porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500 ml bottle from http://hitimewine.com) Body is the color of birch beer. Head is rich-looking, creamy, biscuit-colored. Good lacing. Aroma is awesome - sweet malt, honey, raisins, molasses, caramel, hay. Dark, rich, sweet doppelbock taste. A little dry. This is excellent. Doesnít finish quite as well as some of the other doppels I have had, so that is my only complaint.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2010 A little thin in the mouth for a doppel but great for a dunkel. Beautiful dark brown body with a huge coffee colored head. Good complexity of toasted malt, sour mash, sweet toffee, and licorice. Lightly hopped, but great balance. // Tried again ... great brown body, small tan to coffee brown head, very little lace ... great sweet nose, taste of sweet malts and chocolate milk (!) in perhaps the most chocolate intense chocolate free beer Iíve ever tasted. A little too easy to drink.
KnutAlbert (6152) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Roasted and nutty flavours, almost port-like character. Grassy hops give the needed bitterness. A good beer.
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís been a long time since Iíve had this, not generally available in northern NJ, so these ratings are approximate. All I remember is that it was good.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I sampled the 500 ml bottle, which yields an impressive dark amber to brown bodied ale with a huge tan cascading head that leaves excellent lacing. Upfront, there is a broad malty aroma with hints of molasses, fresh baked bread and alcohol. The honey sweet palate entry supplies a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Mid-palate features caramel, coffee, raisin and ripe banana. The first-rate low hop finish is decidedly smooth but manages to counterbalance the robust malt body; there is a touch of alcohol. Ausgezeichnet!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Dark copper color. Sweet aromas of prunes and toffee. Flavor is a bit sweet as well with notes of prunes, caramel, tobacco and a bit of alcohol.
jefcon (1404) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with a healthy creamy head. Malty aromas complement the smell of baking bread, with some citrus in the deep background. Alcohol up front, with a lively, but creamy, palate. Lots of light chocolate malts, coffee and dark rye bread. Banana, too. Dry finish. One of the best dopplebocks I’ve had.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color with a nice tan head. To the nose, aromas of sweet malts, caramel, and raisins noted. Sweet malts found in the flavor also with chocolate and caramel standing out. Medium to full, creamy body. Not overly sweet but very nice.
lamas (1367) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle. A deep ruby pour with a big, extremely creamy tan head that leaves some good lacing. Subdued aroma is of creamy coffee, sweet malts, molasses and hints of banana esters. Medium-bodied and smooth. Sweet, creamy coffee and caramel body that has some roastiness to it. Some chocolate, molasses and bananas in there too. The finish has some creamy coffee bitterness. Nice label. I really like the religion-themed beer labels for some reason.
DYCSoccer17 (3333) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice aromatic, sweet, toffee-like raosted chocolate malty aroma. The are hints of metal in the aroma as well. Aroma is not as persistent as Iíd like it to be. Transparent ruby-mahogany color with an off-white/light tan head. Mmmm...roasty bitter chocolate start with significant coffee flavors following. Middle is slightly sweet. This is just a great malt-bomb of a doppelbock. Awesome stuff.