BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve never come across such a strong caramel flavor in a bock beer. The caramel melds with the hops and other malts in a superb fashion, showing lots of bubblegum, cola and sea-salty undertones, and a pleasantly soft finish. The thin body is just about perfect for a doppelbock, as is the ruby-amber color and bready aroma. But after checking the other ratings I concur that this may be slightly "weak" in abv & body. The mystery is how Leinie can put out such swill in the mainstream and at the same time this side operation is among the best in the business!
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit off for a doppelbock, but itís still very enjoyable. Alcohol is low, flavors are mellow, and the body is mediocre. Not really doppled in any way other than name. Taste is molasses, caramel hops, and some sweet tutti-frutti. Very slight bitter in the aftertaste, and a bit slimy and skunky throughout.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Aroma is a little on the light side. Niuttiness stands out the most with some light chocolate and caramel. Pours a transparent dark reddish-brown with a small tan head that fades quickly. Malty with chocolate and caramel with a moderate nutty finish. Thinner than most doppels. Drinkable, but much better versions of the style out there.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle into tulip glass. I have to say that every non-German doppelbock Iíve had has kind of sucked. So, I begin this tasting skeptical. Exhibit 1: The Appearance. Well, it looks right, it has the deep ruby that Celebrator has (although itís a bit clearer than that paragon of all beers). The head is kind of small comparatively, but the right shade of light tan and a creamy, foamy consistency. Lacing is tight and fairly sticky, with excellent deep racing that takes itís time getting back to the surface. Exhibit 2: Smell. Smells kind of right: bread is dominant, with some cookie thrown in for variety, but itís also got some macro-ish skunk that is never welcome in any beer. A faint cherry tone too lurks under the bread and funk. Exhibit 3: The Taste. The Bread and Butter. Speaking of which, this has more of the later than the former. It kind of coats your mouth in a not-enjoyable way, like a layer of cold butter (which I donít like particularly). Wimpy malt character, has barely any influence on the watery texture and mouthfeel. Almost no bread discernable; malt sweetness comes on late in the finish, but otherwise, this tastes like flat and watered-down cherry/strawberry pop with some meager but nice roasty/hoppy dryness. WEAK.
OhioBeerFan (1) - Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice beer. Great flavor, no bitter aftertaste. Goes down smoothly. Rich, creamy head. Great aroma, full-bodied taste, nice rich color.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Iíd classify this more as a dunkel than a doppelbock - too light on the palate, thin, lack of alcohol presence, and no real malt complexity. Soft, bubble gum taste with smooth caramel malts. Way to mellow for a doppelbock, and way to uninteresting for me. Wonít choose this one again.
dragonlocks (15) - Kailua, Hawaii, USA - MAR 10, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Goes down smooth, Sweet Chocolate / Carmel taste, Rich brown body with an amber colored head. No aftertaste which is kind of disappointing though, this is one of those beers you wish would linger. Overall one of my favorites. My only complaint is I canít find it outside of the flatlands.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Doppelbock?!? This is more of a watery dunkel than anything else. And not a very tasty one at that. To sell it as a bock would be false advertizing. You can tell this is the son of a Miller.
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erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
More like a quarter bock to me. I tkind of has a bock like aroma, and kind of a bock like taste. At least it looks like a bock. Kind of a disappointing BMC attempt at a double-b. Worth the rating but I wonít revisit it.
beerman (8) - Monticello, North Dakota, USA - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank out of a bottle. Brownish red color, small light tan head. Goes down smooth with a sweet after taste. Good midwest beer.