flemdawg (533) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2003 A beer among beers. This stuff was excellent. Very dark with a tan head that lasted for a bit. Detected a sweet aroma with some coffee. Malty and choclatey taste. Maybe some fruits, but I could not be sure. Alchol presesnt and became more evident as it warmed. I dont know if this was perfect, but this is by far the best that I have had. There is a sixer with my name on it at the GG.
boto (1892) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown, and almost syrupy. Thick tan head which doesn't linger long. Some roastiness to the nose, but also a very sweet aroma. Very sweet taste. Serious quantities of malt. Lots of chocolate. Some subtle fruitiness. Alcohol somewhat evident, but not the overpowering taste. This is very complex. This is great!
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Toasted aroma and a bit sweet smelling. It has a strong toasted malt flavor and hops can be tasted at first but that fades. The alcohol is not hidden sort of like a good scotch the clean alcohol favor is a pleasant part of the flavor. The more I drink the more a hint of currents comes out. This is a clean mellow but extremely complex beer that only gets better the more you drink
silverbullet (17) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2003
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Looks chocolatey, and is not my things, Aroma of dark chocolate is nice, with not much else. Taste is UGH! Kind of like tar. Definitely not my kind of beer.
shorlin (694) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - APR 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Molasses and almost dark chocolate aroma. Not much hop. I think I got some ginger aroma too. Nice off-white head with good lacing. Dark red-brown. Starts off moderately sweet with a sort of bitter finish. Nice long finish. Body is medium to full, and somewhat dry. Metallic finish? Overall, I enjoye dthis beer, but perhaps my expectations were too high, because I was not overwhelmed. An excellent beer nonetheless.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a medium tan head that slowly desipates. Medium body. Smells sweet toffee and wet dog. Taste like carmel and malt.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown to black body with a tan head. The nose is of sweet toasted malts, toffee and syrup. A sweet flavor of toffee followed by espresso and a dry finish. Nice smooth medium body. Good brew!
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great looking head -- first impression. Hoppy, a sweet initial taste, then you get the chocolate, the coffee, and... is that burnt toast? Light for a double bock, good overall brew.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Beautiful dark brown nearly black beer with a coffee colored head. Immediate nose of hops, coffee, chocolate, and malt. Taste of chocolate, coffee, malt, with a long lingering bitter finish. Mouth feel not a big as a stout like Brooklyn Black or Storm King (of course!) but taste as complex. Only drawback here, and most people may not consider it a drawback, is that the bitter hoppy finish lasts longer than other flavors. Truly a great beer, and without a doubt my favorite of the German beers. // And again, this time draft at Brasserie Jo in Chicago ... maybe less hopped, maybe more chocolate, maybe less balanced than I remember. Still wonderful, but less spectacular than I remembered.
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I am a huge German Doppelbock fan, but this one has way too much of a chocolate taste. This one will not be in my frig.