BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours to a deep brown with a thick deep tan head that seems to die somewhat quickly. Aroma is good caramel, nuts, light roast, and hints of fruits such as apple and pear. The taste is fruity caramel, very thick right from the get go, followed by bread, dough, nutty malts, a hint of booze on the second sip, then it shows some hints of birch or oak wood, and if you look for it - a hint of spicy hops towards the end. Finishes sticky with notes of roasted ground malt, caramel, and a hint of coffee. Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation that really helps to keep this one easy to drink, sticky and a little syrupy. However itís never overwhelming and actually quite easy to drink. This must be 10x better when fresh, but it still holds up quite well in the bottle even after the trip to the states.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle shared with/by illini08. superb aroma of toasty malts and caramel apples. nice appearance with a tan head upon a vigorous pour. the usual sweet doppel flavors but the alcohol shows up at the rather thin finish. a solid effort and a good doppelbock.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle shared with Duane. Complex aroma of caramel, roasted malts, maybe just a faint hint of the booze as well. Creamy mouthfeel at the beginning that coats my tongue, but gives way to a slightly watery finish. I havent made any observations on the flavor that are any different from whatís already been said, but this is an all around good doppelbock. Good balance of lots of malt at the beginning with just a hint of hops at the end. Immy was right, this is a great bargain
bkurtz (866) - PERU - DEC 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Half liter bottle. Poured a beautiful mahogany with a foamy light brown head. Aroma of toasted malt and licorice. A smooth, well balanced beer. One of my favorites.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a deep brown with a light brown head. Rich, complex, malty nose, somewhat sweet, molasses with hints of tobacco. Flavor is molasses, malt, sweet. Awesome balance achieved with the hops! About the most balanced beer Iíve had to date! As it warms a bit, some toasted flavors shine through, and bit of caramel and coffee. Finish is a touch dry, smooth and clean, leaving a bit of malt to remember it by. Body is a touch thin for a doppelbock, but it is the only tiny fault in a great beer. How can this be so cheap? At under three bucks, a huge bargain!
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark redish brown color poured a nice head out of the bottle. Good lacing thru out. Enjoyed this beer which had a mild malty aroma with a bit of alcohol present. Nutty taste very pleasent and smooth finish.
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 (6267) - 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.