Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber brown color with very little head. Candied cherry aroma (mild) with some spicy cola aroma, like cherry cola, but with sour-ish cherry, not sweet (definitely not like cherry Coke or Dr. Pepper). Well balanced. Mildly sweet and somewhat malty. Very good.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red-brown body with small tan head. Aroma is rich, caramel, sweet, cherry, spicy. Taste is caramel, sweet, cherry, with alcohol warming. Full/medium body. Not brilliant, but very pleasant.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ok, people are prolly gonna shoot me after seeing that i rated this higher than Celebrator, but i had this one on tap at the Eccentric Cafe, in K-Zoo, rich malty, very fruity and nutty, caramel and cream are present as well, nice and carbonated, which made the heavy mouth feel almost unnoticable, very clean finish to it
hopscotch (8534) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 (On tap at the brewery)
Looks like I'm going against the grain here. This was my first beer of the day, so I wasn't influenced by alcohol.
Absolutely stunning, sparkling clear ruby brew. Very small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Quicly dissipating. Thick and oily in the glass.
The aroma is rich and malty. Notes of alcohol, caramel, prune and raisins.
The flavor? MaltHeads, jump for joy! Very hearty, rich and sweet with loads of raisins, light molasses, caramel and candy sugar. Perfectly bittered for balance. Full-bodied with a super heavy, oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish. Excellent! Reminiscent of DFH's Raison D' Etre on tap.
Worth the trip to Kalamazoo!
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Somewhat hazy reddish hue, small head with little lacing. Medium to full- bodied. Roasted malty aroma, hint of pine and spice, phenolic notes, a weird rubbery hint too. Lively mouthfeel. Sweet and spicy tasting, slighty unbalanced. Very dry finish. Compared to most of Bells stable of brews, this one is below average.
smoosh (535) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Brown with smallish head. Sweetish, malty flavor. Unspectacular.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown color with a nice toffee colored head and a good sweet bocky aroma. Palate is nice and oily, but has too much carbonation within. Flavor is malty and mild with a sticky finish that hides its alcohol relatively well. I expected a little more from Bells, but this is still a good doppelbock.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
label is nice for the typically minimalist bell's packaging: depicts mirror imaged mountain goats; cool, but as out-of-place in michigan as humpback whales. the doppel decants a dark caramel flan color. maple-cream colored head is briefly showy. orange zest and nutty-malt nose. I was reminded of those "circus peanut" orange marshmallow spun sugar candies, fortunately it's not quite that sweet on the tongue: canadian whiskey-soaked caramel waffles, alcohol and buttery malts both sour and tart. earthy but not damaging note of sweat, female i'd say. chunks of yeast within couldn't be budged by swirling, so i can't vouch for those. good bitterness finally and an echo of many malts fading to nothing. not an easy sell: requires further study.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, reddish amber body with a small, diminishing head. Highly malty and no hops present in the flavor. Mild, yet pretty sweet for a doppelbock - sweet like raisins, dates and even almonds. Full mouthfeel. Carbonation grows in your mouth. A good beer, but there's also something like anise in the flavor that I don't really care for.
Frank (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Garnet black. Diminishing head. Lightly sweet, fruity, citrusy aroma--a bit unusual and a bit hard to describe. Sweet and malty with notes of brown sugar and molasses. A sharb bite on the tongue. Quick, finish. Not my favorite by Bells and certainly not my favorite doppel.