Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clear, dark brown color, and a big, bursting pinkish brown head.
Nose is a complete and utter gas! Wow! Far-flung aromatics: spices and fruit, sour cherries, grapes, sweet, rich,and invigorating!
Lush mouthfeel, luxuriating, the cares of the world drift away, or they’d better, for there’s nothing that should interfere with the enjoyment of this phenomenol brew..hangs heavily in the mouth, and you want to extend any invitation and elongate it’s stay, so welcome is this delicious presence in the mouth...hedonistic, even...
Medium body, delicate and delicious finish, stong malt presence. Drinks down a bit rummy, a trifle winish. Very complex and extraordinarily tasty. This one washes over you and makes it all better, like a hot bath.
Wow, what a beer! One of the best doppelbocks on Earth, hands down!
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep reddish brown hue with small frothy off-white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of wheat and pumpernickel bread, caramlized malts, toffee, grassy and noble hops, and a hint of allspice. The taste starts malty and chewy sweet with a ripe plum and orange zest background. Some mild bitters appear but a smoky mocha finish is lasting. The feel is lively and sort of silky, but not heavy in body. A solid beer which you can enjoy anytime of year. I do wish it was a tad more fruity and more spicy. Quaffable indeed.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red color, sweet caramel aroma, full sweet dry caramel taste, full body, dry sweet, light alcholic finish. nise, but to sweet.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
All the things that make a great DB are here. Beautiful colour, lacing in the glass (little head though), and expected malty nose. The nose is a genuine malty hit with chocolate and caramel flavours present. Dontcha luvem?
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with nice head. Very malty, vegetables (cabbage, carrots...), "øllebrød" (danish dish made of rye bread, sugar and beer). Nice.
Choos (644) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: malty, roasty, dry and lightly hoppy lagery with noticeable alcohol(duh). Appearance: Poures dark brown to black with hints of red, very clear. A small off white (tan) head made up of large bubbles that quickly dissipates. Flavour: strong saaz hop bitterness and some flavour dominate this roasty malty brew. Palate: nice and thick with a fair bit of carbonation, leaves a lingering long hop aftertaste that is slightly metallic. Overall this really is like a much stronger standard bock where you have more hop flavour and noticeable bitterness unlike I am used to with other super malty sweet doppelbocks.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just another dopplebock.
Sorry bockheads, but I just don’t really get bocks... I find them boring and pedestrian, like a darker, maltier brother of the lager. More often than not too sweet and rarely surprising. Not to say that I don't enjoy one with a good German meal from time to time.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
So here is the deal. Most bocks that I have I either like or dont like. This one I did not like all that much. It had that sweetness that I enjoy and a hint of chocolate but for some reason the maltyness seemed unbalanced and rushed. Strange in fact, it makes me think that I got a bad bottle. I understand where it is going, however I just dont think that I am ready for it.
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The vinous aroma is alluring with nutmeg and honey. This dopplebock pours deep, dark and thick, with bib bubbles and a head that was half soft serve ice cream/half coke. The molasses taste is nice and sweet (maybe too sweet), with a dunkel-like malt flavor. Unlike some others of its kind, the spice is lacking and the finish remains thin.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Map Room, Chicago. The only other doppelbocks I’ve had are Celebrator, a Capital brew, and Aventinus. Against those, this was better than the Capital, but not close to the other two. Smelled nice, got some doughy aromas and a little cereal. Looked nice, average head size, creamy and frothy, it was a cloudy amber red. The taste was underwhelming, nicely sweet, a bit acidic, characteristic doppelbock flavor at the end and a short finish. It was medium bodied, a bit more watery than I expected, kind of creamy, and the soft carbonation was ok. Overall: eh.