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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-01-2008)
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Photo of Ryan011235
2.08/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Re-review:

Poured into a snifter on 2/17/12

Medium brown settles up as almost murky with rust and copper highlights. A thin layer of bubbles moves to thin ring retention. No lace.

The aroma is bready with tangy grain and a toasted notion. Syrupy ghost note. Perhaps some dark fruit overtones. Dusty yeast and some near burnt sugars as it warms.

Flavor-wise, this leans much further into fruit territory, dark and tangy. Moderate bread middle leads to a curt, dry finish. Eh, I want to say it's borderline tart. Room temperature finds more bread.

The feel is a thin, timid light-medium sort of thing. Carbonation is fizzy but stops short of over-agitating.

Overall, this is underwhelming. While there are some ok aspects, it is too tangy and fruity. It wants for most of what I seek in a dopplebock.

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Original review:

Poured into a pint glass on 8/26/10

The color is a blend of deep caramel & copper with a rusty bent. Poured over a finger of light brown foam. Said foam dissipates quickly to a skim. Minimal retention with no lacing. (3.0)

A solid malt base is intertwined with vibrant floral notes & hints of grassiness. Caramel, toasted bread & a spot of brown sugar are notable. The aroma also has a grainy edge. Intermittent medicinal wisps. (3.5)

A plethora of toasted sugars greet the tongue - caramel, brown sugar & toffee. Faint hints of raisins. Not particularly sweet, nor bitter; it's well-balanced in that respect. Subtle earth tones. The medicinal notion remains, though it isn't persistent. (4.0)

With a gritty, grainy feel & a general robustness, Emancipator is fairly full bodied. Carbonation is very low & makes for a languid beer which I enjoy, as I'm fond of a notable grittiness. Finishes with toasted sugar residuals lingering for a few moments. (4.5)

All told, Emancipator isn't bad; I actually find it fairly enjoyable. It just seems rough around the edges. I don't know the abv, but there isn't any alcohol heat. (4.0)

Ryan011235, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Yetiman420
2.42/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I was *fortunate* enough to attend the first tapping of the first keg at the Pavilion in Mt. Adams (Cincinnati) on January 31, 2008.

The beer was poured into colored plastic cups so appearance was difficult to gauge.

Initially the beer was very foamy and very cold. The aroma was nice and had me optimistic about a brewery I've had mixed results with.

While very cold, the beer went down smooth with little taste and aftertaste. As the beer reached what I consider an ideal drinking temperature (40's) the sweetness and undistinguishable maltiness became overwhelming and unbearable.

Had my wife and I not been with two friends who were enjoying themselves, we would have left after half a beer (which happened to be free).

Bells and Victory have since restored my faith in this style.

Yetiman420, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of OneDropSoup
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

OneDropSoup, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Cavanut
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Cavanut, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of thedifferencemaker
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

thedifferencemaker, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of colts9016
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer from Kelly, thank you very much.

Poured into a pokal glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A nice two finger head that is light tan in color with foamy and bubbly. The color of the beer is a nice mahogany color with copper reddish hues. The body of the beer has effervescence. The clarity of the beer is clear, close to brilliant.

Nose: A nice rich boiled malt aroma with caramel melanoid, citrus, wood, and floral.

Taste: There is a good malt flavor with caramel, melanoids, wood, and floral.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is smooth and a little flat. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is light. Okay, this beer lacks some serious flavors it is bland and uninteresting.

colts9016, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of dnjmed
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

dnjmed, Apr 09, 2010
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

aSASn, Mar 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Mrtropnevad, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber brown in color with not much of a head.

S: Sweet and malty and not a whole lot else.

T: Syrupy sweet with caramel, brown sugar, malt and rye bread. There's a little warmness as the beer goes down that leaves a nice sensation, but overall, not a fantastic doppelbock. A little too syrupy for me.

notchucknorris, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Beejay
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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...

Beejay, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

bluejacket74, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of delahani
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber, almost burnt red color with a very thin head that fizzles out immediately. Initially there's a good amount of carbonation, but shortly after it dies down and leaves this looking like juice.
Aroma: I haven't had many bocks/doppelbocks, but it seems that they've always had a very prominent smell. This is no different; I can smell this beer from a couple feet away. Up close, it's surprisingly fruity. Strawberry, plum, and maybe a bit of orange. There's also a fair amount of maltiness on the nose.
Taste: First thing I realize is the cherry I missed on the nose. There's a nice taste of alcohol as it goes down, but the taste is nowhere near as nice, or present, as the smell. Weak cough syrup comes to mind, although I have to say that I usually hate any sort of cherry taste in a beer and this isn't bad.
Mouthfeel: Maybe it's the sweetness, but the few doppelbocks I've had remind me of drinking a soda--this one is similar. Not quite as much carbonation or fizziness, but the same sort of tongue-saturating feeling as a nice sugary soda.
Overall: Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of the style and wouldn't have bought this if it hadn't come in a beer of the month pack. I could see it being nice sitting by a wood fire or in the winter, but the sweetness is a bit much for me.

delahani, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree."

--Rabindranath Tagore

Dark nut brown was expected and dark pumpkin orange was delivered. The head barely reached one finger after a standard pour, which might mean less than ideal carbonation. Beer is seen from a bird's eye view in several minutes and no lace makes it to the glass.

The aroma is underpowered to say the least. To say the most, it's earthy and minimally medium-dark malty. It will take a major comeback for this CMBC brew to impress on the palate. Note: increased intensity with warming allows the score to be bumped.

Emancipator Doppelbock starts off behind the eightball because of its relatively low ABV for the style. That usually means a shortage of malt in what should be a malt-dominant style... and such is the case here. The flavor is okay, it just doesn't have much power.

Flavors include heartily toasted brown bread, carob, earthy tobacco leaves, bitter tea leaves and a small splash of cold coffee. Much more bitterness than is usual for the style probably has more to do with a lack of malt sugars than an abundance of hops. All that said, this really isn't bad beer in the end.

The mouthfeel is much too thin for the style. Taking ABV into account, however, it does deserve an average score. The bubbles are lightly fizzy on the tongue in the top half of the bottle, and are better buried in the bottom half.

Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock has nothing to do with trees or with Abraham Lincoln. It was brewed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. Although it's from great beer, that's something we can all raise a glass to.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 22, 2010
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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.