whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to weeare138. Indigo-brown body with a collapsing pale tan head. Aroma has nice aged malt qualities with balsamic notes plus some prune. Flavor is nutty and slightly madeirized with sweet and open medium dark German malts and some balancing dark fruit acidity. A good, mature doppelbock.
guzzler67 (1684) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black cherry appearance with a small head. Molassas, maple sugar, cinnamon and dark fruit evolve from the sweet malt aroma. Full bodied, modestly carbonated mouthfeel. Tastes vary from a range of dark fruits such as prunes and figs to the sweetness associated with brown sugar and molassas. Thick, cloying, long lasting finish.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appears a muddled dark brown with caramel reddish edges. A light tan head fades into a mild film with a heavy collar settling into the sides. Small streakes of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy weighted malt with cocoa and rich syrup. Mild oxidation can be sensed in the background.
Taste is of the same aromas with the malty richness and cocoa notes.
Mouthfeel contains little bits of syrupy malt but itís a tad thin along the palate. Overall, not bad considering we donít know the age of it. This was bought at Michaelís Deli in KOP.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to weeare138. Pours a dark brown with some golden coming through. Small off white head. Aroma of molasses, caramel, dark fruits, sweet malts and some roast. Flavors of the same, smooth mouthfeel, slight alcohol presence. More of the malty, dark fruit thing going on. Really enjoyed trying this one.
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2016 Bottle. Ruby brown with a light brown, violent head. Smells sweetly and heavily of malt. Other notes include caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, a little dark roasted malt, and notes of grape and berries. Tastes the same but much stronger, huge dose of malt and a mouth-filling feel, sticky and thick. Malt is thick enough to pose danger of choking. Earthy. Molasses and raisins. A bit of alcohol, but a thin bit. Ah, wait, thereís cherry here, too. Very smooth, no carbonation or crispness here. Dry end with medium bitterness. Well-balanced and complex - a fantastic Doppelbock. Thanks, joss! [2006.07.02: 4.2]
Smaller 330ml bottle dragged back from Vintage Estate, and Iím chuffed at the find. Nose is throwing out huge dark, deep, earthy caramel form the neck, and itís even better in the glass after some agitation. Beautiful deep ruby-mahogany body with a short tan head. Mmmm, rich, Munich-heavy, dense malt is just incredible (and relatively dry, which threatens to induce a fainting spell!), recalling the gooiest of candy bar chocolate, caramel, nougat stretching from wrapper to teeth, but without the sugar. In this one, the fruit is late-arriving and less of a star, though the cherry, red berry, and grape are all high-quality and sparkle in their own right. No, itís the thick malt, with molasses, raisin, perhaps a touch of mild rum, that shines more than any other time Iíve had this, syrupy and filling with pump crusts, just a light prickle of sufficient carbonation and milder lemon to take the edge off. Have had thousands of beers in between but never expected this kind of reunion! [2016.07.30: 4.8]
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JUN 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours thick dark brown with thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma is roasty malt and bread with some sweetness. Palate is medium in body, oily, smooth and long lasting. Taste is somewhat sweet and malty with some raisin notes. No bitterness to speak of. Lasting aftertaste with a touch of caramel sweetness, some bready notes and a hint of alcohol warming. This one really coats the mouth and sticks with you for a bit. Overall a great doppelbock.
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown body with a beautiful red shine, light brown creamy head disappearing quite fast leaving some laces; A quite fresh nose that almost tickles of carbonation, sweet tangerine, it opens with time and becomes more mellow: roasted malt, sweet soft milk chocolate, some cinnamon and overripe fresh fig; Sweet, soft, creamy velvety body, dry carbonation; Into quite dry long finish that has a very little metallic to it and not a lot of aroma: creamy honey, warm spices like allspice and some late sweet licorice.
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2006 A very nice doppelbock. Poured a dark red-brown color with a nice but not too big tan head. Lacing was minimal. Aroma was musty and malty, somewhat sweet vinous with some dark fruits coming through. The most surprising feature of the flavor was the nutty taste that came through, almost like a nut brown doppelbock (I was expecting some coffee - although I didnít detect any in the aroma - per word from my good friend, doulos). This didnít have enough hop balance or as creamy a mouthfeel to take out Ayingerís Celebrator as #1 Doppel, but it was very nice anyway. Re-rate, Sept. 06: Deep burgundy brown color with a slow developing tan head. Little chocolate, grassy hops, and some dark fruits (figs and raisins). The flavor was like the aroma, decent hop balance, although more malty than hoppy. Not too sweet, though, a very competent doppelbock, which does well among the best (vs. Celebrator, Andechser, Liberator).
MoritzF (9759) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Clear, dark reddish-amber colour with a beige foamy medium head. Aromatic sweet and toasty malt aroma with a fruity background (dark berries, grapes). Moderately sweet flavour, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Strong toast-malty taste with molasses, a touch of caramel and raisins; dryer and slightly bitter towards the end with a malty and long lasting finish. Superb ! Many thanks to Joss for this gem.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This dopplebock pours a deep brown color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, bread and brown sugar. A medium bodied dopple. Malts are caramel and sweet. Some cherries, some dark bread and some chocolate flavors. Kind of earthy, Not a lot of carbonation. Very smooth tasting. Perhaps a little watery and flat, but that might be due to the lack of carbonation. All in all not bad. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.