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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 218
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 24.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of thegooddoctor_b
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown in color. Caramel colored head, very thick and substantial. Sweet, malty smell. Excellent flavored beer! Subtle chocolate and coffee flavors, not overpowering. Feels nice in the maw - doesn't leave it dry.

Nicely put together brew. Will try several more times probably.

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Photo of finepaws
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap, to go, in a growler. Finding it hard to believe this is a dopplebock. Glad to see I'm not alone. My ratings reflect that it is a very tasty beer. But in no way reflect it to stlye. I couldn't give it bad ratings. Sorry, it's just too tasty. Reminds me of a porter. Great pour. Dark reddish, brown color with a tan head that lingered to a small lace. Smells malty, roasted, and with hints of chocolate. Tastes like a porter. Slightly watered, but good roasted malt flavor.Slightly bitter towards the end, and a nice alcohol linger. I can't believe it's such a low abv.
I was worried that the growler may go flat before I drank it all. Not to worry, it was gone before nite end. If you're looking for a bock, I say skip this one. If you're looking a really good, drinkable dark beer. This is up there. I've yet to have a Thomas Creek I don't like.

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Photo of towersfall
4.23/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice brown color with a nice red tint with an off white head.

Smell: Roasted chocolate and hops is all I can smell. The smell is actually quite faint.

Taste: Malty chocolate punches you in the face with a splash of darker fruit as it's right hook. Exceptionally solid taste with a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A decently strong body with a good amount of carbonation. Once again I can't talk enough about how great the aftertaste of this is.

Drinkability: Not your typical doppelbock due to the somewhat bitter cocoa sweetness. Outstanding and easily drinkable. Put another one in the win column for Thomas Creek!

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Photo of grayburn
4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours from the bottle with little to no head, there is, however, some redemption lacing going on. The little ring doesn't disappear either, it just hangs out with its small self.

The smell is nice and bready, good in the nose....the taste...this isn't a doppelbock. This might be a regular bock...it really is almost more like a porter though. There is some jammy fruit and nice esters in there....not too lager like. But delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium body with higher carbonation, could use some balance. Plus, I would expect an example of the style to be a bit thicker.

I could drink this all night, I'm not sure what it is, but it is delicious.

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Photo of mikedashg
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

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Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep reddish brown with a good half inch or so of head.

S- Hugely malty with tons of caramel and yeasty bread aromas. There's even a little cocoa in there too.

T- A little sour malt upfront segues into a nice bready character. Not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. There's a nice roasty character on the finish that's almost stout-like. Mild bitterness on the finish.

M- On the full side of medium, slightly syrupy but with ample carbonation.

This is actually a pretty darn good doppelbock. The flavor is not traditional, but it's very nice and fairly complex. Definitely a good beer. Recommended.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from the bottle pictured, into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Sweet malts and alcohol.

T&M: Roasted grains and coffee. Fades with a heavy sweet malt taste and dry finish. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Crisp and refresing. Nice complex flavor.

Very difficult to compare to anything. Nice complex flavor like a stout with a body similar to a porter.

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Photo of drperm
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Soup, Landrum, SC

I tend to favor local beers whenever I get the chance; TC definitely qualifies as a local brewery for me. Of the three I sampled (Amber, Doppelbock, and Pilsner) at dinner, the Doppel (excuse me, DOPPLE)bock was my favorite. It served as a stand-alone dessert after a great meal, but would pair nicely with good chocolate and ice cream, for certain. It would also be a winner with anything blackened (catfish, even). Not too sweet, not too bitter, a good balance. Definite coffee notes abound. A nice, oily finish stands out in my memory.

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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz serving on cask at Raleigh Times, with "a special concoction of cocoa powders" added to the mix. Only the second cask lager I've ever seen (Foothills Torch Pilsner being the other, passed over for the other two firkins offered that night) and the first I've had. The beer is a nice murkey brown with a decent frothy khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer that leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is a decent amount of brown malts and slight cocoa. The taste is a wonderfully smooth amount of brown malts with cocoa accentuating everything very nicely, especially in the finish. The beer is quite light and smooth. This one certainly benefits from the cask offering, very enjoyable. I'd love to see more Doppelbocks on cask.

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Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep and dark red. Nearly opaque. Not sure I have seen a beer this color before. Nice thick 1.5 finger head. Nice retention and lacing. Not a bad looking beer at all.

Nose is very fruity for a doppelbock. Picking up more tart cherry than roast malt. Plum and raisin also chime in. Faintly smoky as well.

Big dose of sweet tea on the initial hit on the tongue. Goes peaty in the middle and finish. Burnt sugar kicks in midway and a little cocoa in the finish. Not bad at all.

For all the body here, feel is still slightly thin.

Very nice to drink. One of the better offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint.

Pours a cola brown with some reddish highlights. Smallish off-white head, but it does leave some decent drippy lacing.

What a pleasant surprise this is. Robustly malty, starting off sweet, developing substantial roastiness and then finishing rather crisp. Aromas and flavors are full of dark fruits, light coffee, a dusting of cocoa, excellent compliments to the chewy, hearty malt.

Medium-thick body with plentiful carbonation and a bit of a creamy element to the finish.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable dopplebock that went nicely with a medium-rare burger.

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Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from tap at Tylers Taproom into a standard pint glass

A: dark brown, tan head, lacing all the way down

S: malty aroma, some chocolate and caramel tones

T: very malty flavor, some toasted grain taste comes in soon after the malt sweetness subsides

MF: full bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: i enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz'er pours out with an onyx mahogany hue barely allowing light through topped with a settled thin collar.

Deep scents of cocoa, cola and some baker's chocolate.

First swigs: Seems like a stout rather than a doppel. Crisp and roasty. Dry finish. Tons of flavor. Cocoa stout with a bit of Dr. Pepper.

Feel is medium bodied and frisky carbonation.

Last swigs: A cocoa stout. Thanks to Jredner for the bottle. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Dark brown pour with reddish tint. About a finger and a half of tan foam. Pretty cautious pour, as I still haven't mastered the pilsener glass pour. Anyway, the head retention is pretty good, and there's some decent lacing stuck to the glass.

First thing I notice about the aroma is a sweetness. Elements of chocolate, caramel, and ripe dark fruits with a bit of a boozy edge. There's also a roasty quality, like burnt bread that reminds me of a stout.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. The sweetness doesn't seem as prevalent to me as it smelled. The chocolate flavor comes out nicely, as well as the fruit. This beer doesn't really make me think doppelbock, but it's a pleasant flavor. That sweetness gives way to that roasty/burnt element. Light bitterness in the finish.

Medium body feels a bit light for a doppelbock. Not quite the meal in a glass others are. That said, the carbonation level is outstanding, and leaves a soft, plush texture. Maybe not your textbook doppelbock, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerBeatnik
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass from the bottle. Deep brown velvety pour with chocolate and vanilla aromas milling off the head with a slight touch of molasses and caramel sweetness. Smoothed out body enhances a sugary sweetness to the beer which is offset somewhat by a subtle dusty woody touch. Overall this brew has a nice dash of drinkability and deep complexity.

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Photo of Bung
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Jeffdoghead
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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 :-}

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Photo of Zach136
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled January 23 2014

Tsk tsk, TC. This totally should have been called radpidator or paddlator or some other made up word with ator at the end.

Pours a deep black with a deep tan head. OK lacing. Bonus points there, too many "dopplebocks" are too light in color IMO. Nose is toffee with hints of caramel and coffee. Taste is roasted coffee forward, and really seems to miss the dopplebock sweetness. Mouth feel is spot on though, super crisp and refreshing.

Overall, a fine beer, but the lack of sweetness on the palate with refreshing quality pushes it more towards the taste profile of a porter than a dopplebock to me.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

pours a very dark brown, almost black. nice pleasant rich malt aroma, a bit nutty. same with the taste. smooth and nice flavor, but one-note, not overly complex. easy to drink for a stronger beer. on the thicker side, low to medium carbonation level.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/3/2012. Pours fairly clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass; with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, raisin, prune, toast, toffee, chocolate, molasses, floral, dark bread, light roast, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with yeast fruitiness; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, toffee, molasses, chocolate, roast, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, molasses, dark bread, raisin, prune, roast, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt flavors with a light-moderate fruitiness; with nice robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good doppelbock! Nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Extremely dark brown color beer. Nice head of about 1/2 finger. Small amount of lacing.

Smell is basically malt. Sweet and caramel malts. Very tempting. I actually detect hops in this one as well. Smells like one of those caramel pieces of candy one receives on Halloween after an evening of trick-or-treating.

Taste is just above par. Sweet tasting with malts caramel and toasted malts being the predominant flavors.

Medium bodied beer with a pleasant, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Again, a touch of hops in the aftertaste.

Great drinkability and a great beer from Thomas Creek. I will definitely sample this one again.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Near pitch black with just the faintest hints of deep ruby around the edges. Head is a moderate two fingers with solid sheets of foam left on the glass.

S - Bitter roasted malt aroma with hints of charcoal and chocolate. Just a hint of fruitiness comes through as the beer begins to warm.

T - Surprisingly sweet and fruity at first sip. A dry roasted malt taste comes through quickly on the back of the tongue and gives you a bit of the big malt you would expect, but all in all it is a bit weak. A bit too much hop presence for the style in my opinion. As the beer warms a somewhat astringent bitterness takes hold.

M/D - Light to medium bodied, certianly not what one would expect. Easy drinking with the alcohol being very well masked.

All in all, not the best doppelbock I have ever had but certainly not a bad beer. Could use a little more roasted malt and a little less of the little green cones in my opinion.

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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.