Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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2.17/5 rDev -40.5%
A beer from Utah!
Pours a medium/dark brown with an off white head that quickly fades.
Simple and medium assertive carmel/whiskey nose. Pleasant albeit light.
Mouthfeel is medium/light with light carbonation. Thin in character and after initial light creamy character.
Flavors are thin, simple, short and watery. Finish is simple light bitter coffee. Does not come near exhibiting the 8% abv.
Not much to this one at all. Thin and watery all around with very little character or complexities.
I just went back and saw prior review. I don't look at prior reviews before I write mine. However, and respectfully, I really feel like I was tasting a different beer. Bottle I had was as indicated above.
07-27-2010 06:30:24 | More by GRG1313
2.4/5 rDev -34.2%
I picked this beer up at the down town Spec's a week or so ago. This brewer is new to Texas, and I always have a soft spot for a DoppelBock. Let's se what Utah thinks a DoppelBock tastes like:
Appearance: Pours a very clear dark brown color with very little of the Red highlights that you would expect for a DoppelBock of this hue. The head was going fast, and was disappearing as fast as I aggressively poured the beer. After a minute, the beer was quite still looking. There is no lacing at all, but I wasn't really expecting any. At least the beer isn't cloudy, but it doesn't look much like a Bock.
Aroma: The aroma was clean...WAY too clean. There are no melanoidins in here at all, like they didn't even put any of the actual malt in the grain bill. I wasn't expecting a triple decoction, but it would be nice to have some...like they at least tried to hit the style. There is some dark caramel malt in there, and reserved hops like there should be, but it is coming across more like an amped up Vienna that may have some adjuncts in there to be able to achieve the 8% ABV. I am not impressed so far, and Bocks are my favorite style. This beer is missing a heck of a lot of complexity on the malt side to be a real player in this style.
Taste: The flavor tries to make up for the lack of complexity by giving you sweetness to coat the palate and that's about it. The beer is quite cloyingly sweet in that it leaves a burnt toffee flavor to linger on the back of the palate for what seems like forever after the sip. The body is medium to full with low carbonation, so the beer has a bit of a hard time making it over the tongue to the belly, so it kindof oozes its way down. The hops might have been forgotten in this beer. I am not one to over hop beers, but this one doesn't give you any hop character at all in the flavor or the finish.
Opinion: Well, if you read my review, you would know that this beer disappointed me. I am really critical of this style as this is what I primarily brew and drink, but I regularly drink the classic examples. I live in Texas, where the origin of this mis-guided "Bock" characterization has occurred, so I am no stranger to drinking a Brown Lager that has the words "Bock" printed on the side of the bottle. You don't typically find that with a brewer that will print "Double Bock" on the bottle, but that is what you have with this beer. It is the same Americanized "version" of the Bock style, but the alcohol is cranked up a bit, so I guess they printed Double on the side. I will stick to my Weihenstephaner Korbinian and leave this on the shelves for someone who just wants a quick buzz with no real Bock flavor.
04-01-2011 05:59:39 | More by SkeeterHawk
2.58/5 rDev -29.3%
Meh. Served at a good temperature and with an average sized light tan head and a bit of lace. Color was a clear dark amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, solvents. Flavor is sweet on top, then like nose and some carbonic tang. Body is ok, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, but with the lingering solvent sweet thing. The label is a little weird with the "Big Love from the Land of Zion". Doubt i'll be having another.
12-05-2011 07:23:47 | More by drpimento
2.58/5 rDev -29.3%
Beer #3 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.
Medium brown cloudy body, minimal effervescence almost still, little if any head resulted in no lacing. Caramel malts in the nose and wet cardboard, ugh. No plum/prune/raisin esters, a bit of burnt brown sugar, not much in the way of flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watery, no stickiness. No go, won't do this again. On the low end of the tasting scoring. IMHO, not very good.
08-07-2011 18:45:38 | More by jdense
2.6/5 rDev -28.8%
A: Pours a dark brown color. Nearly opaque. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt for sure. Moldy wood and cooked veggies. I can't get anything else.
T: Sweet malt. Lightly toasted. Some grainy flavors. Slightly astringent, and some cooked veggies that follows the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though on the lighter and watery side. Not something I am coming back to.
Sub oar in any regard. Not a DoppleBock, and not all that enjoyable. Not something I would recommend.
04-24-2011 01:29:39 | More by champ103
2.81/5 rDev -23%
Reviewed as a doppelbock because the name and label identify it as a "double bock lager." I dig the label art. 8.0% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a mixed 6er at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Cost was $1.69 USD. "Enjoy by 01/20/14." Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its current 82 rating.
Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a half finger wide head of creamy beige colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. Lacks frothiness. Should have a softer complexion. Consistency is decent. Head retention is below average - maybe one minute at best. Inconsistent uneven lacing forms on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a very dark nontransparent amber-brown. Quasitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it's within style conventions for a doppelbock. It'snot unique or special, but there are no egregious flaws here.
Sm: Has some nice unexpected fruity notes: jammy cherry/raspberry and dark currant fruitcake. Caramel. Dark malts. Some walnut. Plenty of malty sweetness. Amber malts. Maybe a hint of raisin. A pleasantly fruity aroma for a doppelbock. Average in strength.
No yeast character or hop character is detectable. There's some subdued alcohol warmth, but it's not a boozy or hot aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it.
T: Fruitskin. Caramelized cherry, fresh fig, and gooey raisin notes. Fruitcake. Quite jammy. Caramel. Dark malts. Amber malts. Definitely on the sweet side - a bit too far so for my tastes. A bit bready. Some toffee. A bit of plump grape. Vague nuttiness throughout. The fruits dominate, but I'm not sure that focus is the right one. For a doppelbock, I expect more of a malt emphasis.
The balance isn't great, nor is the build gestalt. It has some loose cohesion. Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy. It's decently layered, I guess.
Shallow depth of flavour for the style. Above average flavour intensity. Average duration of flavour.
The grape is off-putting and it's way too cakey a build. Not as malty or bready as the style demands. Roast and chocolate notes are sorely missed. I'm not big on the flavour profile. The fruitiness doesn't always seem natural, and is sometimes syrupy or extract-y. This is not the meal in glass that a doppelbock should be.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
Mf: Adequately carbonated. Chewy and sticky. Smooth and wet. A bit smacky. Okay thickness and body. A bit too warm in terms of alcohol. Gooey. Okay presence on the palate. Unrefreshing. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile, but it suits it okay.
Not oily, gushed, boozy, astringent, or rough.
Dr: I'll finish the glass with some effort. It's not the most drinkable doppelbock out there, largely because the sweetness becomes a bit much and the quality is quite limited. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, nor would I get it again. I don't think aging would fix this. This is fairly mundane for a doppelbock, which is why it gets an average rating. There's little here that's remarkable, let alone unique or special. Not really worth trying unless you're a hardcore doppelbock enthusiast. The price is decent for the quality. ABV could be hidden better.
11-16-2013 06:38:07 | More by kojevergas
2.83/5 rDev -22.5%
Thanks to Wasatch for the opportunity to try this brew.
Pours a clear, brown with ruby edges and a good inch of foam.
Clean lager yeast allows for some toast malts to shine through initially. A bit of a seltzer water aroma. Once the beer is in the glass it opens up some nutty malts, soft chocolate overtones, and a slightly grainy aroma. Earthy with some spicy hops hide in the background. A little mint upfront as well. Caramel and toast try to peak thorough every now and again. A very tame version of the dopplebock variety, you really have to put your nose in there and search for some of the traditional characteristics.
Toasted malts with some caramel, toffee, and soft chocolate notes. Apparent alcohol in the finish warms the back of the throat. Malt flavors almost come off as roasted, with a toasted bitterness. Dry grainy flavor in the middle. A little too harsh in the finish. Not enough maltiness, sweetness, or flavor in this beer. Finishes semi-dry so any sweetness or malt flavor is washed away. Astringent grain flavors.
Medium-low carbonation but, at least at first, it doesn't feel smooth on the palate.
03-27-2009 03:28:38 | More by seaoflament
2.85/5 rDev -21.9%
Pours clear and amber with a 2 finger off-white head. Good retention and lots of lacing. Smell is strong of dry malt and some bread and yeast. Taste is a malt-bomb. Biscuity dry malt, some yeast, a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium, moderate carbonation. Overall I didnt feel this was too drinkable given the high ABV. I should note that I am not a huge malt-man. I like my beers hoppy, or at least balanced. This was not very balanced and was a biscuit-malt mess.
03-27-2009 03:51:36 | More by bunnyhustle
2.85/5 rDev -21.9%
12 oz bottle. Born on: 03/24/11.
It pours a lighter reddish brown with a foamy off-white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.
Smell is weaker and more like a brown ale than a doppelbock.
The flavor is also more reminiscent of an ale than a lager. It is roasty and chocolatey, far too much to be considered a doppebock.
It is an okay american dark lager.
09-10-2011 05:06:31 | More by crossovert
2.85/5 rDev -21.9%
Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip pint. Bottling date 11.02.11.
Look- If I was rating the label, this one would be a solid 4.5. They've updated the label since the profile picture was taken, and it's now got a rather elaborate multicolor metallic copper and black label featuring one angry-looking goat and a flame motif. Very cool.
Anyways, on to the beer! This one pours the expected clear brown with a couple fingers of eggshell head that fell within a minute or so. The lacing is intricate, but sparse, and I can spot a few lazy bubbles winding their way to the surface. All in all, it's pretty average.
Smell- Fresh rye bread. That's about it. It's clean and actually pretty appealing, but extremely one-dimensional. Agitation brings out touches of yeast and alcohol. It's not bad by any means, but a hint of spice or something would add a lot to this one.
Taste- Tastes a lot like it smells, but sweeter. Toasted grains, light caramel malt, and something faintly nutty. Once again... rye bread. The alcohol is actually quite well hidden, but it's far too sweet for my liking and the sweet biscuity is only a few shades shy of sickening. Inoffensive to the point of being bland, in my opinion.
Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a modest touch of carbonation. Crisp-ish at first, with a fairly clean finish and mild warming feeling after the sip. Pretty middle-of-the-road.
Overall- It's a solid beer, but a bit pricey for what you get and not terribly interesting. I probably wouldn't pick it up again, though I may recommend it to a friend that's not generally into darker beer but wants to try one.
02-06-2012 04:25:26 | More by Lawl3ss
2.88/5 rDev -21.1%
Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!
Appearance: Pours a fairly translucent deep brown with orange red folds. The crown is 1 finger, off white (buttery), shows moderate retention and decent lace.
Smell: Ruby red candied fruit, strong notes of caramel, and some toasted grain.
Taste: Same as nose.
Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with lots of fine carbonation.
Drinkability: Taste is too bad to want to drink more than a 12oz bottle if you can get through that.
09-11-2010 23:59:57 | More by koopa
2.9/5 rDev -20.5%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip type glass...
A - Deep copper to dark reddish-apricot color... Quickly receding head, but beautiful while it lasts, almost guinness-like before it fades...
S - Very Malty, but not necessarily in a good way... reminiscent of a 'malt beverage' like mickeys... very light chocolate and fig notes... definitely get a little toffee as well... Alcohol comes thru towards the end with a slight stinging sensation...
T - No real overpowering tastes... Nice chocolate initially... into maltiness, but not as much as one would think from the smell... and of course into what I call the 'cliche bock' tinge... if you have ever had a [double] bock before you know what I am talking about... Not the greatest aftertaste... more of the 'malt beverage' quality seems to come out in the aftertaste...
M - medium-light carbonation which I personally like for this style of beer, but to each his own... medium bodied...
D - Well it starts off nice... but the aftertaste killed it for me... I will say that it became much easier to drink as it warmed up tho, surprisingly...
Needless to say, not my cup of tea... But for bock lovers, I would definitely give it a whirl and see if it strikes your fancy...
08-23-2009 05:09:14 | More by JOEYvegas
2.9/5 rDev -20.5%
Pours a translucent, burnt orange-red color. The head is about 20mm high, eggshell white, and quickly falls to the top of the beer. A fair amount of bubbles remains around and about the beer, though. Lacing is present and good to excellent in display and persistence.
Even after letting this warm considerably, the main scents detectable are reminiscent of malt syrups and alcohol. Rather bland and disappointing.
Tastes are generally soaked beneath malt flavors, but I can pinpoint flavors of prune, hints of rum, the barest of roasted barley flavor, a bit of cinnamon spice, and alcohol. The aftertaste is kind of cloying, a lingering sweetness.
In the mouth, the beer feels heavy, appropriate for the style, and generally lacking in perceptible carbonation (there is some, it's just not that detectable with this heavier beer). Finish is rather wet, lingering slowly and dissipating to a drier feeling.
This doppelbock lacks heavily in the nose and taste department. The sweetness is overpowering, overly lingering, and also not of the rich, dark, heavy bread-fruit-nut flavors that I associate with the best of these. With this high of an ABV as well, I don't see myself having many.
12-09-2010 03:56:22 | More by falloutsnow
2.95/5 rDev -19.2%
A smooth, but quick pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a fairly clear, red tinged, full amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, light cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma is certainly malt focused, but also has an off-putting cabbage note to it. Lightly concentrated malt aromatics (light for a Doppelbock), toasty malt aromas, sweet caramelized malt sugars and even a touch of raisin character is noticeable. Somehow the aroma just seems a bit jarring; that sort of cabbage note really gets in the way of things for me.
Sweet tasting and not overly rich, the sweetness is actually fairly clean compared to the richness of most Doppelbocks and it seems to accentuate atypical, fruity notes of raisins and berries. A touch of lightly astringent, darker malt notes add some sharpness towards the finish and there is touch of cabbage character that lingers on in the finish. This is pretty well carbonated as it can taste fizzy at times, though I think the lighter body contributes to this as well. This seems to lack the deep richness that I like to find in the best examples of this style. I would never have guessed this was 8%abv, it seems a bit lighter than this.
This is not a bad beer, it just doesn't quite have enough richness and malt complexity for me. Because of this it is a bit disappointing, though the slight off-notes don't help things either.
06-04-2008 01:54:38 | More by Gueuzedude
2.95/5 rDev -19.2%
Pours dark amber to near brown with generous tan head.
Nose is somewhat faint, malty.
On the palate this dopplebock comes across as a "dopplebock light". Unlike most Utah beers, this one is not within the 3.2% limit, but they seemed to have matched the lack of flavor profile that is so common in Utah beers.
Malt is lighter, faint caramel, some berry syrup flavors, maple, and a short finish.
Body is surprisingly light.
Not a good example of this style.
06-25-2008 01:37:05 | More by yemenmocha
Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
83 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.