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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
82
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327 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | 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 KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

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 03, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

A- Pours a rocky-fluffy head over a beautiful amber/brown body. The body has no sediment present. As the head recedes, it leaves some lacing.

S- Very big on the dark fruits in the nose department. There is also a rum like component as well as burnt caramel and even a deep down coffee note. A bit of alcohol can also be felt in the nose.

T- Right off the bat I'm greeted with a very viscous sweetness filled with cinnamon spice, rum, anise, as well as an astringent finish.

M- Alcohol can be felt on this one. It is warming but is just a bit over the top. The initial sweetness on the palette is a bit aggressive as well.

D- Overall, this was a monster. It was very big on alcohol and very strong. I don't know if I would have this again. The doppelbocks I enjoy tend to be better with less alcohol. Go figure.

Greggy, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of mentor
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

mentor, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +19%

Got this one from Wasatch, cheers John! Review based on notes

Pours orange/caramel with 2 fingers of beige head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bready & spicy (cinnamon & brown sugar) with toasty malt & a bit of booze as this warms

T: Doughy, with some cinnamon, leafy & herbal hops, plus dryness, cakeyness & brown sugar up front. More cakeyness, dryness & pecans as this warms. Finishes dry with a nice caramel sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & a bit of stickyness & chewyness once this is warmer

Drinks easy the ABV is well disguised, the dryness detracts a bit . A very good dopple IMO

russpowell, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one.

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang fluted tulip. Thin tan head that quickly recedes. Not a lot of lacing involved. Color is a dark but clear caramel reddish brown. Very pretty color to look at.

Smell has a strong caramel malt flavor, with a bit of bananas and cloves. Taste is a lot like a cola, sweet and caramelized. Flavor blossoms as it warms up. More dark fruits and a peppery spice become apparent.

Mouthfeel is a thin creamy texture. Great to try something new.

bort11, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, caramelized malts, spices, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and spicy with flavors of lager yeast, caramel, dark fruit. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild alcohol sting. There's a hint of a hop presence that tries to exert itself but doesn't quite seem to come through. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer overall, but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

A- deep bronze brew, 1 finger of off white head that holds decent enough, not much lace but silky

S- caramel, malty

T- toasted malts, dark and dried fruits, caramel, malty

M- medium and smooth

D- great drinkability for a dopple bock, but mouthfeel is a bit thin for style, one of Wasatchs' better brews, worth a try

tonistruth, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Goldorak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Sampled a bottle at the Bayou in SLC.

Appearance: Dark ruby/crimson brew, with a thin head with little clumpy islands in the center of my glass.

Smell: Dark caramel malts well balanced out by a firm alcoholic nose.

Taste: Carbonation is vivid and prickly, taste is quite similar to the smell, with the caramel just enough in the forefront to subdue the alcohol heat, which in turn brings all the flavors together. After drinking that many low ABV Beers, the mouthfeel on this one was quite powerful and I enjoyed it a lot.

Goldorak, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours an amberish copper hue with a very small head. Little retention and no lace.

S: Nice sweet roasty malt aromas with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

T: The roast comes thru real nice, not over the top at all, just enjoyable. Lots of sweet malt make this a real nice and sweet treat. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of tea.

M: Medium in body smooth and rich. A bit dry in the finish.

D: Pretty good, I enjoyed it.

tpd975, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -3%

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.

NJpadreFan, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
2.95/5  rDev -19%

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.

yemenmocha, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - almost clear, light amber color with an off=white head that left good lacing.

S - dark fruit and malty sweetness.

T - sweet and malty taste.

F - medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - it's ok, but there are much better dopplebocks.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.95/5  rDev -19%

A smooth, but quick pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a fairly clear, red tinged, full amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, light cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma is certainly malt focused, but also has an off-putting cabbage note to it. Lightly concentrated malt aromatics (light for a Doppelbock), toasty malt aromas, sweet caramelized malt sugars and even a touch of raisin character is noticeable. Somehow the aroma just seems a bit jarring; that sort of cabbage note really gets in the way of things for me.

Sweet tasting and not overly rich, the sweetness is actually fairly clean compared to the richness of most Doppelbocks and it seems to accentuate atypical, fruity notes of raisins and berries. A touch of lightly astringent, darker malt notes add some sharpness towards the finish and there is touch of cabbage character that lingers on in the finish. This is pretty well carbonated as it can taste fizzy at times, though I think the lighter body contributes to this as well. This seems to lack the deep richness that I like to find in the best examples of this style. I would never have guessed this was 8%abv, it seems a bit lighter than this.

This is not a bad beer, it just doesn't quite have enough richness and malt complexity for me. Because of this it is a bit disappointing, though the slight off-notes don't help things either.

Gueuzedude, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of TroyS
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Devastator Double Bock, a Wasatch Beer by Utah Brewers Co-op is a great bock/strong brown ale, but a hair confusing. I'm excited about it because it's one that can be enjoyed by all. Do you know what I mean by that? It's not one of those double of imperials that'll just knock you on your hinney, but a beer that you can drink and the more you drink the more you'll likey;)

Devastator is a great beer...seriously, but I'm personally not jazzed about the graphic or the name. Thank god my personal demographic facts and buying preferences don't effect the taste of this double bock.

I like that this one has a nice toasty malt to it and it's not way too hoppy as with most double anythings nowA days. I love the hops, but I don't love em' with my smooth bock. As for this particular brew, it's got a lingering alcohol presence which is unavoidable since it is a true crisp bock.

The Wasatch Devastator pours nicely with a amber color, but not too dark as a bock should(at least for the darker/richer end of the spectrum), but don't be spooked by some of those fabulous pale bocks out there. Just because it doesn't scream rich roasted goodness doesn't mean it isn't a great bock. This one is darker than it tastes actually. There is some roast to this beer, but it's more citrus and alcohol than oak or chocolate if you know what I mean. Go dark if that's what you're looking for, but if you want a great brew with a ting of hops with a nice malt balance that's noticeable in most beers of this style buy a case. Is this not a strong ale? The styles are are clear by process, but when tasting, they are certainly hard to categorize at times. Anyhow....who gives??? Here's to GREAT beer!

The mouth feel is a bit heavy for a bock which is surprising to me considering how clear it is. This is a full flavor beer that'll invigorate you; you'll enjoy the crisp flavor is this Wasatch beer unless you drink more than a few and then you'd better be ready. This isn't just any brew and for that I say "thank You Utah Brewers for showing that smart people, even if they live in our region, can make GREAT beers!

TroyS, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of iasanlee
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

Pours a medium brown carmel color with 2 fingers of tan head. Leaves rocky, with some decent lacing.

Smell of carmel and toasted malts. Bready. Toasted goodness.

Toasted malts and bready. Some sweetness mellowed by a slight bitterness. A creamy cocoa flavor. Good complexity, and very balanced. Some hints of dark fruits are there.

Medium in body with smooth carbonation. Sticky.

The drinkability is off the hook due to not having the syrupy overpowering kick yo ass of most double bocks I have had, thus the 5.0. I could drink a sixer no problem... until I have to wake up the next morning. Job well done.

iasanlee, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

wagenvolks, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of Tolann
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Surprised to have an 8% abv beer from Utah. Didn't think Utah had such high beers. Thank you Wasatch for this in trade!

A- Dark copper in color. Not hazy and not a ton of head. Not hazy and doesn't have any floaties. Nice crisp color.

S - Not a big scent on this one, but I do pick up some mellowed sweetness and caramel.

T- Caramel like in the nose of the beer. It hits some bitterness spots on my tongue, but they feel sweeter. Some bready malt in there, but more on the caramel side.

M- Not overly carbonated, but certainly not dead. Just a small burp rating. A more medium body. Little aftertaste of sweetness sits with you with an excited feeling.

D- I was expecting a heavier, darker beer than this, but I was not disappointed. I don't typically drink this style beer, so it would be hard to say if this is to style. If I were at a bar and this was the drink of choice, yes I'd have another.

Tolann, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours bright, deep copper with a foamy head with nice retention power.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, sweet fruitiness a touch of spicy hops and some alcohol.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with sweet, almost boozy, alcohol. A touch of bready yeast comes through as it warms. An earthy, fruity bitterness gives it some balance, though it remains sweet through the finish.

Medium-to-full-bodied, it could use a bit more heft for the abv, but it stays together well enough.

Drinkability pretty good for abv, even though it does show, but too sweet for too much. A nice one to warm up with.

jwc215, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.93/5  rDev +8%

Thanks wasatch and fishdawg 71 for this one - got one from each, which allowed me to share with a buddy :)

Poured from the small capped bottle into a snifter, it is a nice, clean, brown with a reddish hue, with a nice tan head that shows little retention but a decent lacing.
Aroma and taste are clean and malty, as you expect from the style, although a bit underpowered. Vanilla and roasty, sugary malty notes form the aroma, and the taste is very similar.
Body is medium.
This is a nice brew, a bit thin for what I like for the style, but on the other hand that adds to its drinkability. Certainly worthwhile.

brdc, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

flexabull, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev +8%

12oz as an Extra in a recent trade with Wasatch.. Big Thanks.. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Aggressive pour produced a 3" head that finally laid down sheets of lacing in the last 3/4". Crystal clear amber brew... not as dark as most.

Malts are caramel and low chocolate... pretty clean smelling but there are notes of yeasty fruitiness... sorta a husky graininess throughout... nose could use a little bit more malt complexity.

Flavor is quite a bit better than the nose.. bready and light toffee with touches of brown sugar.. a little chocolate with an earthy presence throughout... not getting alot of alcohol, but it is there... brew shows alot more complexity as it warms.. but still could use a better malt profile. Body may be on the light side, but the sweetness and earthiness make up for a few shortcomings. Very drinkable for sure.

No doubt, I would buy this beer if I had it available to me... it may not be a strict doppelbock.. but a damn nice beer none the less. Another big thanks to John.. I feel sorta privileged to be one of the first reviewers of Devastator.

JohnGalt1, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours from the 12oz bottle a clear amber with about a 1" head of foam that recedes quickly but it has some good lacing after the pour.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, caramel malt, grain, and a touch of chocolate. It also has an "earthy" nose to it.

The taste is of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt(it's light), caramel malt, and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is pretty light and it finishes slightly sweet, watery, and again, some alcohol. I think the alcohol is just too invasive in this brew and prevents me from appreciating the actual flavours which come across as too light. I *do* think that they have a base here that can be worked on/tweaked and it *could* be a nice sipping brew but, imho, they aren't there yet.

Thanks again John for giving me a chance to taste this one.

Bitterbill, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

this beer poured a very nice amber brown with a pretty thin head that receded quickly. lacing was minimal.

the smell is bready and grainy with a hint of alcohol.

the taste is also alcohol. it's malty sweet and spicy, but not peppery. there is definitly a smell and a taste that coincides, but i can't pick out what it is.

the mouthfeel of this double bock is a bit thinner than expected for this style beer.

this beer is very drinkable, but not very double bock-ish.

thanks to barefootbrewer for sharing this beer with me.

deepsouth, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

This beer poured an amber color with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is grainy, bread-like, and sour with the yeast noticeable. The taste is malty and sweet with some spice noticeable. The mouthfeel is full, but I would have enjoyed a bit more body. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. It seems to get more complex as it warms – definitely recommended.

barefootbrewer, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

A 12 oz. twist-off bottle, poured to a pilsner glass. This is a new one from Wasatch/Utah Brewers Co-op, with a fun label showing a rampaging giant of a bighorn bursting through what looks to be downtown Salt Lake City (a la Godzilla). Side label reads:"Utah will never be the same", an 8% ABV beer changes everything, huh (it IS a start...)?

A small sticker on the neck says: "Unlawful to Remove - 989228"; this seems like that "Do Not Remove Under Penalty..." tag on a mattress, but I won't mess with the powers that be on this one.

Thanks for sending go to John (aka Wasatch).

A: Very clear, a ruby-tinted copper with small, scattered carbonation. Little head, some fizzy off-whiteness that is gone quickly, leaving a pencil-thin ring and puff of topping film in the middle. It's a lovely color and has a sharp clarity, but the lack of carbonation and head /lace drops it a bit.

S: Decent chocolate and toasted grains, oddly more fudge-like than cocoa and hinting at roasted nuts. Mild sugary caramel and a dash of cinnamon (on baked apples?). As it warms there's a faint smokiness, which seems to me a bit like a stale ashtray...hmmm...it's strangely musty, but the more I smelled it, the more I liked it

T: Caramel and cocoa with a gentle spice zing. Loads of grain, a little sugary and a little smoky. Pretty malty in the finish, a drawn-out cereal toastedness that never quite dries out.

M: Has a fuller body and a thicker, coating mouthfeel. Smooth going down, it leaves a slightly sticky (almost gummy) residue. Adds just a little spicy tingle and a subtle alcohol heat in the finish.

D: A pretty nice doppelbock, but somewhere in the midrange of quality compared with all those fine ones out there. Easy enough to drink, worth a try, but probably not a 'must have'. Still, I applaud UBC for adding this to their regular lineup...

msubulldog25, Jan 02, 2008
Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.