JMerritt (1920) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Batch number 6148, released in 2004. Tremendously murky brown color. A very muddy looking brew, I half expect silt to settle to the bottom of the glass if I let it sit alone for a while. Head is very thin and light brown. Very oily, leaving a thin film on the sides of the glass. Delicious caramel malt aroma has hints of orange citrus, sugared dates and raisins. A very Christmas-candy evoking aroma. Sticky malt flavor with gingerbread, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Slightly acidic in the middle. Finish is lightly bitter, with slightly grapefruit-ish qualities. Excellent sweet-to-bitter balance. Full, thick body. A meal in a bottle, and quite delicious.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Bottle. Very deep brown. Smells awesome. Quite malty, definite dried fruit, burnt carmel. Awesome so far. Thin tan head with some lacing. Quite a mild flavor for Bells. Definite mild beginning but then the flavor really hits you all at once. Quite warming. Sweet, bitter, burnt marshmallow. Bitter grapefruit peel flavor in the finish. Very nice beer and I must say one of Bells better beers.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous, firey deep, tawny reddish copper color, very solid clouded body, alas, only a waffer thin tan skim of a head was produced and some spots of lace stick. Aroma is lighter then expected from the usual Bell's array with some softer tones of dark fruits with some raisin, fig, and plum, a very slight dry breadiness and toasted molasses touch sit underneath. Taste is loose and chewy with some orangey oils and fat but dulled plum, raisin, and fig with some softer/lighter toffeeness with a slight touch of chocolate dryness like a cookie or bread and just a tiny nudge of nutmeg spice and vaniila. I'll admit the feel seems a bit thin in body, but somehow it still maintains one very silky, buttery smooth character from end to end, that I like. Plus it helps make it quite drinkable. This dopplebock reminds of a calmer Belgian dark without alot of the sharp yeast tones and carbonation that some Belgians might carry, and that sits fine with me. This was gone in no time.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this stuff ain't too shabby. nice sweet, slightly roasty aroma. very fruity on the tongue though. plenty of banana flavor, semi-sweet chocolate and tobacco. this beer is all over the place.
k2 (146) - USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was a big suprise. Not a big fan of Bells, but this had a great malty finish that was sweat tot he taste.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, honey. Sweet taste with hints of molasses and caramel.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mine had way too much cherry flavor. Just about the most gorgeous red color when held up to light.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost year old bottle. Slightly hazy,mahogany. Fizzy,tan head,leaves a lasting patch. Gooey caramel,chocolate,biscuit,malts. Some floral hops as well. Farily creamy body,quite fizzy. Starts fruity,followed with tons of chewey,sweet,malt. Finish is malty as well,quite hoppy,slightly smokey. Actually,a fairly enjoyable Doppel,but I prefer the cleaner,German versions.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep caramel color with medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that diminishes fairly quickly. Slightly hot aroma of alcohol and malt. Slightly smoky, reminds me somewhat of a clean, malty Scottish Ale. Initial bitterness in the flavor leading to a sweet maltiness. A bit more bitterness than I'd like in this style but not bad. Some caramel flavors--tastes as though the wort was carmelized in the kettle. Fairly clean. Medium-to-full bodied. Not my favorite Doppelbock, but not bad.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 Chocolate brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is malty of course, somewhat bold, smokey with notes of cigar and tobacco. The taste seemed a tad too bold for me, not really clean, too packed with an earthy sweet character I didn't quite enjoy, especially in the aftertaste. Palate is flawless though, oatmeal stout round and smooth.