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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-01-2008)
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KJH1958

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-26-2013 23:35:39 | More by KJH1958
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ChuckSchick


3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-25-2013 13:52:09 | More by ChuckSchick
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SpectralAbyss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-24-2013 23:24:32 | More by SpectralAbyss
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

01-24-2013 02:29:19 | More by nickapalooza86
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DarthTremens

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

01-22-2013 17:16:27 | More by DarthTremens
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

01-20-2013 14:31:16 | More by jrohrbacher
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Groomsy

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug. Bottled on December 18, 2012.

This doppelbock has a dark crimson hue with hints of pumpkin orange in the light. Topped by a quick-fading of khaki foam, it maintains some visible carbonation in the glass but leaves no lacing.

The smell of this is quite enticing. Malt-forward is an understatement: Bursting with toffee, rich caramel, brown sugar, molasses, rye bread, and dark fruit, the aroma wafts out of the glass with its sweetness. There is no hop presence detectable except for maybe a hint of tea-like earthiness. This smells delicious - can I make a candle from it?

On the front of the palate, I notice lots of dark fruits - plums and raisins come to mind. This fruity flavor stays pretty consistent before a massive malt explosion happens. All the aromas mentioned are present in the taste and cascade together very cleanly. There are some toasted grain and bread-like flavors on the palate that aren't present in the aroma as well. There is very little flavor from the yeast, and as a result, this beer finishes clean and sweet with some warming alcohol.

While not syrupy, this beer is definitely thick. Its low carbonation also gives it a slightly sticky and dry finish. The alcohol leaves some lingering bitterness with some tea-like bitterness and earthy, slightly nutty flavor.

This is by far the best offering I've had from Moerlein. They've knocked it out of the ballpark with this beer. (No pun intended? Sorry, Reds joke.) Definitely pick this up if you're into the malt-heavy styles.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:08:19 | More by Groomsy
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with some softer brown highlights along the edge of the glass. A short wispy head fades quickly.

Smell: malt sweetness and some bread tones come through to the nose.

Taste: decent grainy malt base with some darker fruit sweetness, bread, a bit of chocolate, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and a bit thinner than other doppelbocks. Lightly crisp throughout. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors softly linger on the tongue.

Overall: a decent doppelbock that is malt centric and easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 23:44:11 | More by Gavage
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-22-2012 17:56:47 | More by Lukass
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-27-2012 00:17:39 | More by mwar
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Vonstein15

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-13-2012 02:11:31 | More by Vonstein15
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bayner34

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-24-2012 17:41:45 | More by bayner34
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BFC84

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-08-2012 16:47:36 | More by BFC84
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LanMartak

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-22-2012 20:08:29 | More by LanMartak
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-18-2012 20:15:24 | More by carteravebrew
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DougT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-03-2012 20:37:28 | More by DougT
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OtsegoHive

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

05-08-2012 16:55:45 | More by OtsegoHive
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams tulip. Pours a nice clear reddish brown color. Carbonation is extremely low. I get no head whatsoever. Nose is subdued with faint notes of cookies and spices.

Medium- to full-bodied beer with a very traditional dopplebock flavor. Bready, malty notes up front and a mild hop profile. In the front of the palate, I get flavors of toffee and caramel which develop into some cinnamon and ginger notes. Finish is mild and pleasant.

Overall, a good beer with a nice flavor profile, but I think it needs some carbonation to wake up the palate. Moreover, I think it lacks the complex maltiness and chewy mouthfeel that the best dopplebocks (e.g., Ayinger Celebrator) have. Still a good beer that I'm proud to call ``local''. I'd love to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 09:31:47 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Nyskizy

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-24-2012 19:37:50 | More by Nyskizy
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aSASn

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-09-2012 03:57:33 | More by aSASn
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elBecko

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-05-2012 03:18:57 | More by elBecko
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beerme626

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 03:07:26 | More by beerme626
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keeganfrank

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 17:23:58 | More by keeganfrank
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srandycarter

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty amber/garnet. Ring only for head, some lace.

S - Very light toasted malt, eartly.

T - Toffee, caramel, light toasted malt, light hop bittering.

M - Creamy, good balance and carb. Ends on the sweet side.

D - Kind of simple... would get boring.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 07:51:31 | More by srandycarter
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-19-2012 23:39:35 | More by jaidenjb
Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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