JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first I thought I detected staleness but it was more the bittersweet mollasse-like flavor which smacks me of raisons, caramel malts and dates in a somewhat medium texture. The alcohol isn’t well hidden and it seems to float like a liquer in this meld of flavors.
Aurelius (5158) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lousy label, glowing ruby orange beer, big head. Tart, boozy raisiny aroma. Sweet, woody, medium raisin fruitiness, immediately identifiable as a bock. Slightly metallic, finishes off with a bitter, dark dried fruitiness reminiscent of dates, prunes, etc. This is becoming one of my least favorite styles, as I age, but this is a decent example. Thanks to PorterPounder for the trade.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours vibrant brownish red with quickly dissipating off-white head. Sweet, malty aroma of gingerbread cookies, fruity chocolate, and berries (or sangria, with a note of alcohol). Flavor like fruitcake or rum cake: somewhat fruity but mostly basic sugars, malts and alcohol. In both nose and flavors, alcohol overpowers and masks too much. Good and pretty complex, but I’m ruined by Ayinger Celebrator - a fruity doppelbock seems strange to me.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in color, thick head that goes away quick. Taste is sweet and bitter with alcohol at first. That subsides and leaves way with a nice rich dopple bock. Slightly under rated in my opinion. Easy drinking and refreshing, but its no aventinus. Nice one though!
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. At the Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville, PGH. Pours dark amber with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is raisins, caramel, molasses, and a hint of lemon. Tastes of malt, caramel, and sour dough. Not bad, but I’d prefer a bigger body and a little bit of bitterness.
BeerandBlues2 (12478) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. bottle from artusory. Pours deep mahagony with a small light tan frothy head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is nutty and medium roasted caramel malts (meal, cereal) with hay and straw notes. Mild bitterness and acidity, medium sweet caramel malt, finish is dry and spicy, faint alcohol notes. Medium bodied and creamy palate that ends dry and spicy.
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Mondial 2006. Teh body was a dark copper with a medium yellowish colored head. The sweet aroma had honey and some old leather tofee. The taste is solid with toffee and caramel. There was also iced tea and apple core. The body was light with low carbonation
wxman (1769) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright amber with a decent off white head that rings the glass. Aroma is wet bread and yeast with sweet malt. Flavor is buttery sweet roasted malt, maple syrup and caramel along with a flowery hoppiness. Very tasty; 8.2% ABV nearly goes unnoticed. Good stuff!
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok, this is no Ayinger, but it was enjoyable. Perhaps a bit too sweet and lacking in thickness (mouthfeel), this one still had a nice flavor. Was bready malty and the alcohol was hard to pick up at 8%. In between the pale and dark doppelbocks out there. Fairly priced for the quality.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Robe brune légèrement voilée sans mousse. Arômes de caramel et d’alcool. Saveurs de caramel, de levure et d’alcool.