hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a mahagony color with a off white/brownish head. Malty aromas (caramel). Tastes like it smells. Sweet beginning. Alcohol well hidden. I’m not sure if I am a Doppelbock fan or not, but this beer didn’t do it for me.
beastiefan2k (2190) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 This did not taste like a doppelbock in the sense of Ayinger celebrator. It had actually non of the same characteristics. This is was light brown with light head. It was ok but not what i would expect from a doppelbock. 6/3/6/3/13.
Re-rate: almost 3 years later I will stick by my first rating even if its a bit under-descriptive. Aroma has lagered fruitiness, not a good thing, and a mix of wet bark and cardboard. Taste is thin and badly lagered because there is a bad residual sweetness left over. Too thin and awkwardly sweet. Not a good doppelbock and one I will probably never revisit again (3 years and nothing has changed). As I drink this the unbalanced sweetness gets more and annoying. Ugh, sweet and vegetable-like. 6/3/6/3/12
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Clear medium amber, smallish lasting creamy head. Malty, slightly banana-infused nose; very smooth, light, earthy...rather weak and light for a doppel; bitter, slightly sour finish. Just ok.
EithCubes (4404) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Fruity nose is dry, bready, and malty, light yeast and low hops, caramel with some earthiness. Pour is an amber gradient with no head. Full body, bit of a harsh mf, not quite oily, taste is fruity, dry and earthy with light bitterness and slightly high hop rates to complement the carb rates. Disappointing.
maltdog (609) - Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Glowing jeweltone copper, thin head. Muted aromas of dough and buttery malt. Subdued nutty flavor, baking bread, flowery hop, and smooth grapey alcohol. Grainy finish with mild, muddy bitterness. Thin, slippery palate; flabby. Warming ethanol aftertaste. Well brewed, yet timid in all respects... might as well be drinking Newcastle.
Steinface (77) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very bready taste, and suprisingly smooth for the alcohol content. Not my favorite, but would surely drink again
ReggieDunlap (2766) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
deep amber color with minimal head...i expected a darker color for the style. very malty and sweet...very malty flavor with hints of caramel, toffee, and bread but i expected more robust flavor with some chocolate and spice for the style. very stringent or medicinal as well. maybe a bad or an old bottle but i expected more from an otherwise reputable brewery.
jaghana (3260) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - NOV 3, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2009 Bottle 33 at the mondial de la bière. Quite disappointing ale with an acid / sour taste that comes over the malt aroma, may by from melanoid malt. Deep and sweet beer, hops is less present. Neer to the classic german doppel boks.
scarletfire65 (826) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - APR 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber - brown with minimal head. Slightly murky with some sediment. Aroma is sweet malt, chestnut, and black licorice. Full bodied, hot alcohol, sweet and malty throughout. Some spice coming out on the finish. Not too impressive.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, nearly black with a tan head. Nose is sweet. Loads of caramel and some molasses notes. Intensely sweet. Some fresh bread as well. On tasting, bready but wickedly sweet. Fully bodied but super sweet finish. Not really balanced. Not a fan of this one.