Double Skull Doppelbock Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-31-2011

Originally brewed as liquid bread by fasting monks this Doppelbock is rich and filling. Crisp and delicious for the winter months.
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Reviews by spitInTheOcean:
Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep gold color. off white, moussey head. great retention. very clear.

smell is very malty.caramel. sweet. not much of a toasted aroma. very slight hop aroma. very slight alcohol aroma. very slight aroma of a crisp lager. smell is predominately malts, with subtle undertones of biscuit and caramel.

flavor is immedialtey sweet and malty. pleasantly complex. caramel flavors.some toastiness. no hop flavor. crisp lagered finish. flavor of the alcohol is apparent. slight hop bitterness.finish is sweet.

medium-full mouthfeel. i think the alcohol is cutting down on the apparent mouthfeel. carbonation is soft, and smooth.

i think i may be drinking this beer a tad young. the flavor of the alcohol is persistent and lingering. but i will give this beer the benefit of the doubt and imagine that i am drink a bottle of this that has had a chance to grow out of its youth. all and all a very nice doppelbock. if you find yourself with a bottle of this i recommend cellaring it away for a year or two. cheers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
1.86/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of sculls65
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer for the last day of winter. Perhaps a bit thicker and less carbonated than some doppelbocks but very well done.. Would have again with no problem.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release#22. 8.7 % abv... Picked this up a Coal Train Liquor in CO Springs less than a month ago...

Pours Orange/Caramel with beige head.

S: Breadyness, pears, caramel. Above average head retention & okay lacing

T: Dryness, pears, white grape, apple skins & a little brown bread. Leafy hops & a little bit of tannin as this warms, some toastyness as well, a little dry. Finishes slightly figgy, dry, with brown breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

A pretty good take on the style, not upper tier by any means...

Photo of Glibber
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner style glass. Release #4.

Off the pour a seriously looking deep ruby brown amber, good mix of slow rising cola carbonation, with an off tan and redish head, settling very fine with a whip cream like dollop top. This looks like long dark brown inky blood in a glass. I am thirsty just looking at it.

Nose has lots of chocolate goodness, milky and soft. There's a nice peanut sort of nutty component coming out, a little bit of umami olive oil like fat also.

Palate hits with a little bit of noticeable booze, but luckily all the good doppelbock characters come through. Toasty light malts, with a good thick wash of caramel all over the tongue. Nut component comes through a bit not unilke a brown ale. A real nice mix of chocolate and peanuts sensing.taste. Umami fat rich in feel also, but some heat takes away some of the fun. Some hints of burnt clove and nutmeg wash as well.

Truly like a Snickers bar in a glass as a good friend said! I agree. Fun tasting doppelbock I must admit.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Bier Thirty.... Shared tonight with Inflatablechair... Thanks for having me Sammy.... I needed it.

Pours a slightly hazed amber.... the head is off white but with a persistent retention and okay lacing.

Nose is pretty good... nice deep toast and some nice caramel... I think maybe hops are there, but I could be lying to myself.

Flavor actually has some hop bitterness that helps balance the malts.... light caramel and more toast... a bit nutty... again, I swear I get of grassy hoppiness... With warmth I picked up a bit of fruity esters... not exactly "clean", but pretty good on a tough style to do right.

Body is medium... carbonation seems about right, but is definitely "big bubble"...

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

This is a pretty good first attempt... I will rereview with further batches... a lager of this ABV is a bit of a challenge, and this is a nice jumping off point.

Photo of Proteus93
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden-red with a billowy off-white head. The filtration on this beer is pretty exceptional--it's crystal clear.

S: Some sweet, raisin and fig aromas, albeit a little muted. Malts impart a 'not-quite-biscuit, not-quite-cookie' aroma.

T: The flavor is its saving grace, at least following the smell. While the nose seemed a little light, the flavor is more expressive: rum-raisin, modest spiciness, a little toffee.

M + D: Medium bodied, with carbonation that's a tad sharp. Nonetheless, it's a reasonably tasty beer, and it doesn't cost as much as many of the other bombers out there (I found this one for $4.99). Certainly worth checking out, if nothing else.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Epic Brewing's Double Skull Doppelbock Lager that my friend brought over to share with me. It's been a while since I've had a Doppelbock and I'm interested to see what Epic can do with the style, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got the typical Epic label layout with a couple skulls on it to go with the name, it's a little eye catching. It poured a clear slightly darker copper color that took on more of a caramel color when held to the light with a fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, the head and lacing were a little weak, but the color was really nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like aroma to it followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a grainy, caramel malt, slightly nutty, and bread crust like aromas with a slight amount of doughy yeast in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a slightly herbal and very earthy aroma that stands out a little more than it should. This beer had a decent aroma, but it wasn't the truest to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like flavor to it followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all those aspects that I got in the aroma with the grainy and caramel malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a light alcohol flavor that isn't too noticeable and it's followed by the hops that impart a light herbal flavor with the earthy hops sticking out the most, with a lower amount of bitterness and a grainy, caramel malt and earthy aftertaste. This was Ok tasting beer, but it wasn't really what I look for in the style and the earthyness stuck out too much.

M- Fairly smooth, a little rich, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and the lower carbonation worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was just ok and I didn't think it was a good example of Doppelbock, it lacked some of those nice roasted malt and dark fruit flavors that I look for in the style, but the alcohol wasn't too strong and the bitterness was at the right level. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little rich, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one glass is enough for me, I feel no need to drink another. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a pretty nice looking beer and it looked fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was strong earthy aspect, it would be better if it was toned down a good amount. I wouldn't buy this beer and I wouldn't recommend it as a good Doppelbock since it isn't the truest of the style to me. All in all I was little let down with this beer, Epic has proven to be pretty solid, but this one was lacking in most all aspects. It isn't close to my favorite of the style and it's one of my least favorite Epic beers. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Release #2, 8.5% ABV.

4.0 A: Dark brown black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is decent and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry roastiness along with a good bit of toastiness as well. Smells kinda like an imperial schwarzbier. Caramel and molasses.

3.5 T: Follows the nose for the most part. Roasty, toasy, caramel, and molasses. Light neutral malt sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess in this. Very nice.

3.5 D: Not the most exciting offering, but more than solid. Epic is making a statement with me.

Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown colored beer with a medium sized light brown colored head.

Smells mildly sweet with lots of caramel and a herbal and soapy hop aroma. Mild nut and coffee aromas.

Tastes much like it smells. Mildly sweet with caramel and nuts. Slight soapy taste. Pecan nut flavor and slight pecan pie flavor. Slight vanilla taste.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall an OK Doppelbock. This is a bit sweeter than I like.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Amber in color, some haze, caramel, malt toast. Boozey.

Photo of SportsandJorts
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: a solid brown color that hints towards black depending on the light. a finger of a white head that leaves behind a bit of a lacing. almost opaque but lets just a little bit of light through.

Smell: sweet. maybe some brown sugar, breadiness, chocolate and earthiness.

Taste: opens up with chocolate tending towards roasty malts. overtaking by a huge earthiness, mixing with bread. very weird balance too it, which i have a difficulty explaining.

Mouthfeel: sweet and fairly light for the style, completely missing the lager cleanness.

Overall: i found this beer way too muddled between flavors. the chocolate and earthiness just seem out of place and don't balance very well.

Photo of chrisbues
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing batch #2, bottled 2/12. Purchased a bomber from Bottles 101 in Kent,OH on 3/2.

A-Ruby red appearance, with a generous head

S-Smelling the malts here.

T-Malts, as expected, but with some hoppy bitterness. Smooth.

M-Nice and smooth.

O-One of the better doppels i have had, and I really enjoy doppels. Not too malty.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release #2, bottled 2/15/2012. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, chocolate, raisin, nuttiness, biscuit, earth, leather, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with big malt complexity and balance. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, chocolate, raisin, nuttiness, biscuit, leather, light roast, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, biscuit, chocolate, nuttiness, raisin, light prune, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic malt complexity and balance; with almost zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent doppelbock! Fantastic malt complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering; one of the better doppelbocks I have had.

Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful dark reddish amber color in the Duvel tulip. Plenty of foam in the glass and carbonation in the mouth. The aroma is a very funny sweet candy sort of smell. The first sip is just plain sweet. Burnt sugar, a perfumey peculiar flavor, and some bitterness in the aftertaste.

I'm not sure when, or with what, this beer would be the right drink, but I'm thinking gingerbread with a Jim Beam chaser. It definitely should be colder than the brief cooling I gave it in the refrigerator. I think ice cold would be good for this one. But I'm going to try a dose of it in the mediocre Wit I just opened. I like strong beers but this one doesn't have the complexity of something like the Shmaltz malt bombs. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Servall Liquor in San Diego.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks nice. Dark amber/mahogany. Creamy, soft white head. Settles to a film and collar.

A bit of a boozy aroma, strong dark fruit that has past fermentation early stages. Light baked caramel and cocoa. Mostly boozy though

Flavors are better as the booze subsides. Still the dark fruit (red plum, raisin, some caramel) are a bit harsh. The sweetness just isn't there. The booze thins this beer out and the structure weakens. Slight spice and hoppy grass in the finish.

More malt profile would help.

Photo of kagent777
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the brewery. Release 17 was bottled Nov 2, 2013 according to the website. This batch was 8.1 ABV. Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Very clear garnet, a beautiful color. This pour had very little head on it.

Smell: All malts here with a dash of noble herbal hops. The malts have a deep caramel smell and are a but nutty. Very nice.

Taste: Not quite chocolate, more a sort of cola flavor. I know that may sound odd for a beer, but this works really well. The malts are the highlight here and this lager shows them off well. This maybe a bit sweeter than most. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky, with a lingering subtle sweetness. The flavors are long lasting and coat the moat. The carbonation is on the lower side.

Overall: I have not had many doppel bocks, but I did enjoy this beer. I need to try a few more.

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Double Skull Doppelbock Lager from Epic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.