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.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2009 Dark brown hue with good tan head and very good lace. Oustanding aroma of molasses, caramel, toffee, prune, fig, vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate. A bit vinous on nose, complex. Lush malty taste with sublime hoppiness. Fruity and smokey twang. The finish was clean for something this big, the alcohol helps clear the palate for the next drink. Oily and lively mouthfeel. Outstanding world class beer, always a favorite, time tested.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In a word: Glorious. From the bottle and the goat necklace to the delicious taste, this is a doppelbock that can't be beat.
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 This is the best doppelbock and unlike any I have ever tried. First of all the design of the bottle is great and the little necklace goat, i save them all. No bitterness in the flavor at all. Very very dark color and nice aroma. Tastes a little like a Samiclaus if you took away all the alcohol and calmed the flavor to a normal level. Everyone should try this beer.
Time for a return rate. This was one of those "in the beginning beers" that will forever leave a lasting impression. Especially since I got the glass, really one of my favorites glasses. First of all, for presentation the bottle really takes the cake, a simple idea yet very well executed, not to mention the cool hanging goat. It pours a dark brown, dark enough for medium clarity but obviously a clear beer in there. It’s got a small but strong tan head. Aroma is strong with a grainy-toasty-buckwheat thing. Taste is bitter bark, light chocolate with more of that buckwheat. The whole beer is very toasty and earthy. A low bitterness at the end. A medium body that’s so damn drinkable. The light earthy sweetness is not sugary and the beer has lots of unique flavors, yet so damn German, just at the peak level of the style.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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. Although I am not a big doppelbock drinker, I have had quite a few and this simply is the summit of the style.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is cool because it comes with a Christmas ornament. Nifty! Nice and malty with a nice brady, yummy taste. Awesome stuff!
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delightful Dopplebock with a deep brown color and creamy head. It has a complex flavor with a hint on chocolate.
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep brown appearance with a dense head. Lethal aroma of chocolate, caramel and a hint of spice. Full bodied smooth, toasted malt, semi-sweet taste with fruity, floral finish. Overall, the best of the doppelbocks.