shrubber85 (9465) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2009 Bottle. Rich molasses malt aroma - mild tannins. A dark brown / blood red color with negligible head. Thick molasses malt flavor - moderate hops bitterness and astrigency. Very nice body. This is a nice easy drinking doppelbock but may not be strong enough for some.
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the fine German Doppelbocks but this one is different in the fact that it has almost no discernible hop bitterness which, to me, throws it out of balance. Combine that with minimal carbonation and you got yourself a flavorful beer syrup. It’s too sweet also. Not my favorite of style but great for some tastes.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Popped off the cap and boom! - here comes the foam. Got it in the .5 L boot as quickly as possible. Color is a deep, dark brown with caramel and ruby accent hues around the cusps. My, my, my. Foamy, booming 1" head slowly fizzles down. Wondrously rich caramel aroma, caramelized pecans and sugar brazed walnuts. Some discernable smells of milk chocolate, hints of peat and a touch of rye pretzel bread. Flavor is smooth chocolate and caramel, rolling over the palate like a Rolo. Subtle golden delicious apple-like sweetening that transitions to more substantive figs and prunes. Nails the "liquid bread" parameter, as it matches fresh pumpernickel bread flavoring. Welcome to the Maximator’s Malt Clinic, please take a seat. Very smooth on the palate with nearly no carbonation, some most likely lost in the initial foam boom. No cloying sweetness or stickyness. Flavor slips away gradually and fades into the background. Tiny tingling at the back of the throat hints at the moderate ABV. Finishes like tiramisu. Solid doppelbock.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the 500 ml bottle at the Huber Haus. Dark pour with a tan head. Dominant molasses aroma with straw or hay tossed in for good measure. Glucose tolerance test sweet, but hop strong for a deliciously smooth balance. I think I like it better than Spaten or Paulaner doppels, so once again, the little guy in Munich rules the roost.
mephisto (1278) - TAIWAN - JUN 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a huge whiff of caramel aroma w/ hint of toffee. the head subsides quickly, full bodied. the taste is full of malt, sweet and chocolaty. no significant trace of hops, as is usual w/ this type of beer. maybe not as good as celebrator, but definitely a worthy dopplebock.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(on bottle; superpowermax-thanx to joss for this baby)Dark ruby red with a shortlsting, toffee-cloured head. A strange carbonation; perfect, but perls on throughout the drink.Rum, dade and loads of ageing is what I smelled, namnam. Watery mouth and a joyfull tart, burnt finish, allmost coffee-like. Has no cloying cane-sugarness like 90% of these DBs.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Very dark, ruby lager with a well-tanned head. Malty aroma displays notes of molasses, brown sugar, and light soy sauce. Thick, hearty body with flavors of very light molasses, dried plum, caramelized brown sugar and lightly bitter, citrusy hops. Full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. The finish is full of dark fruit, bitter-sweet chocolate and drying, astringent alcohol.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is all about malt and alcohol. Dark brown with ruby hightlights, there’s little carbonation and a tiny wisp of a head that vanishes immediately. It’s got a sweet malt aroma with traces of dark, juicy fruits and a definite alcohol presence. It’s sticky sweet to drink, malt with raisins and molasses and a hardy, warming alcohol taste. Nice doppelbock.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 Bottled. A rich ruby coloured beer. The aroma is full, fruity, jammy and vinuous. There are notes of raisins, licquorice and wood. The taste is thick and full bodied. Nice alcohol notes, more raisin fruits and licquorice and a real warming mouthfeel. Another top quality Doppelbock akin to the Ayinger, Andechser and Weltenberger.Score 4.3
Subsequent rating scored 3.9. Average becomes 4.1
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle I had looks very different then the one in the picture. I hope this is the correct beer. Nice caramel aroma with raisin, chocolate and coffee in it as well. The taste is basically the same as that except for the cherry that I did not get in the aroma. There was also an intense wine mouthfeel which was very effective. I really liked this Doppelbock.