CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Pours a cola colored brown with a thick foamy head which goes away quickly. Not much carbonation visible, or maybe it’s just hidden in the darkness. Nice, sweet, rich malty aroma, not much going on in the hops department (sorry hopheads). Taste is initial sweet maltiness, with a little dark fruit in the background. The finish is dry, spicy, and a little bit smoky. Overall, a smooth, complex & very tasty brew that lives up to all it’s accolades! Savad (58) - Den Bosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2005
Dark brown, on the verge of dark ruby. Off-white head, leaves a good lace. The head diminishes, yet easily builds up as you jolt the glass. Buttery aroma. Caramel, dough, sweet bread, butterscotch. The same butterscotch is in the flavor at first. Roasted bitterness and coffee come in the finish. Oily, medium to full. shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
An absolutely lovely little dopplebock with the fine chocolate undercoating that Germans do so well and just the merest association with smoke and floral flavors to take the edge off of the dark brew. drew88 (5) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2005 does not count
a very dark beer with a slight scent of smokey malts. A very smooth drinkable beer with hints of chocolate malts which gives this awesome beer a sweet finish all the way to the belly. As my grandpa DiFelice would say.. "I wish I had a neck like a giraffe!"
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2005
I finally got around to drinking one of these, and boy, I really have to ask myself:"what took ya so long?" Beautiful beer. Mahongany body topped with a creamy tan head with big spotty lacing. Great aromas with notes of cookies, chocolate, breads, plummy fruit, and a touch of earthy yeast. Creamy/velvety mouthfeel. Awesome chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Dry roastiness on the finish with a little echo of the malty sweet flavors. Superb.
frankieboy007 (1) - Pottsboro, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
Poured a dark brown, a small tan head, without much lacing. Strong brew with a smoky, bitter flavor, but a nice aftertaste. Seems like a bitter chocolate taste, with some hints of fruit in the aftertaste, and a nice alcohol finish. Haven’t tried many dopplebocks, but this is the best I’ve had, will definitely buy this again. stoutchap (423) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Interesting! Purs very dark like a stout or a porter. A small off-white head, no appreciable lacing. A distinct aroma, but can’t place it. Mouthfeel a little on the light side. The taste is also hard to place, maybe toffee and malt, but something else to. A very slight bitterness. I like it and will have to try it again to try and figure it out. xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2005
After many times having this beer, I cannot for the life of me figure out its main flavor, which is delicious! But it’s almost frustrating and keeps me buying it again and again to figure it out! Pours dark brown, unlike the image on this page which is more red. The head is just like the image, light tan. Okay, the mysterious element of this brew is experienced in the nose and taste. Let’s see. Its some brilliant combination of dark toffee, strong nutmeg, spicy vanilla, hazelnut, jesus I don’t know, but I’ve never tasted its flavor so pronounced in other doppelbocks. Extremely drinkable. I’ll be dwelling on this one for a while. AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 Pours a deep dark ruby with a nice 1 finger tan head that dissapears fairly quick. Aroma of... plum? Toffee? Something dark and sweet lurks within. First sip... boy, that’s smooth. Flavor - sweet yet bitter chocolate. Or a dark caramel. Bit of pepper on the aftertaste. A great bock. Full of flavors, smooth, and very drinkable. signel (1) - Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
Armoa was standard bock with a hit of sweetness. Appearance was brownish with thick white/tan head. The flavor was excelent with a bit of bitter aftertaste that was perfect. Overall this is a top of the crop dopplebock. If only shiner could come up with something similar.