Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 Time to update an older rating. Deep translucent orange-brown body, no head (but well-carbonated). Light nose of brown sugar, burnt caramel, and toffee. Rich, toasty body, with burnt caramels, brown sugar, a hint of circus peanuts, and dark fruits. Finishes sweet with warming hints of alcohol. A robust doppelbock, either the beer or my perception of the beer being more "true to style" this year than in recent years.
Original rating: How does a doppelbock by one of America’s finest brewers (Bells) stack up to Ayinger Celebrator? Surprisingly well! This beer starts out with an off-white head complementing an amber body (lighter color than Celebrator). Aroma is somewhat weak. Flavor is rich, almost overpowering, dominated by malty, sugary overtones. Aftertaste is somewhat sour. Overall, this one is not quite as smooth and silky as Celebrator, but I am again impressed by a Bells brew! 6-3-8-3-15 (3.5).
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2003 Not a bad bock. Malty aroma. Dark reddish brown. Malty sweet as with many Dobbels. It does taste a little like brown sugar mixed with carmel, but not overwelming. Good Beer!
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
orangy brown, beige head. malty aroma with subdued notes of chocolate and fruit. smooth mouthfeel. nice sweet flavours of caramel vanilla and candied fruit. earthy bitterness.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fiery orangey brown; aroma: blackberries, toffee, rich malts, vanilla, maple. Sweet, with notes of caramel sugar. High viscosity. Long malty finish.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sparkling bright copper, little tan head. Malt, fruit and a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Body is alcoholic with a light malt backbone that comes up sweet. Smooth with a touch of hops in the finish, gets to be a bit too sweet. There are better doppelbocks.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Average in look, bright amber, with touch of spark. Sweet honey like aroma, quiet nice I must say. Interesting bitterness, matched well with sweet aroma. Touch of spruce.
jsquire (3308) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pretty amber color with a nice tight, tan head. Sherry flavors with faint roasty grains and a warming, alcohol finish. Nice caramel sweetness. Good body and well balanced.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stunning stuff. Full bodied, warming, sweet and a huge mouthful. There is no other Doppelbock I would ever want in my hand! Seasonal, so run to it in the spring!
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Wasn’t that brazy about this. I’m half in the bag and this still didn’t have the gratest flaobro in the worl.d Frankyl, if is was totally sober I dodn’t know if i"d like this at all. Fairly strong hint of mollasses and caramel in this.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A decent doppelbock. It does have a strange almost sour feel, but it was very good with choclate cake.