jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a translusent brown. Aroma of sweet malt with a slightly astringent quality. Taste of dark fruit, cinnamon, and sweet malt. Medium body.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 A great Doppelbock. I'm surprised it's only 3.5. Excellent malt flavor, well balanced and not overly sweet.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this Bell's offering. Reddish brown in color - off white head. Hugely fruity. Pears. Juicy fruit gum. Toasted marhsmallows. Lots of doughy, oaty, malt characteristics. Nicely sweet.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This is everything doppelbock should be. Sweet without being syrupy and powerful without overdone. Perfect amounts of fruitiness, which I find to be a terribly important quality in a doppelbock. This has a tremendous amount of class.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmm, nice. Hazy, dark red-brown. Interesting nose, smells like spiced Christmas pears (assuming people do actually spice pears for Christmas, it'd smell like this). Initial flavor is of maple syrup and molasses. Slightly biscuity and toasty, a bit of fruitiness, but the predominant flavor is dark, sweet malts. Nice palate, sticky enough to coat the inside of the mouth nicely. Good stuff.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the Kalamazoo's tasting at the brickskeller: An intresting doppelbock. I can't say i enjoyed it (which was rare at my table) but i need more then dark malt flavor.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great doppelbock. A great balance of hops and malt with that alcohol presence that seems a trait of bocks. It only got better as it warmed.
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottled). Malty caramel or toffee nose. Attractive reddish brown, nearly brilliantly clear. Moderately full bodied beer leads with vinuous dark toasty malt leading to a mildly astringent bitter follow-through that I would not describe as exactly smooth. Lingering peppery alcohol with nice warming effect.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Bell's Sept. 27th 2003... Said 9% qat the bar. Dark sugary amber, orangy head. Sweet palate of syrup. Very malty with a honey profile. Reminds me more of a malt liqour. Decent but not alot of it.
jgb9348 (4486) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy dark amber colour with a fairly airy tan colour head. Smells of malt, grapes, alcohol and a bit of sweetness all dominate the aroma. Full-bodied; The malt is very strong in the taste, along with raisins, alcohol, nuttiness and a tiny bit of sweetness. Finishes bittering from the malt and the taste of alcohol is still present along with some residual nuttiness. This is what a doppelbock should be based upon, definately one of the better ones i've had...even though I don't like the style too much, this one was pretty good. I got this twelve ounce bottle from Merchant's in Dearborn, Michigan.