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Dogbolter - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

33 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dogbolter is a Munich-style dark lager. Central to this style is a rich malt character reflected in the make-up of the grist. We carefully selected six different malts including Pale, Crystal, Wheat, Chocolate Malt and Chocolate Wheat to deliver a rich caramel, chocolate and toffee flavour. Chocolate malts also give Dogbolter its dark ruby colour.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of SmashPants
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a solid very dark brown 345mL bottle with a standard Matilda Bay label. Decent.

Appearance: pours out a deep brown with a light haze. A finger of heavy tan head hangs about for quite a while. The lace is good down the whole glass. Looks good.

Aroma: some cocoa chocolate and a touch of toasted malts and roast coffee.

Taste: some caramels join the cocoa and toasted malts here. Decent.

Aftertaste: drops away quite quickly which is a bit disappointing. Otherwise fine witha touch of bitterness.

Mouth feel: light- to-moderate in feel with a moderate carbonation. Again quite reasonable.

Overall: a nice offering from Matilda Bay, but completely blown out of the water by its price of AU$90 a case. I'm getting very tired of semi-boutique Australian breweries thinking "hey, this isn't VB or XXXX, so lets charge a bomb!" This is more than the Germans charge for their Munich Dunkel and that is dangerous, since this isn't quite on the same level. Price aside, it's a decent and drinkable dark lager.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Mosant
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Vanz
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of XsoldoutX
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of tbeckett
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Great Northern. From notes.

A - Poured a light brown with a two finger khaki head. Mild carbonation. Bright. Great spatter rings of lace and a finger of retention.

S - Nutty, caramel, some gentle hop. Really malty, quite nice toffee sweetness.

T - Coffee, some roasty malt, sweet malt, less rich, more sweetness.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body, toasty sweet finish.

O/D - Tasty and pleasant. Aroma beats the flavour but it was a nice Dunkel.

Photo of dansmcd
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark molasses brown underneath a finger of light tan spongy head.

S - Wheat, treacle, chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, a slight citric bitterness from the hops.

M - Light to moderate in body. High carbonation. Smooth, dry finish.

O - Very malty lager. Much better at room temperature so let it warm for 15 minutes after pulling it out of the fridge.

Photo of heygeebee
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with little head - dies with no lacing.

Aromas of caramel, roast malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is lighter than the smell, but sweet malt driven. No real bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel is light, not too heavily carbonated, which balances out for smooth drinking.

A class above the Big Helga, that I had before it. Interesting... would it be better warm? (drinking on a cold night).

Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Mahogany colour with anice creamy head that reduces to a film all to quickly.

S - Some roasted grain and caramel malts.

T - Nice and roasty up front, quite smooth texture, hints of coffee and chocolate that is very well balanced with caramel. Subtle and yet marked.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation.

O - A very nicely structured beer that has plenty on offer

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of my project to mop up some of the more common Aussie beers I haven't reviewed.

Pours a very deep red-brown, quite dark, but with good clarity. Head is reasonably thick and frothy, a light yellow-tinged beige. Some pancake bubbling as it settles. Lacing is good, like a good German lager in that respect. Fine carbonation. Really looks very nice indeed.

Nose is deep and grainy, with a lot of roasted characters. Hints of sugar as well, with some brittle toffee characters, although the darkness tends to overwhelm these. Pretty decent.

Taste is similar, although the burnt roasted character is the dominant force here, especially on the back. Front is milder, with some crisp grain character, on the finish, there's some pleasant toasted bread flavours. Feel is certainly a little thin, but not as bad as I remember - it was the failing point for this beer when I've had it in the past.

Yeah, a very decent beer. Tasty, but mild enough to be approachable. Also, better than I remember, and that's worth something.

Photo of Stavage
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a schooner, got a couple of fingers of tan head which dissipated into a thin lacing. The body itself is very dark. Cola and ruby on the fringes, opaque otherwise.

Nice malty smell, light caramels a little bit of chocolate and a touch of phenols and wheat graininess. Hops isn't playing a large part.

Taste is dominated by toffee and caramel malts, and a bitter chocolate is in the mix too along with a wheat graininess. Theres just enough of a citric bitterness from the hops to balance this out well.

Mouthfeel was light, and I found the carbonation a little overly high. I think it would have been more flavoursome with a little less bubble explosion.

Easy to drink and tasty, and nice and crisp for a dark beer. Definitely would pick this up again.

Photo of dgilks
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, toasty, chocolate. Mild earthy hops. Rich malts play out nicely.

Clear, red colour with a decent sized, light tan head. Good retention.

Rich and malty with good toasty notes and some nice melanoidins. Clean yeast character and just a hint of hops. A light mineral note is a pleasant addition. I get a slightly watery note on the end.

Moderate mouthfeel with average carbonation. Good.

A really drinkable beer with good flavour. Well done.

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark coca cola colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger cappicino laced head that dissapates quite quickly,it has aromas of coffee,cocoa and roasted malts,it has an above average mouthfeel that fills the palette with nice notes of roasted coffee malts and dark chocolate that finishes with a subtle hop bitter edge that is well balanced out by the full mouth malty feel,quite a lucious beer that i will definately buy again.

Photo of Macca
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with an ok head which settles to some patchy coverage.

Some nice dark roasted malt notes on the nose - chocolate and coffee.

The coffee really dominates on the palate with a nice long bitterness.

A little bit fizzy for my liking.

Photo of juju7
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola with ruby edges and a soft tan head. Strong chock caramel nose with chicory and coffee in the background and some hop presence. Very nice. A big solid mouthfeel with those chocolate and coffee notes jumping out. Creamy and smooth with a soft bitterness and good long finish. A tasty beer for sure

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark copper/ruby. Thick tan head, nice and creamy.
Toasty malt dominated aroma, almost roasted. Quite sweet though, there's definitely some toffee and caramel. It's all quite subtle though.
Flavour is mostly roasted malt. Again, its quite sweet. No bitterness, very little hops.
Good creamy carbonation.

Photo of LittleCreature
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
An impressive chocolate milkshake head sits over a body that is very dark brown, but when held to the light looks ruby red.

Smell - 4.0
Very smooth and very, very chocolatey with cocoa, carob and chocolate syrup aromas, slightly medicinal.

Taste - 4.0
A lovely rich dark beer with roasted malt, caramel, cocoa and toffee flavour. It is well balanced with moderate to assertive bitterness from the hops. Surprisingly refreshing and crisp for such a dark beer.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Quite light in the mouth with fine, almost creamy carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.0
A surprisingly easy drinker, either for sessioning or as a one-off treat.

OVERALL - 4
Another very good beer from Matilda Bay. I would rate this slightly behind Alpha Pale Ale, therefore their second best beer. Overpriced (as is everything from Matlida Bay these days) but definitely worth trying.

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown, near opaque, and topped with a spotty beige head that settles to a thin lace.

Deep, clean, caramel nose with some toasted cereal grains.

Light-bodied, fizzy and creamy on the palate, with slightly sharp edge of roasted astringency followed by some oily and light citrus (lime) hop flavors. Hint of salt and mineral. Husky wheat, roasted malt, some dry and bitter chocolate, and a soft caramel edge. Finish dries up, cleans up, and leaves some graininess in the linger.

Light, easy to drink, but also flavorful. Overall, a pretty good dark lager.

Photo of WHROO
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For such an expensive local brew this didn't live up to the price sadly.
Full creamy beige head
Aromas included mild dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans all in only mild doses
All of the above in taste, although don't expect full lip smacking flavours, found this too a little tame
Mouthfeel was just too airy & carbonated. The flavours were indispersed with air bubbles that danced too much on the palate - left a watered down feel.
This was not that bad, but for the price I will definately go for other darker roasty ales & lagers before this.

Photo of vancurly
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at the Australian Beer Festival.

A popular drink among my tasting companions, with descriptions varying from chewy, chocolatey, charry... "a good steak beer". Some funky sulfur notes on the nose, but all up a good drop and enjoyable.

Photo of rjimlad
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been putting off buying this because it's so expensive. However...
On pouring, I got a nice creamy tan head that persisted with some lacing. Aromas were roasty, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Maybe some faint dark cherry. All these were certainly in the flavour but in abundance. Mouthfeel was lip-smacking and creamy with a bit of stickiness. There's was some rauchy smokiness that put me off the first glass but I soon picked up a taste for it and ended a 6 pack with a good appreciation. I like this but not at the price.

Photo of brendan13
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in colour with red tinges when held up to light. A few centimetres of head that falls away to a thin whisp pretty quickly. Lacing left down the glass.
Some chocolate and dark fruit on the nose at first with some smokiness in the background.
Wow. The smokey flavours come through in the taste. Almost too much so, almost like a rauch. Malts flavours are there too.
Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.
Pretty complex beer that is quite tasty. A bit too smokey to be a session beer as that would get over bearing but still good for drinking every now and then.

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Dogbolter from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
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