11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish amber in color. Off-white head with decent lacing. Malty and spicey aroma. Medium bodied. Tasty.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Foamy off-white head deep dark ruby body. Big sweet malty aroma. The flavor is lots of sweet caramel bread and even some dark wheat notes. Soft full body. A nice dopplebock.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby/brown pour. Thick, creamy off-white head settled a little too quickly. Malt aroma. Not much else in the aroma. Give me a few minutes to let it warm up a bit...Still malt, now slightly roasted. Meduim body. Lightly sweet malt flavor. Mouthfeel is pleasant, not much favor though. Dry finish. Tastes incomplete.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2005 Very nice. Pours a very dark brown with a creamy head similar to the Hefeweizen. The aroma is not really powerful, but it is very pleasant. I pick up raisin, a little chocolate, coffee, malts and some wine. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma except for the great mouthfeel. I am quite impressed, but I think there Hefeweizen is better. The mouthfeel is so creamy in the beers from this brewery. Very impressive.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic doppelbock. Weihenstephaner could put on a clinic for how to do beer right. One of my favorite doppelbocks, even better than Celebrator in my opinion. Poured a deep reddish brown. Smelled malty, chocolatey and peppery. Tasted slightly burnt; full-bodied. Traces of chestnuts or pecans and dark chocolate help to make this beer rich. Thereís a pumpernickel aspect to this doppelbock as well. Hits your palate and kind of spins around your mouth. Each sip brings a richer and more well-rounded taste. Now Iím hooked. Heavy lacing and nice 1/4" off-white head that stayed floating on top, even when the beer was about half way through. Warming, smooth. I should have bought another one of these.
ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brewery/university is, to me, an absolute treasure to the German people, and this one gives homage to itís fine brewing history. Poured into a Weihenstephaner Weiss glass, the body glistened a brilliant deep ruby brown. Small effervescent bubbles raced to the top to form a dense, inch thick, sandy head, that stuck firmly to the glass all the way down. An initial musty, cobweb aroma preceded wafts of cocoa, cinnamon, sweet malt and a little caramel. Mouth feel was excellent, rich rounded flavours of sweet caramelised sugars, coffee grains and husky burnt malt, dominated the palate. Medium bodied, medium-light carbonation, extremely well-balanced with a pleasant warming, malt finish. Not in your face, like many Doppelbocks, but quaffable and well crafted.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear glowing mahogany with a layer of offwhite foam that sticks nicely. smell is all the usual doppelbock stuff but not a particularly intense or interesting version of it - toffee, malt, bit of alcohol, trace of minty hallertau. taste starts out with heaps of gooey caramel, then surprisingly cleaned up with sour berries, fading to a dry powdery chocolate aftertaste with some toast. all the yucky caramel stuff with none of the fat malty pleasures of a good doppel.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short, not good. Nice colour but poor head retention. Itís a thin, roasty, toasty, sour, alcoholic dogís breakfast. Thereís some broccoli and marmite in there too. Itís neither malty nor bitter. The aroma hints at something interesting but itís not. Itís certainly not offensive but I really didnít like this at all.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown hue. Not cloyingly sweet like some doppelbocks on the market. It has that very distinct, grainy thing going on that is a trademark of this brewery (not my thing). Nice. Drinkable.
GregClow (2796) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby-brown colour. Sweet malt, raisin and tobacco aroma. Great malty flavour with some brown sugar and smokiness. [Toronto Christmas Party í04]