Instigator Doppelbock - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
On a Saturday night, I finally had a chance to settle down with a growler of Slys Doppel. This poured a very deep and dark ruby color. Much darker than I had imagined. Very clear and even after a week in the fridge, it still managed to produce a decent and creamy head of foam. Which kept bouncing back after subsequent pours.
The aroma gave off faint fruity notes which seemed a bit muddled and indistinguishable. Something like an orange liqueur came through along with winey cherry notes. The taste is very subtle with light malts and a buttery sweet tang of light citrus fruits. Also detected some caramel spice and almond extract. Very mellow with some soft bitter qualities coming through.
As the beer warms up, the flavors slowly emerge from deep inside this beer. Has a nice solid body of malt but comes across only semi-sweet, unlike say a Salvator. Although light in bitterness, this is more definitely more accented towards the hops. I guess you could say it is somewhat of an American version of the more sweet and bolder German Doppel. Overall this is extremely drinkable. I finished off a growler by myself in only about an hour and could have had some more. A damn fine beer.
04-20-2004 04:51:27 | More by pezoids
4/5 rDev -0.7%
MMMmmm, Best brew I had tonight. And, in honor of the last night of lent, this is indeed my "lenten treat"
It pours witha nice, thick, foamy head, with a nice tan color. The best way I can describe the look of the beer, is, aside from the head, like cola. Dark, ruby, and opaque color. It smeels sweet and ready to drink.
The taste is like..a nice nutty, malty balnce. It has the sweet malt/rum flavor, and only slight trace of hop. The hop flavor is presnt through out the brew, but only ever so slightly. Very much a mixture of fruity/bready essence, with sublt coco notes. It all comes together so nicely.
This was my favorite brew from slyfox so far. Well put together, and a range of intersting taste going thourgh- out the beer. Very nice, indeed
04-11-2004 03:38:56 | More by PSUDREW
4.95/5 rDev +22.8%
The beer pours a deep black color with a thin tan lace head. The aroma is perfect. It has a rich malt scent that is dominated by an intense caramel aroma; awesome!!! The taste is great! This beer has got the best damn flavor for a doppelbock. It has an intense dark malt character. It is rich with caramel malts and finishes sweet. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is the best doppelbock ever. It goes down slow and is very enjoyable.
04-07-2004 14:37:13 | More by WesWes
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
The doublebock poured a dark reddish-brown color with a tan head that lasted a short time. The aroma was very earthy with the smell of roasted malt, grain, and a hint of smokiness. The taste was mainly roasted malt with some caramel taste to it with a bitter finish from the Hallertauer hops. The feel in the mouth is creamy and slightly thick. Another Sly Fox draft that tasted good from beginning to end and begged for another.
04-03-2004 23:11:11 | More by rdrummer
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
When this beer was served to me it had the appearance of a deep dark walnut color that had a reddish/brown hue to it. Very rich looking. When first sent it had a rich, full beige/tan colored head that was not very lasting and fell to a small thin skim that covered the top of the beer. The lace that was left behind was more of a thin covering more then lace. The aromas that came from the glass were of fresh grass, flowers, some dark fruit, big dark roasted malt, and fresh hops. The tastes that came out of the glass were better then the aromas. I tasted like dark roasted malts, some hints of smoked nuts, roasted nuts, caramel, floral and bitter hops, and alcohol. Kind of sweet, kind of dry, kind of roasty this beer takes you through the whole spectrum all in one glass. Nice and creamy, fresh and full of flavor. These are all words that I would use to describe this beer. Well done, nice beer.
04-08-2003 07:50:25 | More by Jarod
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
An almost black body reveals deep mahogany highlights when held to the light. The foamy tan head drops slowly to a thin but solid cap and remains in place throughout the serving. As it drops it leaves temporal sheets of lace. A very nice appearance! The aroma expresses floral and mildly grassy hops amidst a deeply toasted malt character with hints of light fruitiness. As might be expected, its firmly malty body is creamy and smooth across the palate. The flavor is rich and surprisingly complex with more hop flavor than is usually associated with the style. It starts with some dark, mildly roasted, and lightly acidic malt that warms to become much more caramelish and softly sweet before crossing-over into a lingering, dry, roasty, and bitter finish. Very nicely done! It's exceptionally clean and well brewed with a subtleg alcohol and vibrantly fresh malt and hops. It's a bit more roasty than many examples, but that gives it an edge of distinction. Certainly worth trying.
04-07-2003 18:53:58 | More by NeroFiddled
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
This is a dark almost black Doppelbock. Malty and smoky with an excellent finish. It is highly drinkable and being a malt lover it is very refreshing. Not too sweet and a beer to enjoy slowly as the alcohol does not seem to kick in till the end of the pint.
04-07-2003 14:13:40 | More by bierman2000
Instigator Doppelbock from Sly Fox Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.