Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock - Thomas Creek Brewery
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3.75/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.
Deep Water Doppelbock pours a deep dark brown with red highlights and a copious, pockmarked, two inch tan head that leaves a lot of lacing around the glass and spreads its aroma around the room. A nice looking beer, for sure.
Chocolate, fruits, and roasty malts dominate the nose of this beer. Not extremely fragrant, but it smells good.
Deep Water's taste is just what I want on a cold winter's night. A hefty amount of roasted caramel malts, mixed with a bit of cocoa and grainy breadiness. A sweet fruitiness shows up for a second, then the flavor leaves with a nice earthy, slightly spicy hop flavor as it finishes up.
A pretty thick beer, but its not syrupy. Its smooth and easy to drink despite some pretty big flavors. Moderate amounts of carbonation work well with the beer, not detracting from the smoothness of it.
Overall, this is my favorite Thomas Creek offering that I've had so far. A tasty, robust beer that looks good and goes well with a bit of cold weather and a hearty meal. Good showing, TCB.
01-10-2010 00:12:02 | More by feelmefoam
3.74/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown color with garnet highlights; the modest head leaves a few shards behind
Smell: Caramel and dark fruit with chocolate undertones
Taste: Starts out with a chocolate, caramel and dark fruit mix (almost like a porter meets a doppelbock), but flattens out in the middle; the finish is slightly bitter which was a surprise, but not unpleasant
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation; a bit thin for a doppelbock
Drinkability: Although it is not on point for the style - not quite a porter, not quite a doppelbock - but somewhat tasty
06-13-2005 21:24:18 | More by brentk56
3.73/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
12-20-2010 20:45:24 | More by ckeegan04
3.68/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured chilled in hotel glass in Greenville, SC
A: very buoyant head with mixed size of bubbles; solid black; good carbonation
S: strong, persistent bock/malt aroma
T: dry, straightforward; medium bitterness; strong charred malt taste, with dashes of aniseed; I feel the alcohol (7%) is meshed nicely in this flavor profile
Good solid beer.
05-20-2013 21:31:16 | More by Arithmeticus
3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
I'm not sure why I keep trying the Thomas Creek beers; I've yet to find one I'm satisfied with and if they can't produce a proper red ale is there really any chance they've mastered something as complex as a dopplebock? At any rate, it is doppler season and this was the first I saw, so there's my excuse...
Pours nearly black with portlike tinges of ruby at the bottom wiith a nice head that doesn't stick around but leaves decent lacing. Nose is extremely sweet with tinges of coffee, caramel, and lots of chocolate. Unfortunately it is so thick and sweet it almost reminds one of raw corn syrup, but not too bad.
Initially pretty strong with creamy coffee tones and enough carbonation to suit the style but loses its way before the finish and then regains its footing somewhat for a mellow, respectable aftertaste. While not containig the depth or complexity of a classic doppplebock, this is a pleasant sipper that has me giving props to the boys in the Palmetto state.
02-16-2007 03:15:10 | More by daliandragon
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
Very dark, cola-colored brown (think Dr. Pepper), with an inch of slowly settling, cream-colored head. Lacing is sticky and abundant. Big time bready maltiness and significant chocolate in the nose. Noticeable sweetness. Brown sugar, toffee, hints of figs and other fruits, bubblegum.
Very tasty! Lots of bready malt, dark chocolate, light roast, faint booziness, and just a touch of syrupy sweetness. Medium-full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation but also very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Lingering stickiness and aftertaste leaves plenty of malty, sweet, complex breadiness and a late emerging floral hop bitterness.
Perhaps a little hoppier and less full bodied than you'd want, but I enjoyed this one nonetheless. Not up there with the top examples of the style but deserving, in my opinion, of a higher rating than the one the BA community has bestowed upon it.
02-28-2012 05:52:49 | More by tobelerone
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured a dark brown with some red highlights. A nice and fluffy dirty head rises a bit and slowly settles right down. Aroma is a bit mildish for this brew. I get hints of roasty caramel but it disappears so quickly.
This one had a decent taste going for it - a bit thin - but the flavor is nice and feels nice on the tongue. Slight roasty malts flavors with a hint of sweeet caramel again. A bit of hops shows up here and there but nothing too outstanding.
This is the best TC brew so far that I have tasted. Really not bad and drinkable for sure. I would have preferred a bit more going on with this one but with a few tweaks it could be something prett damn good. Thanks to mikesgroove for this one!!
04-27-2007 19:59:51 | More by gpcollen1
3.58/5 rDev +3.2%
***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%
08-22-2008 22:11:49 | More by scottyshades
Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.