jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
Nice brown-red colour with a moderate fluffy tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Flavour is largely sweet malt with touches of caramel. Finish shows a kiss of alcohol with a dry tangy not quite astringent aftertaste lingers. Nice smooth palate. Thanks obisbeer. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Bottle pours caramel in color, medium white head, light carbonation, with sporatic lacing.   Aroma was of light malts, slight caramel or toffee.   Flavor was somewhat sweet, of toffee or caramel.   Finish was somewhat light, expecting it to be a bit heavier.   Overall it was clean and somewhat crisp, easy to drink, but was hoping for something more robust.   Thanks goes out to batkins for the freebie! Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2004
What happens when you cross a great beer style with a less-than-great brewer? I think the "great style" wins out in this really decent effort from Schell. Deep red color, generous densely-packed head. First aromas suggested Belgian Dubbel to me--spiciness, apple, vanilla, bubblegum--and the flavors carry some of the same, with some bready, alcoholic notes. Slightly sticky, moderately sweet, caramel notes. The palate is of average quality for the style--frothy, but not as creamy/syrupy as you’ll find in other examples. Still, this is a nice, well-rounded beer and a very nice beer to sit with. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 19, 2004
In the bottle. Garnet brown in color. Beige foamy head subsides leaving nice money on top. Only a slight malt aroma. Nice sweet malt flavor upon first taste. I’m really pleased with this. Tastes tangy and sweet at the same time. Great top of the tongue caramel coating. Not too carbonated. Beautiful in appearance. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2004
The label of this tasty doppelbock features a pair of goats sipping from the same chalice of dark, frothy brew.
Color is a dark auburn, or a near-reddish...how's that?
Head is mighty tall and off-white.
Aroma is fresh and clean, with a touch of nuts and spice, and something indiscernible, that I wish I could neatly categorize.
Taste: full, rich, malty, sweet, flavors of toofee and caramel, lush, excellent texture, a real meal in a bottle, that tapers off into a dry, lingering finish.
A very nice doppel, but shades away from the real malty monsters like Ayinger. Michael Jackson was generous enough to include this Minnesota staple in his Great Beer Guide, and as I look at his writing on the subject I find that he did it again, found what I could not in this beer's aroma. He calls it: "cookie-like." That'll do!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2004
Smoked caramel malts with a slight sharp/sour edge and lightly hopped. Body is smooth and deep caramel colored. Sugar and toffee finish. JK (6095) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2004
Mild malt aroma. Brown. Flavor is sweet with malt, and very little hops. Medium bodied. I like the caramel bock better. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2004
This was a pretty good Doppelbock but I have tasted better. It poured a similar color to Salvator but the taste was not as smooth. Still worth a try. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Kinda fruity/nutty aroma and very malty almost carmley flavor. Heavy palate and light hazy head. Very nice balance for a beer with this high of an alcohol tolerance. Goes down extremely smooth. Good buy. howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Deep amber body, thin coarse head. Malty, fruity aromas. Some toatiness. Sweetish malty flavors, slightly roasty. Hard-water minerals. Interesting that this uses all American hops! Nice, fresh tasting dopplebock, nicely priced, and should replace the Optimator and/or Salvator that you might keep in your fridge.