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 (4001) - 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.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark orange-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, dark bread, caramel), light notes of date and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not much to fend off the massive sweetness, and the alcohol sticks out a lot in the finish, but the aroma is reasonably pleasant.
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Too much alcohol taste.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best American made Helles-Double Bock I have tried.I always look forward to Lent and with an American version like this, who needs food.Sweet,extremely malty,great alcohol presence.Sneaks up on you.
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red color, nice creamy tan head that dies a mite too quickly; aroma malty but very weak in this sample. Flavor super-malty, low carbonation, quite a rich body and well-hid alcohol. Finish somewhat ’hot’ for such a beer; kind of spicy zest going on there which I liked a lot. I think the lack of nose and lower carb than even the other reviews led me to expect might indicate this to be a somewhat old bottle (why?); still an excellent doppel all around.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
deep amber, alcohol comes through quite a bit, detected some berry aromas
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2002
1.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I guess a dopplebock is supposed to be malty as hell, but it just doesnt do it for me. Its just overpowering, I didnt want to finish it, I did finish it, I just didnt want to. rerate: I had another sip the other day, and it is the worst beer I have ever had, the style is just not for me. Second re-rate: I just tried an Aventinus dopplebock, and it was incredible, making me think I do like the style, just not the Sam Adams try at it.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extreme malt! A chocolate taste to it. Could have a couple but not too many more.