Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma has a scent of caramel. Deep dark color with a full head that quickly dissipates. rich thick malty taste. A first rate doppelbock.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 8/27/04: Aged upwards of two years and still quite enjoyable, though it has lost a little of its chocolate flavor. Still very smooth and malty with lots of caramel and butterscotch. This has thus far aged very well.
2/9/04:This has probably been aged about a year and a half. Still pours a wonderful deep dark brown with a thick lacey tan head. Shows signs of wanting to develop some sourness, but is still strong on sugary malt. Has very nice complexity, but thins a little in the finish. Still the best doppelbock I’ve had, although I think the aging has taken away some of its flare.
9/9/02:Unbelievably rich and complex with an aroma of freshly cracked chocolate malt. Perfect amount of sweetness to counteract the generous amount of alcohol. Thick cougar-colored head conceals the viscous body beneath. Great balance of flavors: toffee, dark chocolate, perle hops, and roasted malt. If it came in solid form, I would make cookies out of it. Every sip is a celebration of the senses, and it’s the only beer I know that has an ornamental tassel. The fact that it is so widely available and mass-produced, but yet so good, is a tribute to the advances in beer technology.
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 (4574) - 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.