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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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very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
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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3/5  rDev -21.3%

havoc1, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

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RichH55, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

SpectralAbyss, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

nickapalooza86, Jan 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

DarthTremens, Jan 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

jrohrbacher, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Groomsy
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

Groomsy, Jan 20, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Gavage, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Lukass, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

mwar, Nov 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Vonstein15, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Nyskizy, Mar 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

aSASn, Mar 09, 2012
Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.