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Double Skull Doppelbock Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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Double Skull Doppelbock LagerDouble Skull Doppelbock Lager

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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lsummers

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-10-2013 02:11:06 | More by lsummers
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-07-2013 20:01:47 | More by imperialking
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-05-2013 16:27:59 | More by zestar
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:00:33 | More by Knapp85
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armiakhe

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 18:59:59 | More by armiakhe
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-03-2013 23:06:10 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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DrinkDrankDronk

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-20-2013 02:03:43 | More by DrinkDrankDronk
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:43:13 | More by Arithmeticus
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jamesDaExMoBeerGuy

Utah

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-02-2013 01:48:05 | More by jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
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beerpadawan

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-20-2013 18:02:50 | More by beerpadawan
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:52:01 | More by tdm168
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Bung

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 02:31:30 | More by Bung
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:42:05 | More by superspak
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elec

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-21-2013 02:47:21 | More by elec
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 07:45:52 | More by MattyG85
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jsteele

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-16-2013 12:18:42 | More by jsteele
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-13-2013 21:13:03 | More by ChrisKayler
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PGVG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-11-2013 06:04:24 | More by PGVG
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VicariousCynic

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-03-2013 04:24:31 | More by VicariousCynic
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beerismysavior

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 01:58:19 | More by beerismysavior
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oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 00:22:12 | More by oberon
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g_jenkins

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-12-2012 08:45:32 | More by g_jenkins
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

12-03-2012 02:23:29 | More by Hopstout
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Glibber

Idaho

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 02:51:01 | More by Glibber
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digita7693

Germany

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-26-2012 06:06:45 | More by digita7693
Double Skull Doppelbock Lager from Epic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.