Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
2007 cellared 12oz bottle poured into a German Stein.
Appearance- Beer pours a dark amber with a light quarter finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing on the sides of the mug. Clarity could be a little better as I'm seeing some haze on the lager.
Smell- Rich and sweet German malts really permeating out from this glass, I'm a bit surprised at the smell indicating this is a lot more than the average Moerlein brew. I'm catching a little papery oxidation in there as well and I'm suspecting perhaps it has sat in the cellar a bit too long.
Taste- The malt really holds up, but the oxidation has taken its toll on this beer as I'm once again getting a lot of the cardboard papery flavour that I smelled before. There is breadiness, but not a lot of the sweetness that would usually be perceived in a doppelbock. I'm also getting a soured twinge on the finish that is awfully unpleasant.
Mouthfeel- Medium full bodied, highly carbonated, smooth but highly astringent on the finish which hurts the beer overall.
Drinkability- I feel that a bit more alcohol would have helped this beer hold up over the years as this is a lighter doppelbock (guidelines showing them at a 7-10% average). I never tried it fresh and I really do wish I had so that I could compare/contrast.
If I do find it fresh, I will pick up a bottle just to give it a try fresh vs. aged, we have to hope that aging was the bad choice here.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2010 21:23:00 | More by blakesell
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