Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
81
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152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 420
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 72 | 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 koopa
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from Wasatch, thanks again!

Pours a bright clear copper color, with a faint white head.

Aromas are bready, spicy, biscuit like, and a bit tea like.

Beer has a very toasty character. It has a spicy yeast flavor, tea like, and with a touch of sweet malty creaminess. Finish is crisp, with a subtle warmth to it.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit prickly, but it does feel pretty smooth and full.

Drinkability is this beers strong suit. Not an overly flavorful beer, but it is tasty enough, and very easy to drink considering that this is an 8% ABV brew. Not bad at all... worth a try. (613 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
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 (578 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

via colts9016 (603 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another treat sent to me by Wasatch. Thank you John.

The Devastator Double Bock Ale (uh, lager?) has a translucent body that is a cross between red and orange. The tan head does little in the way of retention and lacing.

The aroma is earthy and nutty, featuring some bread and toasted malts.

If the appearance and aroma weren't enough of an indication, this is not a dark doppelbock. It's more of the "amber doppel" type of beer. Grainy, whole wheat bread is a big flavor, along with toasted malts. Beneath that are some nutty characteristics and some sweet toffee. There is a little bit of bitterness in the finish.

Smooth body with enough heft and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

That 8% alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor. I drank this one like a much smaller beer, I can see how it could have devastating effects over the course of the night. I only have one bottle though, so that was not a problem for me. Pretty good beer though. (957 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.62/5  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. (855 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of crossovert
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.13 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Price: $1.89
Purchased: May 2, 2015
Consumed: May 12, 2015
Misc.: Enjoy by Aug. 23, 2015

Poured a reddish, brown, amber semi-clear color with four fingers of khaki tan, frothy head that immediately started dissipating. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled booziness right up front, followed by caramel, plum, roasty malts, honey nuts, toffee and dark red apple. (Smell - 3.88)

Taste was slightly better than the nose, coming in with rich, creamy, roasty malts, caramel, roasty nuts, plum and very light chocolate. The 8 percent ABV is hidden. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This beer really grew on me. Maybe I just enjoy the style, but I was really digging it. Wish I had more than one. (Overall - 4.13)

4.13 | 92 | A- (1,113 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (1,095 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (1,191 characters)

Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
81 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.