Pontificator - Karbach Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
22 oz. bomber poured into pilsener
L: crystal clear red up to the light; dark brown/amber/black-orange with no light ... more orange than purple; THICK-looking head of tan at least an inch on a medium pour, but the head that looks like an imperial stout head isn't -- it dissipates pretty quickly; the brew is fantastic-looking, keeps a nice collar, no sticking or lacing but it's nice to see a lager brewed like this (correctly)
S: standard dopplebock dates/figs, darker malt with hints of the smoked peat part of this dopplebock; sweet
T: follows the nose closely with that dark old-ale/scotch-ale peat taste in there with the darker-malt fig and dates; sweet but not too sweet
F: no heavier than midweight, drinkable with the carbonation ... easy to deal with
O: not a bad brew at all with plenty of dopplebock taste as the foundation from which the "smoked" part of this smoked dopplebock to give it a twist. much more like the Celebrator/Ayinger dopplebocks than Paulaner's Salvator (meaning malt is darker, closer to raisins than lighter fruit)
05-18-2014 20:39:03 | More by Premo88
4.11/5 rDev +8.4%
32 oz half growler poured into oversized Duvel tulip glass.
A - Pours a dark brown / mahogany with hints of dark ruby. There is a substantial creamy light brown head, about 2-3 fingers.
S - Smells like caramel, smoke, and bready malt.
T - Just what I've come to love about doppelbocks. This is full of sweet caramel, thick smoke, biscuit, molasses, and sweet bread. The sweetness is tempered by the smokiness and the combo is just right.
M - Moderate-to-thick body with moderate carbonation. The feel is a bit on the sticky side. Good aftertaste of smokiness and caramel.
O - One of the better doppelbocks I've had. Great amount of smokiness gives it a little extra dimension with the sweet caramel and bready malts. One I will be getting again, thanks Karbach!
03-26-2014 03:38:37 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
3.91/5 rDev +3.2%
Good looking beer, dark ruby with little tinges of orange that peek through just on the edges, but otherwise quite dark, with a nice brown head and sticky lacing.
Aroma is right off the bat smoky, and the smokiness remains throughout the beer as it's foremost quality. However, there is balance, and other flavors and aromas are present. Sweet brown sugar, a little dark fruit, maybe a touch of root beer, and a biscuit-malty base round out what's a quite tasty brew.
I'm not getting much in the way of hops, but I'm also not looking for a west-coast IPA when I buy a smoked dopplebock. Hops have their place, and blasting this beer with hops would have been a mistake. I think they gave it pretty good balance for the style.
The body is thick and chewy and you need a knife and fork to drink it. Sweet and smoky is the finish, with a little lingering smoke, but as the beer warms the sweetness starts to move towards the front of its flavor profile.
Whether this should be a dopplebock or a smoked beer might not be completely clear, but I'm ok with dopplebock as the sweetness is pretty notable despite the smoke. Also, smoke-heads might want even more smokiness (I think the level is fine tho).
Overall Karbach has been doing a great job in getting my repeat business. Hard to say which is my favorite, but it's probably hopadillo IPA, which I just realize I have glaringly forgotten to review, despite having it quite a few times. That'll get fixed right soon. Good job on this one guys.
03-25-2014 02:23:40 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Pontificator from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.