LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark colored beer with a proper tan head. Sweet malty, powerful aroma. A really great smelling brew. What an outstanding beer. Complex, sweet malty flavor. A complex beer that meshes the malt and hops very well
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow!!! Obviously the standard by which all doppelbocks will be measured. What a delight to smell. Dominant aroma is malt in many layer with many interpretations. Included are bread, molasses, coffee, and alcohol, oh and dont forget the roasted nuts. Beer pours up beautiful creamy light brown head which is partially retained. There is some light lacing. Color of beer is ruby-brown. Flavor is wonderful and complex. Layer after layer of sweet malt and just a touch of chewiness. This is an experience worth repeating over and over.
3fourths (8702) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2011 Slightly less than dark black. Brown head. Stuffy and musty stale roasted wood aroma. Thick murky burnt campfire smoke and bourbon are the most prominent flavors.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Super thick glowing dark brown color with deep red ruby highlights, light brown head of tight frothyness thats about a finger high, faded fast, gets some minimal spotty and stringy lace.
Smell is tangy fruitish dark malts, quite a rich full nose with hints of ginger, brown sugar, favorable cookie dough, lightly roasty/toasty, some toffee, with dark fruit of plum and raisin notes.
Taste is a ton of nice tangy dark malts, a bit of caramel and toffee up front, middle twinge of chocolate and slight hops into the finish which is mostly dark fruits and toffee with incredible lingering qualities of twingy, fruity malty tanged dryness.
Feel is medium bodied, buttery smooth and lightly textured with a light tangy dryness in the finish. Very nice drinkablity, heavenly smooth and excellent creamyness makes for short work of the 12 ounces, need another.
DYCSoccer17 (3510) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Pours a dark mahogany color with a mild tan head. There is extremely mild lacing--barely noticeable. Aroma is mildy banana--sort of like a Heifeweizen. Taste is very mild with a hoppy/bitter aftertaste that hits you a few seconds after you swallow. This is a very smooth beer, but the taste is rather mild and not very complex--maybe I was expecting way too much out of this beer? It’s really good, but I’m not so sure if it deserves such high marks. The palate is rather carbonated with a moderate heavy texture. A very good beer, but I think it may be a tad overrrated.------ aroma is still about the same, but I do detect a bit more roastiness. The appearance will be increased a point to 5/5 because this is gorgeous. The flavor of this is very nice. Slightly sweet to start turning very malty, caramelly, roasted, and slightly chocolatey. This is extremely smooth and doppelbock everyone should try to emulate. I increased the overall to 17 from 16.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown, almost black. Big frothy tan head and lots of lacing. Malty aroma and flavor with a little bit of sweet. Velvety feel with a dry finish. I'll keep coming back for this one.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good lacing effect, large head, velvety texture, malty, dark black, with a bitter after taste and the ram charm makes for a stylish bracelet!
egajdzis (5656) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark almost opaque with a large tan head. Roasted/maple sweet taste. Very creamy and smooth.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Nice foamy head. Black-chocolate in color. Sweet aroma with a hint of malt. Very balanced in flavor. Interesting play between the sweetness and roasted malt flavors. An excellent doppelbock. Not very complex. This bottle could use a little more aging maybe.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I always keep coming back to this beer. Foamy head, rich color. A full bodied flavor with a rich, dry mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced in every way. It's amazing that this beer goes well with so many dishes. Yes, this is liquid bread. Pure heaven.