bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep red body with a quickly diminshing tan head. No lacing.
Smells sweet and malty. No hint of hops. I think the molasses is showing up too. A bit of alcohol too.
A bit thin compared to some other doppelbocks. The maltiness is there for a bock but not quite dopplebock to me. Alcohol is very apparent in flavor and cheek-warming effect. Sweetness in the end brings out the mellow hoppiness. Well balanced for what malt is there.
Smooth and creamy on the mouth without the super prickly mouthfeel of some bocks.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/12/03: bottle. rather tranquil looking with no head or lacing. delightful red-brown color. sweet malty nose. very active in the mouth! evident amount of sugar, molasses and caramel with a noticeably sour aftertaste. once again, i dig the label.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lighter brown color than expected. Little head. The molasses is rather evident and somewhat balanced by full body of this beer. The sweetness lingers a bit in the finish
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick and sweet - filled with sugar and caramel like a liquied candy bar. Even as it warms and a tiny bit of hops dry out the finish, this is all about sweetness and that's just fine.
Silphium (3190) - 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 (1277) - 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 (13913) - 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 (6825) - 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.