slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this beer on tap at a local pub... surprised as hell actually when they came out with it in a glass... great dark color, substantial frothy head, apricot, grapeish aroma... taste is roasted malt, licorice, grape, apricot, molasses... so many flavors and a few I couldn’t put a finger on. Great balance of hops and malt really... they kind of seesaw back and forth; finish was classic plum, raisin and quite bitter with a hint of sweetness... First sip was interesting, but as I drank it down, I began to really enjoy this one... recommended highly. Fairly rich and wonderful. thank you
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice and fairly light aroma, with hints of almond, toffee, caramel, fruit essence, and alcohol...Color is dark brown with ruby tinges---great flowing head and ink-blot lace...Flavors are exceptionally well-blended--overall of moderate intensity but a seamless rainbow of taste sensations. Finish is a most understated but encompassing dryness with sweet creamy tones underneath...As elegant a brew as one is likely to encounter...
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap. Incredible. Much more complex than Paulaner Salvator and Spaten Optimator. Has a forceful malty character that reveals more light and shade than any of the aforementioned brews. Seemed a steal after having a bottle of Westy 12.
eddieerb99 (4) - battle creek, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2002 does not count
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
a nice palate, but the overwelming metalic finish snuffs the life out of this overpriced brew- but the little plastic goat on a string makes a nice Christmas ordiment!- my girlfriend didn’t think so either
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of flavors.... chocolate, malt, fruit and some sweetness. The best of the Doppelbocks!
Aurelius (4115) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful dark brew, nice presentation. Aroma is blackberry and roasty. Flavor is a distinctive coffee/toffee/berry. Dense palate with trailing bitter. Pricey, but a must-try.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mahogany color with creamy tan head - my girlfriend said it looks like root beer. Great aroma, malt, chocolate, fruit. Flavor mimics the aroma, initial sweetness followed by a bitter aftertaste. Amazing mouthfeel, so smooth. This is far and away the best beer I have had.
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 Man this beer is just great! I taste molasses, nuts, malt, and a tinge of alcoholic bite, as it should with 6.7%. This is my favorite beer to just sit back and drink.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It took me a while to stop playing with the plastic ram and drink the beer, but when I did, it was not a disapointment. Has a light fruity sweetness with a smokey character. And most importantly, this is the only beer that comes with a free toy.
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Great complex flavor, beautiful head, nice aroma. Very good.