AROMA: Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Slight cola aroma. Clean aroma (to-style). Some warming alcohol.
APPEARANCE: Reddish-chestnut, very clear for a darker beer (to-style for a lager). Nice, dark tan head with respectable lacing.
FLAVOUR: Coffee, chocolate, cola. Slightly vinous. Finish is clean and short (to-style for a lager), but is also fruity (to-style for a Doppelbock). Warm alcohol in finish (to-style, and no hot alcohol present).
MOUTHFEEL: Thin mouthfeel. Good carbonation.
OVERALL: Sham-Bock covers a lot of descriptors in the BJCP style guideline for a Doppelbock. A Doppelbock, however, should have a medium to full body, and this is where this beer falls a little short. In contrast, for 6.8% abv., the thin body helps to make this beer very drinkable, disguising the higher alcohol percentage well.