Double Skull Doppelbock Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 137
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
1.86/5  rDev -48.8%
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. (1,705 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of armiakhe
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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. (309 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (3,304 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love doppelbocks...at least good ones. This one seems to fall victim to the same things most other American ones do, though.
Looks pretty good. A good amount of foam, clear lacing, is the right dark cherrywood color.
However the flavor profile is pedestrian. Malty sweet, but not really bready, or caramel-like. More like just syrup. There’s a little chocolate and some rummy fire. While doppelbocks should have a kick, that’s really all this one seems to have. It’s not horrible or anything, but it wasn’t my first beer of the evening and I couldn’t help but think about how strong it tasted. There’s a certain depth and control a good DB should have, and this one really doesn’t.
I split this bottle and it took a while to finish.
Not sure what I paid for this, but I would’ve been better off getting some German ones instead.
There's a certain mystery to getting tons of depth from a strong lager and this beer didn't get it right. (952 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle label info: Release #16, 8.5% ABV, Den# 1324

Poured out a nice copper red color and lots of active carbonation that produced a decent one-finger thick head. Slight caramel and taffy (i.e., the sugary candy) aroma. Flavor reinforced the malt smell plus had a big punch of hop bitterness. Medium bodied, crisp and clean finish.

An OK doppelbock that doesn't quite get much above average in all departments. The biggest thing is a rather weak and somewhat disjointed malt balance. Certainly not anything to avoid, but there are better examples of the style out there. (573 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled into flared glass

A: dark copper-color; thin head; modest carbonation; lacing not great
S: copper/metallic smell; brown sugar and molasses
T: sweet and malty; not much in hop profile; darker malts/brown sugar prominent; more on complex side; alcohol is disguised nicely
M: heavy; smooth but dead (like a casked beer)

Not bad (341 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of beerismysavior
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release #4 -- 9.0% ABV

Glassware -- 20oz Stange (slender cylinder)

Appearance -- brown body w/ moderate opacity and a twinge of ruby highlights. Well formed but quickly dissipating light tan colored head. Moderate lacing with low overall retention.

Aroma -- characteristically clean, somewhat toasty and some subtle raisin characteristics on the back-end. Presence of booze is detectable, not overwhelming.

Flavor -- stops just shy of having a burnt or roasted malt derived bitter characteristic. This is rather intriguing. Doesn't quite step into the realm of "roasty". Very slight woody characteristic, may be a combination of caramel + booze creating this effect.

Mouthfeel -- clean up front with just a hint of lingering bitterness on the back-end. Not on the other order of typically "bitter" beers, just a small hint of bitterness. Not sweet on the palate, but leaves a significant amount of sugar-y feeling on the lips.

Overall -- an interesting beer, one worth trying. Can't say I've had many other doppelbocks to compare with, but this one seems to match the style. I'm partially biased in that I don't typically love high alcohol lagers. Not that there aren't redeemable qualities, I find that these are not typically the styles of beer that I gravitate towards. (1,279 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release # 17. ABV 8.1% per label. SLC # 1187 (whatever that means).

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, earth, and corn tortilla aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, toast, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly rich and filling quality in the taste. (629 characters)

Photo of Glibber
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #61 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Release #3 states it is 8.5% abv.

This is an okay doppelbock. Strikes me as quite boozy. Though, the characteristics are there that you'd want to see for the style. It's okay, but there are definitely a lot of wrinkles that need to be ironed out in order to make it a decent interpretation. (330 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #8 , 9.2% ABV

A: Finger's width of fizzy, off-white head. Moderate retention, not a whole lot of lacing. The beer itself is a dark copper, and crystal clear.

S: Toffee and sweet malts start it off. Alcoholic phenols, raisins, and oak bring the aroma through to the end. Actually a rather subtle aroma, but rather complex and enjoyable.

T: Heavy dose of the sweet malts, with a hefty punch of alcohol. Just like in the aroma the dark fruits and raisins really come through. There is a very slight breadiness to the beer as well. The finish is sweet, with the alcohol lingering.

M: Moderate body, but sticky and viscous feeling. The carbonation is fairly low, but what there is adds a surprising crispness to the beer.

O: A good beer, but not a great one. A little too sticky-sweet for my taste, and not as complex as I would have hoped. That being said, the flavors are good, and the alcohol is incorporated nicely so that it plays well with the flavors, rather than competing. (989 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber bottle with a simple black and white recycled paper label. In the middle of the black part of the label are two not so scary skulls. Above the skulls in big gray letters is the name of the beer. Directly to the left of the skulls in big ass bold white letters is the brewery's name. The white part of the label contains the mandatory US info, brewery's address, and a small box that contains the release number and ABV%. This bottle was release #2 and has an 8.5% ABV. An average consumer wouldn't know how old release #2 is.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this "deathly Doppelbock" was a semi hazy dark amber with some brief orange highlights along the sides. The head of foam was about 1/2 an inch in height and dirty white in color. This dirty white head of foam had decent retention that only left behind a skinny string of rings and one tiny blot of lace. The head of foam wasn't much to write home about, but I really liked the color that this Doppelbock had.

Up front this Doppelbock was all about the lightly roasted malts. Behind the malt wall was a whiff of week old wheat bread, a speck of dark chocolate, a drop of caramel, a pinch of alcohol, and a gentle touch of roasted coffee beans. When its swirled around, this beer had a hidden surprise. The aroma will be less malty and the lack of malts will leave a void which will be filled by fruits. It was hard to pick out the fruits. It was just a big jumble of fruits.

The taste was just as malty as the aroma except for one small thing. These roasted malts tasted like they were soaked in alcohol after they were roasted. In fact, everything tasted like it was soaked in alcohol. After the alcohol dipped malts, in comes a dash of dark chocolate, a drop of roasted coffee beans, a speck of sweet caramel, and a pinch of black cherry. After all that, this beer then finishes up with a bitter grapefruit alcohol taste. It was a little weird. The alcohol couldn't help itself. It even coated the citrus hops with alcohol. Long story short, the taste loved the alcohol.

This was a medium to full bodied Doppelbock with a good level of carbonation and a full flavored aftertaste. It's too bad that the main flavor was alcohol. The alcohol was kind enough to let a few flavors out in the aftertaste. My tongue received roasted malt, dark chocolate, and citrus hops. The aftertaste liked the alcohol a little too much for me.

This Doppelbock had too much alcohol in the aroma and the taste. If the alcohol let go of its power just a tad and let more roasted elements come through, this would be one hell of a Doppelbock. Would I buy another bottle? Yeah, if I wanted an alcohol based Doppelbock. I don't usually ask for those. (2,726 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

middle of the road for the style. its got a gorgeous dark copper color and an inch of cream colored head with decent lasting power. the nose is rich and sweet, lots of grain in this brew. caramel and toffee radiate from it, as do some more earthy smoked type of notes, big and bold and alcoholic too. the flavor is a lot like the nose, but doesn't quite find the balance or intrigue to make it world class. its a little heavy too, even for the style, which makes a bomber a lot to get through, but I appreciate it in a one bottle winter context, the strength of this got the best of me for sure. caramel type sweetness in the finish, dominates what would be quick finishing lager yeast. that part of the beer comes across sloppy, and despite all the good grain flavor here, I cant get past that bit. full bodied as they come, huge for a lager, and filling too. booze comes out only when it warms up, so watch out. could stand a touch more carbonation too, as it stands it felt more like a german based barleywine, not so much a dopplebock as I am accustomed to. (1,061 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, served in a Tyranena snifter

A - pours a dark copper, clear, fades to zero head

S - biscuit and caramel, a bit of subdued hops follow

T - sweet, but not overly so, caramel up front, hops are more present here than in the nose

M - rather thin, surprising for 9.0% abv, but smooth

O - good value, certainly a solid dopplebock, nothing earth-shattering. Won't necessarily seek it out, but would happily have it again (426 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a nearly opaque light mahogany with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like bready and nutty malt, with some earthy copper hops and oak and sweet toffee.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and earthy nutty malts, with some oak and copper hops. It had a clean earthy and sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice doppelbock with simple but enjoyable scent and taste. The body was great, but the finish was hot, so it was better to sip. Actually seems like it could improve with a year or two in the cellar. Fresh is good, not great. (623 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish amber with an off white head. Aroma is bready, some brown sugar, a little fruity. Flavor followed suit. A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I quite enjoyed this one. I actually didn't get much alcohol in the flavor or aroma as alluded to by so many others here, so it appears I got lucky. Gonna have to give this another shot for sure since I enjoyed it as much as I did, and also because I'd love to see if I got lucky or if they fixed the alcohol showing itself issue. (494 characters)

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Double Skull Doppelbock Lager from Epic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.