Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 I think it's my favorite dopplebock right now with Weltenburger Asam-bock a very close second. Very nice. Excellent dopple with a lot of complexity. Starts slightly sweet then a second later the caramel, coffee and chocolate hit. Not a sweet and strong as one like Spaten Optimator. This one is on another level of complexity. Nice lace. Lively carbonation. Has some spice to it. Rerate 021304: I haven't had this in a long time. When I saw it for $1.69, I had to buy it. My rating will not change. This is so good, I can't beleive I haven't had this more often. In addition to my review above, I taste some wood in it. It's so different from the ho bombs I like so much these days, but I like it just as much.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 Not to bad. I have had better doppelbocks, but it has a wonderful malty flavor and a dryness that I really like. It has a very nice palate to it.
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2003 In my books, Ayinger"s Dopplebock is the one for which all others are ranked against. Ayinger"s rendition which is routinely found in bottled with white tin wrapping and a plastic ram wrapped around the neck.
It pours exceptionally dark, giving off a great big carmel toned head which gives way to a strong collar and great lacing on the glass. Its is quite oily, yet creamy and pleasing to the palette and despite usually a beer pegged for the spring, I find it makes for a suprinsingly good warming beer for these (El Nino influenced) winter months.
Hints of toffee, coffee and caramel come through in the aroma and are right there on the palette in drinking, as too are some spicey hints and a raisiny sort of texture. A great brew worthy of a closer look by all beer enthusiasts.
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice think tan head, diminishing to a thin layer. No lace to speak of. Great malty nose. Classic german Bock ... terrific finish, well balanced and lingering.
Kodos (205) - USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Large well formed lasting head. Malt/molasses/caramel in the nose. Taste is immediately sweet..cocoa? then mellows and finally ends in a perfect dry hoppy bite. My absolute fave Doppel.
DigsWierdBeer (11) - omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve had worse beers, but not many. The first time I had this, it was so awful I just about gave up on Doppelbocks completely. More recent -- and probably less skunky -- bottle was much better. It’s an OK beer, but I definitely prefer Leinie’s Big Butt much more.
tigre38699 (20) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
an excellent doppelbock, great flavoring along with good appearance. Nice malt taste that isn’t to overpowering
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Poured out of bottle, bought at Sam's Wine & Spirits in Chicago, 6/6/03. Pours to a tight, creamy head that lingers a bit, with a dark ruby-brown body. Excellent brew. Very complex flavoring, with layers revealing themselves long after you've taken a swig. Medium body, not too dark, and very tasty (a little sweet, malty with some molasses and fruitiness) without overwhelming the palate. Excellently well-balanced. Very easy drinking but complex and exciting, this is an absolute classic and is a must-have for my friends and family now at ANY celebration. One of my favorites.
Sixpack595 (13) - USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Its all been said before... the best Doppel available to most. This is one of my favorite beers, shame its so pricey. Nice malt flavor, good finish.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good doppelbock. Dark brown in color with a tan head. Nice sweet roasty aroma. Malty sweet start with a nice fruitiness. Very well done finish, not over-powering, just makes you want another sip!!!