TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Augustiner Maximator pours to a deep, bright, chestnut brown color with a creamy off white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is stunning. Deep, toasty, sweet malty, and nutty waves of aroma flood the nose. The palate is hefty, and chewy with big sweet malty flavors paired with more toasty and nutty character. This beer ends with more big malt up front, then is balanced with just enough hop presence so this beer isn’t cloying. This is paired with a high octane, soothing, warming burn.
Without a doubt one of the finest examples of dopple bock on the market today, and a true bench mark for this style. This beer is hard to find, but if you are lucky enough to find it here in America, snap it up, and as much as you can. Dopple bocks are rich, strong brews that will stand up to some age. You won’t be able to put too much age on it, as you will want to drink it. This beer is suited more for the colder months, but makes the perfect night cap, and would work well with deserts. I would pair this one with creme brulee, but would much rather enjoy this beer by itself. This beer truly is a "mash tun in a glass", an is a flawless example of dopple bock. I can’t not praise this beer enough.
anze (18) - - DEC 15, 2012
Perfect beer. Rubin colour, easy aroma, great taste - mix of chocolate, nuts and marzipan. DrC (1) - USA - DEC 6, 2006 does not count
Very rich with weight on the tongue and many complex flavors. Better luke cold. Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 19, 2001
This dopplebock might be better than Celebrator. Wish I could get my hands on another bottle for resampling. dwyerpg (6285) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2009
A great appearance, but most importantly flavor. This has a sweetness to it that I found outstanding. Not so glaring and abrasive as the Celebrator, but with a taste of caramel. Easily my No. 1 doppelbock.
Merovingian93 (23) - Burbank, California, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Utterly delicious! Light, candy like nose. Rich, sweet, balanced Belgian tripel like flavor. Lacks the smoky flavor of a lot of fake German beers in the best possible way.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rjrags8 (6) - - FEB 20, 2014 does not count
Very good bock. Think this beats out the celabrator. Glad our Hy Vee carries some good stuff! motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 28, 2003
i´m not a big doppelbock fan but this really agreed with me. certainly beats amsterdam maximator. burnt amber with a big soapy head. aroma starts as salted raisins with some paint stripper, salted licorice, chocolate and Lynx Africa. taste started burnt-bitter, burnt lychees and then smoothed - some brandy, and finishes with burnt black bean and rotten peach. texture softens - Allowrie butter. great stuff - a bottle of this was a journey ganache (6003) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2006
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, there’s 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]Goodgrief (2049) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Smaller 330ml bottle dragged back from Vintage Estate, and I’m chuffed at the find. Nose is throwing out huge dark, deep, earthy caramel form the neck, and it’s 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, it’s the thick malt, with molasses, raisin, perhaps a touch of mild rum, that shines more than any other time I’ve 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]
Nice offering! Poured a dark brown that hardly any light passed through with a nice fluffy head that dissipated quickly. A dark, earthy aroma leapt from the glass to tickle my nose. Tastewise, this is the most complex best balanced dopplebock I’ve head. The sweet fruity taste (not sugary) was complimented fantastically with a rich coffee flavor. My favorite dopplebock to date...yes, even better than I remember the Celebrator (although maybe not quite as thick). I think this may call for a side by side "taste-off".