SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Setting: Served in a sample cup at the Michael Jackson Beer tasting held at RFD’s.
Appearance: A slightly murky cherry red/burgundy colored liquid topped by a light tan head that dissipated to a small ring of foam. No real lacing of note was left.
Aroma: Aromas of prunes, cherries, assorted fruits, and caramelized malts beckon you, sirenlike, to sip upon their goodness.
Flavor: Mesmerized by the siren-song of the nose, a hearty quaff gives you sweet and dark caramel malt flavors with a hint of smokiness lingering in the background.
Palate: Solid medium body. Nice and crisp.
Overall: A lovely and contemplative beer. One to quaff while poring over the Old Testament or maybe Homer, I’d say. I’d have no problems drinking a decent amount of this stuff.
Marginalia: In a total beer geek moment, and I blame Randall th’ Enamel Animal for this, I was able to pick out the rauch malts used in this. It’s such a small amount of rauch that you’d be hard pressed to taste it if you didn’t know beforehand. I "blame" Randall for this since all the other taste receptors in my mouth were still reeling from Randallized 120 Minute IPA. The only thing that I could taste with assured clarity was smoke.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub. Malty aroma. Flavor is smooth and malty, with smokey notes. Good stuff.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not quite as dark or as opaque or as heavy as an Ayinger Celebrator. A good beer, with great sweet fruitiness, great dark malt backbone, toffee and coffee flavors not as intense as the Ayinger. Adequately hopped, but authentically, not heavily American hops. Really a good beer. But given how much like an Aventinus their Moon Glow is, I had expected this to be more like a Celebrator, much as Fish Tale did with Detonator. I had mine from a growler and had no idea that the alcohol level was over 8 — nicely hidden under the malt and the sweetness.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not exactly what one expects from a doppelbock, but quite good and easy to drink several in one sitting. Big head, rather malty, mix of toffee and light hops. Nice.
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber/reddish. Aromas of caramel, toffee, fruit, malt, and hops. Tastes firm, smooth, malty, with a sweet, firm, malty, slightly fruity and hoppy finish.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish/brown clear, tan head, strong malt aroma with a hint of hops, flavor is intensely rich and malty, sweet, finish is light and slightly astringent... however not unpleasant... quite a good beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown but still transparent. A nice frothy head sits atop. Amazing toffee sweetness and an alcohol bite make this a must try.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this at a beer tasting in Washington DC and the small sampling did not do it justice. Noticably malty aroma with a smooth, smokey flavor. Finished fruity and slightly sweet.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
from the tap this beer was a creamy dark brew with brown head. a creamy thin malty flavor. i noticed the alcohol but not like most doppelbocks i remember. overall - i like the beer.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Did not have that strong Doppelbock sting to the flavor. Smooth drinking with nice malty taste.