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Dock Street Illuminator - Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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38 Reviews

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 53
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%
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

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 02-27-2007

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 53
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear darker brown. No staying power with the minimal head that comes up. Nose is a slight wooded and fruity malt. Flavor is pretty full bodied. A distinct tangy sweetness really kicks you in the taste buds. It calms down and then gives you a nice malty experience with fairly firm deeper caramel tones. Throughout the ride, the sweetness stays prominent. Feel has a good carbonation and the liquid feel is good too with a nice body. Overall a pretty decent bock. It definitely stays consistent with a flavor delivery.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle an iced tea-ish brown with a small head that evaporates in no time to a moderate collar. Modest carbonation. Sweet, malty aroma with hints of honey and vanilla. Taste is sweet up front with some toffee & vanilla with a finish of dry, spicy hoppiness on the end. Slightly tingly, medium bodiied mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is pretty well hidden when cold, but becomes slighly more noticeable as it warms. The ABV is not listed, but juding by the buzz factor, i'd guess this one clocks in at about 8-9%. This is a very good beer, a pleasant after-work sipper. If you're into doppels and you see this one, grab a sixer!

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Photo of jneiswender
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer through a beer of month club in a 12oz. bottle.

The beer was pour into one of those new Sam Adams hourglass shaped glasses.

The beer poured into a nice, walnut color. Thin head that dissipated quickly.

The smell was nice and sweet, tones of caramel or toffee come through.

The taste is very nice. Thick, sweet, some maple like flavors that linger. It does assert itself though. You know you are drinking a strong beer.

The beer is quite drinkable. I had it with some bleu cheese and crackers (and pepper jelly) and it was quite good.

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that thins and all but disappears.

The smell is of dark fruits - esp. prunes. Toffee and vanilla notes, along with earthy notes, intermingle.

The taste is of sweetened prunes/plums and vanilla with toffee. Sweetness is balanced by earthy, slightly woody, notes. Tangy fruitness comes through in the middle. Prune fruitness emerges more as it nears the end. It has a dryish finish.

It reaches medium-body with soft carbonation. Fairly creamy.

Not bad at all - the taste is nice. The best part is the aroma, IMO.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I havent had this beer for years. Didnt know it was still around.

I am sampling a cold bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a clear chestnut color with no head development whatsovever. Aroma is allmalt with brown sugar and caramel mixing nicely. The first sip reveals an average body with silky texture and very fine yet tingly carbonation.
The flavor is similar to nose. I get a malty mix of caramel and toffee, but also some grainy husk notes. There is just a int of herbal hops on the finish. A decent brew and an easy drinker.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest beige head that falls quickly but leaves a little lacing

Smell: Lots of dark fruit aromatics, inluding figs and raisins and some underlying fusel alcohol

Taste: Opens with a mouthful of dark fruit and rich caramel flavor that is joined, mid-palate, a hint of alcohol; after the swallow, the alcohol elements build a bit and complement that sweet malt and fruity flavors to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad example of the style at all; it keeps the sweetness in check and is well-balanced

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a deep amber/copper hue, frothy off-white head that is mostly diminishing, minimal lacing

S- Nose if of toasty/roasty malts, brown sugar, and deep, rich fruity tones (plum, prunes), slight alcohol

T- Taste is solid and characterized by caramel malts, dark fruit and sweetness throughout, very subtle hops and alcohol

M- Quite watery and overly carbonated, medium body

D- Solid entrant in the Doppelbock category with a unique malt and fruit/sweet balance, easy drinking save for the excess carbonation, quite pleased to have received a case of this free from a friend :P

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Photo of portia99
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of budsboy
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear, ruby brown with a cream colored head that fades quickly. Lots of little bubble streams in there.

Smell has a woody bitterness beneath a raisen, candy sugar and dark fruit sweet aroma. Hints of alcohol.

Malty from the get-go. Sweet. A zing of alcohol, warming in the belly. Nearly dry on the finish, with a oak-like bitterness. Nice graininess too. Pretty tasty.

The flavor adds weight to this one, somehow. It's hard to separate the full malty flavor and the somewhat lighter mouthfeel. Medium-bodied bordering on big, let's say. The lively carbo keeps it from gaining weight.

A very tasty beer. Reminds me of a Belgian quad, only not nearly as heavy. Not as big as some dopplebocks, but well crafted. I enjoyed every last sip of it. Nicely done. Thanks to HustleMuscle for the bottle.

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Photo of Riggsy
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in standard pint glass.
Arrives dark red in color, a little hazy, with a one finger tan head.
Aromas of sweet malts, caramel and dark fruit.
Taste is malty and sweet, little hop presence, caramel, toffee, and some raisin or maybe fig. Also underlying alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little slick, medium carbonation.
A little sweet to have more than one, the alcohol also makes having 2 16oz servings a bit much.
An above average doppel.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appropriate for my 100th review to examine such an interesting, rare, hard-to-find specimen in my area... First noticed this in Michael Jackson's "Greatest Beers" book... Copped a single 12oz bottle for about $1.79 from Wine and More in West Orange... This beer pours a ruby-red / purple color with a humble head that didn't froth too much... Smell is very malty, with caramel and prunes... Taste is very rich and thick ,with caramel, malts, and vanilla present... a very heavy beer full of malts that is sweet and satisfying... Drinkability is okay, but with an apparently hefty alcohol percentage and such a sweet, rich flavor, wouldn't want to make this my single choice all night... really good brew... Definitely recomended... but very sweet and heavy...

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A blast from the past. This was one of my favorite beers from the old Dock Street Brewpub in Philly many moons ago.

Appearance: pours a nice dark copper color with a 1/2" head that falls to a ring of foam around the glass edges rather quickly. Plenty of carbonation bubbles race to the surface.

Smell: malt sweetness and a hint of floral hops are detectable.

Taste: decent malt base here with some brown sugar, hint of nuts, raisins, and a touch of bitterness. Alcohol is barley noticeable too. A bit mellower than what my memory of the original was, but all in all a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Malt laden aftertaste. Medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this one. Its great to see this one available again after many years. For those older BA's out there from the Philly area, this is a blast from the past worth giving a shot.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle with a deep coppery color and light frothy-coppery/amber head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell is lightly malty, a little sweet but not too strong.

Taste is definitely malty, a little sweet but hard to distinguish the type and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is is smooth with a little bitter on the finish.

Drinkability is is very easy. Could easily throw back a few of these with a good meal.

Nice to see another tasty Dock Street brew!

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of reesepzor
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-This beer was on the darker walnut side with a head that dissapates fairly quickly

S- The smell of this beer was on the strong side with an overwhelming presence of alcohol and some dark malty spice fragrances

T- The flavor of this beer is fairly strong with some notes of caramel and malts, the alcohol percentage gives a big of a sting to the tounge

M- This beer has a medium viscosity and seems to flow fairly smoothly

D- Overall, this beer grows on you halfway into it once you embrace the malty flavors and spices in it

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Photo of yelterdow
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Single purchased at Total Wine & More, River Edge. Served at just over fridge temperature in a Celebrator doppelbock glass. Paired with a wedge of St. Nectaire cheese brought to room temperature.

Appearance- Pours a very pretty caramel red, or maybe fiery orange would be more appropriate. It's rich and lustrous, however the head barely settles to a thin film after cresting at only about a finger.

Smell- Really fantastic aroma here... rich, buttery chocolate, toffee, caramel, nougat, wait a minute... is this a 3-Musketeers bar or a beer? Big and malty, just the way I like my doppelbock's nose. There's an initial fleeting hop whiff right at the end that intensifies significantly as the beer tempers.

Taste- Here's where this one falls apart... initially. The malts go one way and the hops go the extreme other. A bipolar bock? Let's hope there's a prescription that levels out this year's obvious moodswings. Just too hoppy of a finish here... the back and sides of my tongue shouldn't be feeling this level of bitterness. Wait... now the beer is coming together rather nicely, 35 minutes into the tasting. Is this the same beer? All of a sudden the discrepancies have righted themselves... the malts seem to have absorbed the hops and the beer has become much more balanced. Wildly interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- First impression (10:55): Quick and foamy, yet subdued enough to not be distracting. Now (11:39), it's near perfect. Damn these roller-coaster beers! I stand by my record, let this beer sit for at least 20 minutes before enjoying... I only wish I did.

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Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Cappone's in Norristown.

Appearance: Served and amber ruddy copper with a quick fade tan head and little lacing.

Smell: toasted malt, caramel, and toffee, and raw sugar/ fruitiness.

Taste: Malty cherry fruit with a bit of dextrin, candy and caramel and spicy. The finish is bitter with a residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth easy soft malty feel, medium body but light and active.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing. Semi sweet dopplebock, easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of shark262
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This doppelbock pours a nice clear amber/copper. Low carbonation and minimal head retention. The brew laces the glass, although only very slightly, upon drinking.

Smells of figs, resin, and caramel. Aroma of hops is very minimal which seems in line with this style of malty beer.

First taste is smooth and malty at first, followed by a pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste. The presence of alcohol warms the mouth after a couple sips (ABV is not listed on the bottle). Overall, a nice balance between full-bodied malts and German Tettnang and Hallertau hops. There is also a slight roastiness embedded with the predominant sweet caramel flavors.

Nice, drinkable example of a doppelbock. The full, malty sweetness should pair well tonight with some spicy Mexican food.

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Photo of yeastpuppet
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured with a lusty amount of head , full and rocky with an orange tinge , that dropped quicker than ..., well , pretty quick . Good carbonation , reflects light as a fine Tennesee Whisky might . Great , pleasing color .

Slight aroma of malty sweetness ,plum , zero hops .
Wee trace of alcohol in nose .

Tastes damn good .That great strong Lager taste of darker malts .slight plum/raisin , bitterness delayed yet apparent and pleasant . If theres hop flavor in here they mesh so well in the overall taste , I can't pinpoint 'em .

A tad light in body for the style , with a slight alco-burn on the gums .

Easy to drink , I'll open 'nuther . At least 7% , could be dangerous unless consumed in moderation .

Overall , this bock rocks . Buy some so they keep making it !


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Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper color with massive tannish head. Modest retention and no lacing.
Smell is dark fruity malty.
Taste also presents with a strong maltiness, but the hops are a bit too strong for my liking.
Fish is also dominated by the hops, which puch the malt too far into the background.
A good beer, but nothing great.

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Photo of Foxman
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a nicely hued coppery amber, only fairly carbonated. A finger of creamy off-white head settles promptly to vestigial commas of froth. Sparse pinstripes of lacing suit the inside of the glass.

The aroma is busy, but challenging due to rather thin slats of well-toasted malt, candy sugar, caramel, and dark fruit. A spice and dough bit carries along the outside, also quite narrow of build.

Upon tasting, the roasted malt is first and foremost, with caramel, dark earthy fruit, and a sugar sweetness that overcomes any subtlety. The hops present a mild spicing, and a tart cherry effect leads into a sere strip of alcohol. The grain and yeast deliver a baked dough crustiness in the back end before a crisp dryness lingers a short while in the finish. It's not unenjoyable, but it's a bit halting, disconnected, and clumsy in its progression.

Medium bodied, the malt lays a fair slick that washes away surprisingly quick, leaving very little as a tactile legacy.

I don't want to damn it, because I found myself enjoying it a bit, but it just doesn't seem to ever blend and become anything more than a series of disparate parts. And the parts were not especially substantial at that. The ABV is of some mettle, and it will bite given a chance, but the sweet-to-crisp, clean result is actually rather drinkable. So the bottom line is, it doesn't so much total up as present as several separate items. I would drink it again. But I would not seek it out.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi-transparent mahogany toned amber with a 1 finger, off-white head that quickly fades out into a thin collar. Tiny remnants of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, brown sugar, mild toffee, lightly spiced dough, notes of ripe fruit, prunes, and a touch of star anise.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a pronounced raisin-like sweetness up front that leads to a spiciness and mild herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, warming, and very much of brown sugar that's been dissolved in water and doused with cloves, anise seed, and black pepper.
I wish I could say more positives about this beer, as I've been waiting forever for it's re-release and it represents phantoms of this region's original craft beer scene that linger as a friendly, welcomed guest. Unfortunately, it doesn't match the malty monster that it was at the brasserie in Philly years ago. It is what it is and it's expected with all things considered. It's worth a try if you're a doppelbock enthusiast, or if you'd like to compare it to your own memory's tastebuds trying to rekindle it's thirst for Philadelphia's former king.

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Photo of drtth
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Dock Street Illuminator from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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