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 Wilbur’s Wine and Spirits in Ft. Collins, CO, to celebrate my birthday, and to compare with each other. Appropriately, I’m 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. I’m sure there are some hops in there somewhere, but they’re 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 München. 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 (7508) - 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!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One sentence review: Dopplebock Plus.
Pours a dark, dark ruby with a big brown head. Lacy head as it goes. Smell is extremely malty and nutty.
Taste is very malty and nutty. I mean, it’s everywhere on the palate. Rich. Sticky and chewy. Big bodied beer and really, really tasty. If you have ever had another dopplebock, increase all the flavors by equal amounts 25% and this is what you will come up with. Smooth but a real sipping brew for me, not for sessions. The King of Dopplebocks.
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black/dark brown with nice tan head. Great aroma; raisins, dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Similar for the taste with some hops, and caramel. Full bodied, dry and complex - superb.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Bottle, Chester’s, Hamilton. Shared by Doug; Cheers Doug. No idea how old this bottle was but it held up very well. Very dark brown pour, with a decent sized tan head. One of the best aroma’s I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing, just a huge combo of various malts that produce a gorgeous sweet scent. The mouthfeel was actually thinner than I expected with a nice refreshing crispness to it, which balanced off the many chocolate, caramel, and roasted flavours, along with a decent amount of bitterness. I found it finished very dry. This was a wonderful experience; I wonder if you can do any better in this style.
Re-rate - I’ll knock it down a few notches from its original 4.4 lofty perch, as I had a much bigger sample shared with Hogtown Harry, GregClow, and Blankboy, and a fresher bottle (courtesy of Harry) and it didn’t do as much for me. The aroma was still good but didn’t blow me away, and I enjoyed it, just didn’t find it nearly as complex as before. Still a world class beer.
Ron (3576) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a nice tan head. Malty and sweet aroma was inviting. Creamy mouthfeel was fine, but the smoky flavor will keep me from trying it again any time soon.