At Paulaner they’ve been doing beer right since 1634, and their world-class doppelbock is brewed today from a recipe unchanged since the 1770s. Luscious with buxom malt flavors and a slippery mouthfeel, this is the holy bruiser that started the trend of giving doppelbocks names ending with -ator.
STAR BRAND IMPORTS
Black as a night alone in the woods. The obscure, nocturnal flavors are brightened somewhat by a thread of acidity that leads the way out of the forest, by way of chocolate frosting and malt ball flavors. As dense, mysterious and delicious as a Grimm fairytale.
MERCHANT DU VIN
Allgäuer Brauhaus Cambonator
A dark double bock from the scenic Allgäu district of Bavaria. The heavily-perfumed floral nose alone is enough to knock your lederhosen off, but just wait . . . . Unbelievably opulent flavors of licorice, incense (myrrh?), cola and chocolate-covered cherries. A beer of Byzantine complexity.
MORANDELL IMPORTSAktien-Brauerai St. Martin
This gemütlich Bavarian doppelbock could almost be confused with a homespun English porter, so rich and chocolatey is it. Notes of cocoa, Ovaltine and malt play in a sweet-but-somber key on the palate and lead into a long, Wagnerian finish.