richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2005
2005 bottle: an almost sweet aroma mixed with generous amounts of malt, the color is a medium to dark cloudy brown, with a thin layer of tan head that clings to the side of the glass. very smooth malty taste, with hints of spices and a slight sweetness that i cant nail down. just a tad bitter on the tail end and the body is a little less than i was hoping for, but altogether an excellent beer bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 from tap at RFD strong beer tasting: notes: appearance: cloudy dark brown. aroma: roasty, malty. taste: smooth malt, with roast goodness. honey? cloves? the caramelization from decoction mash is evident. excellent brew.
tried a year or two later in bottle, and recipe seems to have changed very little. differences: clear dark amber instead of cloudy, and the body is full. really good stuff. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Clear garnet body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some chocolate, light roast. Fairly clean medium-full body. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Poured a purplish red color with a small, light tan head that quickly diminished, leaving sparce lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, smoked peat, toasted nuts, and light cherry. Roasted, sweet caramel, light smoke that finished hoppy. Light alcohol noticed. Bottle displays more roastiness and slightly more alcohol, though its rather enjoyable this way. SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
Setting: Served in a sample cup at the Michael Jackson Beer tasting held at RFD’s.
Appearance: A slightly murky cherry red/burgundy colored liquid topped by a light tan head that dissipated to a small ring of foam. No real lacing of note was left.
Aroma: Aromas of prunes, cherries, assorted fruits, and caramelized malts beckon you, sirenlike, to sip upon their goodness.
Flavor: Mesmerized by the siren-song of the nose, a hearty quaff gives you sweet and dark caramel malt flavors with a hint of smokiness lingering in the background.
Palate: Solid medium body. Nice and crisp.
Overall: A lovely and contemplative beer. One to quaff while poring over the Old Testament or maybe Homer, I’d say. I’d have no problems drinking a decent amount of this stuff.
Marginalia: In a total beer geek moment, and I blame Randall th’ Enamel Animal for this, I was able to pick out the rauch malts used in this. It’s such a small amount of rauch that you’d be hard pressed to taste it if you didn’t know beforehand. I "blame" Randall for this since all the other taste receptors in my mouth were still reeling from Randallized 120 Minute IPA. The only thing that I could taste with assured clarity was smoke.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2004
Tap at the brewpub. Malty aroma. Flavor is smooth and malty, with smokey notes. Good stuff. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2004
Not quite as dark or as opaque or as heavy as an Ayinger Celebrator. A good beer, with great sweet fruitiness, great dark malt backbone, toffee and coffee flavors not as intense as the Ayinger. Adequately hopped, but authentically, not heavily American hops. Really a good beer. But given how much like an Aventinus their Moon Glow is, I had expected this to be more like a Celebrator, much as Fish Tale did with Detonator. I had mine from a growler and had no idea that the alcohol level was over 8 — nicely hidden under the malt and the sweetness. Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2004
Not exactly what one expects from a doppelbock, but quite good and easy to drink several in one sitting. Big head, rather malty, mix of toffee and light hops. Nice. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
Pours amber/reddish. Aromas of caramel, toffee, fruit, malt, and hops. Tastes firm, smooth, malty, with a sweet, firm, malty, slightly fruity and hoppy finish. dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
Reddish/brown clear, tan head, strong malt aroma with a hint of hops, flavor is intensely rich and malty, sweet, finish is light and slightly astringent... however not unpleasant... quite a good beer.