Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels - Sprecher Brewing Company

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-18-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this with some very high hopes that it was going to blow my mind. The beer poured out as a decent looking brown color with some thin white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a little bit of a bourbon aroma to it. The taste of the beer was alright, I guess I was hoping for more a vanilla flavor in it but it seemed that the oak was more dominant in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was alright, had a good carbonation but just didn't really do too much else for me. Overall, disappointment sets in, I thought this would have been so much better but I suppose I was wrong. Better luck next time.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Alex for bringing this to share in line before DLD.

Pours a clear light brown. Almost orangish. A bit of white head that dissipates quickly. Smells incredibly bourbon heavy. The rest of the beer fades into the background as the bourbon overwhelms. Some sweet malt on the nose and tongue but mostly vanilla and a touch of oak. Overall, a great bourbon profile but not really much else going on

Photo of vince4953529
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to see this in store today, I felt a bit nostalgic because the last time I've seen a Sprecher imperial series 1-liter bottle in southern California was 2 or 3 years ago. I snatched it impulsively without reading the reviews prior.

The poured color was a very dark brown with a thin head. Smell like a typical bal-aged beer, vanilla, molasses, etc.

It's a bit thin, the based beer was supposed to be a doppelbock but it was completely masked by the barrel-aging. The mouthfeel was adequate, not thick but not terribly watery. A bit of a boozy heat could be felt on the nose.

Overall it is decent but not outstanding, as Sprecher is basically a just-above-average brewery.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: blackish brown, trace head, patchy lacing

S: bourbon barrel aroma, hint of roasted, nuts, malt, whiff of smoke

T: sweet malt, hint of nut, spicy bourbon finish

M: Medium body/could be a tad heavier, big prick on tongue

D: Quite nice. Sprecher really is a hit or miss brewery for me. This is a hit, wish it was a little more heavy, but still worth seeking out.
I would say not sessionable, but no need to gracefully sip it either.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Finally glad to have found a bottle of this one, the last of the Sprecher barrel-aged brews for me (I believe). It pours a clear dark russet topped by finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises butter, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, and buttercream. The whiskey doesn't come through as powerfully as it did with the others. The taste does not differ from the smell. At all. Fair enough. Still pretty good, if you ask me. The body leans toward a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and an almost chewy feel. Overall, a solid d-bock, though the barrel-aging doesn't seem as ... thorough as I'd have expected, and the distinctive doppelbock-iness isn't really all there either. That said, it is rather enjoyable regardless.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a deep garnett color with a sticky one finger toasted almond colored head that held pretty well,you can tell this is a big sweet monster from the aromas,vanilla,caramel,dark fruit,chocolate,and toasted oak all play a part,then the sweet alcohol begins to show as it warms.With all that sweetness I expected a full chewey feel but it actually was a little light,I think the only real flaw to this beer.Vanilla tinged bourbon,dark fruit,and caramel are the main flavors with a nice toastiness in the finish.As it warms the alcohol again really comes into play.Nice malt complexities and warm,its a sipper,I thought it would be,the barrel aging isnt over done,wich is a good thing.

Photo of BogusOwnz
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split the growler into 3 12ounce hofbrau mugs

A- pours a clear dark amber

S- smells chocolate with Carmel. The bourbon is 2nd and not in your face.

T- taste is very sweet and very very smooth. I get chocolate and Carmel. It tastes like it smells with a slight bourbon finish. No alcohol heat at all. Could have to do with the age on the bottle.

M- little to know carbonation

D- this is an awesome and rare treat. It's an amazing beer but I could not have downed more then half the 34oz growler my self I'm glad I had two to share with.

If you can find this pick it up I did research and found only 394 bottles were made 2 years ago. Very unique and highly recommended to the dopplebock and barrel aged beer lover.

Photo of sweemzander
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1liter waxed swing top bottle poured into a snifter. Summer 2008 printed on the label; man, I did not realize this was that old!

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color with subtle mahogany highlights. Produced a nice tan colored head with great retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nice lightly roasted profile. Bits of cocoa, raisin and molasses with a subtle caramel and toffee sweetness. Finishes dry and a subtle vanilla oak.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A nice mellow caramel/toffee/vanilla sweetness to it with plenty of raisins. Very minimal roasted components.

(M)- A good carbonation level dispite 2+ years of age. A tad thinner than expected, but still has flavor to back it up. Very smooth yet dry finish.

(D)- This has held up really well despite being a Dopplebock. Smooth; mellow flavors that go down easy. Has started to thin out a bit, but still solid.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle hand labeled 9351, whatever that means... purchased about a year ago.

Aromas are dominated by sweet malts, a little roast, lots of dark caramels, molasses, dark wheats and a whole bunch of oakiness (which encompasses vanilla and burnt sugar).

The tastes are amazing; very complex. Lots of dark malt flavors, chewy malts, burnt sugar, caramels, wheat, dark fruits, wowzeers. Really no alcohol detection except for the fact that the mouthfeel is seriously thick and chewy, which I know means high ABV (normally). Oakiness lingers throughout which is quite enjoyable, but it never dominates, which is a key.

Funny how I haven't mentioned hops yet, that's because they do not exist as far as my taste buds can sense.

Overall this beer is delicious... period. It is slightly syrupy, slightly boozy, but mainly wow! Caramels, burnt sugar, and definitely some hints of German yeast combined with booze as it warms, but it is never abrasive, ever. Enjoyed this over a 2 hour period while eating a pork tenderloin and a bountiful helping of seasoned potatoes and fresh farmers market produce with a beer infused mustard dip.

Photo of SykDoc
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 L bomber into a pint glass. It pours a deep/dark brown, basically opaque when held to the light. A 3/4 inch tan head forms and reduces to a mild over-the-top lacing.

The aroma is a bit light with an up front oaky vanilla that seems to predominate. A bit of bourbon is also present.

The taste is quite good. The oaky vanilla seems to hit first, followed by a caramel malt/dark fruit sweetness finished by a bourbon goodness. Yum!

The mouthfeel seemed a bit low on carbonation with a medium/heavy body. This goes down smooth and creamy leaving just a faint oaky/leathery texture behind.

Overall, this is a very good beer and I believe would be higher in the ranks given more access. It goes down well, have an elevated, but not too high ABV and provides a large dose of taste. Very good.

Photo of eddocron
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 Liter bottle, bottle number 9350, purchased at Prince's Liquors in Plymouth MN.

Thin head that laces, smell: sweet malts, bourbon oaks.

Taste: Heavy malts, heavy in the mouth with a lingering bitter after taste.

Mouth feel: As stated above, chewy, strong bodied bock.

Drinkability: Stronger mouth feel and after tatste than I prefer.

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken on 4/17/10

1 liter large brown swingtop bottle dipped in red wax and hand numbered 9351 in red paint on the lower bottom portion of the back of the bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with a finger of creamy tan head that laces all about the glass. Retains fairly well for a barrel aged beer. Aroma of this beer is mostly dominated by the bourbon oak character: vanilla and wood. Taste initially is a mixture of dark sugar, raisins and oak smokiness with dark malt flavor and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Medium feel with moderate carbonation. Lingering taste of dark grains and oakiness left in the mouth. As it warms more of the alcohol shines through.

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large 1L bottle with snap on top, thanks to tai4ji2x for sharing this with me. The bottle is from Feb, 2007.

A: Light head fades quickly over very dark mud brown color.

N: Sweet malts, a little roast, lots of dark crystal, molasses, caramel, some dopplebock like aromas with touches of dark wheat, hints of oak and vanilla, and booze.

T: Lots of dark malt flavors, chewy malts, lots of dark crystal and dark wheat, tons of brown sugar, raisin, molasses, and syrup. Pretty fruity as well. Lots of sweetness, with even a hint of candi sugar. With all that sweetness, syrup, and malt comes quite a boozy taste and warming booze. It drinks like 12% not 9%, especially for 3 years in the bottle. There is also some bourbon flavors and lots of oak and vanilla. There is a bit of bitternes in there too, with hints of earthy hops.

M: Lighter to medium, and lower but decent carbonation.

F: Some bitterness again, with hints of earthy hops late. Again some sweetness and syrupy with more lingering brown sugar, lots of raisin and fruit, as well as some candi sugar lingering. There is also a bit of smoke and some maple with lingering bourbon and oak. Lots of vanilla as well. The boozy taste and warming booze drinks a lot heavier than it is.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany with a thin, off-white, fizzy head that dissolves quickly, leaving some patches and a ring around the perimeter.
Strong bourbon and vanilla notes on the nose. Caramel, oak and alcohol.
Taste is heavy on the bourbon as well, with vanilla and oak following. Chocolatey malts on the finish. A little bit of alcohol present on the tongue. Very good.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a little bit of carbonation. Warmth from the alcohol as it goes down. Medium body.
Decent drinkability, but the alcohol makes its presence known well enough to make me want to go slow. A sipper, as it's meant to be.

Photo of MASPuros
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Liter swing top bottle

A: rich dark mahogany brown with cream colored head. Light shines through pretty clear. Minimal lacing

S: mmmm smells like a See's Candy store ... caramel, butterscotch and vanilla. Some bourbon.

T: Sweet malts, toffee, caramel ... with bourbon backbone, with little aftertaste. Slight heat form alcohol but not unpleasant at all

M: Very smooth yet sticky and slick.

D: This is a sipper but oh what a sipper.

Highly recommended this has to be the best beer I've ever tasted so far.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Liter bottle split and poured into a Sprecher Nonic. 9.0% ABV, 9351 written on the back of the bottle.

A - Clear and super dark brown with a big, loose tan head. Lower retention went down to a thin layer and left only little bits of lace on the glass.

S - Big malty sweet nose that's very bready with a bold but well-balanced bourbon barrel hint. The aroma is very smooth and robust. Sure to be a fantastic beer already!

T - Very bold bread-like malts with a robust bourbon barrel finish. Low boozy alcohol flavor that's warm and calming with nuances of brown sugar and molasses. Very, very good.

M - Smooth and robust with a medium-full body and warm, clean finish.

D - Just like the Sprecher barrel aged russian imperial stout, I could put this bottle down myself but it would take the better part of an evening. An awesome beer from Sprecher I want to get more of!

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a huge bottle with the flip top lid on it.

Color is a robust brown/golden copper. Tan head. A nice looking dobbelbock.

Aroma: Oak, bourbon. A lot of big malt flavor going on here. Earthy hops. Some caramel.

Taste: Very identical to the smell. Oak/wood. A lot of bourbon. Big malty taste. Caramel and some fresh earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy and boozy. Fully bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Leaves a bourbon flavored aftertaste. Very nice.

Overall, very good offering from Sprecher. I was very excited that I could try a beer of this style. Very big + boozyness = a definite sipper. I may venture out for some more of this beer, but the price tag is quite hefty.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It poured a deep brown/molasses color with a black core. There was a short head that quickly retreated into nothing. There was no activity from carbonation visible.

It had a great malty scent, it was accented by a slight bourbon and smoky oak fragrance.

It had an incredibly strong, and astringent bourbon flavor. There was a slight dry malt finish. It was lite bodied with a slight watery quality.

It tastes more like cheap whiskey than good beer. Drinkable, but not what I would normally drink.

Photo of Bootscraper
3.07/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

served at about 50 degrees F in pint glass, listening to Fen- "The Malediction Fields"
Sprecher's Dopple Bock is already the favorite brew of mine, by this home-town brewery. I thought it was about time that I picked some more up again just for the sake of giving it a proper review though. That is when I went to Woodman's and saw this limited edition version of it (they also had a scotch ale). Needless to say, I was rather disappointed.
The pour created an almost 1 inch very tan head, but quickly shrank to a thin layer (and eventually nothing) after a few minutes. The color was a deep brown, borderline black, significantly radiating a red hue when tilted and/or held up to light.
The smell was pretty subtle, almost thin, and smelled greatly of bourbon mixed with those chocolaty malts. It seemed pretty inviting, but at first taste... Wooooah: Bourbon. And it slightly builds towards the finish. I at least gave this brew a decent rate in the taste category because it is what is.
If you like hard liquor, I can see how you would enjoy this. I however, do not. I was looking for the familiar roasted and very dark chocolate flavors, but it seems to be drowned out by all that bourbon on my particular pallet. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. However, it must be emphasized that there isn't much else going on here.
It was medium-bodied, and quite sticky in the mouth. Something I expected and enjoy. Fairly smooth, and has a nicely balanced finish too.
The drinkability is where this "beer" really takes it's hit, in my humble opinion. First of all, it only comes in a wine-sized bottle, and you have to bring on a gnarly buzz in order to finish one. I am actually drunk now and have to piss like a garden hose. I normally would never introduce price as a factor in a review either, but one of these bottles set me back about $14. Basically, it means that even if this was a very delicious beer, it would still be all but physically impossible to give it a perfect rating in drinkability. And it's anything but delicious... all those hard liquor notes, you are pretty much better off just buying a bottle of bourbon, I think.
This bottle will make a fine piece in my collection, but I still recommend just buying Sprecher's regular Dopple Bock instead.

Photo of beckje01
3.09/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes:

It has a nice smell similar to the non barrel aged version with the bourbon notes added. The flavor has a good malt but heavy alcohol kick. It's a drinkable beer but not wonderful. Overall it's not an improvement or a determent to the non barrel aged version it ends up the same.

Photo of paytoplay
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1L bottle, bottle date notes winter 2007-2008. Better than the last oak aged Sprecher 1L. Slight sweetness, boozy as expected. Nice carbination. Great mouthfeel and intigrated oak / bourbon barrel aging. Carmel and a bit more roasted malt / coffee. Very nice and plenty in the bottle to share with others. And Alc in check at 7.5% is also nice.

Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a fairly clear, reddish brown color. There was a "pop" when I opened the bottle, but hardly any head on the pour and what was there went away almost immediately. I was surprised that the aroma was a bit light. It was still good, however with notes of bourbon, malt and fruit. The bourbon and the malt compete to be on top, but the bourbon is the main flavor in the finish. Some dark fruits also. I really like this, but I like bourbon also. If bourbon isn't your thing, this won't be your beer.

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle, poured into a pint.

Dark amber in color, with a tan head, a little small, but well retained.
Aroma is malty as expected, caramel mostly, some vanilla, quite noticeable bourbon notes.
Medium bodied, mostly a clean sweet malty taste, but not cloying given some balancing bourbon heat that is not excessive.
Interesting, well crafted dopplebock.

Photo of RoyalT
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This beer is gorgeous. It is a dark brown but bright with a modest but staying brownish-white head. The head was completely even and the bubbles were so tight it just made the whole sight worth savoring.

Smell - The nose here is predominantly a pleasant maltish sweetness with a good bit of woody oak. The oak is big and full of vanilla. It's almost a bit too big because this beer has some luscious malts that are having trouble getting through.

Taste - Yes, the oak is definitely more than I would have preferred, and it's that sweetish vanilla kind of woody flavor that is over the top. It's the opposite of the subtle oak flavors in the oaked Bastard if you've ever had that. There's also a hint of smokiness, which I like. I actually really like the flavor of the DB but the oak just overpowers the profile.

Mouthfeel - This is shy of medium-bodied and a bit on the flat side. I know this isn't a high-carb style of beer but the wimpy body made the mild carbonation seem insufficient at best.

Drinkability - I liked this beer a lot more than it seems from the review. It couldn't have looked better, really, but the lack of balance and the inadequate mouthfeel left me wanting for a better brew on this night.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque brown with a half finger head.

S- Sweet caramel malts with hints of roasted malts.

T- Caramel malt carries throughout without being too sweet. Bourbon undertones become more evident towards the end.

M- Smooth as silk, perfect.

D- Too bad its 9% abv, as I could easily overindulge on this.

Simply sublime, this will be my new "special treat" beer. Truly a homerun by Sprecher.

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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing Company
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