igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is deep red. Low head retention and some light carbonation. Smells malty and astringent with some stewed fruits. Flavor is malty with a sweet start and an astringent finish. Palate is surprisingly light for such a high gravity beer. Man, I guess I am jaded, but this just seems to be variations on the same theme – a good beer but did not knock my socks off.
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Real TTHHIICCKK head. Silky smooth taste. Very liitle bitterness. Outstanding brew.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tan colored head the consistency of barbasol. Beautiful dark brown color, smells like malty goodness. Tastes like malty goodness. Really nice darker-malty lager from the world’s oldest brewery. You can tell they have the most practice. Awesome brew.
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 it’s 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 what’s 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 (941) - 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 I’ve 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. Doesn’t finish quite as well as some of the other doppels I have had, so that is my only complaint.