AlabastorJones (812) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 slightly roasty aroma, sweet mocha flavor with hints of molases and caramel, no alcohol in the flavor, over all delicious, seemingly perfect carbonation, what’s the deal with almost every dopplebock having some sort of hooved mammal on the bottle? baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
Boutip (5223) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a dark black beer with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. I think I can smell vanilla and/or banana with some roasted malts. Taste is quite sweet at first with the banana/vanilla side coming out and then ends with a more alcoholic sweetness at the end (still cannot feel the alcohol thought). Very good, probably the best example of this style that I know of.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Medium tan head, turning into a ring, leaving behind gerous sheets of lace to start and nothing later on, sitting on top of a deep ruby body, crystal clear. Dry aroma of toasty fruit, promises a balanced brew; prune, caramel, toffee, toasted caramel, clean...banana upon warming! Fullish body, lots of silky-foamy carbonation, so dry and clean. Flavor is dominated by fruit, berries, apples, prunes with caramel, toasted malts, lightly bitter finish to balance out this lightly sweet brew. Crisp, clean, magnificently well balanced, shamefully drinkable, alcohol is totally concealed in the flavor until it warms and then it peaks out, sneakily, warmly and in a very friendly manner in the finish. As this stuff warms, I keep tasting new things...banana in the finish, wood(oak casks), ever so slightly smoky. The aftertaste is even dynamic. Overall: a clean, complex, "WOW" kind of beer.
IndianaRed (2960) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a very dark mahogany with a thick dense light tan head and rather course lacing. Aroma is a very nice oak, grape jelly, smokey sensation. Flavor is less sweet, more woody and smokey. Yes, the hops are subtle and the dark malty campfire taste is the leading role. Feel is a bit thin though and leaves you rather quickly. Lingering dry dark roated flavors w/o any real bitterness are all thats left. Nice.
vern0159 (6) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2004 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally, the great beers are available in Georgia. This beer is what I always figured a Doppelbock would taste like. The flavor blew me away. The color is as expected, but wow - what an awesome kick. Excellent. Available at Harry’s Farmer’s Market in Alpharetta.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown. There is an average size head, brown, decently long lasting and leaves a lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity. The initial taste is extraordinarily complex and fills the entire mouth. Caramel and a distinct fruitiness, almost like raisins, stand out most. It has a decent body and a good amount of carbonation. Finish is very smooth and well balanced, with nearly no lingering unpleasantness. My one real complaint with this beer is its heaviness; I had it after dinner, and it filled my stomach as if I had eaten a rich dessert.
marcus (7674) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a dark brown beer that pours with a short but attractive light brown head. There is a very rich chocolatey flavor, with a dry chocolate aftertaste. This outstanding example of the doppelbock style makes an appropriate reward for any occasion calling for a celebration.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Truly one of the top of the line doppelbocks. The aroma was average, offering your normal "dark malt" smells but the taste really blows you away. Mixture of caramel, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, "dark fruits" (perhaps some plum and black cherry) and a nice nuttiness make this a very enjoyable brew.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this in the bottle at Kellys in Dunedin, FL. Pours very dark brown with ample, tan head. I smell loads of sweet malt with maybe some raisins or figs in the far background. First sip..this is much smoother than I had expected. Malty, rich with a great mouthfeel and a slightly bitter and wonderful dry finish. Pretty darn good.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 January 6th 2005 Re-rate.
Aroma is very fruitcakish with lots of sweet malt and spice. Dark brown with a creamy two finger thick tan head. Flavor is deep and rich with more of the fruitcake notes and touches of almost burnt bread. Some mashed dark fruit and a flavor apporximating a puree of raisins, figs and brown sugar.
The Great King of Dopplebocks. This beer alone makes up for most of the skunky green beers that come from Germany.