auto (163) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
red orange colour with a white head that dissipated quickly. bbq sugary burned aroma. sweet tangy flavour. fairly strong palate which was also sweet.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trippelbock? The aroma is heavy and sweet, with whiskey and molasses notes. Flavor is malty, burnt caramelly sweet, and a bit fruity, some cherry and vanilla notes; quite alcoholic, but somewhat hidden by a cloying, thick and chewy palate and powerful malt flavors. Needs something to cut the malt a bit. Nice night cap sipper.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2000 vintage sampled on 8/2/04: Pours a viscous dark copper maple color with a thin light tan head. Aroma is rich and heavy with plenty of caramel malty complexity and some dark fruits. Starts very thick and sweet gaining complexity as it goes and finishing sticky, but hiding the alcohol well. This is a double doppelbock that has aged quite nicely and will continue to do so. Also very good for its price.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 Bottled. Strong smell of creamy-thick alcohol to this mid brown beer. Little head or carbonation. The taste is also very strong but malty fruity, sweet and smooth. It is an extremely warming beer which I drank only lightly chilled whereas in the past I have had it much colder. It gets better as it warms. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 4.5. Average becomes 3.9
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 8/4/03. 1999 vintage. Absolutely delicious, sweet, buttery malt scent, almost like a Heath bar or butter toffee. Thick, heavy, and overwhelming. I could make a meal out of just smelling this beer for 30 minutes. Golden, burnt brown syrupy appearance with almost no head and little lacing but tiny lingering bubbles of carbonation. Medium-full, creamy mouthfeel with tingling bite, acidity, and complex sweet malts. Flavor explodes to the roof of your mouth immediately on swallowing, turning into a dry, caramelly, long-lasting and subtly bitter finish. Very high in alcohol, and it warms you intantly, but I completely disagree about the accusations of it being off-putting or overwhelming (at least in a bad way). It’s overwhelming, but in the sense that it is heavenly. Certainly not a session beer, but I can’t think of anything better than cuddling up with a glass of this and a warming fireplace in those cold winter nights. Gets more bitterly acidic and more strongly alcoholic-tasting as it warms. Pure dessert bliss.
Sammy (9340) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Way high alcohol and it smelled it. 2003 edition and in an ideal world it would have waited closer to its 2008 expiry date. Like a 100 proof. This is the Swiss brewed and not the original and not all that complex.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, this has a decent kick to it. I’ve had the original, and I remember this being more like a strong port than a eisenbock (reminds me of EKU 11.) Maybe if this were aged as much….. Regardless, this is some good stuff. Sweet fruity molasses and alcohol, there’s always the alcohol presence in this. But regardless, this is mighty smooth
HighlanderOne (1051) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 Rerate - finally get a bottle to rate. Aroma butterscotch, toffee, coffee, smoke. Pours a clear mahogany, almost no head. Flavors of toffee, spice, banana, caramel. Alcohol hit is an eye opener in the back. Has a nice balance to it. Creamy, buttery feel. Mellows at finish. Awesome stuff- I’m saving the next bottle for a cold day.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this beer. It´s a got a very thick texture. The taste is extremly sweet and caramelly, with lots of toffee. Some hints of cinnamon. It took me half an hour to sip me through one bottle, but it was nice, like a good cognac.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 tasted alongside a 1997 Hurlimann version. Dark red brown colour with a frothy tan coloured head. Looks very syrupy and thick. Strong aroma of dark toffee, soy sauce, more toffee, and alcohol. Very sweet toffee flavours with a warming alcohol bitter finish. Maybe a bit of soy sauce flavour but it wasn’t unpleasant. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Glad I have another bottle to age and compare.