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RATINGS: 881   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Dark ruby color, strong malt and caramel character; very smooth, full-bodied, low/medium bitterness.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2002
So in 1992 I was a graduate student living in Boston, playing music and drinking Guinness in the Irish pubs, and making it down to Jamaica Plain to visit Sam’s showcase brewery on ocassion. (It’s near Doyles, one of the grand old Boston pubs, and Brendan Behans new wave Irish site) On one tour they unveiled test samples of dopple and tripple bocks and my untutored palte found them ugly and winey and I wrote off bocks for some time. Now I return to the Dopple and find it quite good, actually, malty as hell with roiling dark, fruity sweets and rises of alcohol. Here’s a toast to this well done brew and to my memory of nights in Boston when Sam was for me the cutting edge of craftbrewing.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2002
Copper color. Small tan head. Nice malty carmel taste throughout. You can really taste the alcohol in this brew. I need to get more of this. Great Stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Re-Rate 03/040/06:The beer upon release from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a clarion brown, the head is modest in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a nice light tan, upon depletion, the lace forms a surrounding sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in sweet malt, hints of caramel, with the start sweet, the grain profile perfect, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is dynamically acidic, the hops delectable, with the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a nice representative to the style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Choke (96) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2002
Very Good Rich tasting beer, SA never disapoints me

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
wholesomegrits99 (17) - Brookings,, South Dakota, USA - MAR 4, 2002
Too much of something. Earthy? Chunky? Superb color, thickness, and ’feel’ but just to intense. I didn’t care for the ultra high alcohol content. The page here is wrong. It’s %8.45 ABV according to the Sam Adams website. And it tastes like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2002
Actually a very good beer from Sam Adams. Strong caramel malt flavor and good balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2002
Although I’m a huge hop drinker, I’m starting to enjoy the heck out of this doppelbock. The slight alcohol taste is appreciated. Looking forward to enjoying this today at a chili cook-off.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
Great stuff! Very smooth caramel maltiness. Has great balance and texture. Alcohol presence is not overwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
Nice body and color but can’t really drink too many.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marcmo (16) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2002
Not quite Paulaner Salvator, but almost. I don’t get the bitterness that is mentioned by many reviewers here, but I’m a bit of hophead, so this beer tastes very sweet. Yes, I might be a hophead, but the next best thing to a lot of hops is a lot of malt!


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