mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black is beautiful. Wonderful pure malt aroma. Yeasty, malty flavour that is a bit like vegemite. That's real good folks. Exquisite.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 Okay, this stuff is just overall great. Dark brown in colour towards the center and lighter on the outside of the glass. Thick frothy bubbly brown head. The nose is full of malts with a sharp kick of hops, Sweet malty yet alchohol-ish. The nose is very kinetic. The taste is very malty and roasted. It starts malty and rich but smoothe and finishes with a very clean charred or heavily roasted flavor. Overal it is very easy to drink and does warm up well. I was actually sad when my glass was empty.
Rerate: 4-3-06. As my palate has evolved I really cant justify having rated this so high. Going down from a 4.5 to 4.2.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark amber. Thin head but nice. Great aroma. Roasted malt and subtle hops, caramel. Fruit and smoke on finish. Great stuff!
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good bere. It had a licorice taste, with a hint of prune taste after the first sip. Nice, dark color.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2004 WOW!This Beer poured a nice dark color with a thin disappearing head.Fantastic malt/caramel aroma.I was hooked on my first sip.Fantastic complex malt flavor.This is my new favorite beer.Awsome
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, like the darkest amber but not quite brown. Handsome however slightly thin head. Beautiful aroma is where this bock really starts to shine...roasted malt and subtle hops, caramel, butter, alcohol. Layered, but smoothly transitioned complexities of malt and hops. Fruit and smoke on finish, like BBQ bananas. If this was less pricey it would be ultimate everyday beer.
SpringsLicker (3164) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good commercial Doppelbock. Rich malty and complex, you won't get it any better unless you brew it yourself. Worthy of all the positive statements others have made.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Get some malty caramel with some raisin? in the nose. Pours with a big head. Taste finishes with some malty roast bitterness
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark brown with tan head. Flavors of coffee and chocolate just dance in your mouth.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet aroma of fruit and English malts and a nice smokeyness. The appearance is nice dark brown with large tan head. The flavor is sweet at first with a smokey malty finish - seems a bit off, maybe an old bottle? Not a huge fan of this one, but then again I'm not a huge fan of anything remotely related to English malts or a brown ale. One night of intense tasting and I'd had enough of them...