FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer starts out with a burnt fruit aroma, it smells a bit sweet. Dark brown to black in color. Supprisingly not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. A subtle mild burnt malt taste, with alcohol evident in the finish. Predominantly malty with a bit of hop bitterness evident. A hint of burn raisin flavor in it as well.
TADDYPRTR (6) - USA - AUG 12, 2003 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Gorgeous beer! Dark and thick pour with an oak, malty and aged nose. Taste is full and lingering, chocolate. My absolute favorite beer. Of course i was a bit spoiled, it was my first real beer many years ago.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer pours the normal yellow/golden color with a small head and little lacing on the glass. The aroma had nothing special that stood out to me Ö but my nose isn't great. I found the taste to be a little bitter although somewhat enjoyable for a doppelbock. This was a fairly enjoyable beer, but there are many others that I would prefer over it - it is far more hyped than I think it is worth.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 A very beautiful beer. A dark, rich pour, with a porter like head, white, with hints of brown seeping through. Long lasting full bodied flavor with a full feel in the mouth. Chewy flavor, with plums, figs and raisins, very spicy and smokey, with a bit of a bite in the aftertaste. Highly recommended.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated Boulder Colorado July 31, 2003. Glorious dense ruby brown clear under a large beige tan medium lasting head. One of the best beer aromas around with BIG fruity (Raisins dates and figs), malty treacle and plum pudding aromas. Medium to chewy but very low carb body. Aroma hints at high sweetness but only minimal sweetness exists in the flavour which starts and lingers big and malty. Finish is slightly sweeter before moving to more bitter in the aftertaste. 90oF is not exactly the type of weather to be drinking this beer nevertheless a blessed brew.
ElGaucho (2280) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got the last bottle at the Shack, a liquor store in Superior, WI. I have had this one time previous; in 1990 at Spike's Place in Santa Barbara. One thing hasn't changed; the little white plastic goat hanging from the bottle neck. I am surprised at the huge number of ratings for this brew, and frankly, at the high rating. Rich, molasses, bread pudding aroma. Large, tan head with fine bubbles. Couldn't really gauge the body color and appearance through the plastic cup I was forced to drink this out of at the Best Western hotel. Looked dark brown, opaque. Sweet, rich flavor, yet smooth. Like a dessert. Good, yet a little off.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 7/27/03: bottle.
deep red-brown body (almost burgundy in colour). sour malt nose. tastes dirty and sour with a bitter finish. iím very surprised, iíve had celebrator a few years back and for some reason this simply does not taste like the same beer (itís not as good). i do like the little ram though! (maybe i got a baaaad bottle).
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 Dark, dark brown to black body. A quickly dissipating head. No lacing.
A medicine like smell. Licorice, alcohol and anise maybe. Something doesn't seem right.
Big, thick near overwhelming flavors. Lots of smokey malts. Layers of malt. Alcohol of course. I swear I almost smell and taste bacon!
Very rich on the tongue. Almost like high quality chocolate on the tongue. Think this bottle may be pushing it age limits but still interesting.
thealcoholic (104) - Hilbert, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great beer that i've had by Ayinger. I recently tried this at a pub in Munich while visting some friends in Bavaria. It has a somewhat licorice taste to it with good head.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium body, dark dark amber pour with just a tiny little head. Smells malty, fruity. Medium bodied. At first taste I picked out figs, then onto licorice and raisin, and it's roasty the whole time. It's really all a bit odd to me but wonderfully complex. Thumbs up.