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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
82
good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of isualum12
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Look: cooper to dark....great looking
smell: not that overpowering. has some butterscotch smell to it.
Taste: sweat, but rich
mouthful: Is great. It has a slight carbonization to it but really rolls in the mouth well.
Drinkablity- I think it is nice. I enjoy it.

I am struggling to describe tonight...I guess my mind is just not with it but let me say this...

I really enjoyed this beer and it was very tasty. I would really enjoy this as a premeal beer or perhaps with some pork.

isualum12, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Glibber
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured into a glass, not much of a head to speak of. Dark amber color with nice clarity and carbination. Not very aromatic, slight hops.
Decent taste, nutty, malts, not too overpowering for 8% alcohol. For the lack of head, the mouthfeel is pleasing and suprisingly carbinated. I think the drinkability is very good- although you need to be carefull due to the alcohol content.

Glibber, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of MikeThompson
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

I was in Utah with family for the holidays and like to check out local beers. I bought this at the State liquor store for about $9 a six pack. I do like the cheesy logo.

Poured a dark brown with a light head. Smelled a little funky, almost slightly reminiscent of garbage, but mostly consistent with a Doppelbock.

The taste was better. It was dominated by a chewy malt flavor, although weaker than most. Nice sweetness, very subtle hops. Once again though, a little funky. I bought a Celebrator to compare back to back, and although the Devastator is a good first-approximation, it is no substitute for a great doppelbock.

Mouthfeel was carbonated and not as thick as I expected for the style.

Drinkability is good, and this is evidenced by all of the drunk Utah hipsters raving about this beer. I though it was alright.

MikeThompson, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

"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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

falloutsnow, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of mmmbeer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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."

mmmbeer, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4.33/5  rDev +19%

I found this at the Wasatch Pub in the Salt Lake Airport. An Autumn coloured beer that is extremely drinkable for the style; not too sweet and enough complexity once it warms up. I wished this was not so high in alcohol as it would make a great Fall drinking beer. I hardly noticed the ABV in this beer but felt it on the plane ride to Seattle

canucklehead, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

womencantsail, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of koopa
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

koopa, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.35/5  rDev -8%

Pours a clear amber color with a rising tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and some dark fruits.

Tastes of the toasted malt with hints of spice and fruits. Toasted malt has a brown sugar character with some grainy notes. Some dark fruit and spice is hidden, but some notes of raisins come through with some clove.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

emmasdad, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Caramel colored with virtually no head; quite bubbly throughout though

S: Slightly sweet; grainy with a touch of wet hay and raisins; a bit simple but pleasant

T: Pungent alcohol that doesn't quite mesh with rest of beer; caramel and nutty maltiness does sit on top of the grainy quality; there is some good complexity here but the stingy alcohol flavors make this a sipper

F: Pretty good--especially the way it sits on the back of the mouth

D: This is a sipper and as state earlier the alcohol harshness makes this a bit difficult to swallow but I like ho the sweetness doesn't overwhelm like it often can in this style

dbossman, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
2.17/5  rDev -40.4%

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.

GRG1313, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

JohnQVegas, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Dark copper brown with a tight beige crown.
The nose is primarily caramel, with lesser notions of toasty bread and candied fruit and sporadic rum-like alcohol flares.
Caramel rolls across the mouth. It's not necessarily oversweet, but simply monopolizes the flavor profile. Looking hard, one can find some backing toasty graininess, and bits of fig, and cocoa. But caramel reigns supreme throughout. Booze ticks up a bit around the close, but it's mellow and easily overlooked given the strength of the beer.
Glassy, if perhaps a little thinner than expected given the specs, with a moderate+ carbonation. It drinks easier than it probably should, as the alcohol is generally hidden and the caramelly maltiness, while strong, never gets to a cloying point.
It's a bit one-dimensional, but not a terrible offering.

cokes, May 20, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -3%

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.

BretSikkink, May 13, 2010
Photo of climax
4.15/5  rDev +14%

The beer was a mahogany red/brown. The off-white head was quick to form and faded equally as fast, leaving nothing more than some residue on the glass.

A very healthy robust smell of banana, wheat, and sweeter sugary angel food cake are brought into balance by more warming alcohol and biscuity malt.

The taste was excellent, smooth and full of flavor. All the flavors worked together in a doughy goodness; banana, ripe fruit, husk, cinnamon, and warming cognac. There was a hoppy bitterness that kept everything in check very nicely.

The body was nice and full. A sticky doughy feel coated the mouth nicely. The alcohol was pretty subdued by an abundance of flavor and body, very well done.

climax, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of Yesac
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Came part of a trade from pokesbeerdude. Thanks!

A- Transparent amber with a orange tint. Small bright white head.

S- Large malt presence, caramel, strong booze.

T- Right along with the smell. A lot of malt. Followed by a caramel sweetness and a strong boozy finish.

M/D- Thick bodied, medium/high carbonation. Low drinkability. This is a very poorly made doppelbock.

Yesac, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

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

brentk56, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

CampusCrew, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Tolnik
3.35/5  rDev -8%

Poured this dark amber beer into a pint glass. The foam of this beer was a fair amount and reduced to faint wisps of lacing. The aroma of caramel, and malt. The taste of caramel is ever present in this beer. Overall a good initial tasting but then a tart roast flavoring is the remains of the beer.

Tolnik, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Zorro, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of JOEYvegas
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip type glass...

A - Deep copper to dark reddish-apricot color... Quickly receding head, but beautiful while it lasts, almost guinness-like before it fades...

S - Very Malty, but not necessarily in a good way... reminiscent of a 'malt beverage' like mickeys... very light chocolate and fig notes... definitely get a little toffee as well... Alcohol comes thru towards the end with a slight stinging sensation...

T - No real overpowering tastes... Nice chocolate initially... into maltiness, but not as much as one would think from the smell... and of course into what I call the 'cliche bock' tinge... if you have ever had a [double] bock before you know what I am talking about... Not the greatest aftertaste... more of the 'malt beverage' quality seems to come out in the aftertaste...

M - medium-light carbonation which I personally like for this style of beer, but to each his own... medium bodied...

D - Well it starts off nice... but the aftertaste killed it for me... I will say that it became much easier to drink as it warmed up tho, surprisingly...

Needless to say, not my cup of tea... But for bock lovers, I would definitely give it a whirl and see if it strikes your fancy...

JOEYvegas, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Light reddish-brown in color with a tan head that fades into a good stripe around the glass. Smells of toasted malts with an undercurrent of grain, tea leaves and caramel. Tastes bitter sweet up front followed by a decent hit of alcohol heat. Some vinegary notes and light fruits exist. Seems a bit unbalanced at first, but as it warms it really starts to get going. Has a medium mouth-feel and might be a little thin bodied, but I wouldn't pass up trying this one again if I had the chance.

stephens101, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of rkuhnel
4/5  rDev +9.9%

This 12 oz bottle poured a rich and clear deep copper color with a robust light tan head and very nice lacing rings as it settled. Nose of caramel malts with lots of other aromas of nuts, ripe fruit, and even some smokiness. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is slightly sweet with some yeasty fruity flavors. You can detect the alcohol in the finish. Pretty darned good.

rkuhnel, Jul 06, 2009
Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.