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Brewed by Augustiner-Bräu
Style: Doppelbock
Munich, Germany

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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Maximator is a huge beer, sticky in consistency, dark ruby in color with virtually no carbonation and a sweet malty nose.

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3.8
MrBunn (2865) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Pour is dark brown with a minimal head that dissipates without leaving much evidence behind. Aromas are roasty, a little smokey/peaty and fruity. The first thing that hit me is that this has a much thicker mouthfeel than I expected. Almost syrupy. Flavor is also fruitier than I thought... when I first opened the bottle the aroma was almost entirely of dried fruit, but after a minute or so it became much more dark malt based... with the prune-like scents taking the backseat. I’m also picking up a slight hint of molasses and a bit of sweet stickiness. Well blended and nicely covers the 7.5% ABV...

3.9
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 7, 2006
The 12 ounce bottle was bottle conditioned and poured a hazy, reddish brown beverage with a small thick off-white head that was mostly diminishing but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was complex consisting of pungent dried fruits (plum and raisin) with a subtle hint of molasses and earth in the background. The body was very full with soft carbonation and a thick, sticky texture. The flavor started off with a medium sweetness that lasted throughout the long finish. There was a nice alcohol warmth that built toward the end as well.

4.4
kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Bottle, Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Enjoyed as desert after a tasty Rouladen I was surprised and impressed with this Doppel! It poured into the dimpled mug a very dark brown with some ruby highlights and was crested with a smallish tan head that would leave a little lacing. A sweet aroma of brown sugar in this very malty brew. Some sweet gruit was also detectable as it warmed up. Taste was very sweet upfront, but pleasantly so. It developed into a satisfying body of malt that had a nutty richness to it and was countered by just a touch of biterness before finishing smooth and exceptionally rich with a playful tingle on the tongue. This was exceptional!

4
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BB Aug 06). Deep mahogany brown. Light roast, caramel, molasses, liquorice, bready malts, earthy hop and subtle fruits in the complex nose. Liquorice and smooth roast is dominant which is fine by me. Flavours continue into the fairly sweet body which is tempered by smooth bitterness in the finish. Not too sweet and uses its strength to good effect. Considerably better than its namesake Amsterdam Maximator!

2.9
gnoff (11138) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2006
50 cl bottle from a friend. Red-brown color, tan head. Sweet heavy malty scent. Sweet taste. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.

3.4
MiP (16054) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle. Weak, yeasty, roasted aroma. Clear dark brown colour. Light brown head. Looks a lot like cola. Very powerful liquorice flavour, a bit sweet with a good alcohol bite and a nice creamy finish. Hint of metal. A bit one-dimensional and not as good as expected.

3.2
fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
Brown color; big head, not compact. Malt aroma. It has some malt flavor, some caramel, a light metallic touch, medium body strength, enough residual sugars; at the end there is some sweetness and liquorice. Regular.

3.9
3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Bottle, purchased at Cairo Liquor, Washington DC. Dark woody brown colored body, with a short-lived head the color of browned toast. Nose is precisely dopperbock: sweet, almost fruity malt body, light alcohol, light butter, light char, full of sweet chocolate scents. Flavor is similar, with a clean palate, sweet all around. Good nutty almond and chocolate flavors, light butter (or even vanilla). Good stuff.

4.1
bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Beautifully comforting nose of caramel, toffee, maple syrup and brown sugar. Pours dark ruby brown with a medium head, light retention and sudsy lacing. Caramel and toffee malt flavors, mixed with dried dark fruits (raisins and prunes), along with an almond-ine back palate. These flavors are well-integrated with dates and figs. All of these flavors are quite complimentary to the bouquet. The finish is somewhat toffee-esque, not cloying, with a tiny bit of astringency. Very complex dark sweet brew, and quite comforting. As Korb would say: "Oh, how I do like the Maximator...."

4.1
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Thick, rich and enticingly creamy aroma of strong malts and caramel. Quite nice-looking too, with a dark reddish-brown body and a small off-white head. There are prunes in the flavor, as well as a hint of figs (which I love). Lactose sweetness is evident,. but it is not too syrupy or overly sweet at all. Creamy mouthfeel. Very complex body: a nice gentle woodiness blends well with the nuttiness. A pleasant, earthy doppelbock - it is interesing and good.


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