Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I agree with a lot of the other comments. The smoked character of this beer is way out style. I am not sure if itís intentional or not. Nice maltiness, perhaps slightly over-hopped. Not on the top of the Bellís lineup. I just read my review and compared it with Henne sounds like weíre in two differenct camps. I thought the hops too much. And I thought the beer got better the further you went along. The smoked flavor is less perceptible further into the bottle.
Amber1 (32) - USA - MAY 21, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nice bronze color, small head. there seems to be a strong smoky, astringent flavor, possibly from the malt. i donít really care for smoked flavor. this was my first bells beer, hopefully their others are better
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, sad that you got an infected bottle, VENOM, as this is really a decent beer. Itís alive with alcohol and yeast in the aroma, underwhiffs of spices (ginger?) and hints of the malt to come. Ah the malt! Robust, chewy, a touch sweet, edges of cinnamon and hops. Actually, itís not as hoppy as I would have expected of a Bellís dopple - kind of tame in that department. It seems to get thinner and sweeter as it goes, rather than bigger and richer, but that is a minor knock, because it starts out in such a grand place that if it does diminish, it diminishes to good beer.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good doppelbock, but nothing exceptional. not one of bells strongest efforts
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2002
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
Just not a well rounded doppelbock.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 3, 2002
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hazy yeast filled copper. Thin off white head. Light but steady carbonation. Sour aroma, cooked veggies (brussels sprouts or something really rancid), light trace of malt. Crap! Fruity and sour and...I held this for a moment...contemplating spittage. Medium body, no caramel or molasses or...this is putrid and hopefully infected. My drain groaned as I poured the remainder out. Aftertaste of sour milk and cooked veggies. Yum!
legion242 (2312) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruby orange color; Thin head, but had nice effervesence; The nose was oaky with caramel hints. Malty on the tongue. Alcohol not hidden at all. One trick pony with all that malt. Very little depth. Unexceptional. Thank you to TRAP.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thick, crawling, frothy, and tan head. Traditional doppelbock aromas; winey, meaty, herbal, and some hops; pretty clean. Some funky flavors are going on here; spoiled prunes? I really canít name any, other than molasses. Finishes rather bitter with a warming alcohol punch and an unattractive slightly sour twang. Bell needs to reduce the hops and beef up the body to make this a beer I would buy again.
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the best Doppelbock on the planet, but worth the price for sure.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flavor, flavor, flavor. This doppelbock has it. Pours out to a very nice dark ruby color, with a creamy, light brown foamy head. The head looked good enough to eat. Nice alcohol kick on the finish with enough hops to trip the sweetness of the malt back to earth. A very impressive beer.