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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
83
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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alexgash on 12-23-2007

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Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of womencantsail
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of koopa
2.89/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GRG1313
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of climax
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Yesac
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of brentk56
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of CampusCrew
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Tolnik
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JOEYvegas
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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...

Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rkuhnel
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of beveritt
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of csmiley
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of teejay76
3.59/5  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.

Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
83 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.