Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great bottle and name. Good beer too. Very much like Autumnal fire in its maltiness. I liked it.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish brown, diminishing tan head. Scent of malt, some hops. Flavor includes much malt, dried fruit, wood, and an almost peaty note. Full-bodied.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im with Chaz on this one....very nice! One of the best doppelbocks Ive had in fact. Color was reddish amber with dark orange edges. Aroma had almonds and hops. Taste was very deep and rich, nuts, caramel, typical doppelbock goodness, but it came together perfectly! Clean and easy finish despite the full taste. Well done!
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think my evaluation would be much better had I not made the mistake of having a spicy snack prior to sampling. Not that I didn't enjoy this fully. Also allergies impeded the aroma. Not a fault of the beer for sure, but hard to give it better marks as it may well deserve. All the classic traits I wish for in a doppel save one - a lusher, fuller mouth feel (residual sugars?) It just felt a tad thin, but didn't take away from my ability to enjoy it fully. Delicious.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Amber-brown, average head. Unique aroma: barnyard, alcohol, hay, dirty animals. WOW!! Standard dopplebock thick chocolate flavors, but with a nice scotch-type finish. Absolutely wonderful.
joet (2259) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
lots of earth in the aroma, some dusty hops, a little oxidization, not so gentle age, some washed carmels
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium head that lasted a long time. Roasted malts prevalent with slight sweet caramel and meaty - alcohol is well-masked - with a hint of hops. Good stuff.
BBB63 (6297) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 RERATE: Some lacing this time, lovely notes of toasted pipe tobacco supports a lush malty and fruity flavor profile. +2 Overall, +1 Flavor
Original review: Nice reddish brown hue, head died quickly and no lacing. Medium-bodied. Aroma hints of roasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, and some minor spices. Initial bitter but malt warms up and balance out this brew, woody undertone. Detected almost no alcohol at all, well done. Oily and lively mouthfeel. A well made doppelbock, easy drinking, recommended. Thanks Aaron for this bottle!
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown coloring and off-white head with pleasing, strong malty aroma. Flavor has nice malty elements and defintite bread-like qualities. Leaves a bit of bitterness on the tip of my tongue. Worthy of being a regular purchase.
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2003 Poured a clear, beautiful copper brown color with an off-white head. It tasted malty and a little sweet but without the alcohol taste I was expecting. It's definitely a good american-brewed doppelbock.