DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
6148 marked on the neck-banded bottle. Clear mahogany-red body, very small ring of bubbles. No lacing. Heavy malt aroma, has caramel, molasses and overripe banana/plum. There’s a dry, grainy component as well. The flavor has a tart woodiness. It’s sweet of course, focusing on caramel and dark fruit , but it has a strong tart wood as well. The finish has sweet tartness with a touch of bitter hops. I think I like my dopplebocks a little sweeter and hoppier a la Autmnal Fire. This guy is an odd one with its tart flavors.
envane (569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red with a small fast disappearing tan head. Smell is malt, soy sauce and fruit. Taste is not that sweet for a dopplebock: malty, earthy, roasty, slightly fruity, however, there was a off-twang I didn;t like. Finish is malty, a little hops, and alcohol. Thanks to slikwily for this.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2005 It smelled fruity with a hint of grain. It was brown and had a fizzy off-white head with good lacing that diminishes quickly. Flavor is sweet and finishes sweet. Good body with a creamy texture.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy reddish brown with a potent malt aroma, big whitish/tan head, sweet malty, no hops to speak of, quite good
temporrari (395) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 vintage on tap: I can't say I liked this beer exactly, or disliked it. I dunno what to say about this beer. It was very odd. Like nothing I've had. I expected something similar to Celebrator, got nothing of the sort. Cloudy, opaque dark brown, long lasting tan head. I don't know what else to say besides it was weird and off, didn't taste like anything I've ever had, and it really wasn't all that impressive. The only Bell's that has let me down so far. Also, only my second doppelbock.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a tan head. Quickly dissipated with moderate lacing. Deep ruby brown in color. Aroma is malty sweet. malty taste with a little "twang" at the end. A pretty nice beer.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy ruby in colour with medium frothy rich tan/brown head. Nose is hard with alcohol with underlying malty nose. The taste is initially malty and sweet then moves to like a wheaty or maybe toffie with alcohol ish flavour. So good and interesting not as sweet as I like but still good dopplebock.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
better than ayinger? definitely fresher for those of us here. one of the best i've had. not too dark, or cloyingly sweet. almost a food like satisfaction from drinking it though. definitely try to buy a few if you find them
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 12 oz bottle - Pours a crystal clear medium amber color with small light tan head. Aroma is full of chewy malts, cherries, light caramel, bit of caramel. Flavor has a ton of lightly kilned malts, fair amount of toasted caramel, bit of sulfur, with a fairly sweet, almost cloying finish.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellowish-tan head above a murky brown. Sweet, brown sugar and molasses malts accented by a smoky-like hop bitterness. Hints of mild spices and sugar-coated raisins. Sugar-water sweetness creeps up here and there; bitterness attempts to squelch it, but never really succeeds (overall, a little too sweet for me). Nice flavors though. Kept me interested all the way down the glass.