IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Thanks to Lou18 for this beer.weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Poured a dull ruby with a small off-white head. Aroma of vinous grapes with a dry hop bitterness, somewhat restrained. Taste is sweet with grapes, molasses... syrupy and very drinkable. Smooth and good. I enjoyed this one.
Appears a dark brown with a red hue and a 1 finger tan cap.
Smells richly of maple, vanilla, chocolate, heavy caramel, roasted nuts, cooked apples, and heavy dark fruit esters. This one will give you a nose bleed if you sniff it too much.
Taste is of the same warm and rich aromas.
Mouthfeel is sweet to the point of lip smacking. Very chewy, sweet, and slightly tart. jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Not bad. Very malty in every way, with toffee and caramel components in aroma and flavor. Needs a tiny bit more hop for better balance, to tone down almost cloying sweetness. See Celebrator, bock King. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Rich aroma of cream, bright fruit (apricot & cherry), very strong caramel, toffee, and a hint of rum. Deep burnt sienna caramel color, topped with a thin line of off-whtie head. Standard dopple at first, with foaming sensation, then blossoming into super creamy, rich brown sugar, and some light alcohol notes. Palate is sweet, clinging, and chewy. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Poured a cloudy reddish-copper with a light ring of beige head. Light lacing as it went down. Lots of well-suspended small floaties. Aroma was sweet and fruity (pears, plums, apples) with some floral hops and alcohol. Good carbonation but lighter on the palate than I expected. Apple-cidery on the finish, and almost cloying. Flavor picks up the fruits and the alcohol, with a respectable caramelly backbone.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Pours a deep red/orange color with a light tan head. Carmel and cherries on the nose. Flavors are carmel, molasses, dark cherries, raisins, and brown sugar. Smooth up front with a little fizz on the back of my throat. Smooth again going down. Pretty good Doppel. lamas (1655) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Bottle courtesy of my SecretSanta. Batch ID #6656. Packaged on: January 20, 2005. Pours a deep, hazy amberish brown with a thin, sandy tan head. Overripe plums, sweet malts, some hops and alcohol are present in the aroma. Plums and brown sugariness dominate the taste immediately. There is a burnt caramel sugary sweetness and subtle alcohol that hangs onto the back of my throat. Hints of caramel and some wintery spices in the finish. All in all, too candied and sweet. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bright forest fire in color. Lightyly herbaceous hop and juicy malt aroma, though subtle. Juicy malts, which come off a bit medicinal. Light cherry flavors throughout, with light hints of caramel and molasses. A pretty average Doppelbock. I was hoping for more. lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Inoffensive aroma, muddy orange color. Sweet and tasty. Wonderful mouthfeel. I think Crosling is trying to get me drunk. Ernest (7820) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts), with notes of brown sugar and raisin. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. An easy-going, mildly aromatic doppelbock. Well done, but not that exciting.