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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
85
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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mooseisloose

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

04-16-2010 18:06:22 | More by mooseisloose
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zebco

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured to a pure amber. I wouldn't really describe mine as light or dark. Just pure. The head fizzed away in about 5 seconds. Didn't put a stopwatch to it but.... maybe I'm guilty with not a vigorous enough pour?? The jurys out. I'm smelling sweet dark fruits. Catching a roasty vibe in there also. Sweet sweet malty flavor. I can taste some alcohol but it seems hidden quite well. Caramel with that sip. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Full bodied. I agree with the BOTM description as "chewy". I would most def purhcase this beer again. Probably not one of the more sought after d-bocks but I found my 3 brews very enjoyable.

04-15-2010 22:56:45 | More by zebco
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CHickman

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

04-14-2010 03:45:40 | More by CHickman
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kirkpjr

Alabama

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

04-13-2010 01:54:01 | More by kirkpjr
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

I got this as part of a BOTMC. I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a clear amber with a 2 finger white head, no lacing. The aroma is very sweet, molases, dark fruit, figs. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma, but has the same notes. It finishes with a lingering sweetness. IMO it is thin for the style. A solid beer, yes there are better doppelbocks, but this is very enjoyable.

04-10-2010 22:22:46 | More by bonkers
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dnjmed

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

04-09-2010 19:20:48 | More by dnjmed
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

A-Auburn colored...good but not great clarity..

S-Bready....some caramel....grapes....plums...black cherries...smells good...

T-A little thinner on the flavor than some but as it warms it gets better...bready with a good dose of the plums/black cherries...a little caramel sweetness too..

M-A little light in the shorts..could probably fit as a regular bock...firm carbonation...not as big as some of my favorites..

D-This is a nice, unassuming drinker with some redeeming qualities. Doesn't compare to the top doppels. My suggestion would be to label this just a "bock". It's a decent beer but just not really a doppel in my eyes...

04-06-2010 04:12:13 | More by ZAP
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

03-30-2010 22:47:19 | More by OneDropSoup
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chaz01

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Beer of the month club sample served in a Belgium fishbowl glass.

A: Dark amber/brownish color with a nice head that recedes quickly.

S: Rich malty bread-like smell. Also picked up hints of raisins and dark fruit.

T: Initially sweet malty taste up front, followed by a dark fruity flavor. Little or no hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, strong, heavy mouthfeel, with some alcohol presence.

D: Somewhat strong for a session beer, but lot of flavor and characteristics would make a great replacement for a red wine in pairing it with a main course.

03-26-2010 02:50:44 | More by chaz01
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steelerguy

New York

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
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imaguitargod

Ohio

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!

~Jonathan Passow

02-14-2010 01:12:08 | More by imaguitargod
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blakesell

Ohio

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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VaTechHopHead


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
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lflow

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

09-21-2009 02:41:55 | More by lflow
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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
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Beejay

Virginia

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
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colts9016

Idaho

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

08-08-2009 04:18:56 | More by colts9016
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LyonsHead

Ohio

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
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

05-09-2009 00:27:08 | More by bamadog
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beerman207

Kentucky

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
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-20-2009 04:22:42 | More by Wetpaperbag
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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
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ltjska04

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured out of the bottle there is little head that disappears quickly. It is a copper to ruby color.

The smell is somewhat of prune/raisin and a bit of that characteristic doppelbock malt scent.

The taste is a letdown unfortunately. German doppelbocks are some of my favorite beers and Moerlein usually makes some really good stuff, but this is mediocre at best. I don't know when this was bottled, but it almosts tastes old with a faded flavor. I'm pretty sure it was bottled recently since the first kegs were tapped only weeks ago and the bottle had no signs of dust. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it's just not anywhere near other doppelbocks.

The mouthfeel is sticky but smooth going down. I wouldn't have a problem drinking a six pack of this but I probably wouldn't go out and buy one.

03-24-2009 02:54:00 | More by ltjska04
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stockingcpl

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: This brew pours a red/brown clear amber. Head is frothy and light tan in color. Lacings are initially plentiful but fade quickly. Surface spiderwebbing, however, is plentiful or the duration of the drink. Good job.

Smell: The aroma is a full spicy malt. There is also a slight prune aspect. Very similar to a Winter Warmer. Again, good job.

Taste: Flavor onset is the prune spice zing that was detected in the aroma. This brew's flavor is different...it's not a traditional doppel bock, but certainly the flavor character is interesting.

Mouthfeel: The tongue is "tickled" by the initial prune and spice presence. Enjoyable. The palate does feel a little crouded, and there is a slight aftertaswte, however no alcohol warmth is detected. Ok.

Drinkability: During the winter this would be a great selection, however during a hot summer afternoon or during a weekend BBQ this would be a little heavy.

Prosit!
Nikki

03-05-2009 14:40:42 | More by stockingcpl
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

12-30-2008 15:12:19 | More by Dogbrick
Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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