egajdzis (5939) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a reddish amber color with a thin, quickly dissipating off white head that just left the tiniest amount of lacing on the glass. Yeasty, malty sweet, nutty, caramel, and wood in the aroma. Nutty, woody, sweet caramel, lightly roasted, with a touch of alcohol. Not a bad doppelbock.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks to slob for the trade. Pours beautiful dark peachy-copper color with a creamy off-white head that diminishes mostly. Aroma is rich and full of fruity malts and light spice. Sweet, malty flavor, raisins, a bit nutty and with a definite alcohol presence. Full body and gently carbonation. Nice winter warmer.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a medium amber color with small head and not much lace. Nose is light banana and that’s it. Not impressive in the aroma at all. Malty taste with sweetness and immediate alcohol taste. Not incredibly impressive so far. I’ll let it warm a bit.............. Still has too much alcoholic warmth in the immediate palate. Not bad stuff, but not great considering the quality of this brewer. This one is a little too sweet with not much balance. Perhaps the style of it, but I have had doppelbocks that haven’t been so sweet. Let me put it this way: This is a fine brew for most places... I expected better from Troegs, so I am disappointed. You know what they say about high standards.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber color, big fizzy creamy-toned head.
Aroma is nutty, cocoa-ish,malty and dark, full of darkish fruits, winey a bit.
On the palate, a blast of malt, tiniest hops, hot fruitiness, rich taste, some herbal/vegetal in the mix. Strength sings above the fray, but the flavor isn’t big enough to redeem it.
8.2%? Pretty high for a doppelbock, and I wish it weren’t so, but it feels a touch too high, against what little lies in the body here. Big and beefy, malty and bready, huge yeastiness, but it’s not enough...not enough yeast, not enough malt, not enough flavor...don’t know, but while it’s good, it’s not great.
I like the label, though it took me awhile to get. A satyr...well, they have goat legs, oh, yeah, goats=bocks, so, I guess doppelbocks = demi-gods with goathinds?
Nice beer, but could be a lot better.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish orange, clear, with large white head. Malt dominates flavor..some fruitiness in the nose..apples.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright, ultra-clear amber body with mild carbonation and a small filmy off-white head. Prominent Munich and crystal malts with elements of bread crusts, grain, grapes, light caramel and iced tea. Noble hops are evident and alcohol is apparent but not overpowering. Nice toasty malt flavor with some dark candy-like sweetness and spicy hops. Body seems a little thin and alcoholic for a doppelbock. Could use some more texture to make this a better, more rounded, big beer.
chinacat1000 (2) - Knox, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big fan of doppelbocks and Troegs has nailed it. Head is frothy when poured, then dissipates in minutes, yet leaves nice lace. Aroma is malty with hints of fruit. Well rounded, no off flavors. Hops chime in at the end with a little bite of alcohol. I can drink multiples in an evening. My favorite double bock, and a truly great beer. One of my favorites for under $30 a case.
hershiser2 (1859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Paid $1.49 for a 12-oz single. Deep orange-copper color with a very small head that disappears quickly. Sweet malts in the nose... flavors are malty, roasty, slightly fruity... and finishes with just a bite of spiced alcohol.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Cloudy copper, nice off-white head. Big malt, bready, toasty aroma, with just a hint of hops. fruity sweet, with notes of apples and blueberry. Smooth Jammy palate. Hint of dryness, but mostly sweet to the finish. Thanks, Secret Santa!
Gachupines (1230) - USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brownish red with fairly thick head. Flavor is dominated by malts. Pretty easy to drink, above average for the style.