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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree."

--Rabindranath Tagore

Dark nut brown was expected and dark pumpkin orange was delivered. The head barely reached one finger after a standard pour, which might mean less than ideal carbonation. Beer is seen from a bird's eye view in several minutes and no lace makes it to the glass.

The aroma is underpowered to say the least. To say the most, it's earthy and minimally medium-dark malty. It will take a major comeback for this CMBC brew to impress on the palate. Note: increased intensity with warming allows the score to be bumped.

Emancipator Doppelbock starts off behind the eightball because of its relatively low ABV for the style. That usually means a shortage of malt in what should be a malt-dominant style... and such is the case here. The flavor is okay, it just doesn't have much power.

Flavors include heartily toasted brown bread, carob, earthy tobacco leaves, bitter tea leaves and a small splash of cold coffee. Much more bitterness than is usual for the style probably has more to do with a lack of malt sugars than an abundance of hops. All that said, this really isn't bad beer in the end.

The mouthfeel is much too thin for the style. Taking ABV into account, however, it does deserve an average score. The bubbles are lightly fizzy on the tongue in the top half of the bottle, and are better buried in the bottom half.

Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock has nothing to do with trees or with Abraham Lincoln. It was brewed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. Although it's from great beer, that's something we can all raise a glass to.

Photo of uwharrieguy
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another botmc tasteing

poured semi dark like a glass of coke when the ice starts to melt

the smell is a musty sweet

medium mouth fill with the toffe sweet taste

this what i consider a winter warmer,a stand alone sipper,would be a little heavy with a meal

this is a good double bock...but since i've had it...i would try a different brewers to compare.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SpectralAbyss
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of KJH1958
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jopezu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Nyskizy
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby-brown with little to no head.

A flowery, malty smell; no scent really stands out.

Toffee is the dominant taste.

The feel is complex. It starts off with a gentle bite from the hops but it's followed by a smoothing of the sweet toffee to give balance.

This goes down pretty easily due to the sweetness in the finish. Looking forward to another.

Photo of stockingcpl
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of blakesell
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 cellared 12oz bottle poured into a German Stein.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark amber with a light quarter finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing on the sides of the mug. Clarity could be a little better as I'm seeing some haze on the lager.

Smell- Rich and sweet German malts really permeating out from this glass, I'm a bit surprised at the smell indicating this is a lot more than the average Moerlein brew. I'm catching a little papery oxidation in there as well and I'm suspecting perhaps it has sat in the cellar a bit too long.

Taste- The malt really holds up, but the oxidation has taken its toll on this beer as I'm once again getting a lot of the cardboard papery flavour that I smelled before. There is breadiness, but not a lot of the sweetness that would usually be perceived in a doppelbock. I'm also getting a soured twinge on the finish that is awfully unpleasant.

Mouthfeel- Medium full bodied, highly carbonated, smooth but highly astringent on the finish which hurts the beer overall.

Drinkability- I feel that a bit more alcohol would have helped this beer hold up over the years as this is a lighter doppelbock (guidelines showing them at a 7-10% average). I never tried it fresh and I really do wish I had so that I could compare/contrast.

If I do find it fresh, I will pick up a bottle just to give it a try fresh vs. aged, we have to hope that aging was the bad choice here.

Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Auburn colored...good but not great clarity..

S-Bready....some caramel....grapes....plums...black cherries...smells good...

T-A little thinner on the flavor than some but as it warms it gets better...bready with a good dose of the plums/black cherries...a little caramel sweetness too..

M-A little light in the shorts..could probably fit as a regular bock...firm carbonation...not as big as some of my favorites..

D-This is a nice, unassuming drinker with some redeeming qualities. Doesn't compare to the top doppels. My suggestion would be to label this just a "bock". It's a decent beer but just not really a doppel in my eyes...

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of kirkpjr
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby or mahogany red color verging on brown. One finger of head that dissipates quickly.

S: Dark fruits - plum and raisins. Also a hint of apple here. Sweet caramel malts.

T: Part of the dark fruits carry through to the taste. Mainly strong malts and a hint of roasted chocolate. Nothing notable here.

M: Moderate to low carbonation. A little thin.

D: A little too much chocolate/roastiness and too little body to warrant drinking many of these. Maybe doppelbocks aren't my cup of tea. But I'll still rate to style.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stamped 35212

A: Tawny and clear with a quick head and no lace.

S: As it warms, dry fruit but nothing initially.

T: Dates, figs, maybe even some prunes. Then I get more caramel and even a bit of vanilla. Some herbal hops on the finish--it would probably be too sweet and sticky without them. Pretty tasty.

M: Carbonation is subdued, which may be to thicken the mouthfeel. I rather like it.

O: I'm not particularly inclined to have another.

Photo of steelerguy
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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....

Photo of ltjska04
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of chaz01
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.