csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle. Served in my NB worthy glass after a very short time out of the beer fridge. Pours copper with a hzay head. Aroma is simple caramel and floral honey. Sweet aroma. Large mouthfeel. The taste is sweet citrus, honey, and a touch of alcohol. The finish is far from balance on the sweetish side. There is some hops and alcohol on the finish, that helps tame the malt, but the beer is pretty sweet. Tasty, but a pretty poor, albiet strong, version of a doppelbock.
rajendra82 (1044) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coming in a brown, 330 ml bottle, with attractive gold on black labeling, I was expecting a beer looking like an “original bock”. Instead the beer poured out pale golden and clear, like a modern lager. The head was rather small in size, as can be expected at this strength. The beer exhibited a grainy and floral bouquet, which was a little too clean. The alcohol was also evident in the nose, but not overwhelmingly so. The taste was not very bock like, but closer to a light bodied sweet lager with spices like pepper and vanilla, resembling quite a lot of strong pale ales from Belgian abbeys. The warmth of the alcohol was present as a potent reminder of the careful sipping this beer demanded. The yeast imparted a dusty dryness and an earthy bitterness, both of which are rather uncommon is a German style lager. As I got deeper into the glass, the beer seemed to become sweeter, and perfumey. The beer was not too thick on the palette, but had enough malt body to keep it from being too adjuncty. Not too traditional, but enjoyable enough to try if you haven’t.
dwyerpg (5550) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 First rating 4.3. But second time around not so much. Taste is at first very nice, but gets real dry and too much noticable alcohol for me. Okay but not amazing.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 mostly malty, very chocolate/coffee, some bitter note w/ hops on the aftertaste, full-bodied. I like this kind of beer, tastes like a belgian strong. Nice balance with the sweet and other elements, will buy again.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11z bottle. Tasted at work, so meager notes. Golden color, a lot lighter than expected. Raisins and port in the nose, very alcoholic. Same in the mouth, plus slight caramel. A staple during the cold winter months.
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden/amber colour with a slim white head. Aroma has malt, brown sugar and alcohol. Sweet and malty taste. Low carbonation, chewy-ish mouthfeel, late warming alcohol. Not bad, but rough around the edges.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown sugar, citrus, and some malts in the aroma with a little maple syrup. very syrupy sweet and alcohol is overpowering over the flavors.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle obtained from Torrence Liquors, Calumet City IL.
Slightly alcoholic, citrusy and white grape aroma. No head, little carbonation. Lovely clear golden color -- defintely the lightest colored doppelbock I’ve seen. While there is plenty of malt sweetness and some fruit notes, the flavor is drier than the aroma would suggest. Think of it as more of a "doppel vienna lager." Moderate hop bitterness. Not very lively on the tongue, a bit thick going down. A competent, solid doppel but nothing too special.
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[bottle from beers of europe] a golden/orange colour with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma is absolutly not what i expected peaches, liquorice, dried rosemary and alcohol. well bodied but harsh and alcoholic.
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light golden color with a nice head that hangs out for a little while. Aroma is basic and the taste is nothing out of the ordinary. Smooth and slightly bitter. Alcohol is hidden nicely.