robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Coloring. No Head. Complex Aroma. Malty, little sweet. Smooth. Worth Trying...
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear tarnished brown color, about an inch high head of dark ivory fluff grows up substantially fading down after a bit to a solid skim and the lacing in moth-holed sheets. Aroma is of roasty sweet malts, a good load of em with dark toffee, bready richness mixed in, also noted is a metallic tingeyness blending with a wet hoppy spice and some warmth of alcohol. Taste has a whole bunch of malty sweetening with a small roasty edge, some small fruity senses, a bit of darkly hopped spice underneath. Feel is malty full yet yielding with some empty areas where some of the hoppy spice fills in some parts, roasty things in others. Fairly carbonated with a bit of grab, somewhat smooth, could be smoother, slicker, bolder, and creamier to the feel; oh that would clinch it for sure. A fine example of a doppel and a pretty good drinker as well.
Earlier Rating: 7/15/2003 Total Score: 4.4
Wow, what a head on this baby, over three inches high after a vigorous pour into the glass. Color is a deep amber and the mile high head was a frothy tannish, light brown. Looked scrumptous, I couldn't wait to drink this. Smells of roasty malt and fresh, sweet bread, a bit faint spice note. Taste of this is pretty good, sweet roastyness, fresh and smooth, very full-bodied feel that has a light chewyness and finishes slightly dry with a hint of spice. Very nice indeed. The head had a life on its own for the first few minutes and the taste and feel is darn right perfect. I thought Italy was known for its wine, but this beer changed my mind about that cultural fact.
SpringsLicker (3196) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Little head to this deep amber Doppelbock. Wonderfully complex aroma. Malt, toast, caramel, alcohol all play in the aroma. Smooth alcohol flavor with a nice nuttiness to it. I could drink another one of these.
Lunkie (1497) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy malt aroma with dark chocolate colour and no head. Long bitter malt flavour with smooth palate.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was some pretty smooth tasting shit. It was a very good doppelbock better than most because it was dark
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful red color and pleasant aroma, full flavor, with just enough sweetness and good finish. Recommended.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly sweet, caramel, roasted malt, slight alcohol burn. Finish is slightly bitter, almost sour, but otherwise good.
Darkover (1522) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear ruby color with a big beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel. Flavor of caramel, toffee, and some bitterness. A little thin for a dopplebock, but still way better than I expected.
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pleasent surprise - Bright clear ruby red, nice off-white head. Spicy, malty aroma. Nicely sweet, fruity flavors, and a subtle hop presence. Above average in all respects.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 This beer has become a staple for my wife and is fairly frequently enjoyed by myself as well. Still the best beer I have had from Italy. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark brown color with a large tan head. There is a sweet, malty aroma with a hint of molasses. The flavor is sweet and malty with hints of caramel and molasses. By far the best Italian beer I have come across.