AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice amber red with a thick head that dissapated relitivly quickly. aroma was of rich malt and plums with slight toastyness and a little spiced alcohol. Sweet rich malt, dark and light fruit present. warming alcohol and slight flowery hoppiness, and a bitter dry finish.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Often the aroma and appearance of this brew is less than I expect from the style. Does not display a normal head retention for the style, although the carbonation is reasonably active. The aroma goes missing. Mild toasted carmel aftertaste.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep orange brown colour with a light tan coloured head. Caramel, honey, and bready aroma. Caramel sweetness dominates, with some cereal maltiness kicking in and a quick bitter bite on the finish to balance out the sweetness. Full bodied and rich, almost but not quite reaching syrupy.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice reddish amber color. Has flavors of caramel malt, "dark fruit" flavors, alcohol, and some citric hop bite. Not as complex as I was expecting it to be, but still a respectable brew. Reminds me more Sam Adams Double Bock more than any other brew. I like Optimator
Chupa LaHomebrew (12) - Gahanna, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2004 Wasn't really up to my exectations. OK, so my first doppelbock was an Aventinus, so what?
Well, I just thought it lacked that complexity that I look for in a good high Doppelbock. Malty, some vienna or munich in there, a touch of chocolate, hops were low bitterness and came through in a slightly spicy finish. It was good but unremarkable.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper, amber in color. Thin off-white head. Nose of carmel, and malt. Nutty, carmel, taste, with light hoppiness. This beer is pretty good, no complaints.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I dont think there is anything I can say that hasn't already been said about this fantastic dopplebock. I have been a longtime fan of this beer and will continue being one.
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very malty, but nicely hopped so it's ok. Standard bearer of the style. Rich and nutty. A classic.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice dark amber.Had a sweet malty aroma to it.Has a nice malty/nutty/carmel flavor to it.the finish was slightly bitter.All in all not too bad
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 Darker amber body with a thin orangey head that dissipates quickly. Caramel aromas are present, but not overpowering. Taste is subtle....caramel, malt, and candy. Pretty thin beer though, so it goes down easy. Pretty much average.