jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Foamy off-white head deep dark ruby body. Big sweet malty aroma. The flavor is lots of sweet caramel bread and even some dark wheat notes. Soft full body. A nice dopplebock.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby/brown pour. Thick, creamy off-white head settled a little too quickly. Malt aroma. Not much else in the aroma. Give me a few minutes to let it warm up a bit...Still malt, now slightly roasted. Meduim body. Lightly sweet malt flavor. Mouthfeel is pleasant, not much favor though. Dry finish. Tastes incomplete.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2005 Very nice. Pours a very dark brown with a creamy head similar to the Hefeweizen. The aroma is not really powerful, but it is very pleasant. I pick up raisin, a little chocolate, coffee, malts and some wine. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma except for the great mouthfeel. I am quite impressed, but I think there Hefeweizen is better. The mouthfeel is so creamy in the beers from this brewery. Very impressive.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic doppelbock. Weihenstephaner could put on a clinic for how to do beer right. One of my favorite doppelbocks, even better than Celebrator in my opinion. Poured a deep reddish brown. Smelled malty, chocolatey and peppery. Tasted slightly burnt; full-bodied. Traces of chestnuts or pecans and dark chocolate help to make this beer rich. Thereís a pumpernickel aspect to this doppelbock as well. Hits your palate and kind of spins around your mouth. Each sip brings a richer and more well-rounded taste. Now Iím hooked. Heavy lacing and nice 1/4" off-white head that stayed floating on top, even when the beer was about half way through. Warming, smooth. I should have bought another one of these.
ALLOVATE (2592) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brewery/university is, to me, an absolute treasure to the German people, and this one gives homage to itís fine brewing history. Poured into a Weihenstephaner Weiss glass, the body glistened a brilliant deep ruby brown. Small effervescent bubbles raced to the top to form a dense, inch thick, sandy head, that stuck firmly to the glass all the way down. An initial musty, cobweb aroma preceded wafts of cocoa, cinnamon, sweet malt and a little caramel. Mouth feel was excellent, rich rounded flavours of sweet caramelised sugars, coffee grains and husky burnt malt, dominated the palate. Medium bodied, medium-light carbonation, extremely well-balanced with a pleasant warming, malt finish. Not in your face, like many Doppelbocks, but quaffable and well crafted.
eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, 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. Itís a thin, roasty, toasty, sour, alcoholic dogís breakfast. Thereís some broccoli and marmite in there too. Itís neither malty nor bitter. The aroma hints at something interesting but itís not. Itís certainly not offensive but I really didnít 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 (2973) - 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 í04]
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Dougís, 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 couldnít you drop the Keithís Light instead?