awaisanen (1310) - 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. Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Decided to finally rate this. Poured into my Celebrator glass. Just a delicious being. I could go on and on about the smokiness and sublte malt sweetness being perfectly foiled by fresh and judicious hops but all you really need to to is look at the style definition for Doppelbock. Absolutley perfect. I marinated some Filet in this and had it with the steak. imperialordie (6) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2006 does not count
Great beer, very little hopiness, suprisingly sweet Dried fruit taste, raisin, apricot, prune. Mouth feel is smooth, complex, somewhat chewy. This beer is more dessert than I usually like in a beer, but it’s just to darn good to put down. Hollywoodt (241) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Poured a dark brown. Aroma was sweet malt and fruity. Flavor was more of the same. A very good brew. Get in my belly! iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 11.2oz bottle, no date. Pours a deep ruby with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, dried dark fruits, some smokiness, nuts, leather, and some slight alcohol. Taste: some smokiness up front, toffee, raisins, leather, sweet malts into a fairly dry, mildly bitter finish. There is also some slight soy.
FYI--computer is stupid and I lost my nice review, so you get this one.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Pours a deep brownish-garnet color with clarity and an fairly small, light tan, fluffy head with decent longevity and minimal lace. Nose is of a litlle faint but nice; rich caramel malt, chocolate, dried apricots, and dates. Palate is clean and lively with a round texture and a medium body. Flavor is rich and robust with caramel and choclate flavors dominating with some toasted almonds, hints at coffee, and a slight smoke flavor. Hop bitterness is low and blends well with the smoke flavor. Finishes dry and rather quickly, just inviting you to take another sip. Very rich, somewhat complex, and no real alcohol noticed. A beer I could really drink often and one of the best in the style. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
This doppel is just about as good as they come. Rich roasted malts...caramel/molasses/plums/dates/raisins/smoke each sip finishes with a nice palte-cleansing hop bite in just the right amount and degree. the mouthfeel is surprisingly light with a hint of spritziness on the back of the throat. one of the best. jimcook (14) - Cathedral City, California, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Pours very dark. Must hold up to the window to see light through the glass. Light aroma. Thick texture with ligth carbonation, but a consistent necklace with a small amount of lacing. Tastes very good with coffee, and a perfect amount of residual sweetness, like dark chocolate. More effervescence than I would have suspected, given the small number of bubbles rising through the darkness. Overall a very solid beer. PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle. Absolutely wonderful. Nice body with subtle and complex smokey quality. Not too sweet, not too bitter, and very enjoyable. FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle. Brownish colour with a light brown creamy head. Aroma and taste of malts, caramel and spices. Medium body with a lasting taste.
Earlier Rating: 3/18/2006 Total Score: 4.3
Almost black colour. Very stoutish in flavour. Creamy brown fully lasting head. Aroma of malts and fruits and coffee. Great beer.