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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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85
very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-01-2008

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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 76
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light mahogany/deep red color that is very clear. Not very much head and very little lacing.

S - Lots of dark sugar, plum, and pleasant esters. Wonderful malt sweetness takes over in the middle before a slight tartness finishes the aroma. Not very much of a roasted or caramel smell though.

T - Slightly complex...again, dark fruity esters to begin with but then has an awesome transition to a roasted/coffee finish which is just slight enough to balance out the beginning and end. Finishes with a faint chocolate malt flavor.

M/D - Very clean with low volumes of carbonation so flavors stick out very nicely. It's a very easy sipper and should be served around 50 degrees so the aroma and taste opens up. Not much trace of ethyl alcohol taste but only the warming sensation towards the end.

Photo of beerme626
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of sleazo
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Photo of imaguitargod
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours to a medium head that dissipates rather quickly. Ruby in color and clear as day. Nice malty presence right up front that mixes with dark fruit flavors. Plumb and raisin come right out in the flavors so much that I had to double check that I wasn’t drinking a Belgian Special Dark. Very drinkable and would seek out more!

~Jonathan Passow

Photo of beerman207
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a nice dark brown with 2 fingers of head along with some nice lacing left behind in the glass

S: Some fruit, chocolate, as well as some malt picked up in the nose - nice.

T: The taste is has some carmel, chocolate, and some fruit coming through. Alcohol is mildly present at the end. Nice warming feeling in the finish frmo the alcohol. A little bitterness comes through in the back end for the finish. More complex than I would have expected - very nice

M: just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I got two of these from my neighbor after sharing some Kentucky Breakfast Stout with him. I'm glad I have another since I look forward to having this one again. I would say it's highly drinkable.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep amber/ruby red color with nice fluffy off white head that really left before I wanted it too; decent lacing

S: very rich malty aroma, subtle notes of dark fruit, raisons. toasted

T: huge malt flavor with a nice complexity, there are also subtle flavors of dark fruits hear with a smooth and warming alcohol flavor. Finish is sweet but not cloying

M: clean and smooth, medium body

D: this is a great beer, As far as bocks go I'll be revisiting this one.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very much a ruby colored beer and it's a little coppery as well; even after a fairly hard pour there is really no head to speak of (nothing beyond 1/2 finger anyway); there is a faint skim that's attempting to survive on the top, but it doesn't look like it's going to last; body appears pretty clear and there is moderate carbonation bubbling up from the base; a slightly oily residue holds the lacing briefly, but it slides back down into the glass.

Smell: A firm malty smell that is a little sweet - a little figgy and a little caramel; a fair presence of alcohol is in the nose as well.

Taste: A very nice flavor that is actually pretty solid in the mouth. It's a little caramel-esque and a little bready; there is also a faint bitterness lurking in there from the hop presence but it is largely a very sweet and subtle beer. Not much of an aftertaste lingering at all.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little chewy; the carbonation leaves the mouth feeling pretty tingley and it also does it in the back of the throat; leaves the palate moist and my mouth is actually watering a little bit as I consider another big gulp of this beer. A pretty clean finish overall and just a wee-bit sticky on the roof. Very nice.

Drinkability: High. This is really a solid beer that doesn't overwhelm, just does the trick. A very manageable ABV and a very refereshing beer to enjoy after a very long day of work while watching a Reds game. I wish I would have bought more of this.

Photo of keeganfrank
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Med
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of elBecko
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of pwoods
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.

Photo of astebelton
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DougT
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another nice extra that i recieved lately. i really always appreciate these new beers. poured into a pint glass and enjoyed by myself tonight.

Poured a deep dark russet brown with a small, maybe an inch or so of off white head grazing over the top of it. There was significant side glass lace throughout the session and the overall look of it was quite thick. The aroma was of slight smoked variety. A little bit of roasted malt with a touch of caramel to sweeten in up. The taste was remarkably smooth and delicious. Great full body on this one, definitely not thin. Nice and mellow smoky flavor with a huge earthy and bread like back. A nice caramel sugar sweet finish brought it all together. No taste of alcohol at all and overall it was a very easy drinker. I could have easily had another. The carbonation stayed very nice throughout the session

Photo of largadeer
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.

Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of beb86
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mikecap
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JackRB
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of LanMartak
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of hinemk76
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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