BuckeyeBoy (8860) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle Pours out brown topped with a tan head. Aroma is heavy pit fruit sweetness upfront caramel, dark roast, chocolate, and some alcohol burn. Taste much as the aroma with a heavy pit fruit and sweet candy driven. Not bad if you want candy in a bottle. Finhead (1845) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2010
A deep brown pour with tan head. It has a roasted malt aroma with mild hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste too sweet, almost sugary in the begining. It does gradually fade out to a more balanced finish with significant alcohol warmth. elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2010
500ml bottle, unknown date. Pours medium brown, opaque in the glass with a two finger tan head, leaves a ring and island, a few spots of lacing. Aroma is of medium strength and features a lot of dark fruit, malt, caramel, alcohol, a bit of oxidation, pretty fruity and malty overall. Big flavor of sweet malt and dark fruits, fair bit of alcohol, but not as much as I expected. Very, very sweet overall, becomes cloying. Pretty one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. In my limited experience with Doppelbocks, I’ve found I really don’t care for the cloyingly sweet versions such as this and Sam Adams. Going to be following up this one with a Spaten Optimator, hopefully it is more in the vein of Celebrator, which I really enjoyed. This one is just way too cloyingly sweet...had to pour the last third down the drain. Tmoney99 (15116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and nut aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Heavy sweet complex flavor with a heavy sweet malt finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite as it warmed. Complex beer.
gunnar (9921) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2010
0,33 l bottle from Pivonka, Hradec Kralove. Pours dark brown almost like Coke, with a tiny beige head, which disappear really fast. Aroma of roasted malts and something sourlike. Taste is initially medium sweet, dark caramel, sticky mouthfeel, strong fusel alcohol presence all the way to a weak bitter but strong sour aftertaste. Not my cup of tea.
Nik925 (800) - USA - JUN 30, 2010
It has been a long time since a beer caught me off guard. This is a explosion of dried cherries and unprocessed chocolate (nibs or whatnot). HUGE flavors. The ABV is totally obvious, but blends with the ridiculous amount of malt flavor. I expect a beer which proclaims a heritage back to 1872 (on the bottle) to be mellow and easy going, but this pimp slaps that idea. This is a HUGE beer. When aftertaste hits your nose mid-swallow, that is something. By far, not the best beer I’ve ever had, but this punches you in the face and doesn’t look back. Not necessarily great, but impressive. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Musty stagnant aroma of oxidized syrup, dense and some sharp carbonation. Dark brown, creamy tan head with a percolating dissipation of bubbles in the center like an active hot spring. Syrupy, plain, boozy, cloying. A customer told me this was better than Ayinger Celebrator. Lesson learned. So dominant with malt syrup and fizzy on the palate, cannot finish. robforbes (2278) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2010
pours a dark brown with a red tint when held to the light, a very small beige head that dissipates rapidly, and not much lacing.
smell is of sour malt, cocoa, and some roasted nuts.
taste has an above average carbonation, tangy, alcohol prevalent, malt, caramel, a roastiness, and a sour aftertaste, ends strong, and some sourness. BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle. Clear brownish copper pour with a short tan head that quickly dimishes to a surface ring. Sweet aroma has notes of toffee, malt, prunes, plums and candy sugar. Flavour is also very sweet, with the malt and sugar elements standing out and hints of dark fruit in the background. Thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation and a lingering sweet finish. As others have mentioned, this is very sweet, would almost work as a dessert beer; but on the whole this beer is fairly one-dimensional, drinkable but preferably in small doses. AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2010
dark brown color/ tan head. Tobacco, candi sugar, black licorice, roasty malt aromas. light bodied. Boozy sugary sweet flavors of dark caramel, chocolate, roasted malt. too sweet.