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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock - Thomas Creek Brewery

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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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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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a dark, reddish iced-tea color. A light mocha head whips up to the top of the glass, a denser foaminess on top of cola like bubbles below it. Falls back pretty quick without much lace.

Aroma - a good dose of roasted grain initially, coffee notes underneath.

Taste - about like the smell. Roasted grain, a hint of coffee with light malty caramel sweetness. A touch of metal on the swallow, disappearing behind some decent balancing hops. They match up well with the roasted grain, ending with a toasty dry grain finish.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly carbonation, decent body is just a tad heavier than average.

Drinkability - better as it warms, nothing grand but a tasty doppelbock session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 05:03:25 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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drperm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2008 13:36:51 | More by drperm
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wcdoyle

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 19:39:16 | More by wcdoyle
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2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle in trade from bobbyc881 - Thanks!

Clear, dark mahogany color with lots of ruby highlights. Medium sized, light tan, rocky head. Minimal lacing or legs.

Malty aroma, brown sugar/toffee. Little bit of herbal notes. Overall, smells very sweet. Fruits were expected and seem to be missing.

Taste, um, is this the same beer I just smelled? Much more bitter than aroma, with significant citrus and roast notes. Lingering coffee in aftertaste. Not particulary pleasant all the way around.

Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Drying.

Overall, not appealing and not very true to style. I wouldn't return to this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 16:44:23 | More by
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 19:59:51 | More by gpcollen1
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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit light for the style. Chocolate malt presents up-front, and the beer then thins out a bit too much. Some mild astringency that seemed out of place for the style. On the positive side, the beer was very smooth and the alchohol not at all prominent. Not on par with the traditional German doppels, and at best an average example of a more restrained American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 13:29:29 | More by Brent
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice dark brown with some ruby tint to it. A nice tan head formed at the top and left behind a decent amount of lace.

S - Very pleasing smell with a noticeable smoked or burn smell to it. Punctuated by a nice caramel sweetness and a roasted malt aroma. Very nicely done.

M & T - Had a great smooth feel to it, due in oart to great carbonation which gave it a light feel and an awesome texture. Great smoked and burnt flavors were the dominant players here, with hints at a caramel or sugary sweetness and a nice dry hopped finish.

D - Overall this was very good and my favorite from Thomas Creek thus far. Great consistency and highly recommended, nice try from the boys in Greenville.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 22:46:23 | More by mikesgroove
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Hampton73

Georgia

1.25/5  rDev -64%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The beer looks nice.

The smell is sour. There must be something wrong. This batch is contaminated or something.

The taste is sour and just not drinkable. I will have to throw out the rest of the bottles. Not good.

Thomas Creek is OK beer. I don't know what went wrong with this.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 23:49:48 | More by Hampton73
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 03:15:10 | More by daliandragon
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harpo111

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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..

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2007 02:36:41 | More by harpo111
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy brown with an amber highlight and a tannish head which only rose slightly and fell quickly as it tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly tart and slightly acidic in character. Some caramel was present and a light bit of chocolate, but most everything was masked by the tartness.

The flavor was malty with a chocolate and light coffee flavor. The acidic nature of the aroma had not affected the flavor except to dry it out. The chocolate and coffee of the flavor would make this a Porter and not a Dopplebock.

The finish was dry with a lasting light chocolate, coffee and very, very slight tartness into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a low carbonation. This would have made an acceptable Porter but was not much of a Dopplebock at all. The malt, if ever present, had decayed due to the acidity in the beer. Skip it.

12 ounce bottle. TCD-08 on label.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 23:38:48 | More by GCBrewingCo
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always a sucker for a Dopplebock...even the bad ones. This beer falls somewhere in the average catagory. More boldness and maltiness than usually found in American renditions. They really piled on the chocolate malts to bring out a robust flavor along with mild over-ripened fruits. After the initial sip subsides, faint flavors of baking soda (soapy) and vegetables (corn) begins to come through. The beer falls apart a bit in the finish giving off a cola-like sweetness and flavor. I still liked it pretty well though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2006 15:35:44 | More by BEERchitect
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Graebner

Germany

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2006 01:27:49 | More by Graebner
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walleye

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 01:31:28 | More by walleye
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veech

Tennessee

2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at the Knoxville Brewer's Jam 2001 and really enjoyed it. I haven't had it since then, until now, and wow was it better on tap. This pours well but even the nose is soapy and kind of foul. The taste is very similar to the smell. Not much on the front end and a bitter unpleasant bite at the end. I will need to test it on tap again, but if this bottle is indicative of the beer, I must have been drunk 5 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 00:39:12 | More by veech
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rustymoore

Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown to black with a decent head and some lacing. Smells strong of chocolate and coffee...not the most pleasent I have encountered either. The taste is definitely that of a stout more than anything else. Too watery and sour though. The flavor is decent but not exceptional. I would recommend trying it if you are into stouts and bocks but maybe not otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 00:46:33 | More by rustymoore
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

1.55/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow..I am really sorry, but this is just awful....It looked okay, but the smell is just terrible!!! It literally smells like spoiled food, like bad cheese or milk. Some sort of bad dairy. The taste is bland and sour and that spoiled dairy smell just amplifies everything bad about this beer. This absolutely has to be a bad bottle...no way is this supposed to smell and taste this way....this is simply offensive...

EDIT: Certain that no beer would ever be crafted to taste this way, I revisited this one again on 09 Oct. 06.
This one was undrinkable, as well. It had the same awful characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 02:50:58 | More by SilentSabre
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.
14/3.61

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 03:25:50 | More by blitheringidiot
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Jredner

Florida

2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma is tart and sickly smelling like rotting fruits. Dark brown/mahogany in color with a quickly fading tan head. Fore is more rotting/overripe fruits..syrupy mandarin orange notes. Chocolate and caramel malts behind that. The finish is decidedly watery and off tasting.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 19:25:28 | More by Jredner
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MSchae1017

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner Glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a dark chocolate brown with an off white head that is delightfully frothy. The head dissipates to a thin film that laces nicely down the glass. The beer smells mostly of semi-sweet dark chocolate and is quite nice. Unfotunately this beer seems to fall apart at the taste There is the same underlying chocolate taste but there is a very forward overy sweet almost bad candy like taste to the beer. This is very unenjoyable. The mouthfeel is not to bad with the thickness and carbonation. Overall I cannot say that I would grab this one again. Poor taste just leads to a poor overall experience drinking the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 04:16:48 | More by MSchae1017
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 23:03:06 | More by SaCkErZ9
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 22:26:55 | More by bditty187
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 23:38:57 | More by warriorsoul
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drewbage

California

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 07:22:40 | More by drewbage
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UncleFlip

Alabama

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nearly opaque cola colour, with mahogay notes around the edges. Loose head stays for a bit, and is gone.

Aroma is mainly dark, sweet malt- sort of spicy dark molasses. There's some hops here, kids- but not an over-abundance.

Flavour is kind of watery at the start, then the malt kicks in with a bit of burnt toast on the tongue, then a delicately hoppy finish.

The tight carbonation takes a second or two to get going, then swells fast and is gone. The finish is watery.

It's not the most drinkable beer out there. I think after a few, I'd be expecting something a bit more.

Be well
-UF

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 20:53:08 | More by UncleFlip
Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.