Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Deep Water DopplebockThomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock

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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aracauna on 10-26-2002

30 IBU
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Reviews by Bung:
Photo of Bung
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Burgundy pour, solid cream colored head that stuck around nicely. Roast malt and humid smelling. Mostly malt, caramel, some mild red fruit and raisin. A definite creaminess to it. Didn't really get any coffee out of this. On the light end of medium body. Was fairly surprised by this one, drinkable, I enjoyed it. I thought this was slightly better than rated here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would say this was one of the lighter beers of the style I have had.Poured a chesnut brown color with a thinner but pretty well sustained off white head,very light aromas,I picked up some caramel and a passing iron note.Flavors seemed to be a bit watered down to me,light caramel and dark fruit mainly with a little toasty malt,but again the flavors dont show through that great due to thin feel.Eh, an average to below average take on the style in my opinion.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to lostbearbrew for this one...
Pours a cloudy dark rust color w/ no light passing through...a full two fingers of foamy tan head forms and produces decent lacing.
Scent is enjoyable...carmelized malt sweetness up front w/ some vanilla extract bringing up the rear.
Taste is decent...a bit weak in its flavors w/ smokiness hitting the pallet first and a carbonated taste lingering...a nice malt backbone w/ very little hop.
Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style IMO and the carbonation is just too high...making this a one and done for me. Many other fine examples of the style, but glad to get the opportunity to try this offering from Thomas Creek.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, dark brown one inch head

Smell: caramel and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and with a touch of chocolate

Mouthfeel: very sweet, smooth, light body

Drinkability: This hides the 6.25% abv well. I could have several. While this is not the best of the style that I have had, it is very good. I like the sweet caramel tones.

Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a deep red color with a tan head. The aroma is fairly sweet and has a lot of toffee and dark fruit notes. The flavor is similar, with some toffee and lightly roasted malt standing out the most. There is also a little bit of coffee. The beer is very dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. No intelligible date on bottle, despite coded stamp. No sediment in the bottle.

Pours a dark reddish-brown; clear but nearly opague. Has a short-lived and rather small tan head.

Aroma: rather faint but attractive smell of roasted malts; faintly earthy and spicy

Taste: slightly spicy and hoppy flavor, but dominated by medium and darker roasted malts. Slightly nutty. Excellent hop/malt balance for the style, albeit a bit hoppier than a traditional.

M: very good carbonation level; too acidic?; slightly dry in the finish.

O: pretty good example of an American dopplebock, but disappointing given the outstanding brewery that produced this.

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue in the light. There's thick quarter inch of off-white, brownish head that has great retention. The nose has notes of roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol phenols, and butterscotch. Up front the butterscotch gets your attention which quickly turns to a chocolaty, coffee finish. There are notes of dark fruit and even some toffee and caramel that are hidden in each sip. The mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, smooth, and very well carbonated.

As this beer warms the flavors become something more akin to a traditional doppelbock. At first it was more like a porter meets lager, but after a little while it's a very delicious doppelbock. This is a great beer and another home run for Thomas Creek.

Photo of Jeffdoghead
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I know this beer strays from typical Dopplebock and leans on the porter side. But as a beer goes without trying to compare what it should be the flavor is tasty and probably my faviorate beer from Thomas Creek. Definitly one I will go back to and reccomend for more open minded less cynical beer drinkers :-}

Photo of Jon
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little too thin and not malty enough to qualify as a true doppelbock in my opinion. Although the appearance is fairly good, it looked a bit too pale for doppelbock status. Taste was indeed on the malty side, but the hop bitterness didn't seem to fit well. It was quite drinkable, just not in the way it should be. A decent beer overall.

Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from chefmikeanderson, this my favorite style & a state I've yet to review
( I think ), Cheers Mike!

Pours an effervescent mahogany tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Impressive head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, a touch of herbal hops

T: Brown bread, a touch of herbal hops & licorice, plus dryness up front. Toasted & roasted malt surface as this warms along with dryness, more brown bread & just a touch of boozey plum. Finished dry with a touch of coffee, full point deduction for straying off style

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, a bit too dry, warming

Drinks easy enough, the dryness would probably make me move on before the ABV would. A pretty drinkable doople that has a few stylistic flaws, that makesthink this could be a porter, would've scored better...

Photo of bditty187
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My first South Carolina beer review…

Slightly hazy, reddish brown in hue; I’d like to see a darker beer. I had a leaky cap but it still opened with a “pifff.” Russet colored foam, I was surprised the head rose to three fingers in height! Yikes. Head retention was respectable; it slowly faded away leaving sticky lace in its wake. Wow, there is heaps of lacing; it looks like frayed wallpaper. A soapy cap lasted the entire consumption. If the liquid was more opaque, I call this beer damn attractive!

The nose seems a bit hoppy for a Doppel, grassy and faintly earthy. The malt offers some light roasted notes, acidic with hints of char. It is fairly airy plus there isn’t much depth. To brew a Doppel with this low of abv it takes a tremendous amount of skill; Iowa’s Millstream (IA has an abv cap like SC) failed to excel with their Doppel. That beer was merely good, I wonder if this beer will suffer a similar fate. The aromas are weak and I fear this beer will be frail in the palate. Overall, the bouquet is tolerable.

The palate is thin and a bit watery. There just isn’t the malty richness needed. If this beer was labeled as a Schwarzbier I wouldn’t complain about the malt. I like how this beer tastes; there is soft maltiness with acidic notes that become mildly sour. It is a bit smoky with some semi-sweet chocolate notes; plus some earthy hops at the back. The alcohol is well-hidden. I’m conflicted. What do I score this beer? As a Doppel it sucks. As a Black Lager, it is solid. I have to downgrade this beer, numerically, because of what the label says. But heed these words, enjoy this beer for how it tastes, it is well-made!

Medium-light in body, watery, there is not very much body here… low carbonation, it is a bit slick on the swallow. The mouthfeel needs improvement.

This is an easy drinking beer. I do like it. I’d drink a few in a row if I could. I’ll beat the dead horse once more; this beer is lousy as a Doppel but tasty if you just drink it as is. Thanks timtheenchanta for supplying me some South Carolina beers!

Photo of UncleFlip
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nearly opaque cola colour, with mahogay notes around the edges. Loose head stays for a bit, and is gone.

Aroma is mainly dark, sweet malt- sort of spicy dark molasses. There's some hops here, kids- but not an over-abundance.

Flavour is kind of watery at the start, then the malt kicks in with a bit of burnt toast on the tongue, then a delicately hoppy finish.

The tight carbonation takes a second or two to get going, then swells fast and is gone. The finish is watery.

It's not the most drinkable beer out there. I think after a few, I'd be expecting something a bit more.

Be well
-UF

Photo of harpo111
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark, cola like..thin lacey head
s: maltish, not too pugent
taste: malty, carmel..but not very strong
mouthfeel: moderately thick..not much follow through...not much aftertaste..
drinkablilty: not bad....would do a couple.
this is an ok beer...not much hops to it...but nice and malty, not too sweet...goes well with burgers and fries..

Photo of bierman2000
2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is so thick and the alcohol is right in your throat at all times. It is only 7 % and is so chewy, sweet, molasses, etc that being a Doppelbock lover I can only drink 1 of these beers.
I won't go out on a limb but I think the South makes a totally different Doppelbock from the North.

Photo of GSmithBeer
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this at beertopia
A: nice appearance. dark color. okay head & retention.
S: nothing exceptional after having a bunch of ipas.
T: not all that impressed. a little sweet for my taste.
M: good carbonation. nice mouthfeel.
O: it seemed like a lonely station at beertopia so i went over there to taste something. after tasting it, and i don't mean this as a put down, but i can see why they were a little lonely. nothing great. tasted okay. probably wouldn't order though in a bar.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Smoke on the Water, Greenville, SC. May 2011:

The beer appeared a darker color, perhaps it was brown, and a thin white head sat on tap that was not all that well retained. The aroma was weak, light roasted malts, not much else. The taste was not that impressive, again some roasted malts and a touch of wood. The beer had a light feel to it; high on the carbonation...I didn't even finish the whole pint. Overall, a pretty weak beer all the way around and one that I will not go out of my way to have again.

Photo of Jredner
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma is tart and sickly smelling like rotting fruits. Dark brown/mahogany in color with a quickly fading tan head. Fore is more rotting/overripe fruits..syrupy mandarin orange notes. Chocolate and caramel malts behind that. The finish is decidedly watery and off tasting.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice dark brown with some ruby tint to it. A nice tan head formed at the top and left behind a decent amount of lace.

S - Very pleasing smell with a noticeable smoked or burn smell to it. Punctuated by a nice caramel sweetness and a roasted malt aroma. Very nicely done.

M & T - Had a great smooth feel to it, due in oart to great carbonation which gave it a light feel and an awesome texture. Great smoked and burnt flavors were the dominant players here, with hints at a caramel or sugary sweetness and a nice dry hopped finish.

D - Overall this was very good and my favorite from Thomas Creek thus far. Great consistency and highly recommended, nice try from the boys in Greenville.

Photo of mikedashg
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very very dark brown pour,with a hint of red, almost black with a pretty small off white head

S - nice roasted malt flavor, a bit of bitter sweet cocoa, a little coffee, dark fruits, figs and a touch of caramel

T - Similar to nose. Has a nice sweetness to it that balances the bitter cocoa and coffee, figs, raisons, and dark fruits

M - Moderate to moderately high carbonation, strong body clean and crisp, nice creamy finish

D - Really easy drinking and great flavor, good show!

Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: average tan head atop a deep ruby-brown colored beer

s: heavily toasted grain gives a malty doppel aroma - thick leathery fruits to include prune and fig, some apple and cherry, nutty holiday bread, dark rumlike sugars and cocoa powder, mild hops

m: carbonation medium in level - lively but not abrasive, body is medium-full

t: fig and prune flavors imparted by a heavily caramelized and toasted malt body, elements of a bourbon sweetness, sugars are just a touch elevated but are well under control - quickly turning dry with toasted nuts, dark cocoa, and a papery hop finish

d: no problems here, nice beer for a cool SC evening

single from the Charleston Beer Exchange

Photo of Proteus93
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A deeper bronze hue... head is surprisingly short and doesn't live long. Retention is mediocre, and maybe even a little poor.

S + T: Some pleasant aromas come from the beer, but not those that I might expect from a doppelbock. Some toasted malts, maybe even hints of processed corn... there's a similarity to Corn Flakes in both the scent and the taste. The flavour allows a little more to shine, I find. A little more toasted flavour, a hint of caramel...

M + D: It's got a nice little sting of carbonation on the tip of the tongue and on the roof of the mouth towards finish. Quite tingly. It's a touch thin, but not a complete deal breaker. I don't mind this one, and don't have a problem with finishing the six-pack... I don't know how eager I'd be to buy it in the future, though.

Photo of scottyshades
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

***NOTE: The label for this beer has changed...it is now called "Deep Water Dopplebock Lager"

Date of Review: 08/22/2008
No Date of Birth on bottle

A: Pours a rich, deep brown color with amber highlights. The head is AWSOME! Off-white, very billowy and fluffy...The retention is great and the lace is spotty and persistent.

S: The nose is great too, consists mainly of rich dark chocolate, followed by toasted malts, coffee, cream, molasses, and a slight hint of toffee. Very nice nose!

T: Wow, very unexpected. I was expecting a sweeter beer, maybe similar to a cream stout of something but this is different. It is very powerful in taste-more bitter and tangier than I had expected (almost sour). Dark fruit (raisins), bitter-sweet chocolate, and burnt malts are the primary notes available to me. More subtle notes include caramel, molasses, and perhaps brown sugar

MF: Not the cleanest MF, however it is still good. Full bodied beer right here, slight bitter "bite" at the end, but still balanced in the mouth

D: Decent drinkability for a doppel, especially with a respectable ABV of 6.25%

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit light for the style. Chocolate malt presents up-front, and the beer then thins out a bit too much. Some mild astringency that seemed out of place for the style. On the positive side, the beer was very smooth and the alchohol not at all prominent. Not on par with the traditional German doppels, and at best an average example of a more restrained American take on the style.

Photo of wcdoyle
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark reddish brown with a substantial brown head. Good lacing. Smell of caramel/brown sugar with faint hops.Taste was caramel-coffee mix with a nice touch of sharpness from the hops What stays behind is the prmamry taste and a slight touch of hops. Chewy, medium-bodied mouthfeel medium with a very light apparent carbonation. Drinkability: Not bad.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a light tan head of about two fingers. Head drops slowly, leaving a mere wisp of foam and some good lacing.

Aromas of fruity esters, deep rich toffee malt, hints of juicy fruit, no hop aroma.

Flavors of sweet malt, some metallic astringency, no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, copper metallic astringency, decent level of carbonation.

A so-so example, light on the alcohol, light on the body, no really true to style in many ways. Good malt forward beer, just not up to doppelbock strength.

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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
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