Immolator Doppelbock Winter Beer - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
DD's first beer in a bottle, this won a 3-way popularity competition against a cherry belgian pale and a wee heavy. I was there on the voting day and it earned my vote.
This is an authentic Bavarian-style doppelbock that was brewed with the same ingredients the Germans use. It's even using a monastic yeast, although I haven't been able to find out which one it is.
Pours a copper-ish brown color with reddish highlights. With a normal pour the foam is bigger than you might expect for a doppel of this potency.
The profile of this beer is one that crosses the lines on both doppelbock variations. In general, doppels tend to be either straight-ahead malty (like Salvator) or a mix of malt with chocolate and dried fruits (Celebrator). This brew has hints of both variations. It starts off caramel-infused and malty, but there are hints of chocolate, fruit cake, and a finish with just the right amount of hop character to balance it. I'd say it reminds me a lot of Spaten Optimator, which also walks this line rather well.
The foam on this beer sticks around better than many German ones I've had, especially noteworthy because it's a hair stronger than most, too.
There's a tiny bit of heat to Immolator (the name's appropriate), but nothing too crazy.
A great take on the style, and one of if not the best US example I've had. The initial draft offering was potentially even a tiny bit better, but that could've been the atmosphere influencing that opinion.
I look forward to this beer being around again. Hopefully for Stakbierzeit!
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2010 15:16:36 | More by Domingo
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Of special note - Dry Dock's first bottled beer you could get in stores (well, one store that is).
A - Light brown with a tan head. Appears fairly carbonated. Head shrinks to a thin coating. A little lacing on the glass.
S - Toasted bread notes. Fairly light on the scent.
T - The toasted but sweet maltiness. Slight bitterness in the finish but the malts are what is really present. The hop bitterness seems to increase as I drink the beer and keep trying to examine the flavors. A hint of spice is tasted though the label lists no such additions.
M - Smooth and refreshing. The hop aftertaste doesn't linger that much while the malts seem to stick around.
D - Very drinkable. The amount of alcohol is deceptive though so watch how much you have.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2010 05:35:08 | More by JMBSH
Immolator Doppelbock Winter Beer from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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