KajII (777) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 Bottle. Poured a rich dark brown almost black in color it had a nice light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing.
The aroma was moderate of roasted malts, a light resin hop and nice dose of doughy yeast with notes of molasses and coffee.
It tasted mildly sweet with a hint of molasses in the beginning and finished slightly bitter-sweet with a rich coffee note at the end that left the flavor lingering around for a nice long while.
Mouthfeel was surprisingly medium in body and very creamy in texture with a flat carbonation.
Overall one of the best brews I have ever tasted. I sampled this years ago and have to say it still tastes as good as I remember. Definitely in my top 10...
tomekk1978 (408) - POLAND - JUL 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barwa: ciemna, pod światło rubinowa, przejrzysta. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, średniej wielkości, ładnie oblepiająca szkło i utrzymująca się aż do końca. [5/5]
Aromat: zdecydowanie słodowy - karmel, melanoidyny, suszone śliwki, czekolada gorzka, orzechy. Alkohol prawie niewyczuwalny. [4/5]
Smak: pełny słodowy, słodki z lekką nutą kwaskową. Następnie czekolada, kawa, akcenty palone i jakby marcepanowe. Goryczka niewielka, alkohol dobrze ukryty.
JSigsbach (4) - Chicago, USA - JUL 6, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is the real deal German Doppelbock, "-ator" ending and all from visual appeal to taste. Packaging is beautiful with the dark brown bottle as backdrop for the light blue label punctuated by the amber-red glass of beer. The finishing touch which I love (see picture) is the small goat hung from a red thread--just a classy finishing touch to say "we’re really proud of our product." Very eye catching. Beautiful nearly black, amber color so inviting with the creamy tan head, washes smoothly, beautifully over the tongue very complex but well blended flavors with ever so slight chocolaty notes to me, some bitterness on finish but not overpowering. The only thing that detracted for me a bit, resulting in a slightly lower aroma score, was the aroma upon finishing the pour--it was slightly--no other word for it--"tin canny." Ever so slight but just noticeable. It did not in any way come through in the actual taste of the beer and was then indistinguishable by half way through the glass of beer (drunk from a stemmed, rounded belly goblet that allows aromas to experienced well). This was my first tasting so it may have been an aberration. Aside from that aspect, which I can’t call "very minor" since, for me, the pre-first drink aroma experience is part of the overall experience, the beer is superb. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. As a matter of fact I did and he fell in love with it.
Holmen1 (2275) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske fra Kihoskh, pĺ hytta juli-14: dette mĺ vćre et av de beste kjřpene man kan gjřre pĺ Kihoskh for noen og tyve kroner. En symfoni av aroma og smaker i et velkomponert hele. Eksepsjonet velbalansert og i tillegg farlig lettdrikkelig. Burde hatt en advarsel fra Sundhetsbestyrelsen: denne er vanedannende.
Necscv (17) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Doughy-head, aroma is slightly smoky, salty. Chocolate, cherry, vanilla, complex taste, defininite hop presence. Mouthfeel is round and silky. Lingering taste of licorice, woody.
generallee08 (535) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The body has a very dark brown color in the glass and when held up to light it has nice garnet highlights. Some small bubbles of carbonation can be seen in the highlights and near the edges of the glass. On top sits a tight head of light brown foam which slowly settles down to small cap that hangs on till the last sip. Lacing is slick and slides right down the glass as I drink. In the nose I get notes of sweet caramel, fresh sweet bread, ripe fruit and a kiss of German hops. The flavor has a sweet overall character with moderate hoping that comes through in the end to finish things up without becoming too sweet or cloying. Up front are the caramel candy, brown sugar, light molasses and brown pear like fruit notes. Towards the finish bready notes become more toasted and mix with some light hop flavors to temper the overall sweetness. The finish is short and still on the sweet side but in a good way. Carbonation is lively enough to lift the palate of the solid, smooth, and full body and leave you wanting that next sip.
MiamiBarman (26) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another great Ayinger! Pours a dark brown with a gorgeous tan head that leaves lacing and seems to rise. The aroma is of coffee and perhaps some maple-type syrup, or is it caramel? Not really sure. Let’s just say burnt caramel. The taste takes some getting used to unless you’re into stouts, then you’re right at home. Definitely high medium to full bodied and tasty. Not really my flavor but I still enjoyed it for breakfast.
MayumiH (42) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super delicious. Tastes sweeter and fruiter than i expected. Very rich but not too heavy. Top quality yay :)
venom666 (301) - Alicante, SPAIN - JUN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with beige medium persistent head. Nuts on the aroma, with brown sugar, toasted malts and dark fruits. Medium body. Brown sugar and malts are also present on the taste, with toffee, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit hints. Although it’s Doppelbock is not one of my favourite styles, this one is the best on them I’ve tried.
adster (120) - HUNGARY - JUN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sötét vörösesbarna, már-már fekete színe van és a duplabakokra oly jellemző illata. Rendkívül összetett és kerekded ízvilág jellemzi, melyben a komló kesernyéje szinte táncot jár az édeskés zamatokkal és mindezt annyira természetesen közvetíti, mintha e két szereplő által formált jellemvonás egy önálló alapíz lenne. Rendkívüli módon itatja magát, de nem szomjoltó értelemben, hanem az ízlelőbimbóink könyörgését kielégítendő. Íze nem halványul, vagy tompul az idő elteltével. Tökéletes sör összbenyomását kelti egyáltalán nem alaptalanul.
Busick (355) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A solid beer and possibly my favorite Doppelbock! Very creamy head and taste at the beginning. An excellent beer to go with a great hearty meal.