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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

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-01-2008)
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jasonjlewis

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 01:13:50 | More by jasonjlewis
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 22:18:26 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 23:34:25 | More by largadeer
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mhewes

Colorado

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

A : Pours a dark copper/ruby color with a good off white head that leaves some good lacing behind

S : Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, and raisins.

T : Bready flavors with sweet malt. A slight hop bitterness on the finish. The alcohol shines through a little bit

M : Medium-bodied, chewy

D : Pretty good doppelbock. Better than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 00:27:08 | More by mhewes
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Riverwarrior

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 11:49:41 | More by Riverwarrior
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 18:09:44 | More by BEERchitect
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 10:34:04 | More by Bierguy5
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Med

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 00:50:32 | More by Med
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 01:18:56 | More by FtownThrowDown
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sleazo

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 23:01:37 | More by sleazo
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Yetiman420

Ohio

2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2008 21:27:36 | More by Yetiman420
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srobertson59

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 00:40:00 | More by srobertson59
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 04:20:35 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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becktone

Ohio

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2008 05:07:21 | More by becktone
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pwoods

Ohio

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.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2008 02:46:38 | More by pwoods
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

Serving type: growler

02-04-2008 04:13:57 | More by mobyfann
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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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