Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2002
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Malty!! Barley wine if anything and not a good version. This beer is overpowering and Toadman sums it up.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice caramel aroma and reddish amber color. A good amount of carbonation and a very full flavor. The bitterness melds nicely with the caramel flavors. Could be a little more complex, but very good.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew is so in-your-face maltiness. Reddish color makes you think there is something fruity to be tasted but itís not so. Very rich caramel is noted in aroma and first taste. It finishes with such a strong alcoholic presence that is hard to get used to. A good effort, overall, but I think a balance of flavors is more desirable that a strong concentration of one or two, as is the case with this brew.
PSUJason99 (96) - Montclair, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2002
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and strong, great head!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Far and away the finest brew from this now coorporate giant. Pours with a big head and similar color to a barley wine. Similartexture and sweetness to. Tastes far stronger than 8.45%
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 Samís showcase brewery on ocassion. (Itís 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. Hereís 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.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Choke (96) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very Good Rich tasting beer, SA never disapoints me
wholesomegrits99 (17) - Brookings,, South Dakota, USA - MAR 4, 2002
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Too much of something. Earthy? Chunky? Superb color, thickness, and ífeelí but just to intense. I didnít care for the ultra high alcohol content. The page here is wrong. Itís %8.45 ABV according to the Sam Adams website. And it tastes like it.