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RATINGS: 899   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Dark ruby color, strong malt and caramel character; very smooth, full-bodied, low/medium bitterness.

   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 I’ve ever had, and I wish that I’d bought more than one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4438) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6838) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2002
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2002
Too much alcohol taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 28, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
igneous1 (1520) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2002
deep amber, alcohol comes through quite a bit, detected some berry aromas

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