Marko (4301) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Don’t know really what to say, like all Castle Eggenberg beers available here, it’s damn expensive (a little less than 3 Euro for this one), and I really don’t know if it was worth it. It’s quite strong, both alcohol and flavor wise, with a pretty golden colour and a small white head. The flavor reveals... not much, lots of malt, some fruity hints, and of course, the alcohol, and isn’t very enjoyable. Overall, it seems it’s pretty bland for a doppelbock. Maybe another bottle will reveal more for me, but because of the price, I won’t be buying more soon.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2004 Open this bottle and the aroma immediately tells you this is a serious beer, not to be trifled with. It pours nearly flat (it’s vintage 2002) with a short white head that quickly dissipates and has a surprisingly light, golden brown color. The aroma is of sweet caramel-y malt, and the first sip is a smooth cascade of mild malt, honey, and maybe vanilla flavors, but there’s no alcohol burn....undoubtedly because the aging of the bottle has softened this monster around the edges. Hops are barely noticeable; this beer relies on a double dose of malt for most of its character. A strong bock indeed, but tempered with age.
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really expected a darker and thicker beer than this. Thin, white head with good carbonation. Reforms nice upon swirling. Slightly fruity aroma with some malts but not alot. Kind of bland. Color is a medium gold. Flavor is smooth but bland also. Strong alcohol kick with a bit of fruit. This beer is starting to grow on me the more I drink. Must be the alcohol. Finish is clean and has a nice warming from the alcohol. All around a somewhat bland beer but still a decent drink.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 2, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours an airy off-white head on a clear golden body. Strong and sweet alcoholic and fruity aroma with tones of malt. Flavor is also very heavy sweet and somewhat cloying. Malt, fruit, citrus and hop. Quite harsh and alcoholic in the finish. Not really a beer for me, it is way too heavy and harsh and not very complex at all. Is it really a doppelbock?
IndianaRed (2865) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a crystal clear light golden with a nice fluffy off-white head, settling to leave spotty course lacing. Aroma is of sweet malt, vanilla, butterscotch and lightly toased grain. Flavor is malty and quite sweet. The ABV is not hidden very well, but is not unpleasant. Feel is quite smooth and heavy, and the finish is slightly hopy/bitter but seems balanced. Interesting.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
ugly pale golden color. huge head; immediate dissipation of that mothertrucker. immediate burn in throat from tha alky. tingles the tongue. flavor really has nothing but alcohol, though not too strong.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not very similar to any doppelbocks’ I’ve had. Nice orangey amber color with thin white head that fizzles away quickly. Fruity, malty aroma that is engorged with alcohol. Flavor is sweet and spicy with apples, pears and a little vanilla. Palate is OK but not overly tasty. Very creamy though. Similar to other Eggenberg brew’s in that it is very sweet. OK sipper but no "cognac" here.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light gold. Light head around the edge. Strong alcohol aroma. Lightly sweet delicious malt. Alcohol edge. Awesome.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ginger/orange colour. Aroma of sweet malt and fruit, with candy sugar and very evident volatile alcohol. Sweet initial mouthfeel, with burnt treacle, molasses, toffee and a lot of spicy hop bitterness coming through on the finish. The alcohol is rather intrusive on the finish. It’s certainly warming - more like burning, with a very pronounced acidic alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a touch sticky. Has a rather Belgian feel to it. A bit of a beast, but pretty good. 330ml bottle from beersofeurope.co.uk. BBE 31 July 2004.
auto (163) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
*drunk rating* aroma of spicy beans and alchohol nuggets. golden colour with a small white head. flavour of wheat spices. quick fading palate?