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Dock Street Illuminator - Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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BA SCORE
83
good

52 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 02-27-2007)
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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle generously provided by hoppymcgee. Going back to my college days the Dock Street Bock was one of the beers that really got me into craft beers...not sure if this is the exact recipe, but fun to go back to one of my early favorites after many years. Poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.

A - Pours a deep, chocolately brown that is mostly opaque in the glass. Two thick fingers of a densely bubbled foamy head of a khacki color. Head shows excellent staying power and hangs around throughout the duration of the bottle. Sparse lacing left behind.

S - Lots of malt with caramel, chocolately malt, mild roastiness, smooth earthy and grassy hop aromas.

T - Umm, intensely flavored with lots of thick and chewy malt, caramel, toffee, maltose sugary, touch of roastiness, mildly boozy, faint astringency, low level hop bitterness.

M - Super thick and full bodied, almost syrupy in feel. Mid-level carbonation - a bit foamy and mouth filling further enhancing the body of this beer. Multiple layers of maltiness, but never too sweet - good balance with hops just kicking in enough to offset this malt heavy recipe.

O - Overall...well, difficult to compare to the beer I first had about 20yrs ago, but no disappointment here at all. Nice, solid example of the doppelbock style - decent complexity, smooth drinking for the style...enjoyable beer to start the night with. I will definitely not wait another 20yrs to go back to this one again.

portia99, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

hoppymcgee, Apr 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured a clear amber brown with frothy white head which dissolved quickly. Smell of light malts and some caramel and vanilla. Taste was light and watery up front, some sweet malts in the finish and a roasted malt taste balanced it out. Far too light to be a great doppelbock, not bad tasting though.

stingrayvr6, Nov 23, 2010
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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Contract brewed by Mendocino Brewing Co. of Saratoga Springs, NY. Authentic ingredients and a handful of accolades allow this beer to live on for this once-coveted brand.

The deep chestnut-colored brew shows perfect clarity, though the head is lacking in retention as it drops out quick in the game, leaving only a thin ring of lace. No loud snap of the head which has no will to stick around.

Big malty aroma with a spicy hop right at the tip of the nose. Semi-crisp with a slick mouthfeel, but smoothness is missing. Decent malt flavor does not unfold too much, stays on the sweet side until the spicy, peppery, hop bitterness and flavor meld with the alcohol to tingle the palate. Toasted bread and a faint caramel sweetness come forward. Ends on a semi-sweet finish with a lingering hop spice.

Not bad, but it certainly doesn't shine brighter than most of the Bocks or Double Bocks out there. Carbonation seems a bit too low and the malt character never really peaks. No off-flavors, just a bit unexciting. Worth a try at best.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Deep dark amber/copper color with a 1" thick off-white head that recedes quickly leaving behind a ring of foam and a thin film of foam. Some spotty lacing.

Smell: Subdued dark fruit/malt with some brown sugar and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: First come the fruitiness and caramel malt tastes and then the alcohol comes into play. While not particularly complex the flavor is balanced and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lightly creamy carbonation. Finish is moderately long and predominantly dry and hop flavor.

Drinkability: While not my favorite doppelbock I found this pleasant enough to drink and would return to it again.

drtth, Apr 03, 2009
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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a amber-cranberry color with a slight tan head that diminished clean leaving no lacing.

S: some rich, dark caramel and bread.

T: The initial flavor yielded roasted malt, dark caramel and dried fruit (cherries, raisins, and plums). Theres a little sweetness that was soon off set by a good hop spiciness and alcohol warming. A good malting and alcohol presence along with some dry chocolate makes this a decent example.

M: medium, slightly cream with a nice warming sensation and maltiness and lots of carbonation.

D: Fairly good and pleasant surprise and one of their better drinks. Would defiantly go back for more.

beerthulhu, Dec 20, 2008
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3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the beers that I got my hands on through the beer of the month club my wife got for me. Thanks, so much.

A - Chesnut color. Head dissapates pretty much immediatly after the pour in finished. I when to the sink to wash my bottle out for recycling, turned around, and the head was gone. I don't know what color, or how big - sorry!!

S - The first whiff of this beer and I thought of an RIS, baltic porter - dark fruits and malt.

T - Malty sweetness smacks you from the start. It is followed with some hints of those raisons, prunes, dark fruits, etc. Ends with a bite of bitterness and dryness.

M - Medium bodied and smooth as you drink it down. A small amount of alcohol warming although I didn't really detect it in the taste.

D - Not my favorite style, but I can see if you love malt you's really love this beer.

dashirey, Sep 27, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle that happens to have a funky cartoon picture of the goatman of Maryland. The Goatman sure loves his beer. He's got a mug of beer in one hand while he's looking over the quality of the barley in the other. That's fine and all, but why is he standing in what appears to be an acorn and mushroom field? I believe it's just a crude drawing of some berry bushes. The only other things on the label is the Government warning, barcode, refund values, and who brewed it. The small neck label gives all the information you need to know. This label talks about what it's brewed with and gives out some of the flavor and nose notes. Don't bother looking for a date because one doesn't exist.

Appearance: I went ahead and poured this Doppelbock into a pilsner glass. When I did that, I found out that "Illuminator" was a clear reddish amber with a small tint of caramel color added into the mix. The initial head of foam was at least a 2 finger and was a light beige/tan color. It was hard to tell what color it actually was. It wasn't beige or tan either, it was more than likely a mix of both colors. This head of foam had pretty good retention that left behind a small mixed color film and streaks of lace around the glass. The beer's appearance is alot better than what is on the label.

Smell: When I first got a whiff of this beer, the aroma was lightly malty with a hint of caramel, a splash of black licorice, anise, and some floral hop notes at the finish. When it was swirled around, all the flavors that were in the initial aroma were still there, but the black licorice took over the entire aroma. The black licorice was so strong at one point that it burned my nose. I never had black licorice in a Doppelbock before. I guess I can say that I was quite surprised by that.

Taste: The taste was just one big burst of flavor. The flavors didn't come one at a time, it was just one big flavor burst. This flavor burst consisted of roasted malts, sweet caramel, a hint of black licorice, and a pinch of dried floral hops. All of these flavors were wrapped the taste of alcohol, like a ball of rubberbands. After the beer warms up a bit, the alcohol taste will become a little stronger, but it won't take over the entire taste. I thought it could have used more roasted malts and some dark chocolate in it, but what is done is done.

Mouthfeel: This Doppelbock is medium bodied with a lightly spicy aftertaste of roasted malts, a small touch of yeast, alcohol, and dried spicy floral hops. Somewhere in between the initial taste and aftertaste, the dried floral hops got spicy. It's funny how things work out sometimes. This spicy aftertaste will linger on your tongue for only a few seconds.

Drinkability: In the end, it's not a bad Doppelbock. It was the appearance and the scent of black licorice that made this beer slightly interesting and above being an average beer. It's worth a shot. Even though it's affordable, a six pack of this might be too much, but a single or two would be good.

AltBock, Jun 05, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dock Street- Illuminator

A- Reddish brown with a small frothy tan head. No lacing and lotsa small carbonation bubbles.
S- Sweet sugary malt. Light touch of ash and pecans.
T- Sweet malt. Very nutty; walnuts and pecans dominate with a burst of cherry and apple fruit notes. Just a touch of burnt cherry ash finishes this one off.
M- Again sweet up front with a thick malty body. Finishes of slightly boozy and medicinal.

Overall- Decent beer, nothing fantastic. Just a little too sweet for me. Worth trying!

NJpadreFan, May 31, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with quickly dissipated tan khaki cap that leaves a ring in the glass over a mahogany brass brown hue.

Bold nose of caramel and toasted toffee. Brisk aroma of earthy dirty tree bark malts. Wow the nose really is brisk! A bold bouquet for a doppel.

First swigs: Caramel and roasted toffee. Toasted bready malt. Dry finish. Earthy and minerally with a copper penny bright flavor. Nutty almond and pecan ice cream. Really buttery and pecan like. Even a bit of walnut shell dry finish. Some dark fruit manages to eak out via fig and some orange.

Medium bodied, dry and fruity.

Last swigs: A bold doppel that grabs the almond and caramel and doe not let go.

blitheringidiot, Feb 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A ruby copper brown color- tan head, not much lacing.

S- Smell was sweet of prunes and plums, some vanilla/oak.

T- Taste was very well balanced. Sweet and malty. Dark malts, caramel, vanilla, maybe some toffee.

M- MOuthfeel was rich, sticky, and very heavy.

D- High ABV, but great taste. I'll take two please.

DavidSeanNJ, Feb 09, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, garnet-hued body with a small, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, fruity aroma of plums and raisins with further notes of earthy caramel

Taste: Candyish caramel sweetness and tangy fruitiness, with more plums and raisins. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness, it's pretty much just fruity and sweet till the finish. Touch of alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's alright for a doppelbock.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 08, 2008
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Dock Street Illuminator from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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