StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells primarily malty and hints at the high ABV. Color is an unexpected bright blond, but the aroma is all dark doppelbock. Very lively in my .5 L boot glass. Head is fizzy and frothy, about an inch tall. Very flavorful and incredibly rich; creamy and smooth with some cedar and apple elements coming through. Perhaps a dash of pepper gives it a slightly spicy edge. Feels creamier, thicker and heavier in body than the viscosity suggests.
For the first 2/3rds of the beer, the alcohol is borderline too heavy, and as we get to the last 1/3rd, it drowns out the flavor. Noble hops help to balance the heap of malts for most of the tasting. Deep, warming finish, almost a fiery burn at the back of the through. Astringent feeling at the back of the tongue. Chafing like dryness on the middle/center part of the tongue. Aftertaste reminds me of how an Irish Whisky resonates in the palate. Long story short: good beer for the first 2/3rds but too acidic and astringent in the last 1/3rd.
haf (525) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAR 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza para amantes de la cerveza. Es peculiar aunque esta muy buena. Mucho sabor a malta. Podriamos decir que es una cerveza "antigua"
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honeyed and grassy with a nice soft sweetness on the initial sip. leads into vanilla and apple flavors with a touch of orange zest. Very well done nicely balanced beer.
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled: Golden coloured. White dense head. Grass, alcohol and fruit in the aroma. Sweetness, honey, alcohol and fruit in the flavour. The alcohol takes over almost anything in this beer. Too much for my likings.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium orange gold color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is sweet orange and malt. A medium bodied dopplebock. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Lots of orange flavors in this one. Fairly large alcohol bite and a lot of alcohol oiliness at 9.6%. Still with all that alcohol it a fairly smooth beer. Definitely a sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark golden yellow with a ring of bubbles. Aroma is sweet sugar with some euro-skunk. Flavor has some light fruits and residuel sugar. Finishes sort of dry.
Pailhead (6031) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Big honey aroma. Rather mead-like Belgian combo in the aroma. Pours an orangish-gold with a white head that lasts a minute or so. Lots of honey and toffee up front. Very sweet. Some apple in the background. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Syrupy mouthfeel.
heemer77 (5211) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light gold color with a thin white head and lots of bubbles. Aroma of apple cider past it’s prime. Also some notes of a fresh wheat bread. The taste is a sweet mixture of cheap brandy and pears. Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel. The alcohol is felt but not so much tasted. Not really very drinkable. More of a big bock, than a dopplebock.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the fridge. Low white head on a dark golden body. Slightly fruity aroma with hints of caramel. The taste is rather dry with middle bitterness and medium aftertaste. A good beer, strong but not too filling.
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear gold color with no head. Very dry apple aroma, like the begining of a great cider! The taste... eh, I think the apples went rotten. It was a bit on the tart side in a bad way. I highly doubt it was a bad bottle, but I’d try it again out of respect. A doppelbock? Oh I don’t think so.