agl108 (935) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Bottled 9/28/05. Poured a deep red with a creamy off-white head that left a huge amount of lace. Sweet aroma with caramel and even some chocolate in the nose. Very malty with noticeable banana ester flavor. Considerable amount of alcohol present for only 8.2% ABV. Not a huge fan of this style.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color with some red. The head is large and off white, very nice appearence. Aroma is very light but has some wheat and some fruits. Flavor is a little bitter at first but quickly goes to some bitterness. You can definitly taste wheat and some fruits. The finish is dry that makes you want to drink more. Very nice.
cazort (554) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma caramely, sweet, smooth, and not that strong. Flavour, much of the same. It’s hard to say whether it’s the beer or the style that I object to, but I feel like this one’s missing something. It does taste too sweet, and it oddly is too thin too. The flavour lacks complexity. I think the combination of sweetness, lack of bitterness, and high alcohol content makes this one rather undesireable for me. To its credit, I don’t taste the alcohol. The problem is, I don’t taste enough of anything else.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appears a light brown with an off white head. Lots and lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is malty, syrupy, raisins, and toffee.
The taste is of the same decent aromas mixed around in a decent take on the style.
Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and full bodied.
Drinkability is decent. A nice regional doppelbock.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, magnifying caramel brown in color with a fizzy, quarter inch tan head. Aroma is fairly by the book, with honeyed pecans, caramel, maple, cedar smoothness, sugary pralines and hay barrels. Kellogg’s Corn Pops and soiled sheets sneak up on the backend of the nose and are unshakeable now that they’ve been identified. Laid back flavor. Light chocolate and caramel malts futilely assert themselves but it’s as if they’ve been diluted with seltzer water – both in terms of taste and effervescence. Sugary sweetness on the roof of the mouth is akin to Rolos, but it never comes to fruition on the taste buds. Medium-bodied, sweet and rapidly diffusing on the palate. Carbonation is too active, finishing like grainy sweet bread, then caramel cola and ultimately bubblegum. Nevertheless, happy to have had a new doppelbock. Thanks for the bottle, Thaichile.
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle-pours a creamy tan/light brown head. Hazy deep orange/amber color. Aroma-puts off a lot of aroma. Sweet, sharp___(fruity syrup smell) possibly from plums or apricots, malty. Taste follows the aroma with the malt becoming a nutty malt. Seems like oak barreled. OK carbonation. Occasional, not to my taste but, nicely done. Date stamp on bottle was partially legible, approx 10/04. Other 6 packs in this store went back to ’03.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Pours dark amber with a short lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, cookie dough, bready. Flavor is cookie dough, caramel, honey, raisons and plums. Texture is thick and chewy. Does a good job of hiding the 8.2% alcohol.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Sippin by the River ’05. Another beer that I have been meaning to rate: nice example of the style, but nothing over the top. Compararble to many other dbs that are out there.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep amber color with big white head. Aromas mostly of sweet caramel malt and bread dough, the sweetness verging on dark fruit. Flavor is not as sweet as aroma implies, very bready with a surprisingly clean finish for all its alcohol and sweetness. Not my favorite style, but this is a well crafted brew.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Too sweet for my taste but that is doppelbock. Nice sweet malty taste with OK aftertaste. Not my style but would buy again.