Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2004 Previously, I'd sampled a bad batch. This time, I really had my eyes opened. Rich, orange-brown with a sweet caremelly taste. A nice alcohol kick that didn't overpower the nice, and again sweet, aftertaste. When fresh, this is a darn good beer.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red with a thick head that laces up nicely. Very strong malt and caramel aroma. Flavour is initially half a metric ton of malt which is quickly nailed by enough hops to send a man to the moon. Thin palate. I like this beer.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brownies Pub in Philly. Nice beer. Poured a nice brownish color. Had a very good malt flavor to it.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very thin, wheaty, carmelly doppel. Hints of fruits, esp. cherry. Honestly, my least favorite style, even less than American Standard!
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2004 Totally limpid copper hue with a small off-white head that is quickly limited to a ring. Honest malty aroma with a light floral hops note. Mainly geared toward caramel, white chocolate, cashews, vanilla and not so well-hidden alcohol. Very sweet palate. Hazelnuts and crème caramel, licorice and marshmallows. Interesting flavor profile, but that’s just because I love the style and this one doesn’t have any of the balancing elements (smoke, light bitterness) that top examples like celebrator can boast about. It’s all about the malt which can become rather cloying at the end of the bottle. Smooth creamy medium body displaying particularly low carbonation.
A 2001 sample proposed far fruitier malt, better defined mouthfeel, very soft, more butter traces.
A fresh 2004 sample offered a weird greasier aroma, leathery with notes of beans, mild butterscotch. Off-dry dustiness took on the aftertaste while the palate had this characteristic tart earthiness a little too expressive for me. Body was a bit more powdery and oily Surprisingly, aging seems to help this one although the 2001 was still way short of world-class imo.
pootzboy (1609) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Poured a crystal clear copper. Low effervescence. Creamy off white head that vanished surprisingly fast into a lace and ring.
Odors of sweet malt, dried fruits with a distinct smoke overtone and detectable alcohol wisp.
Starts slightly sweet then gets oily... full of malt, caramel, molassesm figs and nuts....like a plumb pudding... unimpaired by any detectable hop balance until the finish where the herbal bittering shjows up with the light smokey roast coming in.
A good brew but a tad too sweet and unbalanced for me..this is the origina;l dopple and still the standard but I’m glad there are more balenced bocks around like Weltenburger.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange in color with a lasting head. Smooth malty flavored. Very good. Subtle bitterness.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5l bottle. Clear orange with a lasting tan head. Smooth, mellow malty flavor. Sweet and sticky. Slight bitterness at the finish.
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dominated by malt. Reddish-orange color, big but quickly dissipating creme head. Fruity and sweet, almost too sweet, but still good. Slight bite at the end, but dominated by malt throughout as per style. Although not great, it is a nice beer and I will drink it again.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light brown/tan color, medium-bodied. Sweet caramel, malty, decent. Sweeter finish.