envane (586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Pours a dark red with a small fast disappearing tan head. Smell is malt, soy sauce and fruit. Taste is not that sweet for a dopplebock: malty, earthy, roasty, slightly fruity, however, there was a off-twang I didn;t like. Finish is malty, a little hops, and alcohol. Thanks to slikwily for this. Crash (549) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2005 It smelled fruity with a hint of grain. It was brown and had a fizzy off-white head with good lacing that diminishes quickly. Flavor is sweet and finishes sweet. Good body with a creamy texture.
dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2004
Cloudy reddish brown with a potent malt aroma, big whitish/tan head, sweet malty, no hops to speak of, quite good temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2004
2002 vintage on tap: I can't say I liked this beer exactly, or disliked it. I dunno what to say about this beer. It was very odd. Like nothing I've had. I expected something similar to Celebrator, got nothing of the sort. Cloudy, opaque dark brown, long lasting tan head. I don't know what else to say besides it was weird and off, didn't taste like anything I've ever had, and it really wasn't all that impressive. The only Bell's that has let me down so far. Also, only my second doppelbock. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 15, 2004
Poured a tan head. Quickly dissipated with moderate lacing. Deep ruby brown in color. Aroma is malty sweet. malty taste with a little "twang" at the end. A pretty nice beer.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
Hazy ruby in colour with medium frothy rich tan/brown head. Nose is hard with alcohol with underlying malty nose. The taste is initially malty and sweet then moves to like a wheaty or maybe toffie with alcohol ish flavour. So good and interesting not as sweet as I like but still good dopplebock. EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 14, 2004
better than ayinger? definitely fresher for those of us here. one of the best i've had. not too dark, or cloyingly sweet. almost a food like satisfaction from drinking it though. definitely try to buy a few if you find them JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 12 oz bottle - Pours a crystal clear medium amber color with small light tan head. Aroma is full of chewy malts, cherries, light caramel, bit of caramel. Flavor has a ton of lightly kilned malts, fair amount of toasted caramel, bit of sulfur, with a fairly sweet, almost cloying finish. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2004
Yellowish-tan head above a murky brown. Sweet, brown sugar and molasses malts accented by a smoky-like hop bitterness. Hints of mild spices and sugar-coated raisins. Sugar-water sweetness creeps up here and there; bitterness attempts to squelch it, but never really succeeds (overall, a little too sweet for me). Nice flavors though. Kept me interested all the way down the glass. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 1, 2004
Slightly cloudy, reddish brown in color. Mild malt aroma. Very malty flavor, lots of fruity sweetness including prunes and raisins. Bubbly Bells flavor. The alcohol is well masked. A decent dopplebock. Thanks to Silphium!