homebrewrules99 (37) - portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malty but with the right amount of bitterness. has a heavy thick mouth feel. Best on a cold winters night
chuck99 (10) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Classic Doppel bock, just not unique enough
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dry finish. Good flavor. Deserves the top rating. Very smooth.
Slartybartfast99 (7) - USA - JUL 13, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent color and aroma, much like a stout. Malty and smooth with excellent flavor. This beer is truely great.
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 2010-12-26, old bottle, (9-10 years old perhaps), 8-4-7-3-15=37
A big gusher, 1/5th of the bottle floes out before reaching the glass; nevertheless, as expected, there is almost no head; the color is deep brown, close to black. The aroma is deep and nice, with caramel, malt, and a shade of oxidation. Dark caramel flavor, with roasted malts and roasted nuts; the body is weaker, but silky; it still has some bitterness. Good, interesting, but without excitement.
2010-01-31, new bottle, bb Dec 2009, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Dark colour, almost black; with a generous creamy head. Mild aroma of roasted malt, then light aroma of cereals. Average body structure; good chocolate flavor; not complex, but the bitterness, higher than the older bottle, gives an extra bite to this beer. Very good.
2010-01-31, old bottle, bb Apr 2002, 9 years old, 8-5-7-3-14=37
Dark color, almost black, with a generous creamy head. Aroma or caramel, roasted malt and chestnut honey, then some oxidisation. Medium body structure; there is dark caramel and chocolate flavor, with light dust and ash feeling; light oxidisation too; low bitterness and a soft alcohol warmth. The dryish and lean final reminds me that it’s an old beer.
Brown colour, just a bit darker than the fresh bottle, big creamy head. Very nice (stout-like) aroma, of malt, roasted malts, caramel; deep, harmonious. Full mouth, good body, malty, perfect balance; caramel and light roasted malt; sweet in the front, dryer in the end; a hint of liquorice. Long and well balanced palate. Let’s age it a few years…
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice creamy/roasty flavor. Well-balanced. Extra points on appearance for the wonderful old-school label and the little plastic goat. A toast to the Kaiser!
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a strong heavy drink that goes great as an after dinner drink. Quite a kick for sure.
jazz88 (2558) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Tap on 6/13/02 (10 4 9 4 18): Very smooth, rich, and creamy. Great balance with a subtle roasted flavor but also sweet with some hints of apple. A great beer! - Bottle on 7/6/02: A finely laced head. A lot more spritzy and carbonated than the tap. It almost bites the tongue. Tasted chestnut, chocolate, and toffee. I was not as impressed with the bottle as I was with the tap, but this is still world class. Bottle 6/8/07 (8 3 7 4 17) A dark brown color with a brown head. Sweet molasses, wood and nuts with dark fruit and apple in the aroma. Smooth and chocolaty with a fruit finish.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was incredibly excited to try this beer. It smelled great, had a nice head on it, and it really grows on you. The first time I tried this beer, I thought that it lacked flavor. It must have been too much Bell’s. It was so smooth that I didn’t appreciate it at first. It has a really nice, rich aftertaste to boot.
hopscotch (9217) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 This beer still rocks. Deep, dark Mohagany color. The nose is smoky with hints of prune. I really love this beer.