Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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2.81/5 rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2013 06:38:07 | More by kojevergas
3.35/5 rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From a 355 ml bottle (best by January 20, 2014) into a nonic.
A-An aggressive pour produces almost a finger of short-lived tan foam. The foam drops immediately and leaves no lacing. The brew is pretty light for the style with nice clarity and a copper-hued, walnut brown color.
S-I get a touch of earthy tobacco, along with a good dose of sweetness in the form of overripe fruit, and dark caramel. There is also a bit of nutty, toasted bread and roasted barley. Pretty simple and shallow.
T-The taste is also somewhat earthy and sweet up front with a nutty flavor like peanuts on the finish. The alcohol comes through in a strange, sort-of fruity and zesty flavor. Very little bitterness.
M-The feel is light to medium body for the style with a semi-crisp carbonation. It is drinkable.
O-This is a pretty simple brew. I kept waiting for more complexity or depth, but each sip stayed fairly uninspired. There were hints of greatness with the tobacco and ripe, dark fruits of the smell, but those faded quickly as the brew warmed. I could have used more cocoa or deeper fruit flavors. Ho-hum.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2013 02:35:47 | More by spoony
Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.