Deviator Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cameron's Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
Bottle to Glass
Appearance - Poured a really dark brown colour almost black, one finger of beige head
Smell - Vanilla, oak, bourbon, smells like the barrel
Taste - Dark malts, lots of vanilla and oak, the barrel really comes through
Overall - Good to try and something I may visit again
07-30-2014 01:24:38 | More by Dna_Infinity
3.79/5 rDev +0.5%
341 mL bottle from a sampler pack picked up at the LCBO; served slightly chilled. Glad to see that Cameron's is starting to include some of their more eclectic brews in these mix packs, including the stellar RPA - not that their Dark 266 or Lager are by any means bad. I just like being able to try new beers.
Pours a dark, blackish-mahogany colour with some burgundy highlights, topped with one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured head that wilts away quickly. A narrow collar and wispy film at the surface are the only remnants. Notes of bourbon and oak are immediately noticeable on the nose, with additional hints of vanilla, caramelized sugar, cherries and charred wood. Thumbs up so far.
My first impression - not bad at all, but the dominance of the bourbon stops this from being very bock-like. This beast is all about the malts, with big notes of caramelized sugar, raisins, fruitcake and toasted nuts. The barrel features work their way in next, offering up notes of vanilla, charred oak and spicy bourbon. Some boozy heat in the finish ties the profile up, with oak and bourbon lingering into the aftertaste. Medium in body, with fairly light carbonation that gently prickles the palate. Definitely a sipper, and a little too sweet to be something I'd want more than a glass of per night.
Final Grade: 3.79, a B+. Cameron's Bourbon Barrel-Aged Deviator makes for an enjoyable quaff, although those looking for a traditional doppelbock may be a little put off by both the barrel-aged notes and the rather thin body. As someone who has never tried the unaltered base beer, I don't really mind this version, but it's not something I'd be likely to seek out in the future. Worth a spin, especially if you're a bourbon fan, but as someone who has been on a bit of a bock bent lately I'll probably stick with more orthodox examples for the foreseeable future.
05-11-2014 06:18:27 | More by thehyperduck
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
A: Dark brown filtered with a ruby tinge, no apparent carbonation, 4 fingers of light tan brown head, fades like a boiling pot of macaroni.
S: Vanilla, butter, oak bourbon woodiness, alcohol, whiskey, vanilla ice cream, snow.
T: Vanilla, butter, vanilla ice cream, oaken woodiness, dark toasted malts, coffee, Kailua, rich and deep flavours.
M: Thick woody body, medium highly foamy carbonation leaving a smooth but thick rich feel.
O: What a great beer, a great invention. I eventually had lost my taste for doppelbocks, but this one restores it due to the oak aging. I just want to keep sipping it.
05-11-2014 04:14:28 | More by patre_tim
3.69/5 rDev -2.1%
650ml bottle, and a good take on the '-ator' terminology for the doppelbock style. More spring-time brew, and it's still fucking snowing outside in May - good thing about this one's er, warmth, then, eh?
This beer pours a clear, I think, dark orange-brick brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and damned-near creamy beige head, which leaves some broad drooping flag lace around the glass as it slowly abates.
It smells of sharp Bourbon barrel notes - astringent toasted wooden staves, boozy vanilla, spicy rye and gritty corn - over a grainy pale malt, dry oily nuttiness, buttery toffee, raisin Baba cake, a touch of over-sugared coffee, and faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more malty up front - big boozy fruitcake, port wine, a stocky pale graininess, toffee-ensconced salty nuts, reduced brown sugar, with a sort of lessening Bourbon character in the warm vanilla, besotted oaken wood, and muddled rye maltiness.
The carbonation is pretty sedate, just an initially hollow frothiness, the body surprisingly on the weak side of medium weight, and smooth in a tamped down, restricted sort of manner. It finishes well off-dry, the Bourbon-tinted fruity caramelized malt still up for it, but you can see the cracks in its demeanor imminently forming.
A stand-up brew, to be sure, with lots going on from the Kentucky-sourced barrel, and everything a good doppelbock should exhibit underneath, but somehow I'm starting to suspect a certain diminishing effect of the wood, one I've seen before - in the vein of the classic Thinner story, i.e. the more I drink this, the more I feel the wood cutting into the very body and soul of the good and hearty central nature of the base beer.
05-04-2014 04:15:23 | More by biboergosum
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
One of the legal stipulations in making bourbon is that it must be aged in charred barrels. This version of Cameron’s Deviator Doppelbock, which spent six months in such a thing, definitely looks as though it's had contact with something burnt; whereas bourbon is a clear amber colour, this offering has the dark and dried complexion of a sultana raisin.
Bourbon is definitely apparent in the aroma; underlying toasted walnut, buckwheat honey, and dark toffee notes are brewing. Just as appreciable is the bourbon barrel, which lends nuances of charred oak and enough vanilla to give this bouquet an almost candy-like quality, something like an intoxicating Tootsie-Roll baked into an alcoholic cupcake.
The flavour is not much different. It showcases a great deal of that pure, concentrated vanilla taste as well as hints of wood spice, browned butter, dark honey, and caramel-coated roasted nuts. Curiously absent (or at least overshadowed) are the dried fruit and toasted brown bread crust notes traditional of doppelbocks. Unsurprisingly, the bourbon comes out on top.
I'm not sure what possessed Cameron's to put a Doppelbock in bourbon barrels; that sounded like a disaster to me. Admittedly, the results aren't as bad as anticipated but, as the mouthfeel attests, I was right to assume the style couldn't stand up to the overpowering, brutish strength of a bourbon. Despite the creamy vanilla notes, this is no easy beer to drink.
Doppelbocks were served by Bavarian monks in times of fasting and hence came to be known as “liquid bread” - imagine soaking your bread in bourbon. Ya. Wouldn't be so nourishing, would it? Nor appetizing. Doppelbock is an inherently complex, layered, and rich style that really needs no assistance. In any case, the 'knock-you-over-the-head' sweet and spicy notes of bourbon aren't the right match for it anyhow.
05-01-2014 19:14:39 | More by biegaman
3.89/5 rDev +3.2%
341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of a mixed pack
Appearance – Hazy brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell – Malts, caramel, booze, dark fruits
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/molasses, and some faint chocolate. There is also some dark fruits and a bit of the boozy barrel notes.
Overall – At first I thought this beer needed a little more sweetness.. but it actually seems about right. Its got some fairly bold flavours but isn't too cloying like other big beers are. A pretty solid brew that is worth picking up; especially if you like wood aged beers. (although there isn't a ton of barrel flavour in this brew)
04-18-2014 00:18:53 | More by spinrsx
2.66/5 rDev -29.4%
341 mL bottle received in a taster pack. Poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: A truly dark dopplebock. Dark mahogany colour overall with a slightly more red hue to the edges. Almost opaque, but not quite. a thick and creamy, but light coloured head light brown in colour. Spotted lace. Nice looking beer.
Aroma: Sugar. Sweet dark chocolate. Sweet dark fruits. Mild but obvious coffee flavours throughout. Boozey.
Taste: Strong sweet dark chocolate and dark fruits (cherries), mild coffee once again. Tinge of alcohol and a mild sweet spice at the end (cinnamon/nutmeg).
Mouthfeel: Thick but malty. Sticky, but nice level of carbonation (although it could be more, I have no idea how old this taster pack was). Definitely my favourite part of the beer.
Overall: Unfortunately not the style of dark beer I like. Way too sweet for my liking unless mixed with a food flavour that cuts right through the beer. However, the mouthfeel and the outstanding look of the beer will probably warrant at least one more try.
03-05-2014 05:03:51 | More by LoonCampbell74
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and some small lacing. Aroma of strong bourbon notes with some woody notes. Taste is also dominated by strong bourbon notes with light vanilla notes and some dry oak notes. Finish is quite dry with light residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not sure if the base beer is that great bit the bourbon notes are quite interesting.
02-14-2014 03:48:00 | More by Phyl21ca
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
From notes. Pretty sure this is what I had.
A - Poured nearly black, like a very deep rusty red tone. One finger of beige head on top with strong carbonation. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.
S - Grapey, vinous, dark fruit, sugar, vanilla, more boozy as it warms.
T - Vinous agian with wood and vanilla. Sweet but not cloying, dark fruit, grapes.
M - Good carbonation, medium body, sweet and slightly dry finish.
O/D - The barrel aging seemed quite subtle and allowed for the base to show and blend with the barrel well. Enjoyed it.
01-18-2014 01:18:00 | More by tbeckett
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
Excited to try this as part of Camron's taster's pack. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.
Appearance - Dark brown, with lots of garnet and ruby hues thrown in for good measure. Minimal off-white head receded quickly, leaving trace amounts of soapy residue at top. Fairly clear as well, but nor perfectly so, some opaqueness.
Smell - Definitely bourbon barrels are present, but also some cherry, and oakiness. Some sweetness in there as well and its no only from the bourbon barrels kind of a vanilla toffee mixture in there not unlike Innis and Gunn. The bourbon barrels may be a bit overdone here, but to my nose it really works well.
Taste - Lots of bourbon and earthiness from the barrels and.... there's not a lot else. Some of the toffee and vanilla flavors that were detected on the nose some through but are more subdued. The afteratste, while there, seems a bit watered down.
Mouthfeel - Medium-high carbonation, but just doesn't quite pop in the mouth, a little bit thin an watery feeling especially given the nose. Some spiciness in the back of the throat from the alcohol. Dry finish.
Overall - A bit disappointing, wished there was a little more depth in the flavors, and that the mouthfeel had a little more liveliness and excitement. All things considered, the aroma is delicious and it's not a bad doppelbock.
12-24-2013 21:15:45 | More by DenisKolkin
3.58/5 rDev -5%
750ml bottle poured into tulip 20/6/13 cheers liamt07 for sending me the bottle
A reddish cola with lots of bubbles feeding a two finger dark tan head that hangs around for a few sips and strangely leaves no lace until it fell to a thin film at that point it starts to cover the side of the glass
S lots of barrel with some bourbon, vanilla, faint smoke and wood, some coco, a little booze and some root beer round things out, not the most intense nose but I like whats there
T slightly nutty with a little hard dark toffee and faint molasses, everything I smells still there in one form or another just toned down a little but has added complexity if that makes any sense
O not sure whats going on here but its very thin in the mouth, watery even, I know doppelbocks are lagers but this has a Bud Light body there's just no weight behind it. Well carbonated and sticky on the lips with a nice nutty, woody, malty aftertaste but I can't get over how thin this 8.6% BB Doppelbock is
O decent beer with some room for improvement, I'm curious what the base beer was like before it hit the barrel, feels a little lousy but pretty good otherwise
I had some blood work today, just woke up from a nap and I just needed a strong beer but I was expecting liquid bread, now I need a cookie and juice and maybe another nap. I'll stop short of saying I was disappointed but I don't think I'd go looking for this one
06-21-2013 01:51:12 | More by wordemupg
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
More "barrel" than I'd choose.
Pours a thinner than expected dark brown with a limited head that disappears quickly. Aroma is pure "bourbon barrel" - and although it smells excellent for a bourbon barrel, I'd prefer some hint of the grain profile as well. The flavour has more breadth, with an abrupt transition from very sweet to quite dry in the finish. Some caramelized chocolate malt tones and a hint of German yeast, but they are hidden behind the "barrel" wood notes.
Any barrel fan will enjoy this beer, although personally I prefer Cameron's traditional doppelbock.
03-23-2013 22:19:02 | More by hopsolutely
2.99/5 rDev -20.7%
Poured in to tulip.
A - Poured a medium to dark brown and settled black. Half a finger of light brown head formed and quickly receded to a ring around the glass.
S - Bourbon and sweet vanilla are dominant. Very sweet overall nose with the barrel present and the base beer completely hidden.
T - A big bourbon presence with some oaky flavours up front. The base beer is present in the palate, adding toffee and dark caramel flavours. Some sweet vanilla is present throughout. The overall flavour profile doesn't do much for me as the base beer and the barrel don't integrate well at all. Very sweet.
M - Light body. Extremely watery. Very light carbonation. The mouthfeel completely ruins this beer. The overall palate is not bad, but the thin body really kills the beer overall.
02-23-2013 23:33:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
Brownish-ruby red, one finger of tan head, light lace as well. Tons of oak and bourbon in the nose, vanilla , malt reveals itself a bit along with some darker fruits, raisin and a bit of toffee but the barrel certainly dominates this. Taste again is dominated by bourbon and oak, vanilla, mid palate dark fruit, plums, malty sweetness and a bit of chocolate comes across, oak in finish and bourbon in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium full body and quite chewy. Way too much bourbon dominates this one here, certainly not an improvement on the base, this would be ok to split like 4-5 ways.
01-22-2013 14:57:04 | More by peensteen
Deviator Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.