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Double Skull Doppelbock Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as liquid bread by fasting monks this Doppelbock is rich and filling. Crisp and delicious for the winter months.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-31-2011)
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Reviews by armiakhe:
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2.83/5  rDev -22%

When I saw the Double Skull being poured out of the bottle it was a light brown coloring. The smell was a bitter smell and a bit bready again. The taste was very thick and bitter in my opinion and was very full and a little carbonated. It did not go down well for me just because I am not used to Lager beers.

armiakhe, Apr 23, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

9.0%ABV per bottle label.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear rich deep bronce with a large two finger fluffy crown that spit and spattered slowly declining into a a froth.A great as the looks were the aromas were pretty plain,light toast and buttery/caramel notes and that was about it.Clean and spicy on the palate wich was a little odd for the style,this has a hefty dose of noble hops,it could use a little more sweetness but it's a bit of a different take.The alcohol sweetness comes into play as I drink more but still not over the top sweetness.It's different but it's actually pretty good,another Epic beer that I like more than most everybody else.

oberon, Dec 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Ben7773, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -17.4%

22oz bottle, release #1. Pours light brown with a smallish frothy off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is grainy chocolate and toasted caramel malts with some acidic hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy chocolate and toffee malts with a little dark fruit and some hops that lead to a dry finish with some alcohol. As it warms, some leathery notes come out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a kind of strange doppelbock. OK.

Beaver13, May 12, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
1.88/5  rDev -48.2%

Poured into a standard pint glass at the South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH.

A - One-finger head of off-white foam that disappears almost immediately, leaving a very fine sheen of lace on the surface. Beer is a deep red-copper that's clear and slightly opaque.

S - There's no nose to speak of, even after the beer warms in the glass. I have to really work at getting even a hint of toasted malt out of it.

T - Alcohol punch right up front, followed by roasted malts and dark caramel sugars. There's a faint hint of something almost like mint in the backend. But overall, there's really nothing here that's at all distinctive. Again, even intentionally letting it just sit and warm up produced nothing additional.

M - Slightly fizzy, low carbonation. Thin, almost watery body. Structure lacks cohesiveness. No finish. Reminds me of a new homebrewers first effort. In fact, everything about this beer reminds me of that.

O - The SPT is well-known for its outstanding line-up of constantly rotating taps, and while the bartender was clearly new, two other members of the waitstaff assured me that this was the Epic Doppelbock, as listed on their website. The only thing about this beer that matches the style is the alcohol level. This beer was a real let-down - it's at best just a simple, boozy malt-focused ale made from mediocre ingredients and poorly brought together. This is a "I want to get drunk quickly and I don't want to taste anything" beer. It's a great object lesson in how much hype and bad beer has infiltrated the craft scene lately. Say something positive? Ok - drinking a beer like this makes me appreciate even more how good the DoppelRock from GLB and the Celebrator from Ayinger are.

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Release #5 brewed on 9-4-12 and packaged on 10-5-12.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with some ruby. Lots of rising bubbles and about two fingers of off white head which quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A dark, toasty, and fairly nutty malt driven aroma. Roasted malts with big hints of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, yeast, nuts, and a little smoke. Undertones of dried dark fruits including raisin, dates, and fig. Hop aroma is pretty light but things do smell fairly grassy. A very bready and fairly dry aroma. Solid smell.

Taste: Very bready and nutty like the smell hints at. Roasted malts with tasting notes of bready biscuit, toast, burnt caramel, chocolate, toffee, nuts, yeast, and a slight hint of smoke. Also a decent presence of dark dried fruit with notes of fig, dates, and raisin. Hops are subtle but there is a drying presence of grassy hops towards the finish. A pretty nice bready tasting lager.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry. A little alcohol heat is detectable, but its not overly hot.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a Doppelbock. Nice bready and nutty flavors that avoid becoming too sweet.

MattyG85, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

N_Overholt, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Release # 2. 8.5% ABV. From the website:
Less Perle hops and bigger body due to the yeast working overtime. A fantastic winter warmer.

There aren't separate listings for batches 1 and 2, so I'll review here.

This one is a dark, thick and heavy sort of red-brown. The hues run deep and add a bit of amber and copper as well. The tan head grows to a thick and creamy two fingers but it diminishes to one, though it isn't shabby by any means. Once it's faded to half a finger or so it fades no further. A good amount of lacing is left behind in patches.
A good malts backbone sets the foundation and the tone. In the aroma, it's almost like gingerbread cookies without so much of the ginger. Otherwise, it's plenty bready with a gentle sweetness that isn't cloying and even a floral note from the hops. It's really very good; my only complaint is that it could use more strength.
A bit more nuttiness and some spiciness comes out more strongly in the flavor along with breads and a touch of caramel (no doubt from the particular combination of malts, as it doesn't seem caramel malts were used specifically). The floral hops presence makes a good addition and adds balance, being just enough that it doesn't take away from the malty character. There's not much of the typical molasses and licorice; they're present, but very lightly. Alcohol is well masked. Again, only a little more strength would be good, as the finish thins out a little. Generally, though, nicely done.
The body is medium. It reminds me most of Great Lakes Doppelrock; a bit light for the style but a good combination of lightly but not overly crisp with a smooth flow.

Brenden, Jun 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jamesDaExMoBeerGuy, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

Batch #1.

Bomber served slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Double Skull has a redish brown color with great clarity and creamy head. The head settles quickly and does not leave any lace.

Aroma is mild and sweet with a slight fruity quality.

Flavor is much more pronounced with a big toasted malt body, strong bitterness, and a drying, alcoholic finish. Not as complex as I had hoped, this beer seems a little bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and slightly over carbonated.

Overall a solid beer but one that may benefit from further cellaring. As it stands, a little too strong and lacking in character.

GilGarp, Apr 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DruC4, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Psberrier, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

A - dark brownish amber with a huge, thick, dense, off white, brownish head that has decent retention

S - big bready notes, caramel, lagery

T - caramel, dark fruit, lager yeast

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent doppelbock but nothing earth shattering. The flavor is decent and it's definitely drinkable. The ABV is well hidden. There are definitely better doppelbocks out there but this is a nice beer all the same. It was nice once, but I won't buy it again.

tdm168, Feb 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

VictoriaAnne, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Glibber
3.63/5  rDev 0%

This years beer clocked in at 9.1%. I have been seeking out Doppelbock styles as of late, and saw this offering in the new Whole Foods in Boise. It poured a dark color with a decent 1/2 inch brown froth and minimal lacing. Both my wife and I really enjoyed the taste. Low carbination an not much of an aroma, but a nice mouthfeel, and some good chocolate, malt, flavors. not much of a bite at all, and just a little aftertaste.

Glibber, Dec 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

40ontarget, Apr 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

beerFool28607, Nov 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DrIPA, Oct 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

nick_asian, Oct 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

blindpiggie, Oct 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%

22oz. Dark mohoghanny pour, a little less than a finger of off white head. A minute amount of lacing.

Aroma, heavy raisin, malty caramel and toffee.

Taste, nice and malty. Big bready malts, toffee, tobacco. Some lighter dark fruits. Toasted malt and nut like, some herbally notes in the finish, which is a little mild.

About medium body, but a tad watery feeling. A good level of carbonation. Just a faint warming.
For the price this is well worth trying. A good German like version.

Bung, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

g_jenkins, Dec 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

bigaddy, Nov 14, 2013
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Double Skull Doppelbock Lager from Epic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.