jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep ruby brown with a nice appropriate head. malty caramel nose with no real hops presence. rich caramel body, sorta earthy. i feel like iím drinking liquid alcoholic caramel! smooth body with a perfect finish. seems perhaps a little thin though. great beer!
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark in color with a good head. It had a sweet smell. The taste was sweet and smooth with many different flavors coming at you.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
what can I say, other than this canít be any smoother, tastier or more clean for a DB. Amazing.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth and good are th best ways to describe this beer. Pootie Tang-licious and owl-filled are bad ways to describe it (my fridge is owl-free, thank you!).
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite Doppel. This thing pours like creek sludge. THICK. Smells wonderful. Instead of the usual soy of most doppelís this one is more cloyingly sweet. Incredibly sweet. And in this instance cloying is good because it lingers. Nice head that dissipates slowly. I think this one has a lovely saaz hop backgroud that really distinguishes it from other Doppelís. The malt also has an interesting burnt rubber quality to its nose that subtly carries over to its palate. Leaves me satisfied every time....if I didnít just eat, like eating potato dumplings its so thick.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ever had a beer many times without realizing you hadnít rated it yet? Yeah, I couldnít believe I hadnít given this one the salute.
Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a decent tan head that lasts for a while but doesnít leave much lace.
Aroma is smoky roasted malt.
Flavor is roasted malt with some really dark fruits, and very complex. Smokey with some coffee and caramel notes, too.
Palate is clean yet malty, if that makes sense. Overall, this rocks, but I gotta say I like Salvator better.
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 Duvel tulip glass: commercial description, anyone? :o) basically, itís really damn great. smooth and rich, dark and sexy. celebrator, rawr! UPDATE 2/12/05: english pint, room temp. / strong aroma of fig and toffee, glorious dark copper body with only the smallest ruby highlight, massive light tan head that is sparkly, tight, and with a lot of soapy lace, and it slowly, but never fully, diminishes in a rocky and airy manner. yum! primary flavors are smoke, fruit, toffee, and deliciousness. an excellent brew! (downrated flavor and overall.)
hershiser2 (1271) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, thick, rich beer: Hints of a sweetness buried deep down. Appearance: reddish brown- more brown, with a nice head. Malty molasses in the nose, and a cool, slick caramel/coffee taste.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My wife picked this up for me merely for the cool bottle. I sure hope she remembers it because itís one of the best Iíve had yet. From start to finish this is a wonderfully balanced and memorable beer.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big smooth malts, caramel, nuts, balanced perfectly, gets just a little sweet towards the finish. Mouthfeel is wonderful, round, and smooth.