Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-20-2010 22:35:38 | More by cokes
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
05-13-2010 01:18:53 | More by BretSikkink
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
03-10-2010 06:26:42 | More by climax
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
12-02-2009 04:09:38 | More by Yesac
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
3.25/5 rDev -11%
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.
10-06-2009 03:32:43 | More by CampusCrew
3.35/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
09-19-2009 05:43:42 | More by Tolnik
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
2.9/5 rDev -20.5%
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...
08-23-2009 05:09:14 | More by JOEYvegas
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
07-24-2009 22:16:19 | More by stephens101
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
07-06-2009 00:02:27 | More by rkuhnel
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
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
06-28-2009 13:30:46 | More by tai4ji2x
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Thanks go out to wasatch for this one.
Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. A little libation while studying for my LSAT. Label is a very cool depiction of a snorting ram rampaging through a downtown. I assume this has something to do with the writeup that talks about how "Utah will never be the same" after sampling this beer. My hopes are sufficiently built up. No freshness date.
Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of light tan head. This settles to a thin yet complete coating of foam with some lacing. The lacing develops nicely as I drink the beer. The beer itself is a bright mahogany color. No sediment in the bottle.
Smell: Mild caramel malt with what I think of as a distinctly lager metallic like bite.
Taste: Mild caramel malt upfront with smoky undertones. Ever so slight bitterness throughout. Slight notes of honey in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.
Drinkabilty: Nice and malty, just like I like 'em. A great example of the full bodied doppelbock that really feels like you are getting a hold of something.
06-01-2009 21:58:43 | More by beveritt
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
A - This beer pours a solid caramel color. Turns amber in the light. The tan head is minimal and only tops out at the equivalent of a thick cap. Head was also gone very quickly. Really, turn around to toss the bottle and the head...poof. Gone. Some lacing stays behind around the glass but it really just looks average.
S - This is a very malty brew. Aroma starts with some caramel and toffee notes. Alcohol is present and stays pretty tame. Some toasted grain shows up midway to end. Barely getting some bread at the very end.
T - Toffee comes through pretty strong in the flavor. It's quickly followed by some caramel and butterscotch. I'm getting a distinct tea flavor right in the middle of this one. Alcohol is present throughout and stays manageable. A little bit of fresh toasted white bread finishes it off. The tea flavor is unexpected.
M - Mostly medium bodied for the style. Carbonation is on target. Finish is quite sweet with some residual heat from the alcohol.
D - Drinkability is average for this beer. The alcohol is balanced well with the other flavors but the beer as a whole just comes across as average. I could easily have another one of these but there is not really enough going on here to seek it out again. The appearance could really use some tweaks and the tea in the flavor was just off-putting enough to knock it down a notch. Very glad I got to try it though.
05-18-2009 02:18:17 | More by csmiley
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
05-14-2009 01:01:56 | More by indiapaleale
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance - Nearly clear, light amber color with an off-white head that had good lacing.
Smell - Aroma of citrus, hops and sweet malts.
Taste - Sweet caramel hops with bitter aftertaste. Definitely can taste the alcohol.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Not completely smooth but definitely refreshing.
Drinkability - This was a decent beer.
05-05-2009 03:38:44 | More by teejay76
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
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
Thanks Fishdawg71 for including this one as an extra.
Really cool artwork on the bottle. A ram exploding out of what appears to be downtown Salt Lake - flames and all. "Utah will never be the same."
Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.
Dark brown color with 1/2 finger tan head that leaves solid, fine bubble lacing.
Bready malt aroma comes across strong.
Full moutfeel and rich bready malt flavor. Seem to pick up a touch of chocolate aroma and finish as it warms.
Dry and not the least bit sweet which scores points for me.
04-07-2009 02:26:54 | More by Yetiman420
2.85/5 rDev -21.9%
Pours clear and amber with a 2 finger off-white head. Good retention and lots of lacing. Smell is strong of dry malt and some bread and yeast. Taste is a malt-bomb. Biscuity dry malt, some yeast, a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium, moderate carbonation. Overall I didnt feel this was too drinkable given the high ABV. I should note that I am not a huge malt-man. I like my beers hoppy, or at least balanced. This was not very balanced and was a biscuit-malt mess.
03-27-2009 03:51:36 | More by bunnyhustle
2.83/5 rDev -22.5%
Thanks to Wasatch for the opportunity to try this brew.
Pours a clear, brown with ruby edges and a good inch of foam.
Clean lager yeast allows for some toast malts to shine through initially. A bit of a seltzer water aroma. Once the beer is in the glass it opens up some nutty malts, soft chocolate overtones, and a slightly grainy aroma. Earthy with some spicy hops hide in the background. A little mint upfront as well. Caramel and toast try to peak thorough every now and again. A very tame version of the dopplebock variety, you really have to put your nose in there and search for some of the traditional characteristics.
Toasted malts with some caramel, toffee, and soft chocolate notes. Apparent alcohol in the finish warms the back of the throat. Malt flavors almost come off as roasted, with a toasted bitterness. Dry grainy flavor in the middle. A little too harsh in the finish. Not enough maltiness, sweetness, or flavor in this beer. Finishes semi-dry so any sweetness or malt flavor is washed away. Astringent grain flavors.
Medium-low carbonation but, at least at first, it doesn't feel smooth on the palate.
03-27-2009 03:28:38 | More by seaoflament
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Pleasant amber colored bock beer poured a nice voluminous head, which dissipated to virtually nothing. A clean lace did find it's way down the glass. The lace was very consistent finding it's way to the last drop.
Aroma was assertively fruity and slightly bready baguette like in nature
Taste was bready, nice malt back bone, slightly sweet . Very well balanced lager. It's dead on for the style and at 8% abv makes for a pretty big beer.
Medium bodied, with a slick Mouthfeel.
Overall Drinkability- This is a really nice beer. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys bock beer. Style is dead on.
03-18-2009 17:35:53 | More by deanhead
3.08/5 rDev -15.6%
L- Nice, even, brown, with hazel hints. Small head disappearing after ~20 seconds. No lacing.
S- Nutty brown, with hops after notes. Slight coffee, sweetness.
M- Good amount of carbonation, with heavy body, and tongue tingle is medium dying with more drinks.
T- Nutty. Alcohol is prominent. Good overall flavor.
D- Was surprised to find an 8% in SLC, but decided to try the Mormon radical. Has a picture of a ram and the Mormon temple on the label. Something that could be kept in the fridge for those wanting a change every now and then. Wasn't undesirable, but not a must have.
03-03-2009 20:01:31 | More by JoBoTo
3.28/5 rDev -10.1%
reviewed the other night during a BA outage...
devastator? shipped by blackie. thanks, i guess?
appearance: poured into an imperial pint, clear amber-copper body, fluffy beige cap with little retention
smell: earthy and musty , caramel
taste: sugar snap peas? bland caramel, cloying sweetness. not a good doppelbock
mouthfeel: medium body, overly sweet
02-28-2009 22:53:05 | More by dirtylou
3.35/5 rDev -8.2%
Had from the bottle at the Park City brewpub.
A - Poured into a Squatters IPA glass, it had a deep pruney appearance, big nice-looking head for a doppelbock.
S - Big and raisin-y, cinnamon-sugar, like a pastry at a bakery.
T - Raisins encrusted with sugar, this was a sweet brew - too sweet to my palate, I could not find anything to dry it out.
F - Seemed to combine a heavy body with heavy carbonation.
D - Out of all the beers in Utah I tried, this was the most difficult to drink. It wasn't *bad* by any stretch, it's just that the sweetness and the fizzy heft conspired to really bog me down here. I finished it, but just barely....I had the second half of the bottle in lieu of dessert.
This concludes my tour of Utah beer.
02-26-2009 14:15:41 | More by Patrick999
Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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