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Taster's Choice - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

30 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ska Brewing and DC Brau joined forces with ska music legends The Pietasters to create a collaboration brew called "Taster's Choice," a Coffee-Doppelbock released on March 27 at Washington DC's Black Cat nightclub at a party featuring The Pietasters. Proceeds from the beer and the party went to the Todd Eckhardt Scholarship Fund, set up to honor the memory of former Pietasters bassist and songwriter Todd Eckhardt, who passed away in 2001. The fund benefits students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts through the Ellington Fund.

Also participating in the transcontinental collaboration are Durango's Desert Sun Coffee Roasters and D.C.'s Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company, both of which donated coffee beans for the project. Country Malt Group not only donated the malt for the beer, but also gave a generous cash donation to the Scholarship Fund, and Yankee Schooner donated the printing.

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(Beer added by: Kegatron on 03-26-2013)
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery filled growler. Pours a deep clear amber/near brown with a finger of creamy off-white head. This stays rich looking, coating the sides of the glass with thick swathes of lacing. Flavorful coffee jumps right out in the aroma, gaining some strength as this warms. This is backed up by more malty notes of cocoa, light toast and some sweeter toffee character, while hops make themselves known with some citrus notes and a fresh floral feel on the edges of the nose. The taste is a little more about those chewy Bock flavors, with cocoa notes, toasted bread and a dash of caramel all being present. Hops add some earthy citrus flavors and a tingle of crisp bitterness down the center of the tongue. I’m pleased to find that the coffee isn’t overdone in any way here, adding an extra layer of flavorful burnt bitterness to this without overstaying its welcome. This finishes dry, burnt and bitter on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with a crisp carbonation that fills up the mouth yet still remains extremely smooth and drinkable for an over 7% beer. This was well done, with the coffee addition here being a bit more forceful in the nose but then acting more as a complementary character to the Doppelbock flavors in the taste. A crisp, clean and smooth body helps this go down easier than it should. This is a more than worthy collaboration from D.C. Brau/Ska Brewing.

Kegatron, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

stampfler07, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of isthistomorrow
4.25/5  rDev +6%

isthistomorrow, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of doldham
4/5  rDev -0.2%

doldham, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

thewimperoo, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +24.7%

KC9LDB, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of denver10
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours maroon with an off white head. Aroma is feint and kinda lacking but what is there is bready, a touch fruity, and only the slightest hint of coffee (and I am being generous). Flavor is more present, fortunately, though the coffee presence in this one is really quite weak. That isn't to say I didn't like it, I did, just that it wasn't what I expected from a coffee beer. Flavor is bready, caramel, fruity, a touch of cocoa, and some light coffee that shows in the finish giving off a nice roastiness in the finish . Medium bodied, some activity. Overall, dug this even if the aroma was lacking and and the coffee presence was underwhelming for a "coffee" beer. The beer itself was still enjoyable and I did begin to appreciate how the coffee was used in it in the end, even if it wasn't how I might have preferred. Would drink again.

denver10, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of cbcrunch
4/5  rDev -0.2%

cbcrunch, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i think I have decided that my new globe glass gives every beer a perfect pour, holding head, producing lace. I don't know, either I have had six or seven good looking beers in a row, or the glass is brilliant. hard to tell, but this one pours clear copper, a straight shooter here, with an inch of just off white head. I smell almost nothing, so bizarre. my lady and I were both disappointed by the nose, it smells like nothing at all, no coffee, no malt, nothing, like sniffing normal air almost. odd. the taste is there though, coffee up front, no acid. followed by a thicker malt body that exudes terra that's somewhere between the two collaborating brewers here, as this is decidedly Midwestern grainbelt stuff. a funny amalgamation of geography. full bodied as they get, decently carbonated, and easy enough to drink one, but that's all I want. clean finish, the lager character is well illustrated here. ive been saying this a lot lately, but its good not great.

StonedTrippin, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of mcflypie
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Rich copper and amber in hue.

S: Sweet raisins and chocolate notes.

T: Hints of prunes, coffee, toffee, coco, and brown sugar...very brown ale smelling.

M: Light and sweet, malty and hoppy.

O: I am impressed. I have never had a "Doppelbock" such as this before. Not to mention one with a Lager and coffee twist. Very drinkable...surprising for its ABV. I like this one. Comes across as a crisp, sweet, and lively brown ale. Nice!

mcflypie, Oct 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

polopaul20, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

FTowne, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dave_Treat, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Evan, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a goblet. no bottling date

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a 1 inch head. Great looking pour. Smell is roasted coffee..wow, it's very pleasant and not what I was expecting. Smells nothing like a doppelbock. The taste is roasted coffee as well, with a nice chocolaty finish on the end. Really digging the taste too. No way this is a doppelbock though, at least nothing like a typical bready german style one. Goes down extremely easy as it's almost creamy. Lighter side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall I'm thoroughly impressed by this beer (but it's not a doppelbock.) This is my second offering from DC Brau and both have been home runs in my eyes. Recommend this one to anyone who likes coffee or chocolate flavored brews.

Axnjxn, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

stortore, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

IrishColonial, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Eriktheipaman, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

2dogbrew, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass. Had this several weeks before the release and it looked promising. Keen on checking this one out.

Real nice creamy top tan head, with some swiss cheese bubbles. A gorgeous chestnut red body with lighter creamy tan brown hues toward the bottom of the glass. Lots of tiny pinhead carbonation. A real nice looking classic doppelbock.

Bouquet mixes with creamy simple coffee. Lots of milky cream sensations, slight brown ale like nutty character. Sweet malts and big husky dark quality to match. Very aromatic, smells real impressive.

Palate hits with interesting texture. Slightly grain finish with a mid palate that fills with a light bodied malt. Coffee and toasty qualities open up with numerous sips. Milky cream almost in to sweet lactose comes out with a hint snickers bar like chocolate. More toasty qualities as the beer warms up on the finish. Body is a little bit wet with some borderline over crisp like carbonation, which takes away some of the malt richness.

Overall though when I heard they were adding coffee to a doppelbock I thought it wouldn't work, but this one does. While not the ultimate doppelbock, it's a very enjoyable and unique tasting brew that I could easily have again, I wish it had just a pinch of more malt thickness in the palate, but it's a solid and unique tasting beer.

smakawhat, Apr 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

T12oy, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Daniellobo, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of IrishHockey
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh bottle into a DC Brau tulip (both courtesy of my main man Crabbicus!)

Pour is nice and dark. Almost black with a white/ off white head. About 2 fingers. When held up to the light the black turns to a reddish hue... Sexy

Smell is nice. I can get some coffee and some chocolate in there. Not very complex, but very inviting.

Taste is the high point. It's not a heavy coffee bomb, but a subtle well balanced coffee beer. Very nice after dinner chilling beers. Not overly heavy like most coffee beers. Reminds me of Surly coffee bender. Not heavy, but very good!

Mouth feel. I'm torn on this. Do I want it fuller, or like it light? I dunno.

Overall I really dig this brew. I wish this could be a regular. Very good beer. Try and get some, I doubt you will be disappointed
Cheers!

IrishHockey, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 22oz bottle

Pours a very dark brown, red hues, with a light tan head that didn't last long.

At first, dark fruit smells come through and a faint hint of cocoa. It's hard to pull out at first, but as it warms up, the coffee smell comes roaring through.

On the front end, you get the malts you would expect, toffee, molasses, but then that turns into a burnt taste. As it warms, this get a bit sweeter than I expected. It is well balanced between the sweetness of the malts mixed with a quality level of bitterness. The coffee is not as overpowering as you would expect, but rather plays in the background.

The carbonation on this is nice, overall a medium beer, not so much alcohol that you feel like you are working at it to drink, but enough to know its there.

nmann08, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

starrdogg, Apr 18, 2013
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Taster's Choice from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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