1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock - Thomas Creek Brewery

Not Rated.
Thomas Creek Deep Water DopplebockThomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

192 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 192
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
30 IBU

(Beer added by: aracauna on 10-26-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 99 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by stouty5:
Photo of stouty5
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

stouty5, Aug 08, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

oberon, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +14.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of warriorsoul
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

warriorsoul, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

tigg924, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of locckdown
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Mora2000, May 15, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Mantooth, May 29, 2013
Photo of Golden32
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Golden32, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +43.7%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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.

chinchill, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

JMS1512, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -13.8%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of whitekiboko
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of KenC
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

KenC, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

tdm168, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Jeffdoghead
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
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 :-}

Jeffdoghead, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of ajaxivan
3/5  rDev -13.8%

ajaxivan, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Jon
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Jon, Oct 26, 2002
Photo of StevenH
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

StevenH, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

aztraz, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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...

russpowell, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of bditty187
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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!

bditty187, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
3.53/5  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

UncleFlip, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of harpo111
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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..

harpo111, Jan 12, 2007
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.