Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with frothy thick head. Smells of fruit, malt, and alcohol. Tastes of light chocolate and roast with a hint of smoke flavor. Not my favorite style but a decent doppelbock.
lamas (1548) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a DEEP ruby with thick sandy fluffy head. Aroma is chocolatey, malty and thereís some anise present along with some raisins and nuts. Thick, rich and smooth. Starts with some sweet malts and a little tanginess and is then complemented by a little bit of bitter hops making this a very well-rounded beer. Roasty, a little nutty and milk chocolatey while being very crisp and refreshing at the same time. This beer tastes EXACTLY how it smells. Delicious.
ABUSEDGOAT (2554) - California, USA - APR 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2005 Rating for the 3rd time. The first time I gave this a 3.7 and concluded it was good, but not THAT good. The second time I rated it 4.5 and concluded it was THAT good. The 3rd time through I decided that this beer is damn good, but not legendary either. The flavor and aroma just isnít getting it done despite how sickly smooth it is. Itís still a great beer but I canít put it on my top ten list after 2/3 bottles are not there.
Pours a dark brown body, nearly black. Thereís a small head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Itís not overpowering in any way, yet well balanced. Plums/raisins, lighter fruits, even chocolate. Flavor is about the same. Caramel comes through in the flavor as well. This is so smooth itís sick. If any beer could get a 6/5 for palate it would be this one. Fantastic.
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve always been reluctant to crown this beer the quintessential dopplebock. Iíd like a bit more carbonation. Otherwise, itís outstanding. It pours an almost black color, and the mix of chocolate and malt is great. Itís the aftertaste that has always baffled me. Itís a mix of chocolate, malt and alcohol. But I ainít bitchin either.
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Bottle. Ahhhhh..... I had forgotten just how good this is. This is simply quintessential. There are other good doppelbocks, but nothing compares to this one. Body is a deep chestnut with glints of ruby; clear. The head is packed with mostly very small bubbles; it thins out considerably as it warms, but what remains floats on top all the way down. The malts in this just come rolling out of the glass; how do they pack so much in...? This is so rich that the flavors and mouthfeel have more in common with an imperial stout than with your run-of-the-mill doppelbock. Yum. Loads of fruit (plums and raisins), syrup and nuts in the nose. And yet, its sweetness doesnít overpower.
Iím making a point to try this on draft to see what, if anything, changes. But itís hard to imagine it being much better than this...
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2005 Cinnamon-raisin-smoky-malt taste. A superbly balanced mix of flavors. Has a creamy mouthfell. Deep wet palate that finshes well. [$9.99/4pk]
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smoke burned aroma of malts. Poured black with a tan head that dissipated. Had a vanilla taste to it. Was dry on the palate for the most part but a couple of times throughout the beer it seemed watered downed. Good beer though.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark brown... nearly black with tan head. Aroma is sweet, a bit bitter, and malty. Malts are brown sugar sweet and roasted. Some sour malt flavors are first plesent. Subtle roasted malts mix nicely with the sourness and there is a creamy feel and finish. Also, fruity and sour bitterness.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice complexity - a mix of good malt, smooth presentation, and a spice / fruit infusion, topped of by a signature doppelbock flavor.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pretty much perfection as far as Doppelbocks go. This brew is nice and creamy. For tastes you get some nice syrup and molasses flavors along with a little bit of coco. Head is nice and creamy as well. Good lacing rings are visible around my glass. One damn good beer.