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Deviator Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cameron's Brewing Co.

Deviator Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.31%

Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cameron’s Deviator Doppelbock Barrel Aged is a unique brew that is based on our previous award-winning Doppelbock releases. Doppelbocks are Teutonic-inspired dark lagers that feature imported German malt and were served by the Bavarian monks during times of fasting as “liquid bread.” This version of Cameron’s Deviator Doppelbock has been aged for six months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. This process lends to a smooth, toasted vanilla notes, layered upon the complex malty body.

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 08-04-2012)
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Photo of LoonCampbell74

Ontario (Canada)

2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 05:03:51 | More by LoonCampbell74
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 03:48:00 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:18:00 | More by tbeckett
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 21:15:45 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:51:12 | More by wordemupg
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 22:19:02 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 23:33:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 14:57:04 | More by peensteen
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown coloured with attractive mocha coloured lace. Bourbon aroma for sure. Mouth puckering combination of sweetness and sourness. A decent barrel effort but not a great one, not worth the high cost. Would have been better in smaller cheaper bottle for people to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:44:12 | More by Sammy
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at C'est What, into a tulip.

Dark brown, with some clarity at the edges. Beige head, but it's transient with little to no lacing. Nose has some bourbon, toasted oak, dark fruits/berries and some mild chocolate character. Taste has moderate amounts of bourbon, some oak, vanilla, dark fruit flavours. Lots of dark bread character too, and a bit of red apple. Slight chocolate notes again. Light bitterness, medium feel but feels slightly watered down. A good beer, but not much of an improvement on the original.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 18:50:53 | More by liamt07
Deviator Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
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