bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 pours a dark brown with largish white head. smells sweet and malty. flavor is similar...sweet at start and kinda fruity like raisons, strong malty character and a little roasty/nutty flavor as well. finishes strong...aroma and flavor gained character as it warmed. a really fine beer.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer deserves some praise. Itís a full, rich flavored beer which tastes like malt and bread. Itís not the best beer in the whole wide world, but I like it. And Iím always a sucker for funny labels as well. This oneís got it! Cool.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, malty, malty, malty. Very enjoyable. Dry finish. A bit of woodiness, nuttiness,. Nice
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - MAY 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 bottled, very small head. malt aroma, creamy, mix of roasted barley and chocolate. complex lager...
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely dark, rich, and malty. The malt has a deep roasted flavor with a touch of sweetness. There is both hops and roasted malt bitterness and a distinctive yeast character. Very nice mouth feel.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. no head. ?age? dark brown colour. taste is malty but nicely balanced. a real treat to drink!
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got myself this ($2.99 for 11.2 oz.), a couple of Salvators ($1.49 for 12 oz.) and a 750 ml bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12 ($8.99!) at Wilburís Wine and Spirits in Ft. Collins, CO, to celebrate my birthday, and to compare with each other. Appropriately, Iím starting the celebration with Celebrator!
Opened the bottle at approximately 45 degrees F. Perhaps a bit too warm?
Pours a lovely dark, almost opaque mahogany red-brown with a smooth tan two-finger head, that turns bumpy and thick and quickly diminishes to a small ring. Minimal lacing.
First smell is of raisins, coffee, chocolate and some sugar: warm and inviting. A very rich aroma.
First taste is rich, dark malt, and very very smoooth. By mid-glass, some of the spicey underflavors have come up. The taste takes on a clove almost peppery set. Long chocolatey, peppery, clovey aftertaste. Mmmm. Iím sure there are some hops in there somewhere, but theyíre well in the background -- just where I like them.
So silky in the mouth -- you want to roll it around a bit.
Next one I have will be on tap at the brewery just south of MŁnchen. Prost!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured deep darkest ruby red, beautiful hue when held to light. Lasting beige head. Nice nose of raisins, caramel fudge, cocoa along with some light fresh grainy notes. Flavour is a similar blend of the above, though more focused on the chocolate malt flavours. Some roast notes too, but never overpowering. Wonderfully sticky full mouthfeel. Very tasty sipping bock.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Nearly black, dark brown edges, mediocre beige head, frothy, with sticky lacing.   Dark wheat bread, nuts, and soft dark pitted fruits on the nose.   Very bready, smooth, fig/date flavors mingling with a very malty backbone.   Also seems to be somewhat nutty.   Great body, but somewhat average mouthfeel, although it is very smooth.   Finishes clean, nutty, with hints of figs and dates.   This is a big boy Doppelbock for sure!
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Poured a deep brown with red highlights when held to light. Medium head receded quickly to form a tight ring around the edge of the glass (lasted for the entire drink). Aroma was somewhat smoky, with caramel and general roasted malts noted. Taste followed the nose, with the smoke only noted in the finish. Flavors danced well on the palate, and the mouthfeel was a little sticky. Aftertaste picked up some of the dark fruit (i.e. plums, prunes) that were not noted as well in the mouth. Excellent brew!