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RATINGS: 904   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Dark ruby color, strong malt and caramel character; very smooth, full-bodied, low/medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Deep Amber brown Color. Slightly sweet, strong malt aroma with alcohol undertones. Smokey malt flavor with alcohol undertones, similar to whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 27, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2002
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 isnt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 20, 2002
Great on tap if you can find it. Very strong tones of malt and carmel but not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2002
Full bodied, sweet malty aroma, sweet syrupy caramel taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2002
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2002
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 Ive ever had, and I wish that Id bought more than one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5376) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
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.

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