VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was quite disappointed in this beer after the hype. I expected a much deeper flavor and found the aroma and color to be less than expected as well. Light malt character compared to others. Mouthfeel seemed almost non-existant and I almost felt as if I was drinking a good lager rather that a hearty dopple. Give me Celebrator over this any day. Celebrater had everything I expected in great abundance. Apparently Ayinger stole some of that ’little extra’ from Spaten and left this beer wanting. Not a bad beer overall, but pales in comparison to some other examples.
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
THere are many sides to this hearty dopplebock.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2001
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great malts with a raisen, coffee and smokey flavors through out. One of the great double bocks.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2001
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty much the archetypical German dark. Lovely texture. Sits in a glass beautifully. Roasted malts to die for.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2001
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
yep, can’t say much more about it that hasnt already been said. It’s good. We all know that. Personally, i like it more than celebrator and salvator.
Osmin99 (120) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2001
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think I might just not be a bock man. This did have a pleasant aroma of caramel, and a pleasant smoky flavor to it. But I found their was just too much sweetness backing that up, distracting from the other interesting tastes therein.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 18, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great dark color, and nice head. Smokey tasting, almost burnt, with undertones of bried fruit. Very prevalent alcohol taste, becomes overwhelming as it warms. I must say that it is a nice doppelbock, but its no Celebrator.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 17, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Again, I was overwhelmed by the similar taste and smell of purple grape juice. There was a definite prune taste present, and the lack of raisin surprised me. Nice, frothy off-white head dissipated quickly, but didn’t die completely. I would describe the flavor as ’smokey-grape,’ accompanied by a dry, slight prune aftertaste. The only negative points were for the pervasive alcohol taste and smell, which were overwhelming as it warmed. A noticeable step down from Celebrator, but a fine beer on its own.