mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Its a full body beer. Really liked it. Nice dark color. A malty bock with nice head retention.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looked light, smelled light--caramel, oranges, nothing heavy in there. Malts don't hide the alcohol. Bit rough on the swallow. Not as smooth as it should be. I had high hopes for this.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear ruby, goregous, really. Nice richly sweet bock aroma. (How do I describe that smell...) Full-bodied and rife with flavor, with a sweet finish, but not cloying. Closer to a pale doublebock than a dark. Excellent bier!
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glad to see that some of the domestic brewers are picking up the slack. Good malt and full body. Nice dark color. Rich malt flavor. Worthwhile brew from a brewery that I am becoming more impressed with.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Roast malt aroma, although faint. Dark amber, crystal clear, with a light tan head. Flavor is malty and toasty, but rather mild. Good hop balance. Body is a little thin for style.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
SMall off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Clear deep ruby colored. Very malty-caramel flavors. Hints of fruit/spices. Very smooth malt flavors, caramel, some bitterness. Aftertaste is very nice caramel thatlingers. Alcohol is noticeable but it is not overwhelming. Full but not huge body.
Dorwart (2457) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent head of light amber foam that lasts for a while. Slightly dry aroma with a touch of fruit. Nothing really jumps out at me though. Color is a beautiful medium amber red. Flavor is a little weak for a dopplebock but plesant with a touch of honey and molasses. Finish is a little dry and pasty but smooth with a nice alcohol warming. A decnt dopplebock with a great label.
raymow (1084) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, malty taste and aroma. You can also just smell and taste the alcohol (8.2% ABV). Overall, pretty good - but not as good as some of Troegs other brews.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a clear red body topped by a thick off-white head with decent lacing. Sweet malty aroma with caramel/toffee notes. Sweet malty flavor with caramel/toffee notes and a good hop presence, more so than in most double bocks. The finish is sweet and slightly bitter. Full bodied and slightly oily.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby appearance with large carbonation at first. Aroma has some sweetness, caramel maltiness as well. Not as full bodied malt tones as I would like from a doppelbock. The body is weak and needs more full-bodied characteristics. There is a smokey note in this beer that I do enjoy.