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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

Wolfgang Doppelbock LagerWolfgang Doppelbock Lager

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BA SCORE
89
very good

373 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%


Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 06-20-2012)
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on June 5th, 2012.

A- Pours a very deep amber brown color with 3 fingers of tan head that has wonderful retention and leaves some dainty lacing on the glass.

S- Aromas of sweet candied dark fruits like plums, raisins, figs, and dates. Malty, nutty, and bready. Not the most aromatic Doppelbock on the market.

T- Follows nose well. The sweetness of the candied sugar dark fruits is not overwhelming. Flavors of toasted bread come out. It's easy to see why they call this "liquid bread".

M- Solid medium body. Goes down smooth and easy for the 8% ABV. Moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- A decent Doppelbock from a well respected American Brewery, Wolfgang is worth seeking out if you want to try something new.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 09:56:22 | More by rfbenavi80
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown with a smallish tan head that fades quickly without lacing.

Smells strongly of figs and raisins, along with roasted malt, and spices, not unlike raisin-fruitcake.

Tastes similar to smell, raisins, figs, dried dark fruits, molasses, roasted malt, toffee, spices, mildly sweet. Fruit or raisin bread characteristics.

Body is medium to full, firm, chewy and holds together well. Mildly carbonated. Lingering sweetness and roasted malt flavors.

A decent dopplebock, could easily replace the raisin bread for your morning breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 03:36:58 | More by JackieTH
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany w/cardinal shimmer, finger khaki head,
patchy lacing

S: biscuit, malt, toffee, nutty

T: caramel, toffee, nutty, big malt, ripe fig,
mild roasted biscuit finish

M: med/heavy body, creamy/smooth mouth

O: WOW! Love this brewery and style, BUT
this is one of the best doppelbocks
I have ever enjoyed. So complex and delightful.
Will seek out more bottles and highly recommend.

AMAZING, MUST TRY!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 16:37:54 | More by BeerLover99
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown with a nice 2 inch foamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, bready, dark fruits like rasin, plum. A little chocolate nutty aroma also. Some nice yeasty sweet smells with molasses and burnt sugars.

Taste - Nice huge flavors of roasty malts and chocolate/caramel flavors. Very sweet, added brown sugars, molasses and almost a chocolate syrup flavor also. Dark fruits and a little spice add some more flavors. A little hop even comes at the finish. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel - Thick, sweet and tons of flavor. Tounge gets the malts, sweets and spices, were palate gets more malts, dark fruits and some hops. Afertaste is sweet, malty and long lasting.

Overall - WOw this is nice. Sweet, easy to drink, and pakcs a punch. Very balanced even with it being sweet, and it gets real sweet once it warms up. Alcohol is masked very well. A great beer, one of the best doppels ie had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 23:37:33 | More by wvsabbath
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a very dark amber with a thin layer of bubbly khaki head that vanishes quick. 

S:  Aroma opens up with west roasted caramel, toffee, cherries, vanilla bean and dark breads. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose with rich and decadent flavors of caramelized sugar, chocolate covered bananas.  The sweetness is offset by earthy hops. A silky medium-full mouthfeel with a gentle tingle of carbonation on the edge of the tongue. Finish is semi dry with earthy notes and vanilla. 

O:  I expected this to be good but I was shocked at how good it really was. It was rich and earthy a complex balanced treat that is hard to find flaws in. Great Divide really nailed this style. 

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:14:38 | More by Hopswagger
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted and toasted malt, brown sugar, and some slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity flavor. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 03:32:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the brewery. Pours an amber maple syrup color. Really sweet english malt aromas. Taste is super mellow english malts, some caramel sweetness, a bit of vanilla, and mild mild hop. Its super smooth and really well balanced and super well hidden for 8%abv. Really nice brew! and great dopplebock...a must try for the approaching fall season.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 21:41:22 | More by DrinkSlurm
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prototypic

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wolfgang pours a darker copper color. It’s relatively clear. Lots of light cuts through. Really nice crimson highlights are noted with a little light behind it. It’s topped with a light tan head that stands about a finger or so tall. It’s rather quick to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good, but is lacking a little in strength. More would definitely help. It features a nice chocolate malt scent up front. Smells like cocoa. There’s a hint of toasted malt, but it’s subtle. It’s a tad grainy, earthy, and grassy. Yeast is noted and works well into the mix. There’s a bit of alcohol and praline nuttiness on the tail. Light, hoppy notes are also present. Smell mostly floral and grassy. It’s not bad at all. Just needs more strength.

The flavor is definitely a notch (or two) better. The malt base is very nice and smooth. It’s mostly chocolate and toasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Very flavorful and strong. There are definitely some earthy and grassy notes that linger throughout. They could be attributed to some noble hops. Tough to say. Secondary flavors include yeast, bread, praline nuttiness, and alcohol. The alcohol is pretty well integrated and isn’t warm or hot at all. Finishes malty and earthy. This is very tasty stuff, indeed!

Wolfgang has a medium body that’s all kinds of smooth. It actually leans a little full. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels really nice and creamy. This is very good stuff, but mouthfeel is probably its strongest point. Goes down very smooth and easy.

It’s been a while since I’ve been really impressed with one of Great Divide’s bomber releases. Today…I’m really impressed with Wolfgang. This is very good stuff. It’s very flavorful and is extremely enjoyable. Great Divide did a great job with this one. Keep this one in the rotation, please! Easy recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:40:09 | More by prototypic
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fizzy tan head starts slow and grows to two fingers. It stays forever. Color is dark brown with ruby red hues. Smells of sweet malts, persimmon, syrup and burnt sugar. Tastes sweet, syrupy and grainy. There's some brown bread involved, and I go looking for spice, but can't find any. It's a bit sticky as it should be and the alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Creamy up front with some crisp edges. Drier than expected. A welcome end of the summer treat that I will likely revisit soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:29:58 | More by stephens101
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lsummers

California

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had my doubts that this would live up to the hype, I had tried the lips of faith dopple and had lost some faith in american dopplebocks altogether. First sip of this was amazing.

It poured a very nice dark reddish brown with a tan head and a little bit of lacing. Pretty, and kind of expected for a good beer.

Smell is good, it didn't lead on to what was actually in store next. It told me the usual roasted caramel raison but it was a little subtle.

The taste blew me away, I wasn't expecting such a great meld of flavors, yet highly drinkable. I would choose this beer with my brat or burger anyday.

Overall, I think I want to pick up another! I enjoyed the beer from start to finish. A fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 21:57:07 | More by lsummers
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flagmantho

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled June 5, 2012.

Appearance: dark ruby-brown hue with no haze at all. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Nice looking beer.

Smell: extremely biscuity, toasty, nutty malt aroma. Nicely composed, but biscuit is just a character I don't like too much.

Taste: biscuity, bready, and caramelly. There's a light fruity characteristic which I like. Bitterness and hop character are quite low. Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and a nice smoothness. I like it.

Overall: Wolfgang is not a bad beer at all, but its flavor profile just doesn't float my boat.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 19:14:54 | More by flagmantho
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turnerk3

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a charming dark amber hue, highly similar to a mahogany characteristic. A modest eggshell white head which has just as modest retention.

S: A delectable sweet, fruity makes up the foundation of the aroma. This is followed by a toasty, caramel essence which shapes into a respectably complex concoction.

T: The malts are much more reserved in the taste than in the smell. Surprisingly there is still a hint of hop bitterness, but it does well to remind you that you are drinking a dark lager. The toasty aspect comes out superbly. There is also an impressive masking of the ABV.

M: The carbonation is astounding. It provides an exceptional catalyst to supply the mouth with all the flavors. A slight Jekyll and Hyde effect occurs. The malts originally leave a subtle sticky, chewy feel, but after a while it seems to drain out the mouth. Resulting in an equivalent dryness on the tongue.

O: Notably unique brew that is a must try if available. This contributes an enjoyable twist to the style, and it does well to deliver an exceptionally easy to drink 8% beer.

Serving type: growler

08-10-2012 23:35:50 | More by turnerk3
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riored4v

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip with a thin tan head that faded quickly. Clear body with ruby and dark brown colors.

Aroma was very nice with some dark fruit notes, good amounts of caramel, light roast and chocolate. Somewhat bready and earthy.

Chocolate and dark fruit flavors up front followed by toffee, caramel and some light earthy bitterness. Flavor mimics the aroma fairly close. Some light grain and bready notes as well. Light raisin flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium body that was slightly chewy. Medium carb and a clean finish that was light. No signs of ABV.

Overall this was an enjoyable blend of flavors. Went down alot lighter than 8%.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 01:20:23 | More by riored4v
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a CCB pint glass (I know, but I didn't pour it).

A: Dark brown in color, but is clear when held up to the light. Moderate visible carbonation, with 1/2 finger's worth of a light tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet dark chocolate, mocha, maybe rum-soaked raisin.

T: Follows the nose - sweet cocoa, dark fruit, caramelized sugar, toffee, coffee malts.

M: Towards the thicker side for a lager, maybe a touch under-carbonated. Alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: A good dark lager. Generally not my favorite style but this one is one of the better examples I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 02:44:01 | More by macrosmatic
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO - 7/26/12

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of toffee, caramel and floral notes.

T - Good toasty malt flavor with toffee and caramel. Just enough hop bitterness for balance.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty dopplebock. Nice to find it on tap in Columbia.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 02:04:51 | More by zeff80
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Halcyondays

California

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I, another new GD beer, it seems like every 3 months there's a new one to try,

A: Pours a clear mahogany with a medium light tan head. Limited lace, average head retention.

S: Sweet crystal type malt, some roast, molasses.

T: Nice sweet malt flavour with a mild noble grassy hoppiness. This is quite well done. Not overly sugarfied at all. Fairly one-dimensional, but a good flavour.

M: Medium full body, not cloying at all which is impressive in an American dopplebock, pretty smooth, some crisp carbonation.

O: A solid lager for sure, the price is problematic when compared with Germany, but surely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 01:53:20 | More by Halcyondays
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with copper edges and a two finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with a nice balance of roasted and sweet malt notes. Hints of charcoal, coffee bean, cocoa, caramel and toffee followed by bread and some dark fruit. There's also a subtle earthy hop presence.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, sweet and roasted malt and dark fruit notes. Slightly earthy and bitter up front with some resinous hops that linger throughout. Surprising for the style. Although the hop character is stronger than expected, the complex malt character dominates. Nice balance of sweet and roasted notes with subtle smokiness. Hints of bread yeast and roasted coffee bean followed by chocolate, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. ABV is very well masked with no heat to speak of. Complex, flavorful and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 07:01:05 | More by corby112
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beergoot

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice combination of malt sweetness and ripe dark fruits greet the nose. Some nuttiness noted. Wonderfully rich brown and amber body greet the eye. Head is fairly thick and creamy. Nice lacing on the glass. Taste blooms with a rich malt character, rich and nutty, lingering to the end. Nice hop bitterness, coupled with a pronounced (but not over-the-top) alcohol presence follow-up after the malt tastes. Mouthfeel is smooth, clean, and medium bodied.

Wolfgang exemplifies the doppelbock style. On par with many of the better German varieties and well-worth grabbing a bottle or two (or three or...).

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 20:04:17 | More by beergoot
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love seeing a summer seasonal beer that isn't your normal/cliche style nowadays (I've had enough APWAs, thank you very much.)

This a 22 oz. bottle dated June 5th, 2012 that is poured into a pint glass.

A: Looks great. Clear brown with a two-finger khaki head. Retention is good.

S: Smalls very malty. I pick up notes of dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, and a bit of spice.

T: The heavy dose of malts continues in the taste. Loads of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, and a splash of dark fruit. Not as estery as I was expecting. Slightly phenolic. Ends with a touch of hops and spice. Reminds me of my good friend, Celebrator.

M: Silky smooth. Medium-heavy body. Really perfect for the style. Way too easy to drink.

O: This one hits its mark. Most American doppels tend to be way too crazy. This one is reminiscent of traditional German doppelbocks. A good summer beer, but not really sessionable due to the high ABV. I wish I had a big ceramic mug for this bad boy..that would be perfect!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 01:07:33 | More by TTAmod
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of malt, caramel, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of malt (a big amount, but not too much), dark fruit (plums?), and hints of caramel and toffee. A sharp, lively, focused flavor. More complexity than you usually find in this style.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very solidly made, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 12:08:41 | More by avalon07
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty clear deep tarnishes amber hue with a big frothy off white head. Clean bready nose with notes of caramel, biscuit and earthy hoppiness. Subtle notes of chocolate and espresso.

Wow. Extremely good! Smooth and creamy with a strength that's masked excellently. Rich breadiness and clingy carbonation with a massive full mouthfeel. Rich chocolate covered honey roasted peanut like taste. Lingering savory saltiness in the mouth. Hands down excellent. So damn good. Lots of perfectly roasted malt.

Great divide does not make bad beer. It's official.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 04:39:08 | More by jtierney89
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Domingo

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An American doppelbock...something to be applauded and feared at the same time. It's great that they're making one, but many (most?) are nothing special. Let's see what GD has done.
Pours a medium to dark brown color. Cherrywood highlights and just the right amount of foam that doesn't disappear and does a good job of lacing, to boot.
Malty, bready sweetness. Caramel and amaretto with layers of dark bread. Appropriate alcohol that doesn't hide, but also doesn't overpower. Just the tiniest amount of cocoa. I get just the tiniest amount of smoke in there as well. Maybe a kiss of rauchmalz? Either way, it works, and this is honestly damn tasty. Maybe one of the best US doppels I've had.
Not quite "authentic" but I think they're shooting for another poor clone either. A good spin on a classic style that really works.
I had this a few weeks ago on a less than stellar palate and thought it was good but nothing amazing. However I'm loving this in bottles.
Cheers to GD - they're heading outside the box more and more, and doing well!

(Note: I love doppelbocks and am usually disappointed by non-Bavarian versions, so take that into account. A good US version probably gets a little extra support from me. I'm not saying my rating is inflated, but people that don't love doppelbocks might have differing opinions)

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 01:27:31 | More by Domingo
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babaracas

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet with one finger thick dense tan foam, settles to a thin layer leaving sprays of lace on the glass. Smell: sweet brown bread, prune, cherry-ish. Taste: toffee, plum, fig, with an earthy and grassy hopping cutting in midsip. Note of alcohol in the finish. Tasty. Bottled June 5, 2012.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 03:32:58 | More by babaracas
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red color put it to the light and you can see the clarity in this beer. Nice creamy looking head tan color. Smell is slightly sweet raisin scent malty. Smells like a good doppelbock should. Sweet, slightly smoky flavor. The toasted smokiness is on the back of the tongue. Slightly hot as well but not offensive. Probably will get even better after it breathes and warms a little. I'd buy this one again if I was in a doppelbock mood. Mouthfeel is pleasant slight bit of carbonation on the tongue when swirled in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 23:39:37 | More by alk3kenny
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear ruby brown with a nice two-finger khaki colored head. Lacing is "complete", as in it rings every inch of the glass when sipped. Looks awesome.

S - Clean aromas of nut, toffee, and dark fruit. Just the tinniest bit of mint.

T - Big, rich, sweet malt taste, just like a Doppelbock should. Flavors of toffee, cashew, caramel, milk chocolate, leather, and date. Just a bevy of (non-burnt) malt flavors. A sizeable earthy hop bite makes itself known in the finish, bringing a nice balance right before it would become cloying. Decently complex.

M - Thick and chewy. Almost redefines "full bodied". I found it to be perfect for the style. Finishes strangely dry and crisp.

O - I really enjoyed this, as I found the complexity intriguing. The dry finish was a little strange, but a minor flaw. A worthy effort.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 06:01:07 | More by TempeBeerMan
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