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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
83
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351 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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 beveritt
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beveritt, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of csmiley
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

csmiley, May 18, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

indiapaleale, May 14, 2009
Photo of teejay76
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

teejay76, May 05, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mikesgroove, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Yetiman420, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

bunnyhustle, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

seaoflament, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of deanhead
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

deanhead, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of JoBoTo
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

JoBoTo, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

drinkability: ok

dirtylou, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Patrick999, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark coffee color with a firm but thin light tan head and great lacing. The aroma is a deep coffee malt and peat, deep and edible. The first mouthful reveals a medium bodied tangy medley of coffee smoke and apple malt. This is almost a porter, quite drinkable but there is a bit of alcohol presence enough to avoid guzzling. Some grassy notes. Smoothly carbonated, very unique, highly recommended.

Durge, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to colts9016 for this bottle.

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsener.

A = Clear reddish amber, very small off white head that dissipated very quickly, no lacing.

S = Light caramel notes but those are pushed aside by an almost astringent bitterness uncovered when swirled, once that subsides however, we are back to the bitter-sweet cocoa smells I normally associate with a doppelbock.

T = Caramel, cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, light floral tastes at midpalate and lasting into the finish. Alcohol is a little too noticeable.

M = Medium-light bodied, too much carbonation sting. A little too light and bubbly for my tastes.

D = This is a decent beer and I could definitely see enjoying a couple of these at a beer garden, but I think it is pretty squarely average for the style.

Traquairlover, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from Wasatch, thanks for this extra John.

Poured from a brown bottle with no freshness date, into a Sam Adams turbulator.
Poures transparent, a darker ruby brown with hints of orange. 1 finger of white bubbly head adorns the glass, receeding to a colar of retention and a few bubble islands. Lace is thin and slipper, not leaving much on the walls of the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a mixture of grains, brown sugar, toffee, a faint wiff of chocolate, buttery nutty caramel rolls.

Starts out with a real roasty grain flavor and lots of carmalised sugars, with a touch of fermented dark fruits. Heating up at the swallow and lingering warmth provides a nice touch. Caramel and roasted grains hang around for the linger as does a touch of chocolate. Somthing spicie lingering as well, might it be rye? Or hops? I'm not sure really.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with carbonation. A slickness on the pallete, not thick, but just right.
Finishing with many lingering flavors and a nice clean crisp finish.

This is delicious. Highly recommend getting yourself some of this.

Buebie, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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

donkeyrunner, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my snifter from 12 oz bottle

This is a very malt forward brew. Dark, Orangey brown, with a thin white head. Little lacing.

There is coffee on the nose, with grains and dusty metal. The flavor is a lot the same, with the sweetness of the malts way out front. There's a little tartness on the finish.

At 8.0% you can feel the warming all the way down. Very thick mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

I wouldn't want to put away too many of these, but it's good for what it is.

Beernoisseur, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a small white head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Flavor of coffee grounds, smooth sweet malt, and some bitterness in the finish. Pretty good (although it lacks the typical bready/doughy malts of a doppelbock).
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

akorsak, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rich deep mahogany color with a beautiful reddish hue. There was a one finger head that dissipated to a quarter inch line. There is effervesce coming from the bottom of the beer.

Nose: A rich roasted malt nose, with a nuttiness, caramel, molasses, some phenol, and alcohol. There are hints of esters and raisins.

Taste: A deep intense malt rushes at your palate like a linebacker going for the the quarterback. There is a nice caramel, molasses, raisins, and some smokiness. There are notes of wood, nuts and some esters.

Overall: A very malt concentrated beer with some other nice flavors to accompany it. The mouth feel has a nice alcohol warming to it. The finish is sweet inciting you to keep drinking.

colts9016, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before I get started...my first beer review after my recent move to Utah, and its fitting enough to be a Utah beer, secondly, this could be one of the coolest labels ever, temple square on fire! Style points right there.

Purchased at the State Liquor Store in Vernal, as a single.
Twist off 12oz bottle.

A: Nice brown color, excellent red/brown when held to the light. About half an inch worth of cream colored head with lots of tiny bubbles. Fairly decent lacing all around.

S: earthy, caramel, tons and tons of sweet malt in this one. not really a whole lot else going on though.

T: this is a malt bomb, wow, tons of rich heavy chocolate and caramel flavors are in this one, slight boozey kick at the end. there are some nice molasses flavors in there as well. not much for a hop kick, but that was somewhat expected. what is there for the hops is piney and clean, but pushed way to the background.

M: thick and creamy, this one coats the mouth and is quite heavy, all around a thick, malty beer. slightly warming alcohol note as well. rather clean finish. does stick nicely to the lips.

D: I wouldn't hit this one all night, but I will go back and grab some more to keep on hand. Really a good example of the style, and a solid beer all around. Especially the label. Ramfireytemplesquareawesomeness.

pokesbeerdude, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Jayli
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Jayli, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of JoeCeez
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Wasatch, thanks John!

App: clear chestnut brown with ruby edges, a one fingered tan head that leaves good lacing down the side of the glass

S: Roasty caramelized malts, some fruitiness, a little toffee, some alcohol, a hint of spicy and floral hops

T: a fairly complex brew, theres a chocolaty nuttiness that I really like and the caramalized roastiness and dried fruit sweetness gives this a cola like flavor, a dark almost pumpernickle like breadiness and a slightly off vegetal note, not super clean in the finish makes this almost ale-like

M: medium body, smooth and crisp carbonation

D: good drinkability alcohol is barely noticable, I could easily drink a few more.

JoeCeez, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my Allagash glass, decent khaki head tops a darker amber, almost brown beer, recedes to a coating layer

s: rainier cherries and red apple upfront with a hefty toffee-cookie malt base, a little clove and banana that really comes out as it warms, hops light and spicy, booze present and sharp, quite nice

m: carbonation on the low side of medium and a touch fizzy, medium-full body

t: good sweetish malt and tree fruit structure, but just a bit on the bland side to really make much of an impression, but a good flavor with sugary toffee and an underlying toasted note, baked red apple, a touch buttery in the middle, light spicy hop flavor, and mild bitterness

d: abv not a problem, could handle a couple but it's surely a creeper

single bottle from a state liquor in slc while on business, brought back to va

blackie, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish-brown color. The head is one fluffy inch in height, and recedes very slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. The taste is very malty. It is full of caramel and nuts. It tastes more like a big brown ale than a doppelbock. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could drink again.

KarlHungus, Oct 04, 2008
Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
83 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.