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.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 1, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly cloudy, reddish brown in color. Mild malt aroma. Very malty flavor, lots of fruity sweetness including prunes and raisins. Bubbly Bells flavor. The alcohol is well masked. A decent dopplebock. Thanks to Silphium!
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gorgeous amber brown color with reddish tones. Tan head forms, but fades fast, most likely due to the alcohol. Many doppelbocks I've had do that. Aroma is very malty, as it should be. Taste is almost all malt. There are some nice fruity notes in the middle and end, raisins, prunes and figs. Molasses notes as well. A quick, faint touch of hops comes and goes very quickly, you almost don't notice it. Finish is malty. The 8% alcohol is hidden well, but it is slightly noticeable. I live not far from a German restaurant that serves Optimator and Celebrator on tap, and I would put this beer next to them any time.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer pours murky reddish brown with a rather smallish off white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is rather restrained being mostly sweet malt. Flavor is decent and basically all malt. The big problem with this beer in this style is that everyone know that dopplebocks are supposed to taste like Celebrator. This is not even close. Even though I am a big Bells fan.
badgerben (4776) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
It has a very dark amber color with little head. I must have had a bad bottle. It tasted of some yeast and some malt, but overall was just a watered down version of what a real doppelbock should be. I was horribly disappointed, but will try it again in the hopes of a turn around.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours an amber/brown color with a decent head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and caramelly and sort of reminds me of cough syrup. The flavor is sweet with the same caramel feel that the aroma had. Pretty smooth and easy to drink. Not a bad beer.
SpringsLicker (3380) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, deep garnet - chestnut brown color. The aroma is well balanced, malty, not overpowering. The 8% alcohol is totally hidden as this goes does smoothly. Maltiness stays all the way to the finish. Thanks to Slikwily for sending this for me to try!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Bottle pours a rather thick red brown color with a nice tan head and some lace. The aroma is of subtle malt. the flavor is malty, caramel, and just very nice. The palate is uber-rich. This is some thick stuff. Overall, this is real good.
egajdzis (5892) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured ruby red with a thick creamy yellowish tan head. Sweet and spicy malt aroma. Taste of caramel, fruit, and spice with the finish being just slightly alcoholic and a very nice mouthfeel.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet juicy malt! This is for sure a malt lovers dream. The color is brown red and the taste is of apples and cinnamon. It is very smooth and I cannot believe its 8%. Like switching from a winter coat to a spring coat this dopple is a nice transition from the stouts and barley wines. Wheats here I come! Note to Larry at Bell's: Why such a limited release? Don't be bashful with something this nice!