estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty light color for the "amber" claimed in the description, small white head, light nose with a hint of sweet malt. Sweetish body, somewhat heavy, a little bitterness but not much in terms of hop character. Alcohol in the finish. Flirts with the maltiness of say, Celebrator, but doesn't commit. Definitely not cognac-like. Perhaps this bottle was too young, but I don't see a date on it. Has a hint of the soy sauce character of their eisbock.
Geiserich (2913) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 The beer was about 10 years old, and much more complexe, than the fresh one. Plum-Chocolate-Rum aroma, very sweet and alcoholic. well balanced.
Again a old sample, best before 5/2005, sampled 5/2008. Sweet, very malty aroma. Thick, creamy head. Fruity flavor, winegrapes and malt. Alcohol, bit sharpe, congnac. Pleasant, but a too alcoholic sharpness. 7/4/7/3/14
jonas (5266) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full fruity malt nose. Amber, low head.
Sweet malt, some vineous notes. Silktork is right, once you get past the ethanol posturing you will find some nice creamy, fruity flavors.
A bit oily mouthfeel. Neglitible aftertaste for a beer of this strength.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A full, sweet, roasty flavor, but the alcohol almost dominates the finish. There seems to be an essence of chocolate malts, but I can"t quite put my finger on what is going on in this beer. Somewhat bitter. No head, very light, clear golden color.
notalush (4457) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a very clear, golden color and a tiny little head, giving it a very deceptive appearance. This is probably the most light-colored doppelbock I’ve ever seen. There is a lot of yeast and alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is very sweet and malty with hints of caramel, and a big alcohol slap to the tongue. I find the finish a bit medicinal and unpleasant, but otherwise this is a tasty and unique beer.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sparkling gold. Malt nose. Earthy malt flavor with mild alcohol heat
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
o.k. this makes me think of Spinal Tap - the over the top font and "My beer goes to 23!!!! Golden color. Nice thick body, sweet malts and big alcohol and sweetness. Almost syrupy thick, but a nice voyage nonetheless.
SilkTork (5020) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2003
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 Jan, 2003 Yummy, with a well toned body like a Californian body-builder kicking sand in the face of all the average guys chilling out on the beach. I loved the taste, but had to work to get past the macho posturing of the machine noise alcohol. Once some of that alcohol had evaporated this calmed down into some delicious flavours. [3.6]
April, 2006 Montmarte bar, Paris Part of my post marathon celebration. Perhaps this bottle was served too cold, perhaps it shouldn’t have followed <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/gayant-bière-du- the Demon, or perhaps I have simply discovered my own likes and dislikes, but I am surprised that I found this beer attractive three years ago. On this visit I did note some apricot flavours, but they weren’t interesting enough to overcome the burnt plastic of the crude high alcohol. Unappealing and rather nasty beer. [1.2]
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 This is awesome. Had this before but it has been a while until last night. Strong aroma and taste of alcohol. There is also a slight candy-ish and strong maltiness taste within. Golden blond with a slight shade of brown in color and translucent. Finishes with an alcohol note. Not for the weak of heart! Very similar to EKU 28 (another of my favorites). This truly is the 'Cognac Of Beers'. Highly recommended winter warmer.