cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I avoided trying this beer for a while because my friend got a bad bottle and almost wretched. Thankfully I decided to try it for myself. Although dark, it was not overpowering. Chocolate and caramel influences were the most present.
mnbeerguy (11) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful deep amber color with coffee and sweet malt on the nose. Very smooth drinker with a great mouthfeel. The coffee and malt on the nose is also predominant in the flavor. Long finish that leaves you wanting more. Not as rich as some of the doppelbocks out there, owing to the lower alcohol content, but at the same time, you can certainly drink more of it. Maybe not the best doppelbock out there, but its up there on my list.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing beer...wonderful roasted malt flavor and long-lasting finish that leaves you smiling.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Nice roasted coffee and toffee flavors. The hops seemed to balance perfectly with the malt. Really smooth and enjoyable. What all dopplebocks wish they could be!
rfelderhoff (3) - USA - FEB 9, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definately a beer for celebrating! Definitely good malt flavor. Just the right level of hops.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Nice color and strong head. The "maltiness" was enviable, but the "woodiness" is not for me. I can see why this is so highly regarded, just not my favorite of the type. Something so fruity and smokey at the same time just wasn't right with me.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is a hell of a doubble bock. Great looking beer with a serious foam crown. Roasted malty aroma with a definate presence of yeasts. Thick roasted malts taste with a slight bitter hoppy after taste. Great balance and a smooth palate make this d-bock a solid winner
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
am giving this brew the ultimate in high rankings because of its greatness, and I can see everyone else who has tried one agrees. I have been drinking this one for years. last night a friend and I had a few over at my place, and I took some notes. Pours deep chocolate brown, nice tan head with excellent retention. Thick lace adheres well to glass. Aroma is like cookie dough and bread combined. Malty sweetness is the first thing I come up with upon drinking, and then this flavor rapidly grows to a warming, nutty mouthfeel. Drinkability was exceptional. I had four bottles and wanted more. Didn't have any left, so we went to the Ayinger Marzen, and it simply didn't match up, as good as it was. One of my all time favorites, and I don't see a lot of this style to compare to. I wonder if the guys at Victory could do something like it?
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best Doppelbock, period. Abundantly fruity and yeasty, perfectly balanced, and eminently drinkable. Just wish it was easier to find!
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Don't get me wrong this is a nice doppelbock, great color ,nice tan head, essence of roast malt and prunes. Maybe it's the fact that I think almost all of the Ayinger products are overated. Good beer but not in my top 5 D'bocks!1