YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, almost black color. Tan, creamy head. Outstanding aroma of chocolate and coffee and more. The taste is rich and rewarding and a symphony of flavors. The finish tells you that this was an exceptional beer to remember.
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice ruby brown color, smells of Dark bread malty aroma. great long lasting flavor. Impressive.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 slightly transparent brown color with medium head. smells of soy sauce, chocolate and toffee. tastes smokey with hints of toffee and chocolate. Slightly thin.
still smells of soy sauce. salty, bittersweet, like a cold november rain. very thick this time. felt like i had a mouthful of saltine crackers. huge head. very chocolatey and coffelike
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just great! I had this at a tasting with some friends the other week but it was near the end and in all fairness I needed to revisit. Beautiful dark brown with a large head that settled in short time leaving nice lacing around the glass. Aroma was malty with a mild smokeyness and overtones of sweet dark fruits. Flavor is rich, bold, and complex. Malt, prune, sweetness to start with the slightest bite of hops and smoke flavor on the finish. A little alchol is present and it blends in prefectly. The mouthfeel, near perfect, creamy and silky smooth. I will enjoy this again in the near future.
MaBeer1972 (1472) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is impressive! Dark and malty. Almost like a stout. Very smooth, with balanced sweetness going down. Somewhat smoky too. I like this.
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was disappointed in the aroma of malt. Good appearance. very dark brown with a small head. Flavors of malt, sugar, port, coffee, fruit, and a little smoke. Rich.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this beer before and had great expectations to enjoy another great beer. It had a nice aroma great color and head retention. The flavor had a good malt up front but it finshed with a slight cardboard flavor in the finish. This must have been an older beer that wasn't stored properly. The slight oxidation distracted from what I know is a great beer. I'll need to try this again.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark ruby with large tan head. Aroma is caramel/malt. Flavor starts intense syrup sweet with a massive body. A nice balance with a little hops and stong alcohol finish. A dry astringent/alcohol finish. Very strong brew for a 6.7%. An excellent Dopplebock. This is the style that should be copied more often.
Reid (2091) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ah love the white plactic goat..its right on the key chain!.Also like ye olde fashioned label.
Now this has one terrific look about it it pours an opulent dark red, almost deep dark blood red..with a small off-white head that doesnt last too long.
Smell as expected with this style is super sweet and malty..so sweet its almost "winey"..but its pleasant not sickening.
The taste is slightly strange it sort of comes in waves..first an almost zanyy sweetness hits , then it fades to a small bitterness, then some sweetnes returns and is finished of with a wet unsweetned chocolate bitterness..very odd...but exciting certainlly.
Very very nice on the taste buds due to the 'waves" of flavour mention above!
A very good dopplebock..but for some reason i still prefer Salvator or Doppel-Hirsch, but this is nice stuff.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2004 Well this is the first time I had this style and I did like it. Are there many beers I like better yes but this is good. It has a smokey flavor with a creamy mouthfeel. It is a nice black with a hint of red in color. It smells rich and has a sweetness that is noticible. While I enjoy wit, wheat, and labics more overall, I would drink it again. Yet a hint of cough syrup in the flavor makes me amazed that it is SO highly rated. It does desvere a more then passing grade though