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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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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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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 160
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 russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.... (716 characters)

Photo of ltjska04
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (799 characters)

Photo of stockingcpl
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 (929 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)

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 Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour summons forth a three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a very dark, concentrated amber / brown color that shows clear, deep red color when held up to the light. The aroma is suitably malt focused, but definitely hits some interesting notes that I haven't noticed in a Doppelbock before; almost rum-like raisin notes (without the alcohol heat), deeply caramelized toffee notes, slightly salty concentrated malt notes that are definitely rich in Maillard character and Umami like richness (some might describe this as soy, but this hasn't gotten to this point yet) as well as some light toasted malt notes in the finish.

Somewhat sweet tasting, though it is not nearly as lush or rich in mouthfeel as I was expecting (based on the aroma). Still this is rich tasting with lots of deeply caramelized, concentrated malt flavors that take on a prune / dried fig like character towards the finish. Appropriately lightly bittered in the finish with just a touch of herbal hop character up front. A touch of cocoa is noticeable in the flavor at times, but it is usually hidden by the sweeter, concentrated malt flavors. Almost has a smoky, peat like character to it; it definitely tastes a bit like the sea, in the same way a good Scotch Whisky can. Other flavors of dried currants, toffee and a light nuttiness. As it warms up a bit the beer becomes a bit more lush in mouthfeel and is actually just about spot on with a palate coating heft and viscousness that makes this a sipping brew.

Interesting and certainly a good example of a Doppelbock. This is actually better than I expected and once it starts to warm up a bit, from its initial serving temperature of 50°F / 10°C, the body starts to get a bit more rich and has a fullness which helps carry the rich malt flavors. (1,838 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (750 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 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 mhewes
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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. (348 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 Bierguy5
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (463 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 FtownThrowDown
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (280 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 Yetiman420
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
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. (795 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 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 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 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)

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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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