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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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: 100 | Hads: 217
Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewing this beer again tonight (12/07) because I think it deserves another try.

A - Pours a rich, dark brown (near black) with a teensy one-finger head that dissolves really quickly into a residual film. Not much lacing at all. 3.0

S - Smell of figs, roasted malts, caramel, molasses and firewood. The scent gets stronger as the beer warms and you continue drinking it. 3.5

T - This is probably the highlight of this beer. The taste is great. Incredibly smooth and chocolatey, with a hint of a bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, and figs. Slight bitter hop flavor at the end but it's just the right amount to counter the initial malty sweetness. 3.5

M - Really smooth with little carbonation. Really enjoyable and it goes down very smooth. Each sip leaves you craving another one. 3.0

O - A pretty solid beer from Thomas Creek. I wouldn't pay a whole lot for it but that being said, I would definitely make this a session beer. I think it's tasty, smooth, and incredibly drinkable. 3.5

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin whtie head. Carbonation level seems pretty good.

Smell is lots of dark toasty/roasty flavors, brown bread and malt, malt, malt.

Taste is lots of molasses, caramel, dark corn syrup and brown sugar. Pretty syrupy sweet and lots of toasted brown bread flavors.

Not a bad dopplebock but not the best example of the style. A little too sweet, like that of a poor brown ale.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of walleye
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Ross from another place for this. poured a deep mahogany with a nice sized tan head that left some nice lacing. aroma, a ni ce sweet chocolate malt with dark cherries or is it choclate covered cherries? got some caramel when it warmed. Flavor sour cherries, bitter sweet chocolate, malt, alcohol.

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Photo of wcdoyle
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of drewbage
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drops into the glass with a thud, spritzy carbonation, but almost no head.

Color is dark chocolate brown with almost perfect clarity.

Aroma is milk chocolate and a slight coffee and fruit end before we get to the first sip.

First sip consists of a caramel coated cherry with a milky sweet middle body that's broken by a strong acidic roast nature before coming to an end on the palate.

Not bad, but the roast is distracting for what should be a dark and yet smooth beer.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Rmason104
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into standard Shaker pint glass

A - dark brown, almost black. Very little carbonation, no head or lacing.

S - roasted, almost coffee aroma, none of the sweetness I have detected in other dopplebocks

T - not much depth to this one. Taste similar to smell. No sweetness at all, heavy on the roasted, toasty tones.

M - thin mouthfeel, disappointing for this style

D - could drink more than one although the roasted, dark toast flavor would be too much after a while.

This dopplebock was very different than others I had become accustomed to. None of the sweetness or depth of flavor that endears me to this style. Drank more like a thin stout or porter, two styles I am not much of a fan of.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Fire, water and government know nothing of mercy."


Dark pecan shell brown with generous tangerine accents and an expansive crown of pale caramel colored foam. Even though lace isn't as extensive as it could be, this is still a solid looking doppelbock.

Given the malt bill, the aroma could be both bolder and richer. Black patent and chocolate malt are good choices for those (like me) who prefer beer of this style to be darker rather than paler. A hint of metal fades over time.

Deep Water Dopplebock Lager is anything but deep. Part of the blame has to lie with one of the lowest ABVs of the several hundred versions on this site. Doppelbocks need to be maltier and meatier than this to have any hope of being good.

The shortage of malt sugars allows a little too much hop bitterness as well. Tettnanger and Hallertau seem like reasonable choices, but Cascade? Flavors include brown bread, baked nuts, tea leaves and hints of cocoa. It all comes together a bit better in the end, which almost allows the next highest taste score to be chosen.

The mouthfeel is way too light (not quite watery) and the bubbles do absolutely nothing to distinguish themselves. A short blip of fizziness and no creaminess whatsoever is not what the doppel doctor ordered.

Thomas Creek uses the right malts in Deep Water Dopplebock, they just don't use enough of them. There's some potential in this offering, but it needs to be fleshed out in a major way. Oh well, a buck and change for the single isn't going to break the bank.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - So far so good a deep shade of ruby red brown with a nice 1/4 inch of mocha head.
S - Not much caramel or biscuit malt. In a way stout like with chocolate and brown malts.
T - Really all over the place chocolate, roast, coffee, brown malts, molasses, and a slight sweet caramel finish.
M - Fairly smooth its big ABV is masked well. Easily the best part of the beer.

Overall it kind of tasted like the porter I had from them but it should have been a bock. Lower score since it's no on par with the style.

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Photo of harpo111
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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..

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, darker than I'm used to. Light reveals that it's clear, with some reddish tints at the edges. Big fluffy two-finger head, medium tan with some nice soft brown shades. Moderate retention and lacing.

Smell is nice, but has some odd candy-like aromas tucked in there. Big and sweet, with caramel and bubble gum. Has a smoky background. Some nutty malts there in the middle. Smells decent, but not great.

I really am getting bubble gum in this one. That's slightly odd, and I think it comes from a combination of residual sugars and light spices. But it comes through powerfully in the finish - big, round, sweet, sticky, and pink. A bit of smoke, and a slight twang (alcohol? hops?) add some variety.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Carbonation is good. Doesn't have the chewiness I want.

An okay doppelbock. Not the worst, not the best. Has a strange mixture of smoke and sweet candy flavors that doesn't sit well with me.

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Photo of Graebner
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes compiled at the 2006 Southern Brewer's Fest:

Brown/black, no head, slight lacing.

Smells of port, coffee, caramel, spice, alcohol.

Light coffee taste, lots of dark fruit (cherries, prunes, blueberries), chicory and maybe coriander. Hoppy finish.

Light, but a bit heavyish on the finish. Alcohol noticable on the finish as well, but finishes dry.

Good, drinkable, a little too pronounced on the alcohol.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had one on tap at the Thomas Creek Brewery Bash. Now called "Deep Water Doppelbock". Pours a dark almost black brown with a thick creamy head. Aroma is of dark roasted coffee and chocolate malts. The taste is what throws this beer off. Way off style, more like a cream stout that an doppelbock. Not a bad beer, just one I would not seek out.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Firm creamy 2 finger cap forms and slowly collapses upon itself. Beer is a deep brown the color of some furniture. Slight ruby hue perhaps.

Aroma is very light and slightly sweet. Some cinnamon.

Grainy, caramel sweet with a touch of a burnt flavor. Sort of finishes quickly in the taste department. Some nice roasty notes. There is a sweetness certainly, but still a bit dry for a dopplebock. Slightest coffee tones.

Body is medium and a bit thin for my liking here.

Nicely drinkable, but lacking some real character. It's fine, but won't be remembered in a month.

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Photo of Deus1138
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stopped by Total Wine and More tonight. I had never seen this stuff there before, so I snagged a six pack.

Poured into a mug. Color was deep brown. Looked somewhat watery. Little to no head to speak of. Smell is mostly of roasted malts? Taste is more like a stout than a doppelbock, in my humble opinion. Mostly roasted malts. Some caramel sweetness in the background. A dry and slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery. Drinkability is descent. It's nothing great. There are much better Doppels out there. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Jon
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chilled glass, nice dark brown almost black color with a 3 fingered creamy tan head that stayed for a while, laced well on the glass. Aroma held roasted malts and chocolate hints, taste went the same way with some coffee in the back ground as well. With a medium mouthfeel it goes well with dinner as it drinks like a food course, rich and full flavored for sure. Overall a nice brew and I would try others from this brand, if you like Stouts and Porters you'll enjoy this for what it is.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a clear rich dark mahogany beer with ruby highlights, accentuated by the pilsner glass. A nice fine mocha muse resides above, settling on the glass in a slight lace, while the beer puts up a thin film with each swirl.

Sweet malt, with a lightly roasted character, reveals some brown sugar and molasses. There is cookie dough in the background, and bitter chocolate comes out with warmth and a hint of aspirin.

Upon entry, baker's chocolate is most prominent, with some molasses behind it. This is more bitter than sweet, with a salty touch and is off balance. These flavors abate quickly, leaving a prominent metallic aftertaste.

Deep Water is a dry, medium bodied beer, that is oddly chalky in texture, with astringency and metallic notes. The alcohol is much stronger than one would anticipate from 6.25%.

This is a bit of a mess, and for me requires an accompaniment of a meaty stew, rather than on its own or with cheese. For me Dopplebocks are more a treat, and this example, while worth trying, is well outside the style range.

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Photo of bditty187
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
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!

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Photo of GSmithBeer
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat thin consistency. There was a thin head that dissipated quickly and OK lacing.

S: Not a particulary overpowering smell. Some malt and chocolate.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, chocolate and a little coffee. Not terrible, just not that complex.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is an unexceptional beer. It's not horrible, it's not great either.

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