JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with soda bubbles. Huge, head of nicely fashioned bubbles.Smells honey, molasses and toffee. Taste is smooth and rich malt, raisins, alcohol, English hops. Flat tasting, perhaps an old bottle? Don’t go to Opera House Gourmet in Old Towne Manassas, VA. They have a small inventory that does not move, dust on bottles, etc. Overall, not bad.
pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perhaps this isn't my style of beer, but I thought it was comparatively ordinary, given its rating. Its color is impressive: it could be mistaken for a porter, it's so dark. As for its flavor, it has a bitter edge with a hoppy aftertaste, giving it an almost syrupy character, even though it's not viscid. Overall, it reminds me of an extraordinary microbrewed ale with satisfying carbonation, but its flavor just isn't impressive or unusual (to me) and, thus, doesn't seem commensurate with its rating. And that doesn't mean, as I alluded before, that it's not a good beer beer :)
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Bottle. Thick beige head that slowly fades. Nose is sweet, like candy sugar and malt. Some notes of oatmeal and caramel in the nose. Taste is complex, with notes of coffee, roasted hops, malt, and raisins. The finish is strong with a heavy flavor of roasted wood and a light note of alcohol. The finish and aftertaste remind me of a good bourbon.
Original rating: 3.8
re-rate: 3.7 (palate)
So, after 1000 or so ratings, I am going to re-rate this bad boy. Pour is normal for a doppelbock. Nose-alcohol, raisins, dark malt syrup. Taste-S-M-O-K-E-Y! Smokey and peaty as all hell. Sweet, sticky, thick, and I just can’t get past the peat. Def a good beer, but in all reality probably slightly overrated. I stand by my former statement that this reminds me of bourbon. Why does a 6.7% have such a big alcohol presence?
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent example of the style. Appropriately sweet with a carbon-brown sugar aftertaste. great mouthfeel. Best, of course, on tap.
Ernest (7209) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, bread, roasted grain/nuts), trace hops (herbs), with light notes of cardboard / nut shells.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Haven’t had a notable bottle of this in a LONG time. Not much going on in the nose or mouth, a dull and boring beer.
almostfrozen (26) - USA - APR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet, chocolatey. A profound but not too dark robe encircles this beer. Flavourful but not bitter. My daughter cannot get enough of the goat charm. A true 'celebrator.'
rajendra82 (1031) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of the 12 oz. bottle with a cool little goat pendant hanging on the neck into a 16 oz goblet. Dark brown opaque dense body with ruby red highlights when held up against the light. Nice two inch tall khaki colored head formed after pouring, but soon dissipated to a thin soapy ring of bubbles. Lacing around the glass is relatively moderate. Aroma was that of plums, raisins, and hazelnuts. Taste was vinous and fruity with notes of sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruits, roasted nuts, and spices. There were also some burnt smoky flavors evident. Creamy mouthfeel is smooth like satin. The aftertaste was dry and the only place where the hops stepped out. Nice find at Ziggy’s in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
gsteph (322) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What else is there to say. Creamy head with chocolate, coffee and caramel. Great lacing. Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Smooth as silk. Excellent brew for any occasion or no occasion. Highly recommended. A little pricey but well worth the investment. My favorite beer to date.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn this is good! The aftertaste melts into the tongue. Smooth smooth smooth. Did I mention it was smooth?
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours very dark with an off white head that doesn't stay around long. Chocolate, coffee overtones with a malty, chewy texture. It wasn't winter when I drank it, but this would be a nice winter beer because it has a nice warmness to it.