vern0159 (6) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2004 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally, the great beers are available in Georgia. This beer is what I always figured a Doppelbock would taste like. The flavor blew me away. The color is as expected, but wow - what an awesome kick. Excellent. Available at Harry’s Farmer’s Market in Alpharetta.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown. There is an average size head, brown, decently long lasting and leaves a lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity. The initial taste is extraordinarily complex and fills the entire mouth. Caramel and a distinct fruitiness, almost like raisins, stand out most. It has a decent body and a good amount of carbonation. Finish is very smooth and well balanced, with nearly no lingering unpleasantness. My one real complaint with this beer is its heaviness; I had it after dinner, and it filled my stomach as if I had eaten a rich dessert.
marcus (8597) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a dark brown beer that pours with a short but attractive light brown head. There is a very rich chocolatey flavor, with a dry chocolate aftertaste. This outstanding example of the doppelbock style makes an appropriate reward for any occasion calling for a celebration.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Truly one of the top of the line doppelbocks. The aroma was average, offering your normal "dark malt" smells but the taste really blows you away. Mixture of caramel, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, "dark fruits" (perhaps some plum and black cherry) and a nice nuttiness make this a very enjoyable brew.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this in the bottle at Kellys in Dunedin, FL. Pours very dark brown with ample, tan head. I smell loads of sweet malt with maybe some raisins or figs in the far background. First sip..this is much smoother than I had expected. Malty, rich with a great mouthfeel and a slightly bitter and wonderful dry finish. Pretty darn good.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 January 6th 2005 Re-rate.
Aroma is very fruitcakish with lots of sweet malt and spice. Dark brown with a creamy two finger thick tan head. Flavor is deep and rich with more of the fruitcake notes and touches of almost burnt bread. Some mashed dark fruit and a flavor apporximating a puree of raisins, figs and brown sugar.
The Great King of Dopplebocks. This beer alone makes up for most of the skunky green beers that come from Germany.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours a deep dark red witha foamy tan head. The nose is inviting with bits of roasted caramel. I love the flavour complex and it changes as the beer warms. At first the roasted flavour dominates, then it moves to carmel sweet maltiness with hints of spices and dark fruits. Nice touch of bitterness on the finish.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely not my favorite type, as I found out. I’m assuming this isn’t my fault, though. In fact, I’m also assuming this to be exemplary. It was quite complex, though not my favorite flavor-tastes. Poured a very dark brown with an airy head, like cola or root beer. Smell was, well, interesting. First thing I thought was cooked carrots, then chocolate, molasses, raisins and some alcohol. On initial taste, very chewy and creamy, even sticky. Tasted of cooked veggies (carrots, beets), some bananas, some spices. Also of darker breads. Man, is there a lot going on here. In the end, it was smooth and rather long and dry at the same time. Tasted of hops, molasses, chocolate, coffee. It was good, though not my style at all. Worth trying.
mjg74 (2945) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice dark color. Smells a little of caramel. Taste is a little bit of spice, hops and roasted malt, a little sweetness as well. Good quality beer but didn’t knock my socks off.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a strong full white head...smells quite fruity and sweet...tastes a little hoppy but very roasty and not nearly as sweet as it smells...a little alcohol in the finish, which was a little bitter...good stuff...