The Dominator Dopplebock - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
Hilariously goofy label in line with the domination theme.
Pours placidly into a tulip displaying a rust-tinged russet brown color. Murky and opaque, with some slow rising carbonation visible at it's edges, and a spiraling wisp of skim across the surface. The foam has a tobacco stained khaki color.
Aroma is slightly estery with notes of fruity plum, figs, and rum raisin, slight presence of alcohol. A big malty breadiness is there also.
Luxurious feel, rich and chewy. Medium bodied and satiny smooth.
Cocoa, pipe tobacco, plum, raisin, toasted marshmallow, creme brulee, molasses. Slightly sweet at first, rich and malty in the middle, with a slight dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Lower carbonation levels and rich body lend to the extra smooth feel. Pretty impressive Doppelbock from O'so, now I wish I had more than just a single...
05-05-2011 23:16:53 | More by emerge077
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
Murky looking dark bodied beer. Looks like a Bells beer and that's a good thing. Thin and fluffy beige head that has a little cling. This beer has that nice thick bready malt aroma I like in Doppels. Also some rum and fig. Nice aroma...This full bodied beer has a full flavor to match. Thick bread pudding maltiness and some rummy alcohol notes. Sweet profile overall, but not cloyingly sweet. Carbonation seems a little high for the style, but not overly so. A slight tanginess on the aftertaste. All in all, a solid doppel.
05-26-2010 02:43:56 | More by Bighuge
4.7/5 rDev +21.4%
Clear, dark ruby chestnut with a tight lacy off-white dome.
It smells of black cherries, toffee, plums, caramel, and brandy-steeped orange rinds. This packs a huge and delicious malt persona, with a slightly bolstered yet entirely congruent hop profile.
Malt oozes through the mouth. Caramel, toffee, black cherry, prune, molasses, honey. It's gripping. It's huge, but it's no monolith. There is plenty of character within its sweetness. Some doughy sweet breads, brown-sugar glazed. Baked apples. There is just a maze of malt nuance. Then hops come with fruity, orange zest bitterness. There is an electricity generated by the friction of the incongruence, yet it only furthers its appeal rather than seeming alien or forced. Port-like alcohol fumes take up residence late, but not to any heavy-handed or untoward effect.
Glossy, satiny, thick, full bodied. Muscular. Taut. The carbonation is low, and allows turns for all of its distinct, delicious flavors.
This is "holy shit" good, and it's among the best doppelbocks I've had. I wasn't expecting it nor was I prepared. I balked at first on the price ($11/ 4pack) and some less than fantastic experiences with O'so, but now I feel foolish. This is the real thing.
03-08-2010 09:08:17 | More by cokes
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass stein.
Deep Dark Brown that is almost black. Slight red tint.
Absolutely no light penetration. the head dissipates right away. Has a nice malty smell to it. Very thick feeling and malty. Somewhat of a nutty aftertaste. very slight bready undertones. A very nice thick complex dobblebock. Would definitely try again.
04-19-2012 04:58:53 | More by Zachtheporter
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
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
A - Beautiful plum red body that pours thick beneath a light tan head. Stamina in the top is minimal but left is a magnetic eye grabbing work of art.
S - Brown sugar, plum and mild alcohol. This aroma is strong and solid. You know what you're gonna get, and you look forward to it.
T - Grains roasted for a moderate length of time give way to a slightly nutty flavor giving way to sweeter malt and molasses.
M - Stcky and thick with a slightly coarse finish in the back of my throat. Overaall the feel is comfortable and enjoyable.
~ This is a thick and sweet doppelbock, which is exactly how I want my doppelbock. I'm thrilled to see a local brewery pushing a high gravity lager.
04-05-2010 04:14:24 | More by cdkrenz
The Dominator Dopplebock from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.