Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep Amber brown Color. Slightly sweet, strong malt aroma with alcohol undertones. Smokey malt flavor with alcohol undertones, similar to whiskey.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the best beers Sam Adams makes. Very smooth with an aroma not unlike Spaten Optimator. Relatively sweet, at least enough to mask the alcohol. Lots of caramel flavor and feel with a hint of roasted barley. A very respectable brew.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was very amazed how good this was. I have to admit i wasnt expecting much from an American Dopplebock, but this was a nice suprise.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is pretty good stuff, especially for the price. My mistake was thinking that the Triple Bock would be a stronger continuation of this, too bad that it isn’t.
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great on tap if you can find it. Very strong tones of malt and carmel but not overpowering.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Full bodied, sweet malty aroma, sweet syrupy caramel taste.
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice for a contract brew no wonder this beer sells out so quickly when released. buy some and let it sit a few months and it really turns out nice
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of toffee, caramel, alcohol, sugary maple, and maybe a bit of oak...basically an ideal dopplebock aroma. Creamy texture, almost syrupy. Silky malts, appropriate carbonation, excellent balance. Wonderful earthy hops come into play as it warms to cellar temperature. Tart, slightly dry finish. By far the best Sam Adams that I’ve ever had, and I wish that I’d bought more than one.
ClarkVV (5376) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2004 this was great stuff. Im not a big bock drinker, but they didnt overdo it. Has a very unique taste, and I like that about a beer. Medium body, small foamy head that disappears in a few minutes, almost a brownish red colored beer. A bit of metallic sharpness dulls the flavor and there seems to be a bit of cloying sweetness at the end.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark amber color. Pours with medium, tan-colored, foamy head. Medium strength nose of sweet malt, yeast and floral notes. Fairly heavy and chewy palate. Nice bold flavors of sweet roasted malt - nutty! Finish dominated with malts balanced with a touch of bitter hops. Very tasty and rich beer. For a macro-brewery, this is a damn fine beer and true to the doppelbock style.