. Slight astringency due to high alcohol. Smells more like an eisbock than a dopplebock to me.

Taste: Rich mahogany nut brown. Deep. Notes of chocolate and coffee buried way down under. Strongly alcoholic and with quite a bit of unfermented sugar -- this is a very sweet beer. Grows on me instead of becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: Like a mix of water and syrup. (Maybe like a simple sugar?) Runs across the tongue and down the throat like velvet, swishes around the tongue easily.

Drinkability: Dangerously so, given the alcohol. I'm not always the biggest fan of dopplebocks, but this one is really quite nice for the style.

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Photo of bruachan
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

chasmically dark garnet with a short head.

grainy, (munich malt) raisin flavor. the dried fruit element is a little strong for me, actaully. the horse seems to be pretty well dead. i would like more complexity, with some tasty bready or nutty flavors

alas, i am stuck with uberraisin juice. the aroma is a little more dynamic

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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.

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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.

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Photo of drperm
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After wading through any number of so-so Doppelbocks (or that pervasive American bastardization, "Double Bock"), I was overjoyed to find Ettaler. This, for me, is everything a doppelbock needs to be. Better, I thought, even than Ayinger’s Celebrator (no small feat).

It is characterized by a nice hop balance with the sweet malt. It is obvious to me that this one is brewed with loving care -- the balance is just right and the 9% ABV is fairly well masked. Old world understatement melds with pure epicurean delight. Keep this one.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle shows a black and white depiction of the Ettal abbey. I wikipedia'd this place, and the history behind it is nice, and the beer is actually brewed in the monastery. That's prety cool since doppelbocks were first brewed my German monks to drink while fasting during lent.

A - Dark brown beer with a blood red glow when held to the light. Deep, dark, and crimson. A three finger head rose over the edges of my snifter, but the head reduces quickly to a nice collar and leaves a good amount of lace in it's wake.

S - Heavy chocolate cake aroma reminds me of chocolate cake batter. Super sweet and cakey with some really yeast-focused aromas. Smells like a megaton malt bomb.

T - Again, chocolate cake batter and loads of doughy yeast, but this time with some nice transparent hops to support the sugar.

M - Full bodied, sugary sweet, and a bit cloying before some nice hop bitterness and alcohol heat step in to keep the sweetness in check. It actually finishes on the dry side and leaves a dusty feeling on my palate along with an inviting and warming alcohol glow.

D - This one is a little too sweet, and not quite complex enough IMO. It's a good dessert beer though.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


I thought perhaps I missed something - maybe tasted too much last time around before coming to this one, maybe was in the wrong mindset, maybe even the wrong mood. After seeing the New York Times review that held it in high esteem with in combination with typical reviews here, I decided to give it a another go to be sure:

A: Deep, raisin coloured pour... creamy head, maintains a little lip around the edges.

S: Quite sweet, something of a burnt brown sugar and dark fruits.

T: Prune/raisin, something of a bitter, almost medicinal taste, but not quite - just a bit tart. Rather similar to the first time around, though kind of noticed a little spicy, alcohol finish that I think was overlooked last time.

M: A bit sticky... a bit of coating, but overall a bit wet and lacking.

D: Unfortunately, things didn't change a great deal. Maybe a little more body than last perceived, but kind of unsure about the taste and overall experience. It could almost use a little more oomph for its class. Just seems a little bit unbalanced. Not my thing, I guess, but could offer a little score improvement on some points.


Original review: Jan. 16, '08
scores: 3 / 3 / 3.5 / 2.5 / 2.0 (C+)

A: Deep chocolate pour, not a bad looking brew, though the head was a little disappointing. Quite pale and quick to dissipate.

S: Very mild hops, notes of caramel, but not anything that really stood out. Not a bad aroma, but not a great deal to it.

T: What it lacks in aroma, it tries to take back in flavour. Raisin, light caramel, but rather light, overall. Not a great deal of caramel, toffees, malts / toasted grains, chocolate, or other flavours that I might have expected. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, considering.

M: Very light for its class, in my opinion. Overall, it's very mild, somewhat flat, with no carbonation there to make up for a lack of body.

D: All in all, quite disappointing. 'Watery' comes to mind to describe it... the mild carbonation of a typical dopple, but the lighter body of perhaps even a substandard lager. While it performs better than some of the beers out there, it's not up to par for its class. Sorry, Ettaler, I hoped and expected for more.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved September 2006, Sampled December 2007
Pours with an initially, almost three-finger thick, lightly darkened, tan colored head that has a bit of staying power to it. The beer sits in my glass a concentrated, blackened, amber tinged color but does show a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby red color when held up to the light. Rich, sweet malt aromatics define the nose of this beer. Almost no hop aromatics, in fact I can't really smell any. Aromas of figs, richly caramelized malt, broiled raisins, musty concentrated dark fruits. The aroma has almost smells like it has cork taint, that musty, slightly off cork smell of TCA seems to be here, but I have no idea how that could be. This may just be a bit of oxidation setting in, but it is a bit unusual for it to take this form. Irregardless, the aroma is rich and malty enough that it is able to overcome this and still remain quite enjoyable.

Sweet and richly concentrated malt notes as well as brandy like warming alcohol flavors are noticeable in the first sip. This is really rich and chewy, without being overly sweet though; the malt sugars here are complex enough that the sweetness is not cloying. This is definitely a meal in a glass; the heft of this brew is impressive, it has both a viscous weight to it and a palate coating quality that sticks to the mouth even after a sip has been swallowed. A touch more hoppy than the aroma suggested, there are hints of herbal (at times even menthol like), hop derived flavors here as well as a soft, fleeting, though lingering, hop bitterness in the finish. Clearly though this beer is about the malt. Concentrated & powerful, flavors of dark chocolate, toasted grain, lightly bitter burnt malt and dark whole grain toast provides a slight counterpoint to the sweeter malt flavors. As the beer warms & loses the medium carbonation it becomes much more creamy feeling, though it also begins to pick up a touch of that TCA like mustiness from the aroma.

What a tasty, totally rich & satiating, thoroughly enjoyable beer, while the lack of that TCA like component would have made this perfection in a glass, it still does not hurt it enough to make this less that incredible. This is exactly what I have been looking for in a Doppelbock lately. If you are a malt lover, you have got to try this beer, it will totally satisfy any malt cravings you may have.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From teh Co-op in Belfast. Pours a nice mahogany brown, very little head on the beer that fades quickly. Smells like very sweet malt. Tastes like malt, dried fruit but not very overwhelmingly sweet like other dopplebocks I've had before, alcohol well hidden. Mouthfeel a bit thin. Overall a really nice beer and for a nice price of $2.99, I recommend.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours a low khaki head. The beer is a rich, deep ruby-brown in color. Nice coloring, disappointing retention.

s: Grainy candy apple dominates, quite sweet on the nose. Notes of banana esters and pie crust. Almost like apple pie with the apple, brown sugar, cinnamon and crust combo. Sweet cherries. There's a reasonable amount of depth here...pretty solid. It took me awhile to come around to this one, but it's really quite complex.

m: Lower carbonation with a silky smooth, thick body.

t: Sweet caramel and toffee malts coupled with strong notes of banana and other esters. Sweet cherries swimming in a sugary malt liquid. Towards the sweet side, with just a dash of benign hop flavor and bitterness. A little medicinal at times, the only real detractor. A good, standard import doppelbock.

d: abv well hidden, and one is enough

single bottle from Grapes & Hops

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a couple sample half pint glasses

A - Poured a nice caramel brown color with a smallish off white head. Quick fade left behind a somwhat flat looking brown liquid with no head, lace, or side glass contribution.

S - Aroma was decidedly smoked with a nice hint of caramel in the back. There was some earth grain present and more of a dark grain tone.

T - The flavor was nice, classic dopplebock with lots of smoked flavors and a great overall malt profile. Thick flavor with a somewhat tangy finish it had that little bit of a coffe grind kind of finish to it.

M - Very smooth with little in the way of carbonation. It had a bit of slickness to it but nothing that was terribley bad or even distractable. Overall just a nice smooth feel.

D - Very very nice. An easy drinker with smoot feel and absolutly no hint at the 9% alcohol that was hidden inside. I easily could have had a few more of these with ease.

Overall not at bad Dopplebock by any means. This was really a good choice and something that was really cool to enjoy. I really look forward to trying it again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut with little head and no lacing. The beer smells strongly of molasses, burnt sugar and with whiffs of yeast and alcohol. The taste is super malty, slightly spicy, sweet, more molasses, but there is also some bitterness on the finish for balance. Moutfeel is slightly slick, otherwise fairly smooth and drinkable. Not my absolut favorite dopplebock, and a little out of balance- too sweet, but worth a try.

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Photo of brantadid
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with burnt redish tones.

No head whatsoever. Nothing formed. I would have thought the beer was flat.

Smells like raisins and figs. Sweet malts also.

Tasted like molasses and dark sweet fruit. Some spice as the beer warmed. Alcohol also presented. I kept tasting bubble gum, which didn't, and still doesn't, make any sence at all.

Nice mouthfeel. Not thin but not overly viscous. Lower carbonation.

I would drink this again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle, picked up at Beaumont Market (Portland, OR). Classy silver label, depicting the Kloster Ettal monastery (since 1330!). This brew is crafted "according to [their] historic recipe of 1609, created by the Benedictine Monks"; well, I suppose a 398 year-old recipe is worth trying. The virgin pour into one of the Sam Adams glasses received for being a BA Founding Subscriber...

A: Very clear ruby-brown, with a tint hinting at 'cherry' redness. Capped at first with half a finger of tiny light tan bubbles, this lager is nearly sans-head within seconds, sporting just a pencil-thin ring of tight cream and a bit of fizzy film at the center (thank you bottom etching). Good rising carbonation.

S: Sweet and malty aroma of milk chocolate, sugared fruit (raisins, mostly...), tingly spices (nutmeg and buttery cinnamon roll). Cola-like caramel. A trace of souring, a quick lemony squeeze.

T: Darker, smoky malts and with a notable woodiness. Bits of cocoa mixed with a sweetness that's layered with rooty, earthy spices...like tree bark...leaves...nutshells. Here's the weirdest thing: an unusual lightly metallic taste like...fish? Really, like shellfish...smoky, faintly briny, oysters? These are subtle things, beneath a caramel sugariness, but still they are flavors that are grabbing my attention. Nothing about it tastes 'off', in fact I find this one pretty tasty, all things considered.

M: Medium/full mouthfeel, thickening gradually with a syrupy layering that builds with each sip. Extremely creamy, seeming to have no carbonation at all, though there's plenty. Herbal bitterness with some chalkiness rounds off an otherwise sugary doppelbock.

D: Not my favorite doppelbock, but better than the average (at least those I've tried). Gets a bit heavy in the finish, one is more than enough. Also, the oddness of the earthy and weird salty/fishy-taste (to me), make this a version I'd try again, but maybe wouldn't rush back to.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ:

Pours mahogany with virtually no head.

The smell is of dark, plum/prune-like fruitiness. Some woody/nutty notes intermingle. There's a hint of molasses with a slight floral spiciness.

The taste is of dark prune-like fruitiness with some woody/earthy notes. Hints of molasses come through. Peppery alcohol lends spiciness in a sweet finish.

Medium-to-full bodied, smooth but for noticeable alcohol.

A nice, fairly complex sipping brew. Sweet and spicy. A good cool-weather brew.

Bottled version same with a slight better head to start off with (though it does disappear - not unusual for high abv).

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Photo of Gavage
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a short 1/4" head that falls apart immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: brown sugar and caramel sweetness abounds.

Taste: nice malt base with caramel, brown sugar, molasses, plums, and a soft bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium bodied brew. Short sweet aftertaste lingers briefly on the tongue.

Drinkability: decent but not overly exciting. Alcohol levels are warming as the glass is drained. Worth a try.

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Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 292 ratings
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