Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mellow doppelbock aroma, nutty/woody alcohol vapors that remind me of some kind of extract. The alcohol is actually fairly well disguised, but it certainly warms like good sherry. Vanilla, sherry, plum brandy. No head, light carbonation. The palate quits quickly. Lousy, utilitarian packaging. Good beer, but 6 oz. is about all I wanted of this. It does have a ’green’ quality around it, so I’m nudging my rating upwards, since the brewer emphatically says to age it.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I havent had many doppelbocks but this tasted very much like a strong barleywine. Nice deep amber color- somewhat clear- with no head and low carbonation. Malases and slight alcohol in the aroma - but not as much alcohol as others may have noticed. As it warmed, the flavors improved and it mellowed out a bit. Very sweet with almost no hops in the aroma or taste, and no bittering hops either. Drink this as a nightcap becuase you WILL pass out after one of these.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 Pours with a Dark amber body almost red topped by a medium thick fizzy head that disappears quickly. Sweet malty aroma with fruity esters and caramel/toffee notes. Cloying malt flavor with a touch of fruit and toffee and a proounced alcohol presence. The finish is sweet and slightly smokey. Full bodied, chewy, very tingly and warming.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a decent doppelbock. the alcohol was a little too present...especially as it warmed. very interesting mix of flavors. well blended but droned out by alcohol a lot.
rauchbier (3499) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep chestnut brown with red hints, no head and low condition. Complex aromas of malt, strawberry, brie mold and drambuie. Roasted malts, raisins toast and warming alcohol in the mouth, and a syrupy sweet alcoholic kick in the aftertaste.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yummy aroma: chocolate, coffee, malt and alcohol. Body like pivo discribed. Taste sweet, too sweet, malt and strong nearly harsh alcohol.. Kicks on the top of the tongue. to much alcohol taste for me that kills the´other flavors, but still nice.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JUL 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a rum cake. Deep caramel-amber color, but no head. Do they use champagne yeast in this to get the alcohol up to 14%? I think so, which explains the fizzy head that you could actually hear and the disappeared immediately. Very, very sweet taste – heavy malt character with Belgian-like yeast tastes laced with toffee tones. Thick and syrupy, this is brandy-like. Is it too sweet? I got almost no hop or bitter component here. Like a dessert port wine to sipped slowly.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 WOW! This is one of my faves! Scent of dark chocolate and molasses. Dark and rich with strong alcohol taste throughout. Perfect as a dessert or as a companion to chocolatey desserts. One of my top 5! Excellent beer. Recommended. ****Re-rate: This is perfection. The more I drink, the higher it goes up on my scale. Believe it or not, the ’Bier Garden’ in Portsmouth, VA has this on tap! Let me assure you it is even better on tap. Seek it and drink it!!!
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(2000). Strong aroma, slightly unpleasant, poured and fizzed like a Coke, syrupy mouthfeel, initially it tasted too sweet and too strong, as I sipped it the tastes improved, still sweet but less alcohol flavors. Ok, but not that great.
homebrewrules99 (37) - portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty taste almost like a fin conag or along those lines