Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice beer this one was indeed. But something about it was a little strange. I think some of it has to do with my first ever dopplebock experience(and one of my first "premium" beers) ayinger, which completely blows this beers doors off. And in my opinion is way different tasting than any of this style I’ve had since (this and Samichlause, which also blows the doors of this). Pour is a nice gold ruby combo. Smell is filled with fruits, malts, and some kinda spice. Taste is similar, but that spice keeps poppin its head in the way. More malts in the taste, with raisins too. A descent beer, but nothing special here.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 UPDATE: As I finish the 6-pack in the following days, I realize that the Robitussin flavor permeates the body as well, making a syrupy mouthfeel that follows into the swallow. Medicinal and somewhat unpleasant.
Nice ruby, white head, no lace. Smells of rich malt. Body is malty, swallow sings forth in a symphony of cherry soda. Like kool-aid, but carbonated. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and tightly carbonated, with the grain bill never coming through to flesh out the palate. Sticky sweet finish, sour cherry nose. Body too thin to carry big bouncy top-heavy fruits.
Pailhead (6386) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Real big malt and fruit aroma. Transparent amber with an off-white head. Sweet and malty with caramel and light apple. Slight alcohol in the finish.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Going from memory on this one, prompted by a recent RateBeer discussion thread. Distinct memory of wateriness combined with some kind of forced effort at big flavor. I don’t know what it is with American brewers (even top ones like Bells) and seeming inability to produce a top-notch doppel the way the Germans can. One word: disappointing.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is malty for sure with some fruittiness as well. Taste is smooth with chewy caramel and toffee. Yu can barely taste the hops. There is a nice alcohol warming effect in this awesdomer stuff. Finishes clean with just the right bit of sweetness.
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty, mapley stout, raisin. Lighter on the hops than is typical for the brewer. Carmels. Lots of carmels. Slightly tangy. Big round feel. Lightly foamy on the edges. Finishes easy with some oxidized, slightly mineral earthiness. I like. More please!
SudsyJason (12) - USA - JAN 25, 2005
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, rich cherry-wood brown color, fairly cloudy, obviously unfiltered, probably bottle-conditioned. About a finger’s worth of rich beige head on top, very fine bubbles, lingers for most of the beer.
Toffey aromas and very prevalent diacatyl—unmistakable butterscotch aroma. That is out of style for a dopplebock. Also getting some hints of alcohol.
Rich, smooth, full bodied in the mouth. Fair amount of residual sweetness. Caramel, toffey, rummy. Heavy on the malt as you would expect, no real hop flavor, but enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Finished cleanly, leaving just a hint of malt. You can taste the alcohol, but overall it is balanced and drinkable.
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy brown with no head. except a thin ring. sweet malt aroma that is milky. silky cocoa flavor with a nice roast finish. nice pop from the carbonation that surprised me since it had no visible carbonation. this taste reminds me of the rolo brand candy, mmmmmcandy
Nuffield (4059) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, thick hazy brown body with a ring of head. Nice, rich malty aroma, suggestive of toffee--so very caramelly--and gingerbread. Big fizz on the palate, but it smooths out. Surprisingly dry. Good toasted and roasty quality, though in most ways not up to the level of the real gems in the style.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sweet nose like a syrupy barleywine with notes of fresh hay. Thick malt backbone, medium spice. Reminds me of maple syrup. Overall, I really enjoyed this.