Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
83
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409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: alexgash on 12-23-2007

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single from "Lifesource" Salem. $1.99 Pours a clear light brown,small light tan head..goes fast leaves loads of lace. Aroma is a lot moe subdued than i expected what there is is of course caramel malts and raisins Smooth toasty,caramel,fudge maltiness in the taste, rather simple and no real depth, has alcohol present in the end. Pretty thin for the style on the palate. Overall not impressed..this seems to me like maybe a regular dark bock not a dopplebock

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip pint. Bottling date 11.02.11.

Look- If I was rating the label, this one would be a solid 4.5. They've updated the label since the profile picture was taken, and it's now got a rather elaborate multicolor metallic copper and black label featuring one angry-looking goat and a flame motif. Very cool.

Anyways, on to the beer! This one pours the expected clear brown with a couple fingers of eggshell head that fell within a minute or so. The lacing is intricate, but sparse, and I can spot a few lazy bubbles winding their way to the surface. All in all, it's pretty average.

Smell- Fresh rye bread. That's about it. It's clean and actually pretty appealing, but extremely one-dimensional. Agitation brings out touches of yeast and alcohol. It's not bad by any means, but a hint of spice or something would add a lot to this one.

Taste- Tastes a lot like it smells, but sweeter. Toasted grains, light caramel malt, and something faintly nutty. Once again... rye bread. The alcohol is actually quite well hidden, but it's far too sweet for my liking and the sweet biscuity is only a few shades shy of sickening. Inoffensive to the point of being bland, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a modest touch of carbonation. Crisp-ish at first, with a fairly clean finish and mild warming feeling after the sip. Pretty middle-of-the-road.

Overall- It's a solid beer, but a bit pricey for what you get and not terribly interesting. I probably wouldn't pick it up again, though I may recommend it to a friend that's not generally into darker beer but wants to try one.

Photo of azdback
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very light brown, clear color. Few carbonation bubbles lead to a small, half finger head that is very light brown itself and thin. Lace appears to not want anything to do with this beer.

Smell is lightly roast malts and yeast. Sweet smelling, light coffee and chocolate smells and maybe just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is not like the smell so much. It drinks more like a Scotch Ale. Very sweet and medium roast malts. Honey and wheat. No alcohol can be detected from the taste.

Mouth is silky or creamy with round carbonation. Body is medium with an average wet finish.

Overall this wasn't bad but it didn't fit it's style IMO. I really think it tasted more like a Scotch/Scottish/Wee Heavy than a Doppelbock but not a bad choice if you get the chance. Thanks to Rim Liquor for this one.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasatch Brew Pub
The Devastator Double Bock

Pours a orange/amber color with tan soapy foam. Aroma is very malty, with caramel and honey undertones. In the taste, some toffee, caramel, brown sugar, but not too sweet. Balanced with little hint of alcohol. Smooth, medium bodied feel. Overall, a tasty and deceivingly strong bock, too much could prove devastating.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12Oz poured into pint
A- Pours muddy brown, very murky. hardly any head at all. This is a really dank looking beer.
S- Dark malts, caramel, and even some dark fruits. Really sweet and sugary.
T- This reminds me of a quadrupel. Its very caramelized and has lots of raisin and brown sugar tastes. Extremely sugary sweet. It blends well and is very tasty.
M- This beer is very carbonated. Very creamy mouthfeel. Leaves my tongue somewhat sticky and dry.
O- This is a very interesting beer, not what I expected at all. Its more of a tripel or Quad then any other style of beer. This beer has a big feel to it and is definitely a sipper. A very enjoyable beer if your in the mood for something this crazy.

Photo of omnigrits
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A. Dark amber with almost no head and no lace.

S. I'm struggling to find any aroma coming off this beer. I'm hardly getting anything apart from a faint whiff of caramel.

T. Given that there smell was so non-existent, the taste is surprisingly strong, but not exactly what I was expecting. Much more toffee and caramel than is usual, and some oxidised sherry-like notes which are quite pleasant to my palate, but shouldn't be in a doppelbock. A faint hint of bitterness in the finish.

M. Medium bodied and very little carbonation.

O. A pleasant enough beer to drink but not a great doppelbock. They've got the malt-forward aspect right but it's a bit on the sweet side, and there's definitely an old ale character to it.

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oddly watery mouthfeel and light body for the style. Burnt raisin toast flavors. Not much of the wheat flavors. More dark caramel and a slight bitterness in the finish. Seems to have that spoiled fruit flavor that makes me think of Old Ales rather than the Doppelbock.

Handsome dark amber in the glass. Fragrant with some dark fruit in the nose. The odd perfumey flavor with an earthy aftertaste is not one I care for at all.

Photo of doughanson78
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Thanks to Phelps for this in the Tickers BIF for this.

A: Medium amber in color. Almost a one finger white head with ok retention and good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet caramel. Very nutty. Lots of dark fruits, figs, raisins, and cherries.

T: Very sweet. Caramel and toffee. Dark fruits. Big nutty notes along with a slight alcohol bite in the finish.

M: Medium light body. Medium high carbonation. Decent creaminess.

O: A decent beer. A bit to sweet in my opinion. It's slightly complex. Haven't had many Doppelbock's to compare to so take what I say with a grain of salt.

Photo of drpimento
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Served at a good temperature and with an average sized light tan head and a bit of lace. Color was a clear dark amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, solvents. Flavor is sweet on top, then like nose and some carbonic tang. Body is ok, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, but with the lingering solvent sweet thing. The label is a little weird with the "Big Love from the Land of Zion". Doubt i'll be having another.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber in color, with a large, dense white head, which retains very well. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Lots of caramel, sweet vinous alcohol, and some bread malts.

Taste: Opens with lots of toasted malts and caramel, as the taste progresses, the caramel lingers on, with the sweetness intensifying. Towards the end of the taste, there is an earthy, nutty note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is very malt as is expected. I get some toffee and bread notes, as well as some vinous notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of toffee and a little bread, as well as some grape-like fruit notes that mix very well with the malt. The alcohol is detectable but not overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice doppelbock.

Photo of crossovert
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Born on: 03/24/11.

It pours a lighter reddish brown with a foamy off-white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

Smell is weaker and more like a brown ale than a doppelbock.

The flavor is also more reminiscent of an ale than a lager. It is roasty and chocolatey, far too much to be considered a doppebock.

It is an okay american dark lager.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally discovered at Sydney's in New Orleans Memorial Day Weekend. Poured into a plastic cup and savored overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River. So this one's a sentimental favorite.
Poured next into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass on Labor Day for reviewing. Something about Devastators and holidays.

Appearance: mommy, why is the big ram tearing up the Capitol and the Houses of Parliament? Amber color with a half finger head that gets ram-butted out rather quickly.

Smell: Malt, caramel, bready

Taste: Mmm, nice. Wish I was back in New Orleans. Malt and caramel pop in with pecans. Kinda reminds me of an Imperial Russian Stout rather than a doppelbock lager. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: medium; decent carbonation

Overall: A different kinda doppelbock, one that I really enjoy. I originally bought it for the cool label, but the taste and alcohol gives you a nice buzz. Happy Labor Day, y'all.

Photo of xuptygm
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funny label of a ram destroying the Us capital building and English Parliament Building. Dark brown bottle, twist top. Stamp on bottle reads: BORN: 06/08/11.

Pours very nicely with a small head which goes away quickly. Caramel in color with a light cloudiness. Smells distinctly of caramel and malt.

Tastes sweeter than other double bock's I've had but this is a good thing. The sweetness is a mellow caramel flavor which goes nicely with the very smooth mouth feel. It warms the mouth and has little carbonation which I like. Ok, the mouth-feel is awesome-- smooth, mellow, warming, not thick like a stout but thick enough to compliment the caramel flavors.
Alcohol is indiscernible.

This is a "big" beer which I think holds its own against any other in the style. I could drink this all year long, but am looking forward to a few of these in the fall. Another great point to make was that this was a relatively inexpensive beer, especially for what you get. I will definitely be buying this again.

Photo of beertunes
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tom for grabbing this one for me. Born on date 7/6/11. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured the translucent medium brown of coca-cola with just a thin ring of just off-white head had a moderate amount of retention and no lacing. There were a lot of bubbles that clung to the side of glass but didn't feel very effervescent across the tongue.

The aroma was solidly malty, as expected for the style and the beer didn't have the noticeable alcohol scent that a lot of the style do. The beer started out with some grainy malts on the tongue, then transitioned into a fair bit of sweetness in the middle and just a tinge of hops on the (surprisingly dry) finish.

The body wasn't as full as I like for the style, but that kinda helped drinkability. The beer was pretty smooth and went down pretty easily. Overall, a solid example of the style. I wouldn't mind having more of these, and if it were local to me it would be a semi-regular for me. Worth trying when you get the chance.

Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent sized off white to light tan head leaves a milky decent sized lacing over a clear reddish caramel colored beer.

Slightly spiced sweet caramel malt aroma.

A light alcohol hint on a rich sweet caramel malt with a lightly toasted taste, with a slight hop backbone.

This medium bodied beer finishes with a light caramel light dry aftertaste.

A pretty decent beer, but slightly more of a caramel taste than I was hoping for.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a standard amber transparent color, initial foamy head that vanishes like a mirage without any lacing unfortunately...
Smells like pecans, just like another astute BA already pointed out. Also I get a vague honeyed smoke scent off this one. Odd. Its almost as if it couldn't decide on whether to be a rauchbier or a doppelbock. Hides the ABV perfectly and has pretty decent body, texture, but the flavor is much weaker than the nose hinted at. The shortest finish on any craft beer I have ever tasted, and in this case that is a bad thing because the sweet malt that is there is quite delicious, just a total mismatch to what the nose is telling me, is all.

Photo of jdense
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer #3 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Medium brown cloudy body, minimal effervescence almost still, little if any head resulted in no lacing. Caramel malts in the nose and wet cardboard, ugh. No plum/prune/raisin esters, a bit of burnt brown sugar, not much in the way of flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watery, no stickiness. No go, won't do this again. On the low end of the tasting scoring. IMHO, not very good.

Photo of Francepants06
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange color beer with an average size head which quickly dissipated. It smelled of burnt caramel, brown sugar, honey, yeast. It tasted of wheat, honey, tea, yeast, toffee and some malt. Can't taste the alcohol , generally this can be good or bad, in this case it is bad because the beer just seem slightly flat with a weird aftertaste. Doesn't stay true to its style.

Photo of FosterJM
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

648th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilner
12oz
Born on: Can't read it.

App- A mix of colors of light amber/red/light brown. Unique color. One finger of head, no cling. A layer of pond bubbles.

Smell- A little caramel, a little spice, a little malty.

Taste- It's got the right base of flavors just very light and a bit bland. I think its a product of the enviornment for Utah and not having a large flavor profile to sell more.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

Drink- Average Dopplebock and I was expecting it, not too suprised. Nice to try for a state not known for beer

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug/stein.

Look - sort of a deep, medium brown with about two fingers worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - sweet and malty with maybe just a hint of some spices. Hops are not very present.

Taste and mouthfeel - a little bit warming and very noticeable are the malts, but it's not terribly worty-tasting either. Only a slight "alcoholic" taste, not bad for the abv. Just a little bitter or biting on the finish and aftertaste. Texture is a bit warming and just slightly on the creamier side.

Overall - a pretty decent brew, but not very intriguing in terms of its taste.

Photo of kevo237
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Initially, this had a great head and was a very good looking beer. This is all changed within a minute or so as the beer completely lost its head and looked like iced tea. On the nose, I got plenty smoked meat, smoked ham even.

Taste was of pecans and roasted nuts. Tasted much sweeter than a normal double bock. Almost seemed like it was a straight up pecan beer. Mouthfeel was decent. Lost some carbonation as I kept drinking. Overall, not impressed. Was a slightly below average double bock that was too sweet and didn't keep carbonation long enough. The alcohol was not detectable, which was a good thing, in my opinion.

Photo of BigE90
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass with very light head and a moderate amber color. Light malt smell. Taste a bit sweet, light malt flavor. Before you know it you are ready for another drink because the taste is gone. Definitely a week doppel but very drinkable. No hint that it is an 8% so a positive there. Would chose another one to drink while out in a bar but I would not have to have another.

Photo of backfat
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist off bottle. Born 3/24, reviewed 5/16
Received this bottle from the very generous pokesbeerdude in a recent LIF I won. Thanks chuck! Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a shining copper/amber. Gorgeous red and orange highlights with a fizzy tannish, white 1/4 inch head. Looks great.

Smells roasty with lots of coffee notes. Some dried fruits and chocolaty raisins are also present.

Sweet toffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Short with flavors well blended. Could use some more biscuity and cereal notes that I enjoy in most doppelbocks. Lots of chocolate covered notes in the taste as well as the smell. Light and sweet.

Photo of Derek
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born 02 07 11

A: Hazy copper, off-white head, thin ring of retention, leaves a bit of leg.

S: Floral & steelie grass in the aroma, hints of dark fruit & bread.

T: A light sponge-toffee sweetness with a restrained bitterness for balance. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden. Floral & slightly herbal, golden raisins and hints of treacle & nut. Flavours are subtle; I expect a little more from a big doppel. It's very well-crafted, but the domestic malts are apparent (American pale as the base?), making it difficult to compete with a continental brew.

M: Slight residual sweetness with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: An easy drinker for its weight, but it doesn't make me lust for more.

Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
83 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.