wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Thanks Mike!):
Dark opaque brown, nice creamy tan head that trails lace profusely.
Nose is carmel, brown sugar, maple syrup with a malty, full aroma. Roasted malt prevails with subtle hop support.
Tastes less weet that most other doppel bocks, full mouthfeel, roasted malts forward with rich roundness of flavors--hops, chocolate, brown sugar, praline--no single part overwhelming in iteself.
Finish is semi-sweet with a residual roast malt taste.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 Tan head with a very creamy foam. Deep malt aroma, very aromatic caramel smell with no hop aroma up front. A fruit nose detected upon warm-up. Dark brown to black in color leaving a lovely lace behind. Sweet chocholate dominant flavor. Alcohol on tip of tongue. Nice hop back taste with a rich full body of malt middle. Milky finish. As close to a hot fudge sunday as a beer can get. UPDATE 4/11/6: If you allow this to sit for about 90 minutes in your glass, it actually smells like CHEESE!
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I second the opinion that this is a great beer, but overrated. It shouldn't be a 100 rating - it's not perfect. It is however wonderful. It is a very fulfilling and satisfying beer with complex aromas and tastes in it of berries and various malts. I also found myself drinking it very slowly for I had but one. This would definitely be a fun beer to have lots of, if you could afford it, for celebrations and special occasions particularly. Very cool packaging with the little goat thing, too.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bice big tan head, pretty well lasting. Vanilla, Caramel, slight coffee notes. Nice hoppy bite to it, then sweetness takes over, almost with a cocoa/coffee flavor. Nice malty flavor further into the beer, and the cocoa seems to fade. A very nice brew.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Fantastic lasting light beige head on a deep mohogany body. Smokey and malty, lightly roasty currant aromas. Also lightly oxidized, but I won't hold it against this beer too much! Toasty malt aroma becomes stronger as it warms and some currant fruitiness creeps into the mix, then becomes more raisiny/vinous as it warms further. Very malty, but also very well balanced w/a malty sweet finish. aftertaste is clean, roasty, and malty with just a hint of bitterness. Body to me seems fuller side of medium, but not full as the description states, very low carbonation, smooth m/f, and warming alcohol presence. Very nice and a hallmark of the style. This is another one of my preferred styles and this is one of the many beers that has made it so!
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Dark brown with a fine beige head. Absolutely sex in a bottle this beer. Rich malty vanilla and caramel notes, all spiced up and yet evenly balanced. Another Happy Deli experience in NYC.
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Definately one of the best beers I have ever had. Great deep dark hues accented by a head of a beautiful shade of tan. It's funny how the head looks so much better on a beer that radiates an ambrosial aroma like celebrator. Complex flavor, tastes too many things to even begin to describe them. Great all around.
TBone (14160) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Bottled
Dark ruby color, small steady creamy coffee head. Aroma is very complex: different berries and malt. Taste is full-bodied: bittersweet berries, coffee and roasted malt. Finishing long and bittersweet, very warming. This is an excellent beer BUT overrated. (10/4/6/4/15 3.9)
Re-rated, bottled 33cl (BB 04/2006)
Almost opaque very bark ruby color with cappuchino head. Aroma has chocolate and roasted malts, this needs to be warmed up before you can smell anything. Medium to full bodied, roasted, slightly hoppy, some chocolate and woody notes in the finish. Long roasted aftertaste. This bottle had not bittersweet notes what a bottle a year ago had. (8/5/8/4/17 4.2)
Earlier Rating: 2/7/2004 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle (with label "Winter-bock" the most likely same beer with another label)
Big tanned head. Very dark brown colour, almost black. Malty delicious aroma. Palate a little bit similar to dark Kozel. Not too strong but still enough tasty palate to make this very enjoyable beer. Starts alcoholic, ending slightly bitter and then turning to sweety aftertaste. 39 (8-5-7-4-15)
radiomgb (2502) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown in colour with a long lasting beige head. The aroma was amazing full of rich malt, caramel sweetness, smoke, molasses and some cookies. The flavour was of molasses, very malty, rich, very creamy, smooth with a bit of gingerbread. Full bodied. Finishes with a long mild bitterness. Many thanks to Steve for sharing his only bottle of this with me. You should have bought more!!
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good god what was I thinking. I can't get this one in my local stores so when I was away one time I picked up one of their last two. I decided to only buy one so I had money to buy something else. Now that I realize what a heavenly nectar this is I'm feeling like a road trip.
Anyways, back to the rating: spectacular aroma and appearance. I didn't want to drink it for fear of not having it sitting there to smell and look at. Rich dark brown body with an absolutely delicious looking creamy tan head. Sweet and malty and slightly chocolately and slightly fruity - but earthy fruits - and perhaps some caramel and molasses. Flavour is more chocolately than I expected and reveals greater complexity as it lingers in your mouth. Truly wonderful.