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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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Reviews: 73
Hads: 161
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 18.42%
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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Photo of Groomsy
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown with minimal head. The smell is pretty indistict, some sweetness and a little wheat. Mmmm, tastes much better, big sweet caramel and some banana, charged with bubbles. This one is going down real easy and I could easily down another.

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Photo of bonkers
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Marchi's Carry-out in Gallipolis, OH.

Pours into the pint glass with a translucent, rustic amber body. A fleeting cap of tan foam quickly recedes, but is retained as a ring of bubbles thanks to a lively carbonation level. The nose has a soft, muted nuttiness with sweet toffee malts. A light balance of floral German hops becomes apparent, as do some ripe fig, plum, and red grape notes.

The flavor brings caramel & toffee with some bread dough and cracker maltiness. A healthy dose of bittering hops balances the sweetness well. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet creamy with a vigorous carbonation level that thankfully doesn't wear at the palate. All in all, Emancipator is a solid American-brewed doppel. Goes down easily, packs just the right amount of flavor, and I'm headed back to the fridge for another one right now.

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Photo of zebco
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted malt and sweet melanoidins dominate the aroma. Floral hop character is subtle. There's a bit of a tangy/metallic note.

Flavor reveals a sweet toasted malt backbone, fairly rich, with toffee notes. Fruity specialty malt notes are subtle, but add depth. Nice example of the style. It's just a touch too sweet.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5-21-10 - poured into a personalized pilsner glass - 12Fl.oz. (355ml) capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown When held up to the light, it has an amber tint. This beer has a creamy tan head that gradually disperses leaving a thin, slender head.

Smell: Aroma of sweet caramel malt, bread, honey, and a suggestion of dark rum.

Taste: Dark, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and dark fruits (especially plums and figs) cross the palate. It finishes with a modest hint of herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice, moderate carbonation and a crisp, slightly dry finish. However, this beer fails to really impress me as it flows over the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. This beer has potential and goes down quick! The herbal hops help balance against the sweet, malt character.

Comments: A beer of the month selection. Overall, a good example of a doppelbock, it has renewed my interest in the style.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep amber in color with a white head that quickly dissipates.
S-sweet malt but very hard to smell anything else
T-alot like it smells. really sweet malt that finishes smooth
M-crisp and smooth
D-goes down really smooth with no notice of abv...

great product from my home town of cincinnati!

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Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jhoban19
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a mug.

A: deep reddish-brown, very clear. Vigorous pour yields half a mug of airy foam that settles slowly. Poured the rest of the bottle slowly so as not to create a spillover. Spots of lacing retreat quickly back into the liquid.

S: All sweet caramel malt, with a bit of toffee and that crisp lager aroma when agitated. Almost reminds me a little of a Bit-O-Honey candy. Also detecting a subtle hint of herbal hops.

T: Taste follows suit with the aroma and is dominated by caramel and toffee malt. Some fruity esters are definitely present, more so than in the aroma, but no particular fruit (other than "dark" fruit) flavor stands out to me. As it warms, notes of cocoa start to become evident.

M: Medium body, smooth and mouth-coating with a long, crisp finish.

D: Emancipator is a very drinkable brew. Dominated by sweet malts but never cloying. Balanced just enough by some of the dark fruit notes and subtle herbal hops. At the risk of sounding too cliché, I wish I had some wienerschnitzel with spaetzle to go along with the beer. A biergarten would be nice, too.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of mhewes
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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P-12oz bottle, into glass stein

A-absolutely gorgeous dark amber brew, with crystal clarity, medium high carbonation, and nice dark ivory cap with good stick.

S-wonderful toasted bread, sweet caramel, and a ghost of fruity alcohol. Rich and powerful for a modest gravity.

T-dark slightly boozy fruit, with just a hint of wheat bread behind, and a gentle but firm bitterness.

M-nice and creamy

O-Overall very nice. Reminds me of celebrator. B = 86-7

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as a gift from someone

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a sweet caramel malt and dark fruit nose

T - Follows the nose with with sweet caramel malt with some dark fruit in the background

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I enjoyed this beer overall its well made and easy to drink with a good flavor profile worth getting sometime to try

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Photo of dtivp
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the Month Selection

Poured a dark ruby brown with a very thin head that lasted seconds with no lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits with some sweet malt, caramel.

Taste of figs and dates some sweet malts with a hint of spice.

Body was on the light side with little carbonation. Finishes sweet and the flavors come out a little more as it warms up to room temperature.

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Photo of chaz01
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is lighter than the big boys, clear and just into a good amber/red ale territory. The head fails to do much of anything, even when I pour harder upon seeing that nothing's forming. It manages about average appearance in size, retention and lacing left behind.
A strong malt offers breads, caramel and dark fruits with a twang of hops and an underlying barley-like grains note. There's not much missing in the aroma.
The flavor brings forward the malt backbone and subsequent caramel, bread and dark fruits while a note of tobacco also pulls through. Sweetness is moderate and pleasant, creamier than it is fruity as though supported just as much by the caramel note as the fruits and supported by a chocolate note that's not dark or bittersweet, but very much a mild chocolate (but not too sugary) sweetness. While malt-forward, hops offer very little here and even the malts miss the mark of the better examples of the style.
The mouthfeel is where the big doppelbocks really dominate this one. I like it because it's rich, downright lush, filling the mouth with creamy smoothness, but it's a notch below doppelbock thickness or body. For an amber, brown, IPA, etc., this is a great mouthfeel; but it seems lacking for a doppelbock.
no doubt, this is a tasty beer. It's shy of the greats, but certainly one to try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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....

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear slightly ruddy amber, not unlike how a good Vienna lager looks, and forms a solid finger of pale beige head that swiftly dissipates. Plenty of carbonation is visible clinging to the sides of the glass, as well as rising steadily through the beer. Looks rather more like a bock than a doppelbock, so we shall see how the rest goes.

Smell: Doughy bread with toffee sprinkles, something not unlike leather, and a hint of cooked raisin.

Taste:Definite confirmation of the bread from the aroma, as the taste of fresh-baked bread swells to fill the entire mouth from the first sip. Toffee notes abound through the liquid loaf, as do some earthen and leathery tones. Here and there, hints of cooked raisin and walnut peek through, and the finish is full of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy, not quite as sticky as one would expect for a doppelbock.

Overall: Overall, not a bad beer. I'd think it shades more into the bock category than a doppelbock, but it's tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.