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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Emancipator DoppelbockChristian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
85
very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-01-2008

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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 76
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This doppelbock pours a bright brownish red with a super fast disappearing head and little lacing. Nose of brown sugar, raisins, and yeasty dough fresh bread. Flavors are sweet and moderately bread like with a brown sugar and raisin note to the sides and back. A sweet finish, lightly crisp yet coating mouth feel and a dash of light hop bitterness in the back along with a strong alcohol note. Overall a decent bock. Not my favorite of the season thus far, but still solid for the style.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear slightly ruddy amber, not unlike how a good Vienna lager looks, and forms a solid finger of pale beige head that swiftly dissipates. Plenty of carbonation is visible clinging to the sides of the glass, as well as rising steadily through the beer. Looks rather more like a bock than a doppelbock, so we shall see how the rest goes.

Smell: Doughy bread with toffee sprinkles, something not unlike leather, and a hint of cooked raisin.

Taste:Definite confirmation of the bread from the aroma, as the taste of fresh-baked bread swells to fill the entire mouth from the first sip. Toffee notes abound through the liquid loaf, as do some earthen and leathery tones. Here and there, hints of cooked raisin and walnut peek through, and the finish is full of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy, not quite as sticky as one would expect for a doppelbock.

Overall: Overall, not a bad beer. I'd think it shades more into the bock category than a doppelbock, but it's tasty nonetheless.

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a doppelbock that tastes like a doppelbock.

Photo of Ohiovania
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this beer needs to be re-classified as a bock instead of a dopplebock. I personally would have rated it much higher if that were the case.

Photo of Johnroby
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Review is optional why is this site not working right

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted malt and sweet melanoidins dominate the aroma. Floral hop character is subtle. There's a bit of a tangy/metallic note.

Flavor reveals a sweet toasted malt backbone, fairly rich, with toffee notes. Fruity specialty malt notes are subtle, but add depth. Nice example of the style. It's just a touch too sweet.

Photo of cincyfan81
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

amazing beer one of my all time favourites absolutely delicious!!!

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

It's no wonder this won a Silver at GABF, it's really that good. Just like all of their beers, Moerlein doesn't disappoint with this Doppelbock. Earthy, Nutty Malt backbone with a deep brown color.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P-12oz bottle, into glass stein

A-absolutely gorgeous dark amber brew, with crystal clarity, medium high carbonation, and nice dark ivory cap with good stick.

S-wonderful toasted bread, sweet caramel, and a ghost of fruity alcohol. Rich and powerful for a modest gravity.

T-dark slightly boozy fruit, with just a hint of wheat bread behind, and a gentle but firm bitterness.

M-nice and creamy

O-Overall very nice. Reminds me of celebrator. B = 86-7

Photo of Minkybut
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this wonderful beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. Boy wish I could get more of this one. The beer had a nice caramel taste to it. The beer was terrible looking and poured no head at all. I was going to swear it was flat until I tasted it. The beer is a little sweet but not too bad for me. This truly was a surprise find and I would certainly buy it again.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stamped 35212

A: Tawny and clear with a quick head and no lace.

S: As it warms, dry fruit but nothing initially.

T: Dates, figs, maybe even some prunes. Then I get more caramel and even a bit of vanilla. Some herbal hops on the finish--it would probably be too sweet and sticky without them. Pretty tasty.

M: Carbonation is subdued, which may be to thicken the mouthfeel. I rather like it.

O: I'm not particularly inclined to have another.

Photo of Groomsy
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug. Bottled on December 18, 2012.

This doppelbock has a dark crimson hue with hints of pumpkin orange in the light. Topped by a quick-fading of khaki foam, it maintains some visible carbonation in the glass but leaves no lacing.

The smell of this is quite enticing. Malt-forward is an understatement: Bursting with toffee, rich caramel, brown sugar, molasses, rye bread, and dark fruit, the aroma wafts out of the glass with its sweetness. There is no hop presence detectable except for maybe a hint of tea-like earthiness. This smells delicious - can I make a candle from it?

On the front of the palate, I notice lots of dark fruits - plums and raisins come to mind. This fruity flavor stays pretty consistent before a massive malt explosion happens. All the aromas mentioned are present in the taste and cascade together very cleanly. There are some toasted grain and bread-like flavors on the palate that aren't present in the aroma as well. There is very little flavor from the yeast, and as a result, this beer finishes clean and sweet with some warming alcohol.

While not syrupy, this beer is definitely thick. Its low carbonation also gives it a slightly sticky and dry finish. The alcohol leaves some lingering bitterness with some tea-like bitterness and earthy, slightly nutty flavor.

This is by far the best offering I've had from Moerlein. They've knocked it out of the ballpark with this beer. (No pun intended? Sorry, Reds joke.) Definitely pick this up if you're into the malt-heavy styles.

Photo of Gavage
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with some softer brown highlights along the edge of the glass. A short wispy head fades quickly.

Smell: malt sweetness and some bread tones come through to the nose.

Taste: decent grainy malt base with some darker fruit sweetness, bread, a bit of chocolate, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and a bit thinner than other doppelbocks. Lightly crisp throughout. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors softly linger on the tongue.

Overall: a decent doppelbock that is malt centric and easy to consume.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams tulip. Pours a nice clear reddish brown color. Carbonation is extremely low. I get no head whatsoever. Nose is subdued with faint notes of cookies and spices.

Medium- to full-bodied beer with a very traditional dopplebock flavor. Bready, malty notes up front and a mild hop profile. In the front of the palate, I get flavors of toffee and caramel which develop into some cinnamon and ginger notes. Finish is mild and pleasant.

Overall, a good beer with a nice flavor profile, but I think it needs some carbonation to wake up the palate. Moreover, I think it lacks the complex maltiness and chewy mouthfeel that the best dopplebocks (e.g., Ayinger Celebrator) have. Still a good beer that I'm proud to call ``local''. I'd love to try this on tap.

Photo of beerme626
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at BockFest in Cincinnati.

A: Dark dark red, basically brown, with almost no head, but that could be from it sitting a few minutes because it was pre-poured.
S: Malty, with some notes of caramel and maple
T: Very distinct malts with the same flavors of caramel. A very mixed taste with a lot going on, but not much hop-taste at all.
M: Smooth, thick, and very full. Not totally flat, but few notes of carbonation.
O: Tasty, if you're in the mood. Better than the Spaten Optimator in my opinion.

Photo of keeganfrank
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red beer with a soapy, tan head. Wonderful, smoky floral and spice aromas with some fruit and bread notes. Flavors of creamy caramel, spice, fruit and hints of brown sugar. A very complex, very enjoyable brew with a very rich body. Definitely not a beer that can be consumed in mass quantities.

Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty amber/garnet. Ring only for head, some lace.

S - Very light toasted malt, eartly.

T - Toffee, caramel, light toasted malt, light hop bittering.

M - Creamy, good balance and carb. Ends on the sweet side.

D - Kind of simple... would get boring.

Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as a gift from someone

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a sweet caramel malt and dark fruit nose

T - Follows the nose with with sweet caramel malt with some dark fruit in the background

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I enjoyed this beer overall its well made and easy to drink with a good flavor profile worth getting sometime to try

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another nice extra that i recieved lately. i really always appreciate these new beers. poured into a pint glass and enjoyed by myself tonight.

Poured a deep dark russet brown with a small, maybe an inch or so of off white head grazing over the top of it. There was significant side glass lace throughout the session and the overall look of it was quite thick. The aroma was of slight smoked variety. A little bit of roasted malt with a touch of caramel to sweeten in up. The taste was remarkably smooth and delicious. Great full body on this one, definitely not thin. Nice and mellow smoky flavor with a huge earthy and bread like back. A nice caramel sugar sweet finish brought it all together. No taste of alcohol at all and overall it was a very easy drinker. I could have easily had another. The carbonation stayed very nice throughout the session

Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is lighter than the big boys, clear and just into a good amber/red ale territory. The head fails to do much of anything, even when I pour harder upon seeing that nothing's forming. It manages about average appearance in size, retention and lacing left behind.
A strong malt offers breads, caramel and dark fruits with a twang of hops and an underlying barley-like grains note. There's not much missing in the aroma.
The flavor brings forward the malt backbone and subsequent caramel, bread and dark fruits while a note of tobacco also pulls through. Sweetness is moderate and pleasant, creamier than it is fruity as though supported just as much by the caramel note as the fruits and supported by a chocolate note that's not dark or bittersweet, but very much a mild chocolate (but not too sugary) sweetness. While malt-forward, hops offer very little here and even the malts miss the mark of the better examples of the style.
The mouthfeel is where the big doppelbocks really dominate this one. I like it because it's rich, downright lush, filling the mouth with creamy smoothness, but it's a notch below doppelbock thickness or body. For an amber, brown, IPA, etc., this is a great mouthfeel; but it seems lacking for a doppelbock.
no doubt, this is a tasty beer. It's shy of the greats, but certainly one to try.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber brown in color with not much of a head.

S: Sweet and malty and not a whole lot else.

T: Syrupy sweet with caramel, brown sugar, malt and rye bread. There's a little warmness as the beer goes down that leaves a nice sensation, but overall, not a fantastic doppelbock. A little too syrupy for me.

Photo of brew3crew
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep amber in color with a white head that quickly dissipates.
S-sweet malt but very hard to smell anything else
T-alot like it smells. really sweet malt that finishes smooth
M-crisp and smooth
D-goes down really smooth with no notice of abv...

great product from my home town of cincinnati!

Photo of Ryan011235
2.09/5  rDev -45%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Re-review:

Poured into a snifter on 2/17/12

Medium brown settles up as almost murky with rust and copper highlights. A thin layer of bubbles moves to thin ring retention. No lace.

The aroma is bready with tangy grain and a toasted notion. Syrupy ghost note. Perhaps some dark fruit overtones. Dusty yeast and some near burnt sugars as it warms.

Flavor-wise, this leans much further into fruit territory, dark and tangy. Moderate bread middle leads to a curt, dry finish. Eh, I want to say it's borderline tart. Room temperature finds more bread.

The feel is a thin, timid light-medium sort of thing. Carbonation is fizzy but stops short of over-agitating.

Overall, this is underwhelming. While there are some ok aspects, it is too tangy and fruity. It wants for most of what I seek in a dopplebock.

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Original review:

Poured into a pint glass on 8/26/10

The color is a blend of deep caramel & copper with a rusty bent. Poured over a finger of light brown foam. Said foam dissipates quickly to a skim. Minimal retention with no lacing. (3.0)

A solid malt base is intertwined with vibrant floral notes & hints of grassiness. Caramel, toasted bread & a spot of brown sugar are notable. The aroma also has a grainy edge. Intermittent medicinal wisps. (3.5)

A plethora of toasted sugars greet the tongue - caramel, brown sugar & toffee. Faint hints of raisins. Not particularly sweet, nor bitter; it's well-balanced in that respect. Subtle earth tones. The medicinal notion remains, though it isn't persistent. (4.0)

With a gritty, grainy feel & a general robustness, Emancipator is fairly full bodied. Carbonation is very low & makes for a languid beer which I enjoy, as I'm fond of a notable grittiness. Finishes with toasted sugar residuals lingering for a few moments. (4.5)

All told, Emancipator isn't bad; I actually find it fairly enjoyable. It just seems rough around the edges. I don't know the abv, but there isn't any alcohol heat. (4.0)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree."

--Rabindranath Tagore

Dark nut brown was expected and dark pumpkin orange was delivered. The head barely reached one finger after a standard pour, which might mean less than ideal carbonation. Beer is seen from a bird's eye view in several minutes and no lace makes it to the glass.

The aroma is underpowered to say the least. To say the most, it's earthy and minimally medium-dark malty. It will take a major comeback for this CMBC brew to impress on the palate. Note: increased intensity with warming allows the score to be bumped.

Emancipator Doppelbock starts off behind the eightball because of its relatively low ABV for the style. That usually means a shortage of malt in what should be a malt-dominant style... and such is the case here. The flavor is okay, it just doesn't have much power.

Flavors include heartily toasted brown bread, carob, earthy tobacco leaves, bitter tea leaves and a small splash of cold coffee. Much more bitterness than is usual for the style probably has more to do with a lack of malt sugars than an abundance of hops. All that said, this really isn't bad beer in the end.

The mouthfeel is much too thin for the style. Taking ABV into account, however, it does deserve an average score. The bubbles are lightly fizzy on the tongue in the top half of the bottle, and are better buried in the bottom half.

Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock has nothing to do with trees or with Abraham Lincoln. It was brewed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. Although it's from great beer, that's something we can all raise a glass to.

Photo of rcwhiteky
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber with a nice reddish hue head.

S-a sweet blast of malt malt and more malt.

T- Candy apple? carmel with some fruity flavors hidden underneth.
M- Thought this was thick and smooth.

D-Very Smooth

I liked This a lot was very sweet and refreshing would be nice on a fall night during an outside activity.

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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.