The Dominator Dopplebock - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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2.4/5 rDev -38%
Bottle from fridge into imperial pint.
S: Starts out as full on doppelbock smell, lots of malty, heavy caramel. That rapidly gives way to roast and milk chocolate. Some earthy hop character that I'm not fond of.
A: Deep brown, opaque, rusty tinges on edges. Minimal off white head rapidly falls with no retention. No lace, no legs.
T: Rather muddy, not really a defining flavor. I get again a slight appropriate doppelbock flavor but then that is overwhelmed by Hershey's syrup, cappuchino, that odd hop character, and a flabby bitterness. Overall finishes bitter and burnt, almost stout-like. No alcohol.
M: Prickly and excessive carbonation dries it out and blocks the body. May be medium body but hard to tell. Finishes quite dry with the lingering burnt/bitter character.
O: Disappointed as I have been with several of the other O'So seasonals. Love many of their regular rotation beers but this one is not for me. I'll finish my glass but won't take them up on any more. Kirby Nelson at Capital remains king of western hemisphere doppels.
09-06-2012 02:21:46 | More by JRdaSconnie
3.08/5 rDev -20.4%
I had this beer on tap at O'so on 07/06/12. Having recently gotten into Dopplebock's, I had high hopes for this one.
The beer gave a mild malty aroma to follow the murky brown appearance. There was an off-white head of about half an inch. The initial taste impression I received was quite bizarre. I felt as though I was drinking Twizzlers licorice, except slightly undersweetened. The twizzlers go a little bad in the aftertaste, tasting somewhat like cough medicine. In some ways, it was a tart milkiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and hinted a certain milkiness. The unfortunate effect of the smoothness was I did not want the flavor to hang around on this one.
07-12-2012 16:32:52 | More by JohnnyHopps
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
Thanks to my pal Jason for sending me this beer from the north. It sits in my glass with a deep, cloudy brown appearance. Minimal head develops, while decent streams of carbonation help sustain a foamy ring. Light raisiny/plum sweetness in the nose, with an almost tart cherry bite dominating. I'm not sure if I expect it to be very sweet although it should be. Faint alcohols present also.
The taste is actually more tangy than sweet, with a cherry/raspberry backbone. Gets a bit more malty at the back, with a raisin laced doughiness. I don't enjoy it much after the finish though, as it leaves a sharp, slightly bitter astringence that doesn't seem to go away easily. Well carbonated, moderate thickness, but otherwise the mouthfeel is pretty unremarkable.
This selection is much less clean than a standard dopplebock, so while it gets few points for style, it is a bit unique. I wasn't too impressesd overall, but it doesn't help that I'm not a big fan of dopplebocks. Worth a try...
08-03-2010 03:17:19 | More by bennetj17
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
From: Woodmans, Kenosha, WI
Date: None, "062 12 1042" stamped on bottle
Glass: Ayinger doppelbock glass
Oso's Dominator is a doppelbock with a heavy chocolate syrup influence, at times obscuring the caramelized sugar aspects, making this a bit of a mocha-doppelbock. While the overall flavor profile is pleasant, it takes this direction of the style a bit further than I'd like (I'd want to see more dried fruit, toast, and caramel with a backdrop of chocolate, not the other way around). Good, but not necessarily one I'd go back to. I also wanted to take points off for the terrible label art, but did not.
Pours a 0.5cm cap of foam atop the body of the beer, which has below average retention, lasting about thirty seconds before fading to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent. The beer's body is a dark brown color, approaching black, light bringing out very dark golden brown hues with faint orange tints. Carbonation is visible along the upper edges of the
Aroma of rich cocoa with a caramelized malt sugar edge with slight raisin esters. Good, if not a bit excessively cocoa-like for a doppelbock.
Taste of caramel with a heavy chocolate syrup edge, this doppelbock takes chocolate to another degree for the style. Front of palate finds heavy caramel sweetness with chocolate syrup, and raisin, dried fig esters. Mid-palate of rich, heavy caramel, chocolate syrup, raisins, dried figs and dates, hints of cafe mocha. Back of palate notes rich cocoa, raisin-like esters, faint caramel, and a touch of ethanol. Aftertaste of cocoa, caramel and mocha, the roasted malts apparently adding a coffee-like, acrid edge.
Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly foamy, but mostly smooth and heavy mouthfeel. Ethanol felt in the nostrils and back of throat, primarily as the beer warms. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate.
07-23-2013 02:14:09 | More by falloutsnow
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
appearance: nice musty brown with a thin brown head
aroma: light smells of malt and caramel
palate: medium bodied, very smooth, little carbonation
taste: malty, a bit hoppy, but nothing over powering, drinks very nicely
overall: another good brew by O'so. new to this category, so not much to compare to, but this is a beer id pick up again
03-24-2012 20:24:01 | More by mobius387
The Dominator Dopplebock from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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