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Pontificator - Karbach Brewing Co.

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very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%


Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: champ103 on 02-18-2012)
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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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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.

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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.

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Pontificator from Karbach Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.