When the weather starts to cool down, I start to crave doppelbock. For years I've relied on Ayinger Celebrator, but this year I decided to try something new - Great Divide's Wolfgang, their newest seasonal offering.
It pours deep brown with clear, ruby red edges. Thick head with big bubbles that don't die off too quickly. Big malty sweetness on the nose and a good bit of toasted billion-grain bread and mixed nuts as well. Taste is also sweet, with lots of caramel and baked brown sugar plus flavors of cherry and plum. Body is velvety smooth, thick and sticky enough to keep your tongue coated from the moment you finish a sip to the moment you take the next one. Finish is kind of earthy and sweet, a marriage of light tobacco and toffee. It's a little sweeter than Celebrator, and also lighter, with less of that "liquid bread" feel, but it's still damn good. Try it!