Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2003 This one pours a very dark, ruby brown color with a medium sized off-white head that lingers. It has a nice, all malt aroma. Full bodied and smooth, the flavor is strongly malty, with a lingering sweet finish and a perfect amount of carbonation. Fantastic! A beer to tell your grandchildren about.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2005 Dark brown color, large head.. Very pronounced sweet malts. Rich very full taste, expansive. Full bodied. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and rich. Hop taste is very subtle, nicely offsets the intense malts. Nearly syrupy. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is malty and rich. Exceptional. Sensational beer. Hall of Fame!!
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma has a scent of caramel. Deep dark color with a full head that quickly dissipates. rich thick malty taste. A first rate doppelbock.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 8/27/04: Aged upwards of two years and still quite enjoyable, though it has lost a little of its chocolate flavor. Still very smooth and malty with lots of caramel and butterscotch. This has thus far aged very well.
2/9/04:This has probably been aged about a year and a half. Still pours a wonderful deep dark brown with a thick lacey tan head. Shows signs of wanting to develop some sourness, but is still strong on sugary malt. Has very nice complexity, but thins a little in the finish. Still the best doppelbock Iíve had, although I think the aging has taken away some of its flare.
9/9/02:Unbelievably rich and complex with an aroma of freshly cracked chocolate malt. Perfect amount of sweetness to counteract the generous amount of alcohol. Thick cougar-colored head conceals the viscous body beneath. Great balance of flavors: toffee, dark chocolate, perle hops, and roasted malt. If it came in solid form, I would make cookies out of it. Every sip is a celebration of the senses, and itís the only beer I know that has an ornamental tassel. The fact that it is so widely available and mass-produced, but yet so good, is a tribute to the advances in beer technology.
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this beer on tap at a local pub... surprised as hell actually when they came out with it in a glass... great dark color, substantial frothy head, apricot, grapeish aroma... taste is roasted malt, licorice, grape, apricot, molasses... so many flavors and a few I couldnít put a finger on. Great balance of hops and malt really... they kind of seesaw back and forth; finish was classic plum, raisin and quite bitter with a hint of sweetness... First sip was interesting, but as I drank it down, I began to really enjoy this one... recommended highly. Fairly rich and wonderful. thank you
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice and fairly light aroma, with hints of almond, toffee, caramel, fruit essence, and alcohol...Color is dark brown with ruby tinges---great flowing head and ink-blot lace...Flavors are exceptionally well-blended--overall of moderate intensity but a seamless rainbow of taste sensations. Finish is a most understated but encompassing dryness with sweet creamy tones underneath...As elegant a brew as one is likely to encounter...
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap. Incredible. Much more complex than Paulaner Salvator and Spaten Optimator. Has a forceful malty character that reveals more light and shade than any of the aforementioned brews. Seemed a steal after having a bottle of Westy 12.
eddieerb99 (4) - battle creek, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2002 does not count
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
a nice palate, but the overwelming metalic finish snuffs the life out of this overpriced brew- but the little plastic goat on a string makes a nice Christmas ordiment!- my girlfriend didnít think so either
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of flavors.... chocolate, malt, fruit and some sweetness. The best of the Doppelbocks!