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 (6486) - 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 (4424) - 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 (1703) - 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.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber/copper. Thin dying head. Huge,rich malty nose with some fruit?,chocolate,caramel and alcohol notes creeping through. Thick ass body with a huge malt profile with a mix of light smoke and rich caramel,satisfying with a decent hop kick to balance the malty sweetness. Alcohol pokes through but I think it compliments the brew that much more. This is a tasty beer boys.
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.