EJB9299 (1) - Gig Harbor, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2001 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great beer for those who love porters or doppelbock’s. The beer is always best when on tap. I will agree that on occasion it has faltered in it’s consistency when bought off the shelf in a bottle, but overall it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had, and you don’t even need to drink that much of it either (7.5%). Good color, aroma and wonderful flavors (coffee, nuts and hops). Great Beer!
lagerman99 (66) - USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t like the sweetness, but I love the undertow dark flvours and the richly textured body.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber, nearly brown colour, nutty aroma. The flavour is nutty and malty with hints of caramel and maybe some toffee. The complexity might be a bit lacking, but the beer is wel rounded with a nice sweet finish. This beer is right up there with Salvator as a quality authentic doppelbock, but the two don’t even come close to matching Celabrator.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now that’s what I call a Doppelbock!
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2001
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I hate to rip on a beer most people seem to really like, but I just can’t convince myself to like this one. There is a sour flavor (can’t quite place it) in the middle of the malt that sends my taste buds shuddering.
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent! I love the maltiness in this beer. Extremely full of flavor (and alcohol for that matter). I don’t feel I could drink too many of these in a row. Not only because of alcohol, but the full flavor would soon dull my palate. Well, sitting here taking another sip...I could have a few more. Nice hop finish and aftertaste...
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When you only want one or two
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 November 2001: Malt, malt, malt, malt. Give this to anyone who says lagers are ’weak’ or ’simple.’ Great nose full of malt, yeast, chocolate and alcohol -- almost rum-like in a way. Flavor is absolutely the essence of richness; add a little sugar and flour, stir it up and you’d have a great beer pudding. The alchol presence may be just a tiny bit too high, otherwise this would be near a ’5’ for me. Perhaps bettered only by Celebrator. 8/5/9/4/18 4.4
June 2006: the 12 oz bottle, purchased today and poured at cellar temperature into a Hair of the Dog glass shows a dark chestnut color with a voluminous lastingin off-white bubbly head that diminishes slowly leaving uneven lacing....dark chocolate and burnt caramel dominate the nose, toasty malt and a touch of wood smoke, touches of herbal/grassy hops....the body shows light alcohol warming, dark malts with limited sweetness, some prune/raisin character and a bit of hazelnut liqueur towards the soft finish....very smooth, soft, moderately filtered mouthfeel. This has held up well over nearly 5 years and 3000 ratings.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this. Full of flavor, nice malt taste with just tinge of sweet. Easy to drink with a nice aftertaste. Not as heavy as I was imagining it to be. Good stuff.
DubbelO7 (42) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark mysterious toasty sweet-ish beer . This beer will seduce you. Best with food , otherwise you’ll be unable to get up from where you’re sitting .
I am a big Spaten fan.