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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock - Thomas Creek Brewery

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192 Ratings
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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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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 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 JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

JMS1512, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of KenC
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

KenC, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of StevenH
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

StevenH, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

DrDemento456, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of wgfxkmf
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

wgfxkmf, May 29, 2012
Photo of Robyn
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Robyn, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of rudabegga9
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

rudabegga9, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
Photo of bacher468
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

bacher468, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of CorgiDad
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

CorgiDad, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Rmason104
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Rmason104, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

djrn2, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

--anonymous

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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of demogorgon
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

demogorgon, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of drewbage
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

drewbage, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of wcdoyle
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

wcdoyle, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of walleye
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

walleye, Aug 23, 2006
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 Proteus93
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Proteus93, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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

rudolphjacksonm, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

indiapaleale, May 09, 2009
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
Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.