SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful deep brown tone starts things off, I can just see through it with some effort, dark and clear. The big beige head blooms big and settles into a razor thin layer of foam.
The scent escapes me, perhaps a field of grain a mile away. A smooth ride down the mouth with light hints of orange and chocolate, but not roasty or overpowering. Balanced on the edge of pin with hushed whispers. Yet it's not watery thin and retains fullness. Nice.
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
09-Jan-10 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 30-Dec-09 for $2.79 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA)
As expected, it’s extremely malty and very sweet, but not sugary sweet. Lots of chocolate, cola, some molasses, prune, toast, earth, and decayed wood, but some alcohol coming through as well. No roastiness or bitterness. The nose is very malty and woodsy, but fairly cheesy as well and somewhat alcoholic, so while the flavor is enjoyable enough, the nose is less enticing. Full bodied on the palate, sweet but not cloying, moderately carbonated, and very lightly acidic to help balance the sweetness. Medium-brown in color and fairly transparent. The light-tan head builds to half an inch when poured before settling to a swirling filmy layer and wide ring. Some spotty lace on the glass. All things considered, this seems a little short of being average for a doppelbock. A lot of good points, but it lacks the unabashed rich malty flavor I like in doppelbocks, and it’s marred by the cheesy quality.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured clear reddish amber with a hearty off white head. Aroma of candy sweet berries, caramel malt. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, a fair bit of liquorice, moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
ThirstyBird (2858) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating from ’08. It smells sweet, malty a little smokey and a bit boozy. Taste is sweet, caramel, toasted malt with some chocolate on the back end. The alcohol from the aroma is present in the taste but not in a negative way. Mouthfeel is wonderful! It is silky smooth and creamy with a rich medium body to it. Drinkability is quite good though one would probably be enough due to it’s richness and alcohol level. I would be happy to run into this doppelbock again!
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big hearty beer. Lots of malty goodness. Nice lingering head. Notes of bread and caramel. Great
Patrickctenchi (6473) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a soapy, tan head.
Scent is malt, heavily nutty, roast, caramel.
Taste is caramel,raisin, chocolate roast.
Very sweet, dark fruit.
kevnic2008 (11852) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - AUG 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, frothy white head. Aroma of sweet roasted nuts. Flavor was toast, caramel, malts.
ferit (176) - Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
+ lekkere aromatische smaak
+ goede smaak water contrast
- weinig geur
reebtogi (6149) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml swingtop bottle poured almost black in color with a finger of light tan head leaving some nice lacing on side of glass. Aroma is roasted malts and some chocolate and hops. Taste is malty sweetness with a hint of chocolate and a earthy hoppy bitter finish. This is one fine doppelbock which is not as sweet as some of the others, more balanced between malt and hops and I find this enjoyable.
kappldav123 (6069) - GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle looks simple, but good. Beer in the glass very dark, almost black, nice head. Starts strong and malty, notes of chocolate and caramel, modest bitter, some fruity notes of plum. Finish not as strong as the beginning, could be a bit sweeter. Still a great doppelbock!
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Maruhn, Darmstadt
Beautiful dark amber color, with red shades; generous creamy head. I had more expectations for this beer; indeed the aroma is very simple, some caramel; the body strength is good, but only when the beer warms a bit; quite strong caramel flavor, sweetish. Correct bitterness; the final is also a bit nutty. Easy.