artvandalay (16) - USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 This may be the best beer Ive ever consistantly drank. Full, mellow, creamy roasty-ness, with a big rich finish. When you only want one beer, this is it.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby color when held up to light, almost black otherwise. Medium beige head with tiny bubles that died slowly. Slightly malty nose. Medium body on the palate. Malty flavors throughout with a bit of dryness at the very end. Alcohol was not evident. Well balanced.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite dark in the glass, small head, lovely aroma hints of caramel toasty malt. Alcohol content is well hidden by this medium bodied and well balanced brew. Very enjoyable.
stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color; bubbly head with creamy dimpled top; mild carbontion visible. Aroma is complex - alcohol, sherry, nuts, raisins, malt; flavor is slightly vinous, smooth and somewhat sweet. Fruity aftertaste.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 Dark brown/Black w/ tightly packed mocha head. Rich, malty aroma w/ notes of caramel, nuts, & toast. Thick, chewy, full feel. Sweet malt at first (molasses, caramel) w/ notes of toffee & butterscotch, giving way to a pleasant roastiness (smoke?) & a dry, elegantly balanced finish.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This almost-black beer with auburn glints has a creamy light brown head. The nose is heavy with burnt, caramely grains with the slightest tinge of green hops. The medium-bodied palate isn't as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe, yet echoes the well-toasted grains and a very subtle molasses-like sweetness toward the slightly hoppy finish.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful pour, rich, dark body with a thin white head that stays the whole way down. Superior retention. Rich and full, with alcohol, ripe fruits and a definite vinuous character. Hints of smoke as well, followed up by some dry chocolatey/caramely malt tones. Great, full body all around the mouth, soft and smooth. A VERY well balanced beer, tons of malt complexity and a subdued fruitiness. Some nutty/roasted notes on the roof of the mouth as well. Thick, rich and almost chewey. Just straight up Superior beer! Caramel comes through sweet and sticky with an unsweetened chocolate finish note. An Absolute symphony of complexity!!
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 I like Bocks but I did not like this. After many tries all I could come up with is that it taste like dark molasses mixed with vegetable oil, sweet with a oily clinging aftertaste. Have tried as a first beer and after having a couple of beers but always came away with the same rating. Stout like black color with a creamy tan head. The alcohol is well hidden. Hints of citrus in the aroma. I would recommend Paulaner and Capital for a doppelbock and Lakefront for bock. I even liked the Guatemala bock Goza(?) over this.
Blackman (2) - USA - JAN 25, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
This stuff tastes terrible, but I got DRUNK as heck.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The head is creamy, a little more than off white, but not quite tan. Dark with ruby tones. Slowly diminishing. Chocolatey, malty aroma. Very malty. The flavors are somewhat subdued, so I'm going to let it warm some more before finishing the rating. Complex malts, alcohol is completely concealed. I love Ayinger.