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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock - Thomas Creek Brewery

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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)
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Golden32, Apr 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

KevinGordon, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

crownrl28, Saturday at 11:31 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

syndelee, Jun 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

DMarlinJ, Dec 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

SC_Beer_Drinker, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

papacrowe, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

feelmefoam, Jan 10, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

csparace, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

MyKroberts237, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

kristougher, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

B33rcules, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

BillRoth, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

hellhammermario, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

OhNo789, Nov 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Buck6196, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

brauseboof, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

brentk56, Jun 13, 2005
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3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

ckeegan04, Dec 20, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Arithmeticus, May 20, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

daliandragon, Feb 16, 2007
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3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tobelerone, Feb 28, 2012
Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.