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The Dominator Dopplebock - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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The Dominator DopplebockThe Dominator Dopplebock

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BA SCORE
86
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 10-16-2009)
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look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A - Small tan head from a strong pour. Dark brown in color but good clarity when held to light.

S - Rich, rich, rich. Munich malts give it a nice nuttiness. Has a strong caramel profile and a dimension of smooth chocolate.

T - Complex dark caramel with a faint glimpse of some raisin-like red fruits. Chocolate is craftly hidden in the background. Smooth/clean flavor. Hops are present enough to strike a modest balance. Slight touch of roastiness goes brilliantly with a mild alcohol warmth throughout.

M - Full bodied, semi-sweet, medium-light carbonation.

O - Awesome array of smells and flavors. Every wanted flavor is right there or just skillfully nuanced. For sure my go-to from now on for doppelbocks.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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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.

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The Dominator Dopplebock from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.