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Pontificator - Karbach Brewing Co.

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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 02-18-2012)
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Reviews by Premo88:
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

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)

Premo88, May 18, 2014
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On tap at Petrol Station. Poured a half pint glass. Pours a dark brown but pretty transparent color. Toward the bottom of the glass, light seeps through leaving a cola-ish appearance. Smell- a touch of smoke, tea leaves, mocha chocolate. Taste- some real complexity here. I get some nice liquorice, chocolate, campfire smoke, cola, dark tea leaves, and some nice hop bitterness on the end. A nice beer from up and comer Karbach, very solid work

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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!

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Pontificator from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.