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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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161 Reviews

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 444
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 tone77
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is malts, dark breads, a touch of sweetness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.07/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant chestnut tinted amber under a soapy 1” cream colored foam collar that provides good lace. S: Banana, malt, kettle sugars. T: Malty, lightly sweet, dark bread crust, banana, a touch of toffee. F: Creamy smooth, medium full body and medium carbonation. O: A good, easy to drink doppelbock.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear crimson-copper color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Retention is pretty short-lived but the lacing is nice.

Nose is sweet caramel and light toast, maybe some toffee in here too. Smells pretty good, full flavored and lets the malts do their thing.

Taste has a candy-esque sweetness supplemented by slightly burnt caramel and toast. Alcohol is well hidden up front but flashes a slight sting on the finish. Mouthfeel is modest for a doppel and the carbonation is fine-bubbled. I don’t really like the near-burnt bready alcohol finish, it is a little acrid. It’s a passable doppel, but it might be awhile until I grab a sixer of this at the store.

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Photo of champ103
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brown color. Nearly opaque. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt for sure. Moldy wood and cooked veggies. I can't get anything else.
T: Sweet malt. Lightly toasted. Some grainy flavors. Slightly astringent, and some cooked veggies that follows the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though on the lighter and watery side. Not something I am coming back to.

Sub oar in any regard. Not a DoppleBock, and not all that enjoyable. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of drpimento
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown/mahogany color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is bready and of a darker fruit aroma. The darker fruits are mainly of raisin and prune but have some cherry in there as well. With these aromas there is also a light boozy smell of a more rum like aroma.

Taste – The taste begins bready and sweet with a whole lot of dark fruit flavors upfront. Raisin and prune are the most prevalent of the sweet with some lighter caramel and toffee flavor coming to the tongue more toward the middle. Along with the sweet, so too comes some flavors of a light spice and some yeast as well. Toward the end a boozy flavor develops on the tongue leaving a sweet and warming feel to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are good for the slightly sweeter and fruity flavors of the brew as well as the lighter boozy flavors.

Overall - .A sweeter and rather pleasantly fruity tasting dopplebock. It was rather enjoyable overall and one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: caramel brown in color, 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: rich and deep caramel

Taste: deep caramel, brown sugar, slight chocolate

Mouthfeel: rich and heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet

Overall:A solid doppelbock that is dangerously drinkable. This one is good and sweet but not overly complex. I will pick this up again at some point.

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Photo of warnerry
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes; best by 5/23/11, consumed 4/20/11

A - Pours amber with one finger of tan head. Head has pretty good retention.

S - Smells like bread and dried fruits, mostly raisin and plums.

T - Similar to the smell. Also getting some flavors of tea and light caramel malt. Finish has a bit of bitterness to it.

M - Medium mouthfeel, actually a bit thin. Slightly sticky but pretty clean. Finishes somewhat dry.

O - Pretty good doppelback, but doesn't really stand out. Alcohol is not apparent. Just a bit too thin.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a clear brown color in my pilsner glass. A large head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Nice amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Rather timid aroma for an 8% ABV beer. Some bready malt and mild spice.

I can taste some caramel, bitter chocolate, and dark bread. Small alcohol presence and a little warmth in the finish.

Thin for the style and definately for a beer with this ABV. Carbonation is nice.

Unremarkable beer. Nothing wrong with that but I feel no need to visit this beer again.

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of FosterJM
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

648th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilner
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

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear deep amber color. Just over a finger of beige frothy head. Retention is poor and only a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Big toastiness. Moderate amounts of caramel, raisin, and plum. Brown sugar and nuttiness underneath.

3.5 T: Again lots of toastiness. Caramel, raisin, and nuttiness next. Plum and brown sugar to round thing off. Lightly boozy.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasant creaminess.

3.5 D: Tasty beer, but pretty standard doppelbock.

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Photo of tpd975
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see another local beer go over the 4% cap! 12 oz. bottle with a very cool label, served at 40 degrees F.

Pours a clear, orange-amber with golder edges. Thick finger of dense, clingy, light khaki head. Rummy fruit and sticky bun malt aromas with a spicy, vegetal hop backing. Light grainy-nuttiness with herbal hops up front. Sugary dark fruits and sweet bready malts swell, with a soapy edge. Faint cocoa and vanilla notes mix with cooked vegetables before a sticky, spicy, noble, mildly bitter hop finish. Medium body. A very clean, well-made doppelbock that is on the lighter side in terms of color. Nice!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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)

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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

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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 10/23/14 near bottom edge of bottle. Rec'd as a gift from little sis Tami.

A: Clear mahogany, lightish, with 1-finger beige frothy head with good retention and a nice line of lacing around the top of the pour. (4)

S: Strong toasted caramel malt aroma with light herbal. earthy hops, no yeast character, some bready maltiness and date/raisin aromas (3.75)

T: Great flavor, very toasty and pretty sweet but very smooth and drinkable despite the high ABV. Medium caramel and toffee flavors dominate but allow some date, raisin, and prune flavors to poke through. Medium sweetness but not cloying, leaves a pleasant bready, honey graham cracker taste. Minimal hopping with light-medium bitterness. No real yeast character and the alcohol is well hidden. (4.25)

M: Slightly sticky feel, medium-full body, with light-medium carbonation. (3.75)

O: I enjoyed this beer, and I didn't have too high of hopes after trying Polygamy Porter last night. Devastator is a much better crafter beer -- nice toasty caramel sweetness that brings a good kick of maltiness without being cloying. SMooth and drinkable, even at 8%. Great job.

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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.