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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

Wasatch The Devastator Double BockWasatch The Devastator Double Bock

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BA SCORE
82
good

270 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 270
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%


Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website


Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alexgash on 12-23-2007)
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allengarvin

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 15:26:52 | More by allengarvin
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber in color, with a large, dense white head, which retains very well. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Lots of caramel, sweet vinous alcohol, and some bread malts.

Taste: Opens with lots of toasted malts and caramel, as the taste progresses, the caramel lingers on, with the sweetness intensifying. Towards the end of the taste, there is an earthy, nutty note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 02:57:24 | More by Pegasus
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great presentation: On the label, a steriod-pumping Ayinger's ram wreaks havoc on downtown Salt Lake City.

The bottle pours a clear, mahogany body with a sluggish carbonation level. This beer could stand to be a bit darker. A half inch of almond head floats atop, retains decently, and leaves almost no lacing. The aroma is full of tootsie-roll chocolates, earthen hops, caramel & chocolate malts, and a hint of fresh produce.

Bitter-sweet malts and a powerful alcohol note make for an interesting flavor profile. Spicy hops, complex malts, and a fruity/peppery yeast note make this one a bit difficult to describe taste-wise. The body is of medium thickness, and slightly viscous. A syrupy-sweet finish ensues, bringing with it a behemoth alcohol warmth. Overall, this beer was okay, but it was missing something with respect to the Doppelbock style.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 01:11:44 | More by wagenvolks
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thank you goes to TheManiacalOne for this one.
I opened the bottle and poured into a 20oz pub glass. The color was beautiful, a rich, malty caramel. The head dissipated moderately fast into a thin layer.
This beer poured a rich caramel color. About an inch head that retained through most of the beer, decent lacing. The smell is rich with malt, caramel, and possibly a hit of chocolate. The taste is quite good. It's sweet and spicy - this is my first double bock so I have nothing to compare it too. Mouthfeel was decent in character, not too light and not too heavy. For my first double bock - it was highly enjoyable, I could see myself settling down to this for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 23:42:04 | More by Jayli
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crossovert

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 05:06:31 | More by crossovert
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mentor

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 06:36:38 | More by mentor
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Phelps

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 22:46:27 | More by Phelps
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock has a very thin, almost nonexistent, off-white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, honey color. There is a little lacing left behind. The aroma is subtle, but one can detect sweet, rich malt and candy or fruit. The flavor is of over-ripe fruit, pecan shells, rich barley malt, some chocolate, and syrupy sugar. It's a little bitter, but not particularly so. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and The Devastator finishes smooth, sweet, and mellow. A little bit of the alcohol burn shows up on the back half. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:46:11 | More by RonaldTheriot
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yemenmocha

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 01:37:05 | More by yemenmocha
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed bock.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving a thick blanket of foam. Substantial beer ring lacing.

S: White bread... not really much else.

T: Syrupy thick malt, with maple syrup, and unsweetened chocolate.

M: Thick and cloying, high alcohol character, with a slightly dry and pungent finish.

D: Sipping brew.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, with a solid head and lots o' lacing. Nose is basic and not so exceptional. Flavor is thick, syrupy and full characterized by malt and a cloying sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 04:34:01 | More by bmwats
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:56:22 | More by falloutsnow
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark brown, not ebony, slight retention, no lacing

smell: lots of fruit aroma, maybe raisins

taste: mild for a dopplebock. probably closer to a bock, maye a little stonger.

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied.

drinkability: was not impressed and seemed to be a weak beer for it's style.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 03:32:43 | More by CampusCrew
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks wasatch and fishdawg 71 for this one - got one from each, which allowed me to share with a buddy :)

Poured from the small capped bottle into a snifter, it is a nice, clean, brown with a reddish hue, with a nice tan head that shows little retention but a decent lacing.
Aroma and taste are clean and malty, as you expect from the style, although a bit underpowered. Vanilla and roasty, sugary malty notes form the aroma, and the taste is very similar.
Body is medium.
This is a nice brew, a bit thin for what I like for the style, but on the other hand that adds to its drinkability. Certainly worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 00:56:37 | More by brdc
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 05:59:39 | More by SkeeterHawk
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber almost brown, clean pour with 2 fingers of head with nice retention. smells malty sweet, caramel, molasses, mild cocoa, sweet nutty notes of pecans/walnuts, raisins. flavor-wise, it is very similar to the aromas.. very nutty, sweet and malty with a nice sugary kick towards the back end. for the abv, it drinks fairly easy with a creamy mouthfeel, medium body, and moderate amount of carbonation.

this is a pretty nice offering, and the first beer i've had from this brewery. i wouldn't mind seeing what they're capable of with other styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 00:49:08 | More by facundoCNB
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jdense

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 18:45:38 | More by jdense
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koopa

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 23:59:57 | More by koopa
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle proclaims that this beer "will earn some Big Love," and that "Utah will never be the same." It's deep copper, with light carbonation and a finger of tan head that leaves light lacing. The rich Munich malt delivers sweet and toasty melanoidins - nice and aromatic. Very rich malts are toasty/bready, lightly sweet, and blended with a bit of hops that deliver a mild bitterness. Medium to light body, with nice attenuation for a big lager. Very easy to drink, but it's better to sip and slowly take in its deep maltiness. These Utah brewers did indeed earn some "Big Love."

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 02:37:26 | More by mmmbeer
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 01:01:56 | More by indiapaleale
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to wasatch for this namesake extra.

12oz bottle. "8124" lightly printed on the glass, at the base of the neck. also a sticker saying "unlawful to remove" from "DABC", with "0035" printed on top. weird...

tasted in late april/early may 2009

dark caramel amber, with ruby hue under the light. 1-finger light tan head soon fades to thin wisps and ring. several splotchy thin rings of lace.

aroma: rich, malty caramel with hint of dried fruit. almost savory, toffee quality. but only just a trace whiff of euro hops.

taste: standard bock flavors, malty with moderate bitterness from euro hops. slight phenol or fusel towards the finish, but otherwise pretty solid.

medium body, thin syrup quality, with astringent notes in the finish. gentle, lightly prickly carbonation for slight lift in flavor.

i've been pleasantly surprised by these wasatch offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 13:30:46 | More by tai4ji2x
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, with a big thanks to John (Wasatch) for the chance!

Pours a beautiful ruby brown with only the slightest hint of haze, with a thin but persistent light khaki head.

Nose is full of dark fruits, earthy and over ripe, from figs and strawberries, with just a bit of nutty breadcrust underneath. Really quite good.

Taste follow the nose closely; very earthy from the beginning, the same complex over-ripe dark fruit notes coming on early and strong, heavy dose of figs with some prunes and a bit of red berry adding some brightness, with a nice dose of breadcrusty malt underneath. Hops are perceptible towards the long finish, providing one last accentuated dose of the earthiness that marks this one. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly carbonated, with a surprisingly dry finish.

Alcohol is entirely hidden, beautifully balanced and fully flavored. This is an entirely respectable and very tasty example of a style that can easily vary from superb to completely mundane. This falls short of the absolute best German examples (Curator, Celebrator), but a worthy beer that's easily able to stand on its own two feet.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 22:11:44 | More by JohnQVegas
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a standard amber transparent color, initial foamy head that vanishes like a mirage without any lacing unfortunately...
Smells like pecans, just like another astute BA already pointed out. Also I get a vague honeyed smoke scent off this one. Odd. Its almost as if it couldn't decide on whether to be a rauchbier or a doppelbock. Hides the ABV perfectly and has pretty decent body, texture, but the flavor is much weaker than the nose hinted at. The shortest finish on any craft beer I have ever tasted, and in this case that is a bad thing because the sweet malt that is there is quite delicious, just a total mismatch to what the nose is telling me, is all.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 04:01:24 | More by WastingFreetime
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GRG1313

California

2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 06:30:24 | More by GRG1313
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bort11

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 04:22:00 | More by bort11
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 05:10:20 | More by zeledonia
Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.