Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 420
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: alexgash on 12-23-2007

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another treat sent to me by Wasatch. Thank you John.

The Devastator Double Bock Ale (uh, lager?) has a translucent body that is a cross between red and orange. The tan head does little in the way of retention and lacing.

The aroma is earthy and nutty, featuring some bread and toasted malts.

If the appearance and aroma weren't enough of an indication, this is not a dark doppelbock. It's more of the "amber doppel" type of beer. Grainy, whole wheat bread is a big flavor, along with toasted malts. Beneath that are some nutty characteristics and some sweet toffee. There is a little bit of bitterness in the finish.

Smooth body with enough heft and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

That 8% alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor. I drank this one like a much smaller beer, I can see how it could have devastating effects over the course of the night. I only have one bottle though, so that was not a problem for me. Pretty good beer though. (957 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours an amberish copper hue with a very small head. Little retention and no lace.

S: Nice sweet roasty malt aromas with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

T: The roast comes thru real nice, not over the top at all, just enjoyable. Lots of sweet malt make this a real nice and sweet treat. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of tea.

M: Medium in body smooth and rich. A bit dry in the finish.

D: Pretty good, I enjoyed it. (471 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color, sort of cola like, with a fluffy off-white head.

S: A nice fruity nose, especially heavy on the cherries. Almost a cherry cola sort of aroma to it. Some sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malts.

T: The flavor profile is quite similar to the nose. Good sweetness to the beer that is (again) very cola like. Some light roasted malts, fairly sweet, however. A bit of a fruitiness, too.

M: The body is definitely on the thin side with a medium level of carbonation.

D: I was expecting this to be pretty bad, given the gimmicky label and the fact that I bought it at a crappy liquor store in Vegas, but I actually enjoyed it. (661 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/amber with a thin white head that appears very creamy. This quickly goes away leaving just a thin flower shaped film floating on top.

Smell is malt and caramel or more like malt extract after its been boiled for a few minutes.

Taste is nice and malty with a pretty decent balance as its not cloying but it sure is sweet and tasty.

Carbonation levels are just right as far as I'm concerned. Not a bad stab at one of my favorite styles.

Thanks Wasatch for sending this along in a recent trade. (521 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours clear dark Amber with very small head and low head retention, nose of bready bready malts practically no hop detection definite grain and heavy malts. Thick mouthfeel with a sweet bready taste that gets more savory afterwards, great beer, the sales associate that helped me described this beer as "the beer shiner wants to be". (333 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a small white head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Flavor of coffee grounds, smooth sweet malt, and some bitterness in the finish. Pretty good (although it lacks the typical bready/doughy malts of a doppelbock).
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5) (266 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Caramel colored with virtually no head; quite bubbly throughout though

S: Slightly sweet; grainy with a touch of wet hay and raisins; a bit simple but pleasant

T: Pungent alcohol that doesn't quite mesh with rest of beer; caramel and nutty maltiness does sit on top of the grainy quality; there is some good complexity here but the stingy alcohol flavors make this a sipper

F: Pretty good--especially the way it sits on the back of the mouth

D: This is a sipper and as state earlier the alcohol harshness makes this a bit difficult to swallow but I like ho the sweetness doesn't overwhelm like it often can in this style (628 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown/mahogany color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is bready and of a darker fruit aroma. The darker fruits are mainly of raisin and prune but have some cherry in there as well. With these aromas there is also a light boozy smell of a more rum like aroma.

Taste – The taste begins bready and sweet with a whole lot of dark fruit flavors upfront. Raisin and prune are the most prevalent of the sweet with some lighter caramel and toffee flavor coming to the tongue more toward the middle. Along with the sweet, so too comes some flavors of a light spice and some yeast as well. Toward the end a boozy flavor develops on the tongue leaving a sweet and warming feel to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are good for the slightly sweeter and fruity flavors of the brew as well as the lighter boozy flavors.

Overall - .A sweeter and rather pleasantly fruity tasting dopplebock. It was rather enjoyable overall and one to try if you get the chance. (1,251 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my Allagash glass, decent khaki head tops a darker amber, almost brown beer, recedes to a coating layer

s: rainier cherries and red apple upfront with a hefty toffee-cookie malt base, a little clove and banana that really comes out as it warms, hops light and spicy, booze present and sharp, quite nice

m: carbonation on the low side of medium and a touch fizzy, medium-full body

t: good sweetish malt and tree fruit structure, but just a bit on the bland side to really make much of an impression, but a good flavor with sugary toffee and an underlying toasted note, baked red apple, a touch buttery in the middle, light spicy hop flavor, and mild bitterness

d: abv not a problem, could handle a couple but it's surely a creeper

single bottle from a state liquor in slc while on business, brought back to va (821 characters)

Photo of Tolann
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to have an 8% abv beer from Utah. Didn't think Utah had such high beers. Thank you Wasatch for this in trade!

A- Dark copper in color. Not hazy and not a ton of head. Not hazy and doesn't have any floaties. Nice crisp color.

S - Not a big scent on this one, but I do pick up some mellowed sweetness and caramel.

T- Caramel like in the nose of the beer. It hits some bitterness spots on my tongue, but they feel sweeter. Some bready malt in there, but more on the caramel side.

M- Not overly carbonated, but certainly not dead. Just a small burp rating. A more medium body. Little aftertaste of sweetness sits with you with an excited feeling.

D- I was expecting a heavier, darker beer than this, but I was not disappointed. I don't typically drink this style beer, so it would be hard to say if this is to style. If I were at a bar and this was the drink of choice, yes I'd have another. (903 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasatch Brew Pub
The Devastator Double Bock

Pours a orange/amber color with tan soapy foam. Aroma is very malty, with caramel and honey undertones. In the taste, some toffee, caramel, brown sugar, but not too sweet. Balanced with little hint of alcohol. Smooth, medium bodied feel. Overall, a tasty and deceivingly strong bock, too much could prove devastating. (362 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours from the 12oz bottle a clear amber with about a 1" head of foam that recedes quickly but it has some good lacing after the pour.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, caramel malt, grain, and a touch of chocolate. It also has an "earthy" nose to it.

The taste is of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt(it's light), caramel malt, and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is pretty light and it finishes slightly sweet, watery, and again, some alcohol. I think the alcohol is just too invasive in this brew and prevents me from appreciating the actual flavours which come across as too light. I *do* think that they have a base here that can be worked on/tweaked and it *could* be a nice sipping brew but, imho, they aren't there yet.

Thanks again John for giving me a chance to taste this one. (854 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally discovered at Sydney's in New Orleans Memorial Day Weekend. Poured into a plastic cup and savored overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River. So this one's a sentimental favorite.
Poured next into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass on Labor Day for reviewing. Something about Devastators and holidays.

Appearance: mommy, why is the big ram tearing up the Capitol and the Houses of Parliament? Amber color with a half finger head that gets ram-butted out rather quickly.

Smell: Malt, caramel, bready

Taste: Mmm, nice. Wish I was back in New Orleans. Malt and caramel pop in with pecans. Kinda reminds me of an Imperial Russian Stout rather than a doppelbock lager. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: medium; decent carbonation

Overall: A different kinda doppelbock, one that I really enjoy. I originally bought it for the cool label, but the taste and alcohol gives you a nice buzz. Happy Labor Day, y'all. (915 characters)

Photo of JoeCeez
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Wasatch, thanks John!

App: clear chestnut brown with ruby edges, a one fingered tan head that leaves good lacing down the side of the glass

S: Roasty caramelized malts, some fruitiness, a little toffee, some alcohol, a hint of spicy and floral hops

T: a fairly complex brew, theres a chocolaty nuttiness that I really like and the caramalized roastiness and dried fruit sweetness gives this a cola like flavor, a dark almost pumpernickle like breadiness and a slightly off vegetal note, not super clean in the finish makes this almost ale-like

M: medium body, smooth and crisp carbonation

D: good drinkability alcohol is barely noticable, I could easily drink a few more. (701 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and slightly fruity.

T - Good malty flavor with a sweet caramel and toffee flavor. Some sweet fruits, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. Medium bodied lager.

O - This is a good dopplebock. My first Wasatch brew was a good choice. (364 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 24 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown amber, some reddish hues. Not much head, and what there is fades fast. No lacing that I can see.

Smell is sugary, sugary, sugary. Brown sugar, molasses, any other kind you like. Not overpowering, but mostly one-dimensional. Some dark fruit, plums and figs. It's sweet, and could definitely do with some more complexity, but I like it.

Taste is also fairly sweet, but with less depth, less fruit. Drifts into a moderately bitter finish. Tastes fine, but it's shallow.

Medium-bodied, slick on the tongue. Medium-low carbonation. Works fine.

A solid, definitely above-average doppelbock. I like it; its main faults are that it doesn't measure up to the best in depth and complexity. But it's tasty. (764 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish-brown color. The head is one fluffy inch in height, and recedes very slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. The taste is very malty. It is full of caramel and nuts. It tastes more like a big brown ale than a doppelbock. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could drink again. (399 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear auburn-brown. Rich head, decent lace.

S: Sweet and malty.

T: Deep caramel and dark malts. Alcohol flavor a factor. Tight bitter on the finish with an aspirin-like astringency. This weird aftertaste is one of the things I notice to be pretty consistent in Wasatch brews.

M: Rich. Dry finish. Medicinal.

D: Good with the exception of that weird aftertaste. Some room for improvement here. (431 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by breity, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a half finger tan head over a clear mahogenied-amber liquid. Smells toasted malt, munich malty, caramel, dry dusty, sour/iron hoppy, earthy hops.

Tastes wet malty sweet of toast, caramel, vienna chalk. Almost biscuity with a Liberty hop tinge. Hop flavor is blackberry, as if they used Northern Brewer. Clean alcohol flavor with noticable alcohol sting. Some cherry sour and mild hop bitterness. Hops and alcohol blend nicely and serve to provide an almost sun-baked drift-woody dry finish. Without this, the beer could have been sticky. Some tannin in the aftertaste is a bit of a detraction. Md body with some dextrins. Modest carbonation and decent drinkability. (727 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark brassy amber, sufficient head

SMELL: Broth, treacle, chicory, dark bread, clean, spicy alcohol, yeast, nutty, mineral

TASTE: Creamy, full bodied, malt sweetness, cocoa powder, bread crust, herbal hop, nutty grain, grassy, clean semi-dry finish

Tasty even if it does not show off that much depth. Very clean and almost too easy to drink for an 8.0% brew. Well done. (413 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with great clarity. A fingernail of khaki colored head obverse three quarters of the top. The aroma is comprised of dark malt,chocolate,and sourdough bread. The flavor is chocolate,dark malt,with a bit of a sourdough component. The mouth is moderately carbonated and smooth. (294 characters)

Photo of Weisseguy1
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Held to the light, cola colored. A sliver of head remains after pouring.
S. Classic malt lager smell
T. Tastes of malt, slightly boozy, raisin
M. Strong malt backbone, washes down clean leaving a bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue somewhat bubbly
O. Overall this beer was a pleasant surprise. I decided to try it because it was almost sold out at the local specs. But there could have been another reason for that. After I got home I noticed my receipt, they only charged me 1.25 for a six pack. Who knows why this was the last one on the shelf but I am glad I tried it. I don't dorm to many craft lagers but this one I would purchase again. (657 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Devastator is just that if one tries to session. Having this in Park City during our vacation. The 8% abv makes it a toughy....but it was quite flavorful beer. There was hints of caramel and molasses in the taste with a backdrop of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full body with good carbonation. Overall this was a solid offering from Wasatch. (342 characters)

Photo of voduh
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like root beer in my glass. With a proper pour into a Stein Mug I had a medium thickness, light tan color head that dissapated pretty quickly.

Smell was what I expected. Smell malts. Smells toasty. Smells slightly boozy. Has a pretty sweet bread smell.

Taste was a bit of a surprise! Very sweet and creamy like caramel. Can really taste caramel. Not as toasty as expected. Taste disappears off the tongue fast. Booze is hidden very well.

Had to take a few pretty quick gulps to figure out it has decent body and is really creamy. Sweetness is noticed right away and as my mouth got used to it, it kept getting sweeter. Drank it fast, as taste would keep leaving...

I actually wanted to have more than 1. Unfortunately, I didn't have more. It's a bit different, but in a good way. I'd buy it again. Just not for a while. I'd say it's good. Not perfect or even great. Worth a try for sure (897 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper brown with a tight beige crown.
The nose is primarily caramel, with lesser notions of toasty bread and candied fruit and sporadic rum-like alcohol flares.
Caramel rolls across the mouth. It's not necessarily oversweet, but simply monopolizes the flavor profile. Looking hard, one can find some backing toasty graininess, and bits of fig, and cocoa. But caramel reigns supreme throughout. Booze ticks up a bit around the close, but it's mellow and easily overlooked given the strength of the beer.
Glassy, if perhaps a little thinner than expected given the specs, with a moderate+ carbonation. It drinks easier than it probably should, as the alcohol is generally hidden and the caramelly maltiness, while strong, never gets to a cloying point.
It's a bit one-dimensional, but not a terrible offering. (814 characters)

Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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