Ratman197 (9530) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark copper with a large amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, molasses, and a hint of carmel. Palate was medium body and slightly syrupy. Flavors of black cherries, molasses, and maple with a dry warming finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent caramel brown in color with spittle-like streaks for the head. Aroma reveals rich and sweet malts, producing characteristics of caramel, maple, brown sugar, light molasses and salty pecans. Innocuous and enticing aroma. Flavor rush hits at the onset. Rich, syrupy sweetness with a stainless steel twang on the backend. Caramel and maple go to town, with a sweet malt profile drawing on the "doppel" part of its namesake. Medium-to-fuller body and sticky on the palate. You’d never guess there were 75 IBUs. Nutty maple fudge finish with a liquefied brown sugar aftertaste. Thanks to my Secret Santa (kujo9) for this one!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin head, reddish brown hazy body. Aroma is black cherries, strong sugary malt. Taste is dark fruits, molassis and brown sugar. Soft, oily mouthfeel almost like an eisbock. Slightly bitter finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear golden brown color with a very thin off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel, brown sugar, and dates. Mildly sweet and malty with a touch of dark fruit. Bitter finish and nice warming sensation.
Dorwart (2362) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice large head which settles beautifully. Thick and creamy on top. Head lasts for a while. Minimal carbonation. Light aroma of cardboard, sawdust, light malts and a bit of molasses. Color is a dark amber. Sweet and malty with a bit of brown sugar and alcohol. Pretty smooth. Slight bitterness and alcohol warming. Finish is pretty clean and leaves a sweet tingle in the mouth. Decent but a little hot. Pretty damn strong for an altbier.
legion242 (2162) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
wow, a dopple alt? i haven’t even heard of such a thing. very malty. good mouthfeel. maybe a bit too sweet for my taste but how many dopple-alts have i seen?
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I agree with the "German barley-wine" comparison in the description. Sepia/copper-colored body beneath a creamy, two-finger head. Malt-heavy aromas and sweet/syrupy malted flavors. (You know, I can’t improve upon iwantalambic’s simple yet accurate description below, so please scroll down.) A very good beer.
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bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark burgundy body with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, berries, citrus, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, and breadiness. Somewhat sticky finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2781) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Another bottle dated 04/18. Must have been the lucky day for the entire production! Poured into a .2l lager glass that’s as close to an alt glass as I have. A big stiff head rests atop a body that’s brown, both bright and cloudy. A big whiff of German hops is also the first thing I taste, which on some beers would indicate oxidation, but not here. Surely a barleywine level malt intensity, but it’s a little bit drier than the Bigfoot they cite. Quite a balancing act between the malt and hops: at first I catch the caramelly malt sweetness, then the jumpstart from a hop bill that would have me puckering if they were Aermican hops. And the alcohol only sneaks up on you toward the end. Even though it’s only been out for a few months, it seems to be pretty well distributed here in the States, so I’m surprised there aren’t more ratings.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Appearance is translucent reddish brown with a tan head that clings to the glass. Heavenly aroma of German noble hops and caramel from the malt. The flavor is more bitter that sweet which is surprising due to its thick syrupy body. Not much flavor lingers on after the initial sip. Very tasty beer.