BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Being that doppel is my fav style, I ecided to rate this style first-The fairly new Sam Adams Imperial....what a disappointment, way too much sugar. Everything looked good and onsistent with other doppels with a nice brown color and thick tawny foam. Smells of mollasses?!?, malts, and some alcohol. Tastes of MOLASSES!!! roasted malt, lot more alcohol than expected, maybe even alittle choco-cherry(might be mistaken). Very thick syrupy sweet confusing pseudo-doppel
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Bottle. Slight white head. Pleasant smell. Beautiful color. Complex flavors but the alcohol content does not overpower it which is amazing. Highly recommended. Cheers!!!!
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz bottle Marcello’s Lafayette, LA - Aroma: sweet, malty, toaty; Appearance: clear, brown color, tan head, some laces; Flavor: sweet, salty, toast, slight harsh; Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy texture, average to lively carbonation; Overall: a dark and very strong alcohol, malty, and rich beer. However, there is some harshness.
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malt aroma. Hints of melanoidins. Pours red-brown with a moderate cream colored head that quickly dissipates. Rich and malty with alcoholic aftertaste. Some date-like flavors. While I repect the 9.5% abv, this is not on par with good traditional dopplebocks from Germany. It lacks the complexity and richness of those. Decent enough, but not great.
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Brown with off white head. Light malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor with good balance. A little more carbonation than I prefer in a strong "sipping" brew. A good beer.
eyes_wide_shut (107) - Haifa, ISRAEL - DEC 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the Doppelbock Width Tasting in Shachar’s house, thanks Oren, bottle, cloudy, fruity, pours dark amber almost without head, smoked aroma, and overall a good beer.
UriahHeep (105) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty dark red-copper pour without much head. Quite an attractive appearance matched by an intoxicating roasted aroma of caramel, fine two-row barley, chewy toffee, chocolate and also some smokiness. Body has a beautiful malted barley presence and great backbone. Syrupy mouth. Distinct flavors such as coffee, chocolate, caramel and pepper. Sweet brown sugar notes. A bit of alcohol harshness surfaces at times but then is drowned beneath the tidal wave of roasted malt. Medium-length finish, warming from the high ABV. Still contains some Noble hop spiciness, but you’ll barely notice that in this brew.
VAAC (86) - Middlebury, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of caramel, beautiful reddish brown color. I didn’t pour much head, so not much to say on that end. Tastes of fruit, figs to be exact, with little malt and a touch of caramel. A tad syrupy, with an incredibly long lasting finish.
ludhaber (85) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As promised, this beer is very malty. Huge body and decent hop balance. A little more complexity in the malt would make this beer really high on my list.
mouse725 (83) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pour. It says on the back of the bottle that a 1/2 pound of yeast goes into each bottle of this beer- and boy, does that flavour come through! Lots of yeast, lots of malt, a very "heavy in the belly" beer. Not worth the price, but glad I tried it once.