Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much in the aroma dept. had a woody smell to it. Nice rich head that faded decently and laced well. A clear dark amber had a full mouth to it. It was good but thought it needed a little more to it. A good drinker I liked it just thought it was missing something.
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brilliantly clear ruby red color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a full amber color. The head is frothy, about a finger thick and is a tan color. The aroma is rich with notes of cherries, carmalized malt, toasted bread, and fresh cooked biscuits. The cherry note is quite interesting, and though not strong adds a sort of fruity back drop to the aroma. Nice... this beer is thick and creamy from the beginning, as I take my first sip it just coats my mouth. There is a nice sweet full maltiness here that is characteristic of a doppelbock. The flavors that I can pick up remind me of caramel coated biscuits, honey, vanilla (though I think this is more a product of the creamy mouthfeel), and a hint of fruit notes; cherry and orange perhaps. There is a light bitterness in the finish that just barely tries to balance the rich maltiness that dominates this brew. This is a very good Doppelbock, and I am quite enjoying it. A thank you goes out to zathrus13 for the opportunity to try this tasty beer.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Zathrus13 for the bottle. Pours a red-orange brown. Small white head, somewhat foamy. Subtle malt aromatics, marred by medicinal alcohol notes. Sweet toasty and caramel malt flavors. Very toffee-like finish.
Nejhleader (1418) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2009 One of the best beers according to my mouth. beware of the troegenator. I don’t like the new design.
boto (2062) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught: This one poured a clear, dark reddish/coppery color. Mine had almost no head to speak of. There was some sweet caramel malt to the nose. The aroma also contained some spicy floral notes. This one has a nice, sweet caramel malt taste, with some hints of fruits. A hint of bitterness and some spicyness in the aftertaste. Very Nice!
bdmast (10) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Faint sweet aroma. Cream colored head dissapated quicky. Heavy body. Not bad, alcohol is well hidden.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red/copper color, with a tan head. Aromas are sweet malt, caramel, and maybe some chocolate. Flavor is fruit, brown sugar, and sweet malt. Body is on the heavy side.
CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear reddish brown/rusty color with an off white head that settles down into a minimal covering. Fairly active carbination. Aroma is of carmel & a little vanilla. Flavor is a bready maltiness, with more hints of caramel and vanilla. Little to no hops present in the flavor, this is NOT a brew for you hopheads out there. Sweetness is cut by a hint of alcohol, but it’s well hidden for a beer listed at 8.2% abv. Medium body & texture. Has a fairly clean, slightly bitter finish. Overall, one of my favorite beers, it turned me into a Doppel lover!!
lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bottled on: 08/19/04. Bright amber pour with smallish sandy head that leaves some lacing. Very fizzy. Chocolate, caramel and malts present in the nose along with some bananas and berries. Plenty of sweet malts and fruity flavors including banana. Some caramel present too. Pretty smooth going down. Only a slight presence of warming alcohol.
WBC (8) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2005 does not count
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
A little bit more smokey than I prefer my doppelbock. This beer provides an adequate abv% with a good punch to warm the palate as well as the soul on those long & cold winter evenings, however it could have been a little more balanced. The complex nose of this beer reveals a little charred walnut, smoked meat & subtle vanilla. I just wish it would have delivered on the palate a little better. Even though I expected more form this beer, I understand why those of the cloth chose to create and consume these types of beers to help them through those tumultuous 40 days. Cheers to troegs brewery for paying tribute to those wise monks before them.