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

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very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-18-2007)
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3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 18:27:19 | More by Knapp85
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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 13:55:12 | More by Urbancaver
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3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 01:38:08 | More by vince4953529
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3.83/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 19:46:30 | More by BeerLover99
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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 06:19:52 | More by TMoney2591
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 13:03:08 | More by oberon
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2010 02:16:04 | More by BogusOwnz
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3.78/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 17:09:21 | More by sweemzander
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:36:55 | More by claspada
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 07:41:22 | More by SykDoc
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3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 23:45:42 | More by eddocron
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 19:28:26 | More by stakem
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3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 16:38:35 | More by jlindros
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