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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 delta490
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear medium brown with a nice creamy tan head. The head has light retention and leaves a little small sticky lacing. The aroma is light, with just mild hints of roasted malt and fruit. The taste, though has a nice rich malty profile, with a nice dark bread flavor and hints of earthy hops on the finish. The body has a nice thickness to it, full on the pallet. (374 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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... (537 characters)

Photo of sculls65
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (159 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, batch 31:
Pours a nice brown, but pretty clear despite color. The head is off white doesn't build too high with a rough pour. However, the head lasts covering the surface throughout the taste.

The smell seems a bit strange to me. Initially I got wet cardboard more than I'd like or expect. After that I do get some dark rock-candy sweetness and maybe some cinnamon or ginger spiciness. I may have underrated this, but I was not a fan of the complete makeup of this smell.

The taste starts with a hint if lager taste, clean, lightly sweet grain taste. Quickly a dark bread flavor comes on, followed by a spice-bread like brown sugar sweetness. A bit of raisin taste brings some tartness, and the end taste could be noble hops, but also seems sort of rye in nature.

The carbonation seems to play a bit into the spicey flavors, but is about medium strength. The body is pretty full, and the tastes envelop the entire mouth.

Not knowing the style overly well, I waffled on taste a tad. This beer seems to have a little more dryness than I recall from Celebrator, and I'm not sure if that's too be expected. Either way, except for the nose, I thought this was a fine malty option for the rate occasion I might want one; it seems suited for the holidays, for instance. (1,284 characters)

Photo of mobrado
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, ridiculously underrated Doppelbock. I like it better than Weihenstephaner Korbinian or Spaten Optimator. Glowing dark amber, clear body with a creamy off-white head. Smells and tastes of toasted bread, malt and Doppelbock sweetness. Decadent, rich mouth feel with low-to-moderate carbonation. Packs quite a punch at 8.3% alc./vol. (2014 edition). A steal at $4.49 a bomber if you like Doppelbocks. (408 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

From notes on 3/20/14

Sweet malty aroma. Burnt dark red color. Nice sized head. Lots of toffee flavors with a malty finish. Very good. Best Doppelbock I can remember drinking. (176 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 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 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 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 RoamingGnome
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Epic Brewing Double Skull Dopplebock Lager.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Served lightly chilled.

A) Copper colored brew with a full finger of cream colored head. The head slowly settles to a wispy dusting. Nice lacing too...

S) Malty sweetness... Caramel, a little butterscotch. Earthy hops, whiff of grass. Alcohol as it warms.

T) Follows the nose... Malty, buttery toast, caramel, earthy hops, and some spice on the backend. The alcohol stays pretty well hidden, but it's worth noting. Decent aftertaste...

M) Solid medium body with pretty soft carbonation. Goes down smooth enough. Bitter finish with a little booze.

O) I enjoyed this beer. I'd say a bit more at a colder temp. I'd rather drink a Celebrator or Korbinian, but this was a nice dinner beer. (790 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 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 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 kagent777
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (843 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 CasanovaCummins
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a minimal head and has a wine-colored brown, much the color of a fine cognac. The nose is somewhat elusive at first. The first noticeable impression is the great substantial mouth feel. Almost bready. The nutty flavors were fruity with a bit of raisins thrown in. Very dry lingering taste that is somewhat woody and mild brown sugars. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste, but not unpleasant at all. The ABV is a bit high for the style. I can imagine this would be great with some sauerkraut and a great braut and a pretzel. Very solid for the style, especially for the price. Going to stock up on this one. (611 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)

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 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 Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a brownish red color with a light tan head on top. The retention is thin, the with a scattered lacing. The smell of the beer goves off some caramel aromas, roasted malt and subtle chocolate. The taste gives off some sweet earthy malt with a hint of chocolate in the finish. The aftertaste has a nice spicy hop finish to it. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and gently carbonated. Overall I like it, it's a damn good brew in my opinion. (460 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 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 tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (481 characters)

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