willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12.18.04 0.5l fliptop. Caramel brown pour with small white head fading to a ring. Nutty and sweet aromas with barley and sweet oats. Very sweet flavor, creamy but light on the palate. Some maple, prune, black cherry, salty pretzel. Nothing special but quite nice.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
latch-top bottles always lend a festive air to the decanting-- i hear this hardware snap, pop and clink, and like pavlov’s alcoholic elkhound, i involuntarily run for my rating notebook.
label features a clash of european elk-like ungulates and a shimmering orange sunset-- unfortunately they’re battling over a tree-stump, so the pastoral image is seriously compromised.
this beer is a clear rosy-brown with close relatives among the wild tribe of tawny yellows. weak head, no lace, only spots. i wanted to the foam to come out and play--so like a puppy, i prodded it and frisked and barked, but it lay there with no reason to live, morose and lifeless. a seven point earthquake could topple your city, and this beer might respond with four to six new bubbles. tsk.
rich, lightly smoked plum aroma, caramel-fudge candy sucker, a bit of must and leather and even an inoffensive grainy resemblance to dry dog food.
a soft palatte and very sweet, and as expected it’s a runaway bock-bomb of nerdy single-minded malts, and nary a hop flavor among the crowd. tasty but sweet enough to flambe, rather thin in body, and not conspicuously alcoholic-- i personally wouldn’t guess that it’s a doppel, though i do credit the malts with unusual eloquence.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish color with a sweet carmel taste. Pours with almost no head. One of the better Bavarian Dopplebocks I’ve had.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark crimson color with a creamy head, little lacing. Nose is sweet with notes of plum and buckwheat. Tastes sweet with some burnt toast character and more licorice-like flavors. Finishes balanced, light carbonation (dead mouthfeel). Not too bad but not overly exciting. Thanks to Rick in my homebrew club for bringing this and Steve for sharing it.
skortila (4582) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma with some yeast and spicy tones. Hazy, brown coloured with a short off-white head. Taste is sweet, malty (roasted, coffee/toffee) and a bit hoppy. Some bitterness. Okay.
caesar (5230) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy dark brown color, short off-white head. Aroma is malty, bit earthy and yeasty. Taste of malt, toffee, coffee, some sweet candy. Nice doppelbock!
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - DEC 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer 3 of 3 from the boxed set. A clear Brown with a slight Orange tinge. Tan head. Nice malt scent with crystal and some roasted malt. Very lightly hopped, noble hops... Tet.? Sweet & sticky, caramel candy with a kick. Best of the 3, though none were stellar brews, I’m happy to have found the set. It was a nice break from all of the Japanese beers I’ve had recently.
PorterPounder (5607) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up at Habersham Beverage Warehouse in Savannah, Ga. Pours a beef broth-like color with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Aroma has some caramel and nutty notes with a little bit of maple syrup. Flavor has some caramel accents with the same maple syrup notes. Also detect a bit of candied sugar in there. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for a doppel, kind of oily. Not the best of the bunch, but a decent winter warmer.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2004
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Copper color, light caramel aroma and taste, light body, light dry alcoholic finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Murky brown color with a small head. Aroma is mostly malts along with caramel and light chocolate. Taste is maple syrup, light hops, spicy and chalky. A bit thin bodied for my likeing but the taste is good.