Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by blakesell:
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
01-15-2010 21:23:00 | More by blakesell
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3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
A - Poured mahogany with ruby tones. Nice head, dropped a bit but had good lasting power. Moderate to high carbonation ran through the crystal clear beer.
S - Lots of malt coming out of this glass! Some sweet dark caramel aromas with some breadiness and raisin in there.
T - The malt flavors are all there, caramel, a little chocolate, raisin, a little hop bitterness for a clean finish. Unfortunately, it was a little watered down, it was like Dopplebock flavors at bock intensity.
M - Liked the carbonation, but it was a little thin for a Doppel, would have liked a bit more body.
D - Although not a great beer, this is a pretty good American example. Could certainly drink a couple of these.
03-17-2010 00:26:50 | More by steelerguy
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
A: pours a deep amber/ruby red color with nice fluffy off white head that really left before I wanted it too; decent lacing
S: very rich malty aroma, subtle notes of dark fruit, raisons. toasted
T: huge malt flavor with a nice complexity, there are also subtle flavors of dark fruits hear with a smooth and warming alcohol flavor. Finish is sweet but not cloying
M: clean and smooth, medium body
D: this is a great beer, As far as bocks go I'll be revisiting this one.
06-12-2009 01:11:17 | More by LyonsHead
4/5 rDev +5.3%
64oz. growler filled up at Party Source. Freshly tapped right in front of me.
A: Nice deep ruby brown pour with good visibility in the light. A big light caramel head forms with decent retention. Head dies to a very thick fluff and generates nice lacing.
S: Pleasantly sweet with a nice toasted malt character. A bit of spent hardwood in the back. Not oak.. more like walnut or ash.
T/M: Robust malt character. Toasted bready malts and light nuts. A nice sweetness takes a bit to come through but does near the end with a big caramel taste and a touch of cinnamon. Tastes like a nice sweet bread. Body is medium full and carbonation is right where it should be.
D: Very good and I'm so thrilled that Christian Moerlein is putting out great beers like this. I can't wait until they move the brewery back to Cincinnati and put a brewpub in the Historic OTR brewery district. I think this brew would go great with a strong tiramisu.
02-25-2008 02:46:38 | More by pwoods
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
04-13-2011 20:49:43 | More by Brenden
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a clear brown with minimal head. The smell is pretty indistict, some sweetness and a little wheat. Mmmm, tastes much better, big sweet caramel and some banana, charged with bubbles. This one is going down real easy and I could easily down another.
04-26-2010 02:27:47 | More by Lazerlobe
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
Dark ruby-brown with little to no head.
A flowery, malty smell; no scent really stands out.
Toffee is the dominant taste.
The feel is complex. It starts off with a gentle bite from the hops but it's followed by a smoothing of the sweet toffee to give balance.
This goes down pretty easily due to the sweetness in the finish. Looking forward to another.
04-20-2010 22:57:24 | More by RickS95
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Cheers to pwoods for this one, Cheers Patrick!
Pours auburn with a finger of tan head. Average head retention
S: Faint breadyness & fruittyness up front, a touch of booze once warm
T: Breadyness, dryness & a touch of rye?? up front. A touch of fruittyness (pear & apricot), more dryness & a bit of molasses as this warms. Finishes fruitty with some herbal & leafy hops, breadyness fades at the end, but nice crispness (not totally in style )
MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, great balance, finished a touch wet
Drinks easy for the style & ABV, not as much guts as I hoped, but still a darn good effort from a brewery I haven't had in a while...Would buy again & tell my self I'm drinking a Bock....
04-14-2009 03:24:56 | More by russpowell
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
S = There was a nice chocolatey caramel aroma.
T = Sweet malts with some toffee in the background. Some bittering hops show up near the end which made a nice balance.
MF = Body was light to medium with moderate carbonation. It was smooth and easy to drink.
Overall, this was a good doppelbock, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.
07-06-2008 11:49:41 | More by Riverwarrior
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
12oz. bottle poured into a mug.
A: deep reddish-brown, very clear. Vigorous pour yields half a mug of airy foam that settles slowly. Poured the rest of the bottle slowly so as not to create a spillover. Spots of lacing retreat quickly back into the liquid.
S: All sweet caramel malt, with a bit of toffee and that crisp lager aroma when agitated. Almost reminds me a little of a Bit-O-Honey candy. Also detecting a subtle hint of herbal hops.
T: Taste follows suit with the aroma and is dominated by caramel and toffee malt. Some fruity esters are definitely present, more so than in the aroma, but no particular fruit (other than "dark" fruit) flavor stands out to me. As it warms, notes of cocoa start to become evident.
M: Medium body, smooth and mouth-coating with a long, crisp finish.
D: Emancipator is a very drinkable brew. Dominated by sweet malts but never cloying. Balanced just enough by some of the dark fruit notes and subtle herbal hops. At the risk of sounding too cliché, I wish I had some wienerschnitzel with spaetzle to go along with the beer. A biergarten would be nice, too.
05-05-2010 01:47:13 | More by jhoban19
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
12 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours an amber/ruby red color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells like toasted malt, caramel, and some bready malt. Aroma is nice, but seems a bit weak to me. Luckily the flavor is stronger than the aroma is. It tastes like bready malt and caramel, along with some toffee and prunes/figs. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it could be better. Overall I think it's a decent enough brew, however if I was in the mood for a dopplebock this wouldn't be close to being my first choice. With that being said, it's not a bad brew at all.
08-28-2009 22:59:29 | More by bluejacket74
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
A: A medium amber, like iced tea, a bit of white head that has dissipated to a ring.
S: Malty, sweet, raisons?
T: Malty, sweet, slightly burnt taste at the end.. Brown sugar or molasses?
M: Slightly syrupy..
D: A so- so beer. Not impressed in general with this brewery or this beer. Decent, but not really memorable...
08-10-2009 02:39:38 | More by Beejay
Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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