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

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Deviator Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel AgedDeviator Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: liamt07 on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Hopsolutely this past summer. Thanks a lot guys!

From a bomber into a snifter
Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for 6 months

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, fizzy, light tan head with good retention. Clear dark maroon brown with lower carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick foam cap with some good staying power. A ring and slight wisp remain until the end but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark fruits, raisins, dates, oak, hints of bourbon with some nice sweet vanilla cream and milk chocolate. Quite nice overall.

TASTE: Dark fruits, oak, grapes and some spicy alcohol up front. Raisins as well. Medium strength finish of oak, vanilla, dark fruit, hints of bourbon and some alcohol linger on the palate. Pretty good.

PALATE: Thinner body and medium levels of carbonation. A little watery, unfortunately, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch thinner and watery perhaps, though nothing off-putting.

OVERALL: Good stuff. The body could be a touch thicker and creamier for the style perhaps, but the rest of the experience is enjoyable. Aroma on this was probably the best quality. Would certainly enjoy drinking some more of this if they ever decide to re-make it. Cheers guys!

Photo of Beccy
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious - one of my favourite beers.

Photo of lgmol
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWatcher
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

A beautiful very dark brown beer, with reddish hilights in the light. Almost zero head. The bourbon barrel aging is very prevalent on the nose. Also getting raisins, fig newtons, and molasses. A viscous mouth feel. The tastes are identical, with maybe the addition of some light brown sugar dusting to the whole affair. Getting some plum too as it warms, and very subtle vanilla. Definitely swings the way of malts, rather than hops. This is a runaway winner for my favourite Cameron’s beer.

Photo of Cramshawbar
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TerryW
4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of patre_tim
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of dwxr
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of LoonCampbell74
2.72/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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