Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
"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.
01-07-2011 14:41:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
Appearance: Pours a claer amber color with a huge head that retains and laces nicely
Smell: Dark fruit, cakey malt, and a grainy, metallic twang
Taste: Opens with a cakey malt flavor that is joined by the dark fruit and grainy elements at mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy aspect dominates, though there is clearly some residual sweetness
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Doesn't really have that big doppelbock malt character I would expect for the style and is also a bit too grainy for my palate
Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity
11-23-2009 02:38:48 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
04-22-2009 23:27:33 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
09-28-2010 05:25:00 | More by womencantsail
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
3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with a frothy, (just barely) off-white head.
Smell: Sweetish, grainy nose with vague notes of fruit and spice, as well as some alcoholic wafts evident.
Taste: Grainy from the get-go and moderately sweet. Light fig fruitiness. Again, it's still quite grainy, husky even. Spicy, earthy hops with a light bitterness. Touch of peppery alcohol. Final kick of toasted grains in the warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Thanks, but no thanks. A tad lacking for a doppelbock, really. I'd prefer something more bready, more richly melanoidin laden instead of all this sharp graininess.
07-01-2009 22:19:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-10-2013 02:18:01 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Beer #40 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.
Doppelbocks. Bleh. I rarely find one that I like. That being said, I may not even know what a doppelbock is supposed to taste like anymore.
This brew is nice and malty with a slight sweet tone to it that is smooth. Really smooth. And I think that is what the definition of this beer is: smooth. I really don't have much to say beyond that really.
09-22-2012 05:13:18 | More by RblWthACoz
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
08-17-2008 04:17:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.65/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-16-2012 02:26:51 | More by Jason
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
Got this one from Wasatch, cheers John! Review based on notes
Pours orange/caramel with 2 fingers of beige head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Bready & spicy (cinnamon & brown sugar) with toasty malt & a bit of booze as this warms
T: Doughy, with some cinnamon, leafy & herbal hops, plus dryness, cakeyness & brown sugar up front. More cakeyness, dryness & pecans as this warms. Finishes dry with a nice caramel sweetness
MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & a bit of stickyness & chewyness once this is warmer
Drinks easy the ABV is well disguised, the dryness detracts a bit . A very good dopple IMO
09-12-2008 14:45:24 | More by russpowell
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
04-19-2012 16:00:53 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +9.6%
The beer pours a brown color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is very malt as is expected. I get some toffee and bread notes, as well as some vinous notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of toffee and a little bread, as well as some grape-like fruit notes that mix very well with the malt. The alcohol is detectable but not overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice doppelbock.
09-18-2011 20:53:20 | More by Mora2000
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
Oddly watery mouthfeel and light body for the style. Burnt raisin toast flavors. Not much of the wheat flavors. More dark caramel and a slight bitterness in the finish. Seems to have that spoiled fruit flavor that makes me think of Old Ales rather than the Doppelbock.
Handsome dark amber in the glass. Fragrant with some dark fruit in the nose. The odd perfumey flavor with an earthy aftertaste is not one I care for at all.
12-25-2011 06:07:42 | More by mactrail
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!
Pours bright, deep copper with a foamy head with nice retention power.
The smell is of caramel/toffee, sweet fruitiness a touch of spicy hops and some alcohol.
The taste is of caramel/toffee with sweet, almost boozy, alcohol. A touch of bready yeast comes through as it warms. An earthy, fruity bitterness gives it some balance, though it remains sweet through the finish.
Medium-to-full-bodied, it could use a bit more heft for the abv, but it stays together well enough.
Drinkability pretty good for abv, even though it does show, but too sweet for too much. A nice one to warm up with.
03-01-2008 16:30:10 | More by jwc215
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
2.81/5 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
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Thanks to wasatch for this 12 oz bottle.
A: The doppelbock is an amber color, a share or two lighter than the glass bottle it was packaged in. It looks more like tea (more brown than orange) and sits reasonably still. The ale is fairly translucent as well, offfering a good view of the objects on the other side of the glass. A finger or so of head is clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: The nose is malty sweet, livened with an aroma that can be best described as fresh warm bread. Lots of nuttiness and sweet malts abound, very filling.
T: The lagerbier is bold and abrasive, warming as it goes down. Toasted grains, bready and full with raisins and refined molasses adding sweetness. The concentrated malts take on a dark fruity finish, sweet and sugary with an abundance of booze behind it. A pleasing American doppelbock.
M: The mouthfeel is full, thick with bready malts; you can practically chew your way through the beer.
D: The beer tastes bigger than it is, deceiving in its innocuous strength. Not the best doppelbock around, but I'm pleased with it.
01-01-2009 16:57:07 | More by akorsak
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
09-07-2009 23:20:12 | More by Zorro
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
This is the new Wasatch beer. It has replaced the Wasatch Pale Ale, I am a little bummed about that, but...
Pours a super clean/clear dark golden brownish color, nice carbonation, small fizzy off-white head, very minimal sticky lacing. The nose is very malty, slight vanilla/sweetness, some spices, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet at first sip, spicy, and lots of caramel. The alcohol is hidden very very well, just a slight warming effect. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, it's no where near a Celebrator, but it is nice, very drinkable. Also, I would consider this brew, more of an hyped-up amber ale.
12-23-2007 02:43:47 | More by Wasatch
Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
83 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.