Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 Light burgundy with a massive, nutty amber head. Hearty caramel aroma, stark, nutty and hoppy, too. Rich and fully flavored, roasty malts and caramels, and very, very malty. Sweet finish. Much more sweetly malty than one would expect from an Italian beer.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is actually pretty good. Extremely malty with almost no hop bitterness to counter it. It just seems that some of the other doppelbocks have more of a complex malty character and seem smoother than this one. Not too bad for the price. (3 bucks at the bar)
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2004 Strong malty beer balanced with a mildly bitter hops; Fairly high in alcohol; Maltiness is sweet, moderately toasty and slightly chocolatey; The sweetness is borderline sugary; The nose is malty and sweet, but with less aroma than many of its dopplebock counterparts from Germany; The color is a dark amber with an orange hue; Quite a lot of carbonation bubbles rise through the beer; The head is a very light tan color and has better than average retention (thanks to the carbonation bubbles), maintaining a thin, yet complete coating over the beer; Lacing is rather minimal though
oli (108) - DENMARK - MAR 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the best italian beer i have tasted so far.Nice full body and a lovely malty taste that lingers in the mouth.An enjoyable beer indeed.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark chestnut color with an large off-white head. Rich malty aroma, molasses and rye. Sweet, almost syrupy flavor, maple sugar and citrus - almost cloying. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Surprisingly complex beer for an Italian brew...
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - FEB 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby/Brown in color, lumpy beige head. Sweet and doughy with a mustyness to it, smells like a breakfast pastry left in a basement. Soft and sweet up front with a middle like a insence smoke filled room, a sharp bitter hop finish, very nice. A surprisingly good beer, one I will seek out again!
Choos (644) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great malty aroma. Dark red and clear with a great head that leaves nice lacing. Flavour is fantastic malty with some liquorice and fruity complimentory flavours. A little bit thin for a doppelbock (in my limited experience) and could drop the carbonation a tad but this is still a fantastic drop.
jimhilt (2431) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best beer I have found imported from Italy and while there for two weeks and several cities not a drop of this to be found. Very disappointing, apparently only made for export. Good head, carbonation, dark but not chewy can be savored year round.
boto (1891) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle: It poured a kind of coppery-amber color. Just a hint of haziness to it. A fairly large head that went to nothing rather rapidly. The nose is a bit bready/fruity/caramel, but a bit weak. I had to give the nose a good snort to tell what was in it. The taste is very malty sweet: definitely some fruits in there also. Some alcohol taste. This is a definite not bad. It might also be the best beer available in some Italian restaurants, which isn't a bad thing!
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Import bottle. Kicked up a rather tall head when poured into a tall glass. The thick head persisted, leaving rings behind. A dark amber body with almost no carbonation bubbles, but little pinpricks on the tongue. Taste is very sweet, more than malty. Hop profile is mild, but somewhat like a Vienna. Has a pretty good lager finish. ABV is a nice bonus, made me decide "it must be a bock" before I came here to rate it. Definietly go for this if it's in an Italian restaurant.