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. It’s a thin, roasty, toasty, sour, alcoholic dog’s breakfast. There’s some broccoli and marmite in there too. It’s neither malty nor bitter. The aroma hints at something interesting but it’s not. It’s certainly not offensive but I really didn’t 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 (2806) - 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 ’04]
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Doug’s, Christmas 2004 in Toronto. So this was the bottle Radek dropped?? Very strong malty and brandy aroma; dark brown colour. Not much alcohol in the taste, just lots of malty doppelbock goodness. Full bodied and really enjoyable. Thanks to whoever brought this one. Why couldn’t you drop the Keith’s Light instead?
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malts, dry fruits. Nice strong lager character, woody and sweet just the way it should be. Medium roast, sweet, drinkable bock. Good beer.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark muddy brown color. Big malt, some fruit, raisin and grape, also pretty sweet and earthy. Light dryness, medium bodied. Pretty good. Thanks Kimchee.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown w/ ruby hue. Beige head. Dark, malty & raisin-y aroma w/ a light yeastiness. Medium, syrupy feel. Flavour is also malty & raisin-y w/ some suggestions of brandy.
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Porter like , chocolate, and cherries and berries, raisins and currents. Hops. Smoothness from malts yet sour finish. Bit high on the alcohol . Thanks whoever brought this to Doug Shoemaker’s party(33).
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to whoever brought this to the Toronto Christmas Party ’04. Creamy brown appearance. Rasiny honey nose. Dry with some grape tannin in the finish.