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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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85
very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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
Reviews by dnjmed:
Photo of dnjmed
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a dark amber with a thin head. Nose is sweet with notes of caramel and vanilla.
Taste is pretty sweet with a strong malt profile. I pick up some syrupy flavors with maybe some toffee. Alcohol is noticeable. There's not much going on here. Can't tell if it's the style or the beer but this is a little disappointing.
Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side. All in all makes for an average drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBierBand
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thought I'd review the bottled version... I had the freshest of the fresh "on-tap". Now for the bottle rating:

Poured into my pint glass to form a smooth creamy 1" head of light beige. The head dwindled to a thin cap but left some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The color of the beer is a deep amber color.

The nose is slight on this. Not much of a hint of what's to come. Just a very slight mollasses followed by a smokey scent.

The taste: Gotta give this a "5"! Right on style and delicious. Very complex. Let me try to break this down for you: This beer has a sweet start that has elements of dates, a toasted malt, and a finish like smoked salmon! This stuff ROCKS!

The mouthfeel is another highlight of this beer. so smooth and creamy.... wonderful!

Drinkability: Hell yes, have 'em all day long. This is one of my favorite doppelbocks, if not my favorite. Is there another doppelbock that can come along and de-throne the EMANCIPATOR????

Photo of steelerguy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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 Lazerlobe
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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....

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jhoban19
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beejay
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

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 Bierguy5
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear chestnut color. Fizzy, off-white head disappears rather quickly.

Toffee and caramel in the aroma. Slightly earthy hop finish in the nose. A bit of toasty malt in the nose as well.

A bit of a roasty flavor, with some caramel thrown in. A bit bready, with some soft fruit notes near the end. A bit sweet. Finishes slightly earthy, but still remains pretty clean.

Almost medium body, with ample carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Nice.

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

Appearance: A dark but perfectly clear auburn color. A bit of tan foam forms, but doesn't last too long.

Smell: Dates and caramel-covered fruit, a little bit of milk chocolate and bread pudding. Pretty nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and fruity initially, a bit of rye bread and toffee beneath that along with the slightest alcohol warmth. Medium-light in body, amply carbonated. Pretty hard to fault this stuff - it's full-flavored but not too rich or heavy and has a very clean finish.

Notes: An extra from moose3285 - thanks Mike! Very enjoyable stuff.

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 kirkpjr
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby or mahogany red color verging on brown. One finger of head that dissipates quickly.

S: Dark fruits - plum and raisins. Also a hint of apple here. Sweet caramel malts.

T: Part of the dark fruits carry through to the taste. Mainly strong malts and a hint of roasted chocolate. Nothing notable here.

M: Moderate to low carbonation. A little thin.

D: A little too much chocolate/roastiness and too little body to warrant drinking many of these. Maybe doppelbocks aren't my cup of tea. But I'll still rate to style.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown in color that has ruby highlights around the edges. A head forms on the pour, but quickly is gone. Smell is all malt and toffee. Taste is much the same, but I'm getting a nutty, almond like flavor that I'm liking. Good, solid offering from CM. Well done.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1/2 finger head with subpar retention but a nice full brown color. No freshness date.

Smell is of caramel malts and a tiny bit of apple.

The taste is somewhat oxidized. THere is a nice dark malt and caramel malt sweetness. The dark malts provide a sort of bitter chocolate flavor on the finish that mix with the hop bitterness to provide a balance to the sweetness. There is a little bit of astringency here from the alcohol. I like my bocks to be smooth. I think malt bombs should be smoother and more rounded than this.

The mouthfeel is too astringent for me. I like smoothness to my bocks as I think this provides for a better appreciation of the sweetness of the malts.

This is not bad, but I wonder about the freshness of the sample.

Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came with the Beer of the Month Club.

Pours reddish chestnut brown with a creamy beige head that fades quickly; basically no lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruits, raisin, bread/grains and caramel.

Tastes of sweet malt, rum, raisins, caramel, fruit like a date or fig, toffee, light roasted malt, very mild spices, a slight hint of citrus hops and some burnt sugar. Overall taste is dark and sweet like syrup, which lends to the style well. The aftertaste is a combo of sweet malt, caramel and toast that finishes on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a little chewy-ness to it, and the body is medium to heavy with very light carbonation. This was easy drinking for a bock or dopplebock, and the alcohol was hidden very well.

IMO, Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock sets the standard, but this was a very good US version that did the job well and is quite enjoyable. Easy to drink, I recommend trying this beer.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good looking selection from a recent BOTMC delivery, let's give it a whirl. Popping' the top the brew yields a cinnamon raison bagel smell. Pours to deep reddish brown with a short tan head. Taste is a nice roasted malt but with sweet molasses like notes a little bitter more than that expected for a doppel. Mouthfeel is silkly smooth excepting some fizziness perhaps too much from the carbonation. It really varies from the style, not the roasted malts but the slight bitterness, but I like this twist of roasted malts and a little hop bite. I am rating this one on pure flavor and not style conformance. This beer should be imbibed closer to room temperature to get the full flavor range.

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 OneDropSoup
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this one in a BotM shipment.

Poured into a tulip pint: Finger of off-white head that drops to a thin ring & just a wisp of dusting. Darkish brown body, just barely transparent, with golden-orange highlights.

Fruit & caramel, like cooked apples, medium intensity. Slightly mineral smell.

Toasty, kind of muddied caramel taste up front with some dark fruit. Way too much alcohol taste for a beer of this strength. Muddies up the caramel flavors & makes it kind of hard to take, like cough syrup. Lingering syrupy aftertaste, with that off booze flavor.

Mouthfeel's fine: medium-bodied, a few notches above flat, but important notches.

Dammit, this was disappointing. As excited as I was to see a dopplebock in a BotM package, this is a letdown. That alcohol presence in the taste is just a turn-off. I hardly ever pour, but I'm really fighting the urge now.

EDIT: A little further in, the caramel sweetness becomes a little more forward, but still not great. Bumped the flavor from a 2 to a 2.5, that's all.

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