Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
83
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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 68 | 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 twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear crimson-copper color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Retention is pretty short-lived but the lacing is nice.

Nose is sweet caramel and light toast, maybe some toffee in here too. Smells pretty good, full flavored and lets the malts do their thing.

Taste has a candy-esque sweetness supplemented by slightly burnt caramel and toast. Alcohol is well hidden up front but flashes a slight sting on the finish. Mouthfeel is modest for a doppel and the carbonation is fine-bubbled. I don’t really like the near-burnt bready alcohol finish, it is a little acrid. It’s a passable doppel, but it might be awhile until I grab a sixer of this at the store.

Photo of Patrick999
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had from the bottle at the Park City brewpub.

A - Poured into a Squatters IPA glass, it had a deep pruney appearance, big nice-looking head for a doppelbock.

S - Big and raisin-y, cinnamon-sugar, like a pastry at a bakery.

T - Raisins encrusted with sugar, this was a sweet brew - too sweet to my palate, I could not find anything to dry it out.

F - Seemed to combine a heavy body with heavy carbonation.

D - Out of all the beers in Utah I tried, this was the most difficult to drink. It wasn't *bad* by any stretch, it's just that the sweetness and the fizzy heft conspired to really bog me down here. I finished it, but just barely....I had the second half of the bottle in lieu of dessert.

This concludes my tour of Utah beer.

Photo of Beernoisseur
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my snifter from 12 oz bottle

This is a very malt forward brew. Dark, Orangey brown, with a thin white head. Little lacing.

There is coffee on the nose, with grains and dusty metal. The flavor is a lot the same, with the sweetness of the malts way out front. There's a little tartness on the finish.

At 8.0% you can feel the warming all the way down. Very thick mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

I wouldn't want to put away too many of these, but it's good for what it is.

Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours light ruby brown with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is toasted bready malts with a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet toasted chocolate and caramel nutty malts with some fruit and a little smokiness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice doppelbock. A bit too sweet for me.

Photo of csmiley
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a solid caramel color. Turns amber in the light. The tan head is minimal and only tops out at the equivalent of a thick cap. Head was also gone very quickly. Really, turn around to toss the bottle and the head...poof. Gone. Some lacing stays behind around the glass but it really just looks average.

S - This is a very malty brew. Aroma starts with some caramel and toffee notes. Alcohol is present and stays pretty tame. Some toasted grain shows up midway to end. Barely getting some bread at the very end.

T - Toffee comes through pretty strong in the flavor. It's quickly followed by some caramel and butterscotch. I'm getting a distinct tea flavor right in the middle of this one. Alcohol is present throughout and stays manageable. A little bit of fresh toasted white bread finishes it off. The tea flavor is unexpected.

M - Mostly medium bodied for the style. Carbonation is on target. Finish is quite sweet with some residual heat from the alcohol.

D - Drinkability is average for this beer. The alcohol is balanced well with the other flavors but the beer as a whole just comes across as average. I could easily have another one of these but there is not really enough going on here to seek it out again. The appearance could really use some tweaks and the tea in the flavor was just off-putting enough to knock it down a notch. Very glad I got to try it though.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine dopplebock that I get to sink my teeth into to. This one I had head good things about so I was most anxious to give it a try. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 04/21/2009.



The pour was decent. Caramel in color with a light cloudiness to it. Nothing really outstanding here in the way of look to it as only minimal head rose up and even that faded rather quickly. Aroma was toffee, caramel, and hints of bready malts. A light nut like smell as well as it warms, very sweet though. As I take the first sip it dawns on me that this is very sweet for the style. Lots of caramel here, almost too much. Nice grain bill but it gets lost in the sweetness as it is almost overpowering. Medium body, a little light on the carbonation, but not flat, more syrup like then anything else. Well hidden abv let me put it down quick, though I was less then totally blown away.



Overall while being very solid, I was expecting a bit more. Not as true to the style as I would have liked, but still more then decent. I would have no issue with trying this one again, but I would not seek it out by any means.

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Salt Lake City Airport Squatters Location

Clear red colored beer with a small tan colored head that doesn't last long at all.

Smell is sweet and herbal with a distinct coffee scent. Floral with no hint of the common Soy Sauce defect. Hop level isn't noticeably noticeable if you know what I mean.

Sweet and a bit smoky and that is about it. This is a little dry for the style and the alcohol level isn't apparent at all. Kind of boring though no defects, just ho hum sort of beer.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about really. Main claim to fame would be decently strong beer from Mormon Country.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, caramelized malts, spices, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and spicy with flavors of lager yeast, caramel, dark fruit. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild alcohol sting. There's a hint of a hop presence that tries to exert itself but doesn't quite seem to come through. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer overall, but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint, this is a deep ruby-red beer, clear, without any head, or even a layer of foamy film across the top. The color is nice, thought. Nice malty nose, somewhat bready with a small bit of caramel. The caramel component is a bit stronger in the taste, edging out the more German malts. Bitterness is low, putting this on the sweet end of the style--but not cloying. Clean, yeast-wise.

Decent example of a dopplebock. But there's nothing special enough here to warrant a second purchase.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a boozed up malt bomb here. pours a bright clear copper color with a small just off white head. smells like german malts and a candy sweetness. the sugars are less intense in the taste, but the malts are diverse, earthy, thick, and lasting. hard to place this one exactly, similar to one of the troegs bock beers out there, maybe like a lesser version of the troegenator even. feel is fine, average carbonation and a bigger than medium body. really cool artwork on the bottle and well priced for an 8% brew. i wouldnt want more than one of these, but im glad i tried this.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in tulip glass

A: dark copper/amber; nice gentle beadstream of carbonation; thin but creamy head; decent lacing
S: malty aroma; very heavy on the caramelized side of things.
T: the ABV is perfect, but it is rather simple for a double bock; caramel, toasted grains; a touch of honey and lemon in the aftertaste

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug/stein.

Look - sort of a deep, medium brown with about two fingers worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - sweet and malty with maybe just a hint of some spices. Hops are not very present.

Taste and mouthfeel - a little bit warming and very noticeable are the malts, but it's not terribly worty-tasting either. Only a slight "alcoholic" taste, not bad for the abv. Just a little bitter or biting on the finish and aftertaste. Texture is a bit warming and just slightly on the creamier side.

Overall - a pretty decent brew, but not very intriguing in terms of its taste.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"There is no insanity so devastating in man's life as utter sanity."

--William Allen White

Antique bronzed orange peel with brighter tangerine trim. The entire 12 ounces entered the glass easily and with room to spare. Barely two fingers of beige foam was created, which is now down to one finger and shrinking. A short collar of lace is all that sticks.

It's obvious from the color and the aroma that this is an amber doppelbock rather than a dark doppelbock. There's a generous amount of toasted-earthy-nuttiness, which means that Munich malt is large and in charge. A better than average smell score is probably being kind.

Devastator Double Bock Ale (shouldn't that last word be Lager?) is decent beer if you like this take on the doppelbock style. There's plenty of flavor and no major missteps, which are positives of a sort. Full disclosure: this basic blueprint has never floated my boat.

Each mouthful delivers brown bread covered with walnut butter and fruit jam. Sweetness stays well ahead of bitterness, as it should, but the beer does not go overboard in that respect and is acceptably balanced for the style. That last burp tasted exactly like dry-roasted peanuts.

Even though the mouthfeel might be the highlight, it doesn't do enough to earn the next highest score. Size is fine and the carbonation is fine as well. Neither more nor fewer bubbles would have worked as well.

Wasatch's Devastator Double Bock is a solid interpretation of the style that might have earned higher scores across the board if I was more of a doppelbock dude. Please take that into account and buy accordingly.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear deep amber color. Just over a finger of beige frothy head. Retention is poor and only a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Big toastiness. Moderate amounts of caramel, raisin, and plum. Brown sugar and nuttiness underneath.

3.5 T: Again lots of toastiness. Caramel, raisin, and nuttiness next. Plum and brown sugar to round thing off. Lightly boozy.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasant creaminess.

3.5 D: Tasty beer, but pretty standard doppelbock.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasatch- Devastator

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Golden amber brown with a thick head. Good lacing down the glass.
S- Thick molasses malt and a touch of spices.
T- Thick and sweet molasses malt, bits of pepper and clove spices apear. Big malty tarlike finish.
M- Super thick and sweet. Slightly spicy and finishing off dry with a small bite of alcohol.

Overall- A very easily drinkable Doppelbock.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a large white head. Good retention and two huge, thick lace rings. The bottle has a small orange sticker on the back that says "unlawful to remove." Utah is so weird.

Smells mainly of sweet caramel malt with some light floral hop. I also picked up some tobacco and the smell of a freshly vacuumed carpet.

Tastes more like a high alcohol amber than a dopplebock. Thin, very sweet caramel with some leafy hop bitterness at the end. Despite obvious alcoholic citrus taste Devastator is very light for a dbock. Trades heavy complexity for light drinkability. And that's ok.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a warm chestnut color with ruby highlights. Head is a tight tan foam. Stick is good on the glass, but there's not as much retention as I'd hoped. Nose is quite herbal from the hops, with biscuit and toffee sweetness as well. Definitely sweet over bitter.

The flavor is also sweet, leading with some toffee and caramel notes. Also a hint of roasted barley and maybe some smoked malt as well. Finish is super dry, helped along by the herbal hops - a little tobacco, but otherwise not too exciting. Mouthfeel is light to medium for a general lager beer, but way to light for a doppelbock.

While I appreciate the complexities and the little things that jump outside the doppelbock realm, this beer is severely lacking in oomph for the style. Not a bad beer to have purchased and enjoyed - don't get me wrong - but this is not a doppelbock, so adjust your expectations. This is a good lager beer with some subtle flavor notes, but generally speaking just a little too sweet and light-bodied.

Photo of bort11
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one.

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang fluted tulip. Thin tan head that quickly recedes. Not a lot of lacing involved. Color is a dark but clear caramel reddish brown. Very pretty color to look at.

Smell has a strong caramel malt flavor, with a bit of bananas and cloves. Taste is a lot like a cola, sweet and caramelized. Flavor blossoms as it warms up. More dark fruits and a peppery spice become apparent.

Mouthfeel is a thin creamy texture. Great to try something new.

Photo of BeerNutz324
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- pours a dark copper color with a hint of brown. White minimal head goes fast and just clings to the sides of the glass

Ar- biscuity malt, caramel, toffee, overall it smells sweet

T- very malty and sweet with some plum and other dark fruit notes and some caramel.

M- bubbly with medium body, it's a bit sticky too. This beer has a really smooth finish

O- My first shot at a double bock and this was really enjoyable. Will be trying more in the future.

O-

Photo of BigE90
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass with very light head and a moderate amber color. Light malt smell. Taste a bit sweet, light malt flavor. Before you know it you are ready for another drink because the taste is gone. Definitely a week doppel but very drinkable. No hint that it is an 8% so a positive there. Would chose another one to drink while out in a bar but I would not have to have another.

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is malts, dark breads, a touch of sweetness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of emmasdad
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one in a state liquor store somewhere near St. George, Utah, on my way to California. I was surprised at the somewhat archaic beer laws in Utah (special rooms at gas stations, high alcohol beers only in state run liqour stores, not sold cold, only singles), but decided to pick a few bottles up.

This one poured from the bottle like liquid caramel glistening in the sun. Nice aromas of caramel and earth hop, give way to apples and fruity hops on the palate. A different and interesting dopplebock.

Photo of Phelps
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint.

Perfectly clear coppery red. One finger of dense, sticky foam is colored sandy tan and deposits stalactites of lace on the sides of the glass.

In the nose: mildly spicy hops, raisins, prunes, some dark bread. Pretty light and not too sweet.

The flavor’s a bit better. Bready malts start to emerge, along with rum-soaked raisins, fig and a touch of brown sugar. More bready than sweet, but balanced,

The medium-light body is a little too soft and watery for me. Light, massing carbonation and a good amount of fizz. A little booze in the nose.

Devastator is devastating – could use a little more flavor -- but it is drinkable for its strength and fairly tasty.

Photo of backfat
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist off bottle. Born 3/24, reviewed 5/16
Received this bottle from the very generous pokesbeerdude in a recent LIF I won. Thanks chuck! Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a shining copper/amber. Gorgeous red and orange highlights with a fizzy tannish, white 1/4 inch head. Looks great.

Smells roasty with lots of coffee notes. Some dried fruits and chocolaty raisins are also present.

Sweet toffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Short with flavors well blended. Could use some more biscuity and cereal notes that I enjoy in most doppelbocks. Lots of chocolate covered notes in the taste as well as the smell. Light and sweet.

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little bit of a maltiness to it, but not a heavy amount. A slight alcohol burn, but it doesn't take too much away from the beer.

Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
83 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.