ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 6, 2006
350ml bottle. Poured deeeeep, dark red/brown into a footed pilsner glass with a 2-3 finger tan foamy head (rapidly diminishing). Aroma is nutty and toasty with chocolate and alcohol. Big, toasty-sweet malt flavor, with raisins, some alcohol and smoke, and assertive (but well-controlled) hop and roasted bitterness. <em>Amazing</em> balance. Palate is thick and creamy, makes excellent use of subtle carbonation, just great. Highly drinkable. This beer is a meal, and a great one at that. Lives up to the hype! peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2006
Rich burnt amber color. Nose is lager yeast and banana, coffee verkeerd, freezerburn. Nice chewy mouth with bitter dry finish. Flavour is coffee verkeerd irish cheddar and orange. Classic in the style, great way to finish a day. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - APR 3, 2006
Truly deserving of its 100 percent. The body actually seemed surprisingly thin, but entirely creamy, which more than made up for it. The flavor was complex; I wasn’t even sure what all I was tasting. Chocolate? Cherries? Vanilla? Figs? Smoke? Whatever was in there, it all came together in an incredible way. I’ve never been so impressed by a bock, and don’t expect to be so impressed again. jonkix (13) - California, USA - APR 2, 2006
it has a right amount of sweetness with a nice aroma of roasted malt. perfect match for a korean beef barbecue. mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2006 Wow. This is one heavy beer with lots of cocoa and prevalent alcohol on the tongue. Very filling. Bitterness in the aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel, almost like oil. Save this for a ’celebration.’ Not an everyday kind of beer.
mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - APR 1, 2006
one of my favorite doppelbocks chocolate taste, raisins,malt,smokey finish it is the best one i have tried to date samuel adams will have to try harder... pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Pours dark dark red brown with a darkish tan head. The aroma is a bit plain--malt, fruity yeast, alcohol, and a little spice. The palate is as smooth and creamy as a lager can get! Nice CO2 levels and slightly sticky, but still lager consistency. The flavors are really pretty darn good. Obvious roasted malt, fruit, alcohol, and some citrusy hops. This is sweet and creamy, yet robust. there’s a peat-smoke sort of aftertaste that plays nice with the lingering hops and bitter malt. I really do enjoy this. tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Fun bottle, and pours a dark red beer. Smells like honey, cherries, malty and a little alcohol. Tastes like raisins, bitter, yeasty, and sweet. Also some smokiness. The malty sweetness is well balanced and enjoyable. I’d say this beer is average other than the taste which is great. beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
very good. just the right amount of maltiness. very drinkable, a bunch of us were surprised when we sat down to taste this. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottled. Opaque, walnut stained oak colored pour with a creamy, beige head that quickly recedes to a lightly roasted ring with a thin, marshmellow island in the middle. Ruby red tinge. Delicious aroma instantly overtakes my senses. Strong, wafting, candy aroma of cherry licorice; I’m totally reminded of the cherry Nibs I used to eat while attending MTU hockey games. A hint of cheddar cheese is in there as well. Texture is a touch thin, but exquisite flavors make up for what the mouthfeel lacks. Slightly creamy, smoky maltiness that includes some allusions to hot cocoa with a whipped cream topping. Final smack of fudge brownie and english toffee.