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Double Skull Doppelbock Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 39
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Lynn, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

DaveBlack, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jokulhaps, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Petrofessor, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of AltBock
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

AltBock, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

lsummers, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

imperialking, May 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

zestar, May 05, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Knapp85, Apr 28, 2013
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2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

armiakhe, Apr 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

DrinkDrankDronk, Mar 20, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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

Arithmeticus, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jamesDaExMoBeerGuy, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

beerpadawan, Feb 20, 2013
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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.

tdm168, Feb 09, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Bung, Feb 03, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

superspak, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

elec, Jan 21, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

MattyG85, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jsteele, Jan 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

ChrisKayler, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

PGVG, Jan 11, 2013
Double Skull Doppelbock Lager from Epic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.