Toboggan Chocolate Doppelbock - Susquehanna Brewing Company

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Toboggan Chocolate DoppelbockToboggan Chocolate Doppelbock

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Susquehanna Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PennBrewer on 11-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 57md
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a brownish copper with a half finger of off-white head that dissipated at a fairly steady pace. The nose has mild chocolate notes. While I would not necessarily describe the body as “thin,” I would certainly say that it is not as full-bodied as other doppelbocks. The flavor profile focuses on malty sweetness, which particularly comes out as the offering warms. The alcohol is rather well hidden on this one.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served on draught at the Holiday Inn’s Bistro in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Poured off into a Susquehanna Brewing Company pint glass, it glowed a deep, burnt caramel coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of tight creme brûlée colored foam, showing brief retention before dissipating into sparse cords of lacing. No haze or sediment was noted, but carbonation appeared to be robust. The nose was composed of cheap cereal grain, vinegar, ruddy apple cores, plastic phenols, mild residual boozy sugars, chocolate biscuit cookies, shortbread cookies, dust, metallic yeast, iceberg lettuce, toasty amber and red grain, candied almonds, soy sauce, and a somewhat roasty caramel maltiness. Comparatively, the flavoring offered mole sauce, amaretto, walnut and almond oils, phenolic clove, powdery chocolates, red cherry flesh, paeudobourbon-esque booziness, stomach acid, burnt soy sauce, raw edamame pods, oily nectary hop oil, plastic wrap, plain popcorn, sea salt, tannic amber malts, faint but cheap chocolate and caramel malt singe, and metallic cotton. The body was medium, but still felt thin as it passed across the lips. Carbonation appeared to be higher. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop were only okay, with the mouth left transiently cooled and oiled gapped between dusty wet cringe. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, this was a pleasant enough beer to drink, but we’re not quite sure why they labeled it as a “chocolate doppelbock”. It doesn’t seem to us any more chocolatey than it does a bock. Any “chocolate” flavoring, be it from the malts or additives alike, come a little too close to Nestle Quick instant powder mixed into water. Any “bock” suggestions of grain lack roast, depth, or darkness. To top things off, the feel was overly light, thinning the flavoring further. Either way, it is always a nice thing to try a new local brewery that you can’t find elsewhere. It went well with our making friends with the bartenders, and the complimentary trail mix provided for us, but was otherwise not as exciting or fulfilling as its name suggests.

Photo of confer
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very creamy with a smooth caramel taste

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up dirt-cheap at Joe Canal's in Parsippany a few weeks ago, having never had this or any beer from Susquehanna before. I know that this was out of season but I like Doppelbocks and this wasn't terribly strong or overpowering for one. The chocolate was hard to discern and the body was a bit thin but it went down easily and was relatively light and smooth for the style regardless of the body.

Good pour to this as the mahogany hue combined with the thick, tan head for a pleasing appearance. The foam settled for a while and stayed behind as a clingy web of lacing that coated the back side of my pint glass. Lots of booze and hazelnut in the aroma with even more of those in the taste, along with a good amount of bread and a roasted undertone. Hard to pick out the chocolate here but the mouthfeel had a bit of powder to it. Caramel malt was present here and led to the stickiness that was present in the aftertaste as this had the feel of a cordial that was fermented and more full than your average shot.

I couldn't taste the alcohol but the warming kicked in by the time I polished this off. While not overly creamy, this was smooth enough to serve as a good introduction to the style, even if the chocolate and sweetness were lacking. Not a bad beer but slightly off-kilter in terms of the style - this Doppelbock wasn't potent enough to not be enjoyed during the warmer months. Worth a go once for a change from what's currently on the shelf.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

my first beer from these guys, always stoked to try out new places, so i was pumped to share a bottle of this with my friend while back east. equal parts brown and orange in color, with a slightly under powered off white head that has big patchy lace but never really firms up enough to stick around. plenty of haze to this, but mostly settling out to a light opaqueness. a nose of cocoa powder transfers to the taste too, where its especially prominent on the front end, but also the last thing i taste after the swallow. lots of darker german type grains giving both body and fermentables, and the whole thing shakes out pretty grainy. the chocolate part is nice because it doesnt add a lick of sweetness to a style that sometimes gets very sweet. its bitterness by contrast, and provides nice balance. the yeast doesnt do much for me, and neither does the alcohol strength, which comes out a little sloppily hot, definitely ramping up as it warms. i think its a clever and interesting take on the style, but could probably use a few tweaks to get it dialed in. impressive first brew for me from them though, and i will look for more as i venture back towards pennsylvania in the future.

Toboggan Chocolate Doppelbock from Susquehanna Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.