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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

73 Reviews
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 160
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-01-2008

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
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???? (958 characters)

Photo of mobyfann
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (905 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (366 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,118 characters)

Photo of srobertson59
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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). (1,211 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

It's no wonder this won a Silver at GABF, it's really that good. Just like all of their beers, Moerlein doesn't disappoint with this Doppelbock. Earthy, Nutty Malt backbone with a deep brown color. (200 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (806 characters)

Photo of beerme626
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (502 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having missed out on the Prohibition repeal anniversary date due to illness, I figured I would celebrate today with the Emancipator.

A_Looks almost like a rootbeer in the glass. The brown nicely carbonated liquid has a foamy white head which eventually settles into a nice foamy splotched cap.

S_Rich hearty brown bread mingles with a fig-like sweetness. Minor hop notes are present in the background and give this depth.

T_The first sip there is a marked sweetened pumpernickle taste. There are more notes of fig and caramel. The immediate aftertaste is refreshingly bitter, a mix of the roasted malts and slightly medicinal hops. As this finishes the final aftertaste is vaguely spicy and really rounds things out.

M_Medium bodied, slightly sticky and nicely carbonated. Those three characteristics do well in pushing the various tastes around the mouth and giving a nice feel to the followthrough.

D_This is one of the top American Dopplebocks I have yet tried. Overall it is a quite flavourful and balanced.

Danke pimpp (1,030 characters)

Photo of imaguitargod
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

~Jonathan Passow (350 characters)

Photo of beerman207
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (710 characters)

Photo of LyonsHead
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (837 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very much a ruby colored beer and it's a little coppery as well; even after a fairly hard pour there is really no head to speak of (nothing beyond 1/2 finger anyway); there is a faint skim that's attempting to survive on the top, but it doesn't look like it's going to last; body appears pretty clear and there is moderate carbonation bubbling up from the base; a slightly oily residue holds the lacing briefly, but it slides back down into the glass.

Smell: A firm malty smell that is a little sweet - a little figgy and a little caramel; a fair presence of alcohol is in the nose as well.

Taste: A very nice flavor that is actually pretty solid in the mouth. It's a little caramel-esque and a little bready; there is also a faint bitterness lurking in there from the hop presence but it is largely a very sweet and subtle beer. Not much of an aftertaste lingering at all.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little chewy; the carbonation leaves the mouth feeling pretty tingley and it also does it in the back of the throat; leaves the palate moist and my mouth is actually watering a little bit as I consider another big gulp of this beer. A pretty clean finish overall and just a wee-bit sticky on the roof. Very nice.

Drinkability: High. This is really a solid beer that doesn't overwhelm, just does the trick. A very manageable ABV and a very refereshing beer to enjoy after a very long day of work while watching a Reds game. I wish I would have bought more of this. (1,478 characters)

Photo of keeganfrank
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red beer with a soapy, tan head. Wonderful, smoky floral and spice aromas with some fruit and bread notes. Flavors of creamy caramel, spice, fruit and hints of brown sugar. A very complex, very enjoyable brew with a very rich body. Definitely not a beer that can be consumed in mass quantities. (299 characters)

Photo of Med
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to dschuster03 for this!

A - Pours a very dark copper with some ruby. An aggressive pour still only yields a 1 cm off white head that disappears almost entirely. Lacing is still decent.

S - Nice malty aroma with some raisin and bread notes. A little sweet. Very clean lager.

T - A little toasty bread. Nice sweetness to the malts but very well balanced. Some prune and hint of hop bitterness in the finish which lasts a decent while. Slight alcohol warming.

M - Medium bodies with nice carbonation. Not much coating to speak of but ultimately satisfying.

D - This is a great dopplebock. Not quite up to Celebrator standards but among the best I've had. I tend not to be as big a fan of most lagers, but this fits the standards well and, were it not a limited local to Cincinnati brew, could be a regular rotation for me. (837 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- The head was foamy at first and has since died down quite a bit. The beer itself is a dark brown red.

S- Very malty in smell, with hints of vanilla molasses and dark fruits.

T- The malt taste is solid with the molasses mixing in well. There is a great spice taste with this as well. As far as sweetness goes it isn't a very sweet doppelbock, but just great in malt taste.

M- Good solid mouthfeel with nice carbination to help it along.

D- Very easy to drink and would be a great addition to a winter/fall lineup. (521 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (852 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of lflow
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another good beer from this fine brewery.
Color is a dark shade of brown with a nice white head that does stick around for a little bit.

Smells like carmel and roasted grains.

Flavor is carmel, malty, bread-like, and some kind of raison/date/prune flavor that is actually pretty nice.

This dopplebock feels a bit thick, and is actually very nice while drinking it. Unfortunately, it leaves a bit of an uncomfortable taste/feeling in the mouth after drinking. (Aftertaste).

In my opinion, this beer is quite drinkable, because it's only down side is the aftertaste. Everything else is quite nice. And I can easily get past that. I know a little trick... keep drinking. (672 characters)

Photo of rcwhiteky
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber with a nice reddish hue head.

S-a sweet blast of malt malt and more malt.

T- Candy apple? carmel with some fruity flavors hidden underneth.
M- Thought this was thick and smooth.

D-Very Smooth

I liked This a lot was very sweet and refreshing would be nice on a fall night during an outside activity. (316 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with zapata. Thanks Ben!

It pours a fairly dark brown with lots of reddish highlights. A small head of foam after the pour and it was mostly gone shortly after. There is a bit of lacing.

The smell has a nice sweet malt-roasted malt nose with some fruitiness on the side and some chocolate more up front. Good nose.

The taste is a tad less sweet than the nose suggested but dang, it's tasty. There's toasted malt with some chocolate sweetness, some toffee, some chocolate bitterness, just a touch of caramel, in a niced medium bodied liquid that finishes slightly bready, lightly bitter. A very nice flavour complexity here and prety darned drinkable for the style.

Well, so far, I've been pretty impressed with what Christian Moerlein is brewing and I'm kind of surprised that there aren't more reviews for their beers. People, you're missing out on some good stuff. (893 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Party Source. Not sure if this is similar to the original Christian Moerlein Doppelbock as I never tried that one. This beer pours a mostly clear dark mahogany color with a medium and frothy beige head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Toasted malt, caramel and hops in the nose. Medium-bodied and smooth with sweet malt, caramel and hops flavors along with a touch of chocolate. The finish is moderately sweet with notes of burnt malt and hops lingering. Pretty enjoyable from start to finish. (528 characters)

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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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