scoobyluv (503) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice, dark ruby red. quicky disappearing head. strong taste and smell of malt. very smooth. does have a slight coffee aftertaste
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oddy light in color for a doppelbock. Aroma of raisin, chocolate and cinnamon. Palate is smooth and a bit watery. The body is very thin especially for the style.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber color. Lots of caramel and quite heavy on the malt. A little coffee taste was lingering in there somewhere. Pretty good. Gives me a nice impression of Troegs.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color, with hardly any head. The aroma was its strong suite - caramel malts dominated. Caught a hint of the yeast strains, but they seemed to disappear early. Body was a bit thin for this style, but it may be a tad unfair comparing it to what the Germans have been doing for centuries.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice tart aroma, almost cherry. Flavor is hoppy with a slightly bitter aftertaste. It's not quite as viscous as I would have expected, but the flavor makes up for it.
freekyp (1412) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 The smell of this beer is almost a meal in and of itself. Raisin, banana, bread malty nose. Reddish brown with small, but lasting tan head. Excellently rich bready malt flavor balanced with slight hop bite. Out of this world!
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body with yellow and orange hues with a moderately thick, eggnog-colored head. Smells of watery hops and has a doughy, bread-like quality as well. Taste was very surprising. It builds in complexity, starting very watery/mild, then transforms into a very strong malt character with grapes, raisins, brown sugar, and perhaps a pat of butterscotch. Flavor ends bitter, with green coffee, grape and apricot flavored hops. Aftertaste is ditto, fading to a nice coffee bitter finish. This is a very good, multifaceted drink that I wasn’t expecting. Kudos to Troegs. Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Total Wine and Beverage in McLean, VA.
mkobes (2132) - 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) - Iowa, 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 (1269) - 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!