illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Nice aroma of chocolate malt, coffee, and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, plummy, with hints of chocolate and nuts. Nice palate. Goes down heavy, with very very slight acidic aftertaste. Great beer. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
The aroma is brown sugar, alcohol, herbs, coffee, toasted malt, and hops. The appearance is dark red/brown and the head is foamy. The flavor is caramel, coffee, raisins, chocolate, spice, nuts. The palate is just the right thickness for the style. The aftertaste is a bit acidic for my liking but overall it’s very good. SaintArnold1977 (26) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Oh how sweet it is..Such is this doppelbock I have come to love esp in the cold months.. Dark murky pour and a lightly colored head..Smells of caramel and fruit taste is even better..You can taste the roasted Malts. Sweet at first and ends with a touch of choocolate or coffee.. A really great beer but nothing to keep drinking over a game little heavy.. kepano (278) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 The doppelbock is a style I have yet to explore, indeed German lagers as a rule are far from being my juice of predilection. Starting with the highest rated of all could well have led to the precocious end of my investigation, but instead I found a renewed interest in the genre. The pour was nothing to get thrilled about, a somber black body glowing dark brown in the light, topped of a light caca d’oie tinted head that fizzed down to a creamy film. The nose however, was more pleasing to my senses. At first I noticed an overwhelming odor of Marseilles soap, but with time smooth chocolaty malts began to appear and the aroma developed to a decidedly more complex character. Peppery bananas, red wine, sweet cream, soy sauce and grapefruit came to mind, while the ambient fragrance of chocolate and coffee provided a darker base for these lighter scents to evolve upon. The flavor sang in unison with the nose but brought to the tongue a soothing milky texture with nearly perfect carbonation. I was unaware Germans were capable of such delicate offerings, but I must admit I am now entirely convinced. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2005
’Bottled. Very dark amber/blac kcolour, huge longlasting brownish beige head. Not much aroma except for sweet caramel, almost barley wineish. Flavour is malty with roast and a bit soap. Also some hints of dark chocolate and block coffee in it, especially in finish and aftertaste. A bit sticky palate.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Earlier Rating: 5/4/2005 Total Score: 4
Bottled. Dark brownish red colour with small brown longlasting foamy head. Lacing. Syrup and caramel with hints of alcohol in aroma. Roasted malt with fruitish notes in flavour. Some notes of syrup also present, especially in finish. A bit sticky palate. Very nice beer!
Classic doppelbock appearance and taste. Thick tastes of sugar, pitted fruit, carmel, and smoky alcohol. I wish I had tried it earlier, but then again, this wasn’t as lively or interesting as I had hoped. jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Very appealing appearance: Dark, ruby with a rich, tan head. Aroma is sweet: Fruits, rum, caramel. Flavor is even sweeter: plums, caramel, brown sugar and a touch of nuts. Smooth going down with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Easy to see why this is so popular. 2Row (11) - USA - DEC 5, 2005
Choclatey and smooth with a lasting head and satisfying palate. Well, rounded, never overpowering and perfectly balanced. Sweet at first but mulled by a substantial body and formidable backnotes. moseefus (79) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Poured a very dark red/brown with a thick creamy head that lasted the whole drink. The aroma is wonderful, rich, spicy, chocolaty, and malty. The taste is very complex with a lasting finish. A very smooth beer, but I found it to be heavy. Definately recommended, just not after anything light. KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - DEC 3, 2005
I can feel salt and barnyard in my nose. The flavor is roasted with maybe a bit of alcohol but not too much.