OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby colour with a frothy tan coloured head. Very nice chocolate, red wine, toffee, dark fruits, rum, and light cherry aroma. Dark chocolate bitter flavour dominates, along with rum and slight toffee. Flavour is a letdown after the aroma. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, but lightly fizzy.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Bottle. Head is not as creamy as advertised. Very dark brown but not opaque. Rich delicious thick malt and spicy hop aroma. Smokey start to the flavour, followed by long roast, alcohol and fruit notes. Nice balanced finish of hop bitterness and dry roasted notes.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Toasted malt aroma. Tastes of a complex mix of malts, a little prunes, and a touch of dark chocolate. Very good... Will try again.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Definately good. Deep black opaque. Malty aroma with roasted grain and coffee notes. Taste is malty, roasted grains and a suprisingly hoppy finish. Very good.
80skid (65) - New York, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a huge doppelbock fan but this is definitely the best. Has a very sweet yet strong aroma. Pours very dark with a good sized, brown head that lasts a while. Taste is very smooth with hints of chocolate and almost a bark taste. Finish is smooth with some alcohol present but leaves a light, malty aftertaste.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally, I have been lookin for a while but just couldnt find it for some reason. Bad timing I guess. Well, it is well worth the wait. Oh so smooth and delicious. Deep dark brown. Buttery malty aroma and taste. I love this beer. Such a great creamy mouthfeel. Definitly gotta get more of this.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red with little carbonation. The head was brown and diminished quickly, but the lace was resilient and long lasting. The smell was of malt and raisins. The taste was well balanced and complex: sweet like caramel and cherries, yet with a dry finish. The mouth feel was exceptional: a long lasting effervescence that rolls off the back of the tongue, and is smooth.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with heavy tan head. Smells sweet like carmel candy, with a hint of roasted maltiness. Sweet and carmely at first, then a malty, smoky flavor, and faint fruity, somewhat dry finish. This is a good complex brew. My favorite German beer.
Firefaery (19) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn, That’s Good Beer! I loved it from the first moment it touched my lips. Has a sweet roasted malt aroma and a sweet roasted, chocolatey malt taste that leaves hints of coffee and rich dark chocolate on your palate. Not much for lacing because I cannot put it down.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 Bottled brought back from France never seen by me in UK. A fascinating aroma of fruit cake, petrol and alcohol. A very dark almost black beer with a fast diappearing tan coloured head. Wonderful taste with the oily alcohol and Christmas cake type spiciness coming through all in equal measures. Smells and tastes much stronger than it actually is. A very well brewed tasty beer.Score 4.5
Subsequent ratings scored 4.1, 4.1 and 4.2. Average becomes 4.2