legion242 (2088) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. When you add in the atmosphere of the pub in Munchen and the great crowds and the great weather, this is a perfect five. Without all that, it is still an amazing, creamy dopplebock, unlike any other that I have ever tasted. I will make a trip back to Munich just for this one.
DanielBrown (3592) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Offie, Leicester - the owner Muree raved about this beer and reckoned it was one of his all time faves. Translucent brown, thin head. Slightly medicinal aroma. Coffee flavour (quite thin, toffee also. Sweet, honey quality. Chest-warming, smooth, balanced. Very good, engaging beer.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft in Heidelberg in July 2003 (wasn’t flowing at the brewery during our visit); also on draft at the brewery in 1985, and finally bottled (purchased at the brewery). Full, malty-sweet, rich beer with big alcohol presence. Complex flavors: red fruit, berries, chocolate, coffee, caramel... Each sip brings you closer to God.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle bought in Germany. Pours brown Brown with a tan head. Chocolate and malt in the aroma. The flavour is sweet, malty and chocolate and dried fruit/berries, with some evident alcohol. Very tasty
JonMoore (1758) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe, 7.1% abv. Deep amber coloured, with creamy beige head, which left good lacing. Aroma is great and complex; sweet malts, banana, strawberry and lots more besides. Flavour is not disappointing after the aroma, sweet, malty, prunes, caramel and more. Smooth, moderately carbonated, medium to full bodied, with an excellent mouthfeel and a lightly bitter finish. The best doppelbock I’ve tried.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bottle procured for me by Dave, a loyal customer at my restaurant/bar, who has recently been bringing German gems back from business trips for me. All hail Dave!
Appearance: partially clear, dark ruby hue, an enigmatic appearance, really, clear here, dark there, obtuse in places, with a lovely, lush layer of pale, tanned foam standing guard on top.
Aroma: caramel & spice, soft & creamy, lightly toasted, with subtle fruit.
Taste: luscious fruit proclaims itself at the onset, a beautiful blend of grape, cherry, berry, & more, supported by a warm, generous malt bill.
More flavors interject as we continue, raisins, figs, chocolate climbs aboard, too, for a spell, contributing a subtle, sensuous cocoa feel all over the palate.
This mere 7.1% ABV doppelbock only peeps up the tiniest bit in alcohol feel, so smooth it is, so rich with flavor, not harsh, nor brash, mellow, cool, yet bold with flavor, getting winey-er and winey-er in taste as we go.
Got to hand it to the monks at Andesch, for they are gentle, benevolent geniuses, and those who know their work are doubly blessed!
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2007 (Rerate 27.4.2007, prev 8-4-7-4-16) Dark amber color, little beige head. Chocolate, nuts, toffee, grains and slight alcohol in aroma, this was as good as I remembered from the first time. Medium to full bodied. Strong chocolate in flavor, nuts, sweet caramel, even some vinous tones and mild alcohol there also with some roastiness. Aftertaste has nice warmnig alcohol with lasting nutty tones and chocolate. Excellent beer, still maybe slightly too sweet.
kathouse (776) - Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Wiesbaden. Beer was a dark ruby color with a thick, foamy head. Sweet smell of caramel, malt, and fruit. Body was thin and seemed watered down. Low carbonation. Really sweet caramel & honey, but balanced bitterness. Finished dry and clean. Second mug tasted better.
jmm1 (129) - Andorra la Vella, ANDORRA - AUG 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark caramel body with a thick small head. Malty aroma with sweet roasted tones. Sweet fruity and honey notes on the first mouth impression developing into malt and hops. Low carbonation. Powerful but not overwhelming, the alcohol is well hidden. A little marvel !
TheBeerGod (4994) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my friend Vince for sharing but also to his in-laws for bringing this back from their trip to Germany. Ruby colored brown body. Small tan head. Aroma is rich with sweetened malt, caramel, fruits, and I could swear I smelled grape bubblegum. Taste is equally filling withmore sweetened malts, caramel, some lighter fruit notes, a splash or two of brown sugar and faint grassy hops. Mouthfeel is full and rich while being mildly carbonated. Some slight alcohol warming as well. Finish is much the same as the taste - more malt and caramel. Damn good beer!