snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2003 Looks a lot like a porter until you hold it up to the light, it does let some through. Nice head that recedes, but leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by malt, maybe a hint of smoke? Starts off slightly sweet, slightly bitter on the finish. Superb mouthfeel.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown and opaque with orange highlights around the rim and an amazing light brown head. Aroma is rich dark malts, molasses, figs and alfalfa hops. Flavor is sweet and fruity, like rum-soaked fruitcake (yes the really good kind of fruitcake, not the traded among the family for the past ten years kind of fruitcake) soaked in coffee. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Nice brew - I only wish I could have sampled it at the brewery when I was in Munich.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle pours a deep, deep amber color with a really nice head that sustains for quite some time. The aroma was sweet, very little hop. The flavor (which could be quite slanted to the sweetness due to my consumption of a very spicy jalapeno pepper sauce) was very tasty molasses malt. This Dopplebock married perfectly with Capsaicin. It was truly great. I will re-rate if appropriate…
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma smelled bizarrely like soy sauce. Fruity, leathery flavor, complex taste. I liked this beer, but based on the bottle I had I can't really support a 4+ rating.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 Sweet currant aroma, sweet plum first tastesticks around the entire brew could be just a little bit smoother for perfection
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2003 best of tonight's tasting of double bocks. head and shoulders over optmimator (my old fav) and troegs troegnator
*** Sampled on draft at Ginger Man in NYC: even better than in the bottle (but not an aromatic brew)
CapFlu (4817) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 (Bottle) - Too the health of an Aussie sausage, ice cream and beer swigger! - This brew pours a thick, foamy, beige head and a deep brown body. The head doesnt dissipate for quite some time. Sweet toasted malt nose with undertones of figs. Thick and creamy texture. Frontal palate get blasted by roasted malt and slight alcohol, mid-palate suffers a cocoa and coffee surrender. Finally this encounter finishes with a slightly grainy port and raisin cream. Delicious! Many thanks to Argo for putting this delight in my hands...
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep mahongany, almost black beer that pours with a thick head the color of wet sand. The head retention is great on this beer, and it leaves a very pleasant lace on the glass. The aroma is complex and sweet. Raisin and chocolate scents are most pronounced. The taste is also nicely complex, with malt, bittersweet chocolate and a thick, fruity sweetness predominating. There is a nice bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and it coats the tongue nicely.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, chocolatey toasted malt nose; extremely fine head produces nice lacing. The complexity of flavors is beyond any other beer I've experienced. In spite of the caramel, chocolate and fruity malts it manages to finish smooth and dry without any cloying residue. Magnificent! As an afterthought I'm concerned that my Christmas Tree will be inappropriately adorned given the fact that some stock-boy stole my plastic rams.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice body in this dopplebock. Probably the finest commercial example of the style. I'd like to go to Germany and have it there on tap. Not sure if I like this or Spaten (Optimator) better. I think this had a more roasty aroma than the Spaten.