Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2013 02:08:19 | More by Groomsy
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
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
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2013 02:57:34 | More by BedetheVenerable
Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.