Wiki tells me that modern brewers add “-ator” to their beer names to signal the doppelbock style, with 200 registered in the German patent office. The more you know.
LOOK: Heavy amber and loose. The latter says “eh, I’m probably not worth it.” Pay it no heed.
NOSE: Ripe apple cider, red wine vinegar, figs, dark rum. Fall, vinous, and strong too.
MOUTH: I’m ready to be smacked upside the head – but no. It’s more delicate. If it were less well composed it would taste like one of those chucky hard ciders. It is cidery, in a good way, but it’s also fulsome, molasses and baked fruits. Don’t think I could drink more than a single pint in any one session. That would be cloying. But do try it. It will satisfy that soft, sweetlike craving.
Beeradvocate Rating: 87
ratebeer Rating: 94
Hayward Abbey Rating: 85