Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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4.78/5 rDev +25.8%
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????
11-17-2008 19:47:22 | More by TheBierBand
4.49/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
02-07-2013 01:37:09 | More by Minkybut
4.47/5 rDev +17.6%
Paid $7.99 to refill my growler at Party Source in Bellevue, KY...
Served to guests for SUPER BOWL 42! Go Giants!
The beer pours a clear chocolate base, medium white-caramel colored head, long-lasting head retention and nice signs of lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is smoky like woodchips at first, then a full nose of malts, slightly sweet to follow, heavenly for the malt-lover.
The taste (and I agree with TheBierBand in letting the beer settle about 15 minutes to warm up) is sweet at first, toffee for sure, and settles with a full malt aftertaste coupled with a crisp finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth with the retaining head and the beer meets all drinkability expectations, and by no means has the feel of any alcohol at 6.5% abv.
Final Thought: Wow, I've had their doppelbock before, but this emancipator "brand" feels like the high-end model of their original beer... outstanding!
02-04-2008 04:13:57 | More by mobyfann
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
Filled up my growler at the Party Source after my shift ended this evening.
Eye: The beer pours brown into the glass, when light diffuses through it there is a beautiful red that comes out, also some hints of orange near the bottom of the glass. Body is clear however, the head could use some work. Could be this glass, don't think I've really ever got a good head in it, or could've been the cleanliness of my growler, or both. With that taken out of account this beer still looks great, even with the crappy head retention I'm getting.
Nose: Big rich malty aroma in this brew. I get roasted characteristics some chocolate, some sweet notes(from alcohol?) and some caramel/toffe. The aroma is complex and potent as well, but not overpowering. This beer smells great.
Tongue: I am definitely getting some roasted flavors as well as some chocolate in here. I'm also picking up a general sweetness, and in very minute amounts, a slight spiciness that could possibly be coming from the alcohol. There is also a bit of that dark fruit flavor that strikes the front of the tongue and then is quickly covered up. At times I also pick up some of that caramel/toffee. Its hard to pick out all the subtleties in a beer that is this complex, it is very much alive, flavors weaving in and out of each other, finding balance and creating ecstatic portraits of color.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: If this beer is light on the palate then I am Micky Mouse. Very nice full body that just weighs down the tongue. Lower carbonation levels compliment the complexity of the flavor of the beer and keep out of the way of the beer's taste while still supporting the mouthfeel.This is one beer that I will drink again, and I can easily see myself buying it again soon. This is a Doppelbock that I'd consider living off of, well at least for a few days.
edit: Let it be known that I've not eaten at all today, I've been up about 14 hours and I'm on my second glass of this, I am not really all that hungry, by the time this glass is done I will prolly be full. The bros are right when they say that this style is a meal in and of itslef.
02-25-2008 05:07:21 | More by becktone
4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
Appearance - pours a dark caramel color with some red tint to it. A good finger of creamy head throws a few nice swaths of lace around the glass.
Aroma - an essence of baked bread out of the bottle. Thick aroma of malt with a light toast to it. Fades out after setup but retains some of the nice aroma.
Taste - big and malty as it should be. Nice roasted element there with a hint of roasted coffee on the swallow and continuing into the aftertaste. A quick flash of hops follows, briefly providing a moment of parity. Finishes with a tingling of alcohol and a reprise of the breadiness that makes the style what it is. Smooth alcohol and some mellow flavors of dark chocolate come out with warming and create a rather long finish. Quite a nice array of flavors.
Mouthfeel - appropriately heavy, low to mid carbonation level.
Drinkability - very tasty. I really am impressed with what CM has put out in the past 12 months, this is a finely crafted brew. I need a blind head-to-head against some of the better rated DB's to see how it fares against its peers.
02-27-2008 04:20:35 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
On tap from Taylor's Pub (Blue Ash):
A - Pours a dark chestnut with deep red highlights. Very clear in the glass and forms a small head with very little retention. Seems a bit lacking in the foam formation.
S - Roasty/Malty with some burnt caramel hits the nose. A slight bit of bitter coffee is noted well beneath the malt. No real hint of hops.
T - Really close to the aromas! There's a bit of sweetness that the nose didn't pick up. The sweetness turns into a molasses/brown sugar flavor as the brew warms. Bitterness isn't present other than the slight coffee bean flavor.
M - Creamy, but somewhat thin. From the smell and flavor, you kind of expect a bit thicker viscosity. Alcohol gives a very slight warming spice quality, but is well hidden. Carbonation is lively, but doesn't prickle the tongue.
D - An easy drinking brew. Color and flavors make you want to sip this, but in reality you can drink this one easily; you won't have to baby it. Close to being a good session beer as it doesn't kick or fill you up too fast.
A really well balanced brew. Not too heavy and nowhere near being light. I will certainly have this while it's around (especially since it's in walking distance of the office).
02-29-2008 00:40:00 | More by srobertson59
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
Pours to a medium head that dissipates rather quickly. Ruby in color and clear as day. Nice malty presence right up front that mixes with dark fruit flavors. Plumb and raisin come right out in the flavors so much that I had to double check that I wasn’t drinking a Belgian Special Dark. Very drinkable and would seek out more!
02-14-2010 01:12:08 | More by imaguitargod
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
A - Pours a light mahogany/deep red color that is very clear. Not very much head and very little lacing.
S - Lots of dark sugar, plum, and pleasant esters. Wonderful malt sweetness takes over in the middle before a slight tartness finishes the aroma. Not very much of a roasted or caramel smell though.
T - Slightly complex...again, dark fruity esters to begin with but then has an awesome transition to a roasted/coffee finish which is just slight enough to balance out the beginning and end. Finishes with a faint chocolate malt flavor.
M/D - Very clean with low volumes of carbonation so flavors stick out very nicely. It's a very easy sipper and should be served around 50 degrees so the aroma and taste opens up. Not much trace of ethyl alcohol taste but only the warming sensation towards the end.
12-09-2009 06:19:45 | More by VaTechHopHead
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
03-05-2012 03:07:26 | More by beerme626
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
A: It pours a nice dark brown with 2 fingers of head along with some nice lacing left behind in the glass
S: Some fruit, chocolate, as well as some malt picked up in the nose - nice.
T: The taste is has some carmel, chocolate, and some fruit coming through. Alcohol is mildly present at the end. Nice warming feeling in the finish frmo the alcohol. A little bitterness comes through in the back end for the finish. More complex than I would have expected - very nice
M: just the right amount of carbonation.
D: I got two of these from my neighbor after sharing some Kentucky Breakfast Stout with him. I'm glad I have another since I look forward to having this one again. I would say it's highly drinkable.
05-05-2009 00:35:38 | More by beerman207
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
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
This has been one of my favorite styles of beer for a very long time. And I'm proud to say that this semi-local beer fits the style nicely. The beer opens with a heavy ruby / chesnut hue and creamy head formation that laced well and retained until the end. Aromas are light but take on big bready, meaty, malty scents with hints of berries and dehydrated fruits. Flavors of strong, intense malts make the beer powerful and lightly chewy. The bready, toasty notes give a lot of character while stablizing the base. Dates, figs, berries, nuts,candied cherries, plumbs, and grapes round out some of the esters and character from the yeast. The body never waivers, but ligthens in the end to make the beer very drinkable and diverse. Graininess and astringency is low, alcohols are moderate... folks this is a nice beer.
Notes from '08 NHC.
06-24-2008 18:09:44 | More by BEERchitect
Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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