Double Vision Doppelbock - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 32
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-20-2009

Our Double Vision Doppelbock is brewed with Idaho 2-Row Pale and German Munich, CaraAroma, CaraMunich and de-husked Carafa malts to an original gravity of 24 Plato (1.096 SG). The malts provide a dark leather color with ruby notes, a luxurious tan head, and a bready aroma with a hint of smoke. It is lightly spiced with Liberty hops, an American version of the noble German Hallertau Mittelfruh, and fermented with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. In the traditional manner, Double Vision is fermented cold (48 F) and lagered a full 10 weeks for smoothness. At over 8% alcohol by volume, it is a deceptively drinkable springtime warmer.
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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 54
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking this at 1 year and 4 months old.
A: Deep dark brown under a creamy 2” finely bubbled light tan foam collar that produces good lace.
S: The nose is molassesy with dark sugar and dark bread.
T: Heavy dark sugar flavors, pepper, some prune in the middle with light hops on the end but this is all about dark sugary malts.
F: Creamy smooth, full body to chewy, medium low carbonation.
O: This is a big full bodied doppelbock that is sweet just short of cloying.

Photo of DanielMB
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I first poured this beer into a pint glass, it had a huge head with a delicious smell to it, sort of like a cinnamon bun with extra brown sugar baked on top. The first sip tasted just the same; I could barely believe how good it was. Soon afterwards, a more typical doppelbock taste settled in: dark fruit, heavy malts, toasted bread. When I had another pint the next day, it was still pretty good, but it started to go a little flat by the third day after I opened it. It still tasted great though. One of the best doppelbocks I've ever had.

Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bomber from FMcD's poured into a mug.

2013 version

A - Dark black with brown overtones. A two finger fluffy off white head that retains for a good amount of time.

S - Plums, vanilla, chocolate

T - More of the same as the nose, with a smattering of cherry and nuttiness. Coffee notes. The alcohol is undetectable at 8%.

M - Creamy with just a hint of carbonation on the finish.

O - A style that I thoroughly enjoy and seem to have gotten away from in the last few years. This is a solid and recommended offering.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm enjoying this beer on Christmas Eve. Served from a magnum bottle into a tall wheat beer glass. A moderate pour about 3/4 way full produces a billowy, rich tan, three inch head which takes awhile to settle down, leaving thick strands of froth all along the sides. The beer is a dark ruby brown (upon holding it before a strong lamp. This beer is very visually appealing.

I get some unique hoppy tones in the aroma- somewhat like a very subtle celery aroma. I also detect some obvious bready aroma-flavors. The first few sips seem very chocolaty. As the tongue becomes accustomed, dark fruits, nutty tones, and molasses-like malt flavors become more apparent. I also detect a very distinct coffee taste. Some earthy bitterness and a sharp dark fruit tang lingers on the palate, but just for a short time, and the finish is quite clean.

This is an excellent lager beer- a big beer that is quite smooth and easy drinking, yet with plenty of complexity.. I bought this magnum for about 9.99 at Henessey grocery in Butte, Montana, and consider it a good buy and a perfect beer to enjoy on a festive occasion.

Photo of beergoot
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 version

Poured out a deep, dark brown and mahogany color with a creamy, one-finger thick head. Rich malt aroma; roasted nuts and grains, toffee. Big roasted grain flavor with deep, dark fruity esters and a nifty boozy/bitter finish; hints of cocoa in the background. Heavy body, semi-sweet and smooth on the palate.

A very well-done doppelbock, combining balance and complexity superbly and creating a very tasty big lager brew. The chocolate-like background in the flavor is a real treat and gives this doppelbock a unique edge over much of the competition.

Photo of pkalix
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very billowy chocolate-milk-looking head, settles to fine bubbles lying on top of bigger bubbles beneath them...
smell is more like a dark brown ale, kind of nutty. kind of malty, some chalk....
taste is kind of sweet, but not a dopplebock sweet. this tastes nothing like a typical german dopplebock. it's slightly sweet at the finish with a bitter hop presence at the front.
at 8%, it's a decent brew, but it's not a dopple in my opinion. somebody got their recipes mixed up, I think.

Photo of dakotaben
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Pours a nutty tinted dark brown that reminds me a of the color of a nice starbucks bres. A 1.5 finger dark golden head and some substanbtial lacing. The head did not remain

S A toasty malted aroma with hints of caramel and perhaps a fruit like a plum?

T Nice, toasty, rich, malty and a hint of a sweet fruit. There is a warm flavor that reminds me this is a strong beer, but it nice and smooth

M - Thick, rich with moderately low carbonation

O - I really like this beer. To me, it tastes like a really nice dopplebock and provides the strength, richness and malt that I might expect.

Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown in the Duvel tulip with plenty of foam. Nicely sudsy and tangy in the mouth. Not so much aroma but a fume of alcohol and spice.

Dark raisiny and molasses flavors. Rather sweet and fruity but with a grainy edge. I can safely say this is the biggest, fattest Doppelbock I've ever had. It's quite sippable, it's just so rich it's like dessert, a caramel custard. Really, really malty with dark roasted barley and browned sugar flavors. Some slight bitterness at the end.

From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. Jan 14, 2013 brewing date according to the hang tag.

Photo of SkiBeerRepeat
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark coffee color, no transparency what so ever, two finger toffee color head mild lacing

S- sweet malts, sweet caramel, very slight toasted toffee, light cocoa.

T-Sweet toffee that fades to dark cocoa with lingering smokey finish.

M- light syrup finishing with a sticky resin feel

O- Bold bock beer that reminds me more of a porter. not like any traditional bock that I have had with its toffee and cocoa flavors. Would be a great cold fall day warmer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So, my ratings may seem a bit odd. I love the color and the overall beer, it's damn fine. However, it's more like a porter than a doppelbock to me. Here's why...

Color is most definitely more towards the black side of brown. Nice off tan head, somewhat thick and gooey. Nice lacing. Ok, not a bad look for a db, albeit a bit dark.

Aroma is not as sweet as most dbs that I've tried. It's roasty and rich. Toasted dark bread, some prune and hints of raisin. Not all that dry, but it ain't sweet.

Clean flavors. Nothing out of sync. That porter thing is just begging for attention. Roasted malt, baked dark chocolate, some leather and hints of green pine or grass. While not a dry beer, I doubt this would make waves in Germany. Irish might love it. The plum and raisin just don't overcome the roasts.

Which is not a bad thing. This a very nice beer, pair it with anything grilled and with tangy BBQ sauce. Still, for the style I think it misses.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Double Vision pours a black color, with a small lacing head. Their is a strange sour aroma, on a crisp malty backbone. The taste was a bit boozy, had a slight sourness to it, and was rather grainy. Full flavors. Overall an interesting beer that wasn't bad, just not sure if it was for me.

Photo of zeledonia
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a doppelbock in a while, and I'm looking forward to this one. 2013 vintage. Tasted 16 April 2013.

Pours very deep brown, nearly black. Light behind it reveals deep reds, and a surprising clarity. One finger of tan head, good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is a brown sugar bomb, followed by figs and plums. It's all dark and sweet, and it's excellent. An amalgam of varied, intriguing sweetnesses.

Taste is a step down from the smell, but a small one. It's similarly sweet and fruity, but it doesn't have quite the same depth or variety as the smell. Has a nice soft bitter drift in the back end, that kinda lays on top of all that sweetness.

Feel is quite pleasant. Medium-bodied, almost chewy, with a light fuzzy carbonation that stays medium-low throughout. Quite good, actually.

One of the best doppelbocks I've had, in the realm of the classic European ones, and easily surpassing even the better domestic ones. It's really clean, with no rough edges, only sweet, rich, and dark. Yum.

Photo of grandbeerdaily
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Grand Teton
Double Vision Dopplebock
8.0% ABV

Appearance:Pitch black with a tan, persistent head. Completely opaque but clear, showing its lagered character.

Aroma: Rich chocolate, roast, and lightly toasted bread compose a very complex malt aroma. Slight alcohol warmth with a very neutral hop profile, lightly piney, spicy and earthy.

Taste: In the forefront I get big malt chocolate, dark and rich. A bready sweet base can be tasted all the way through. There is a surprising ester character that comes off as figs and dates, and the sweetness becomes plums and raisins. These are all complemented by the roasted and earthy-bitter notes that appear in the finish. The malt really gets to shine through out the drink and exhibits a complex character that is inviting and warming. The lagered-yeast character is very clean and adds intrigue.

Mouthfeel: This bock has a big mouthfeel but is light in body and drinkable. The water is carbonic and the bubbles tickle the tongue and excites the buds. The mouth is coated with a slick, yet smooth film that provides a long, and fulfilling aftertaste of roast and earthy-bitter notes.

Overall: Truly remarkable body that provides drinkability to a very big beer. Very rich flavors engage the palate and a sweet, fruity middle slowly permeates. A strong, roasted finish is slightly bitter but reintroduces the sweet and rich malt. This transformation makes the beer very dynamic, complex, intriguing, and, most importantly, drinkable.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Bottled 12/27/2012
Glass: Ayinger doppelbock glass

Grand Teton's Double Vision is a fine example of the doppelbock style, though with a stronger emphasis on roasted and chocolate malts than what its Germanic forebears typically developed. The caramel, roast, and chocolate flavors are in fairly equal balance, with the lead flavor depending on where upon the palate the sip is currently resting. Truly one of the better doppelbock offerings by a US brewery, definitely one to seek out and try if you enjoy the style.

Pours a 2.5cm head of dense, small-bubbled, tan foam that lasts about 1.5 minutes as it finally succumbs to a full descent, ending up as a thin dusting of wispy foam atop the body. Lacing is quite good, of fairly complex webs and patterns that line the walls of the glass. The body is a very dark brown hue, opaque, with light bringing out deep ruby hues. Carbonation is not visible though the body.

Aroma is a fairly balanced interplay between caramel and chocolate scents, with chocolate and roasted barley slightly edging out the latter. Toasted hazelnut and smoke aromas are faint, but also present if one searches for them (these become a bit more noticeable as the beer warms).

An excellent balance between heavy toasted and roasted malt, the interplay between caramel and chocolate is masterfully done. Front of palate features rich caramel sweetness with a bit of dried fig and dried leaves (likely from hops), which adds some depth. Mid-palate is of rich caramel, somewhat syrupy chocolate, hazelnut paste, slight raisin and dried figs, hints of roasted coffee beans, and mild dried leaves (German hops). Back of palate is nuttier, somewhat bitter, and features a stronger caramel over chocolate flavor. Aftertaste is primarily of roasted malt, some subtle smoke,

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, leading to a slightly foamy, but mostly creamy mouthfeel. Closes quite dry with fairly strong stickiness lingering on the palate, likely due to the remaining sugars in the beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of tan head on a dark brown body. Looks great.
The aroma is wonderful: burnt and roasted malt and caramel.
The taste is dark and complex. Burnt wood and mild lemon bitterness rounded out by caramel sweetness.
The texture is smooth, just short of creamy with moderate carbonation.
A excellent drink.

Photo of JamesMN
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: So dark it is basically black in color but not cloudy at all. Thin cap of foamy light tan head.

Aroma: Brown sugar, raisins, caramel, and just a hint of dark malt.

Taste: Starts with rich caramel and amber malt flavor and then paints the palate with roasted malt flavor about before the finish. Some hints of dark fruit and liquorish as well that are reminiscent of the Russian Imperial Stout style. Don't taste any of the 8% ABV and it almost seems like a low number based on how robust the flavor is in this beer. The balance in the flavor is really remarkable. The sometimes overly sweet malt flavor of this style is counteracted by the roasted flavor and light bitterness from the hops. The finish is clean and the aftertaste is a harmonious mixture of caramel and roastyness.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body but very full feeling. Somewhat aggressive carbonation but mostly unnoticeable. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Pleasantly surprised with the quality in the flavors of this brew. Double Vision by Grand Teton is a great example of how versatile the Doppelbock style can be. Would I drink it again? Yes, it makes a great dessert beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste is much the same with a slight coffee flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Served in a 16oz pint glass, this doppel comes near black with ruby brown highlights. Off-white, half finger head with fair retention. Decent, streaky lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Sweet, malty aroma. Bready. Caramelized sugar. Faint nuttiness.

Taste - Lightly toasted malt character upfront; brown sugar sweetness gives way to a big nutty profile, then finishes with faint chocolate. Ghostly traces of coffee can be detected well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate, soft carbonation. Sticky. Goes down smooth with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - This is a solid example of a doppelbock, that it came from an American brewery is encouraging. It's a malt forward beer, but the overall impression is of a fairly balanced brew. Huge nutty character is somewhat remeniscent of Fat Tire; had I been told this were a New Belgium brew, I wouldn't have second guessed it.

Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown bottle with a vintage date on the label.

Massive head, lots of stickage on the glass. A shade away from full on black. Smells like a bakery, bready all around with a ton of malt sweetness ... not cloying though. Clean alcohol and faint herbal hop on the nose as well. A malt bomb and very clean at that, faint ripe dark fruit and a slow warming alcohol in the middle. So many levels of maltiness, very complex. Perfectly balanced for the style and pretty drinkable for its size. This is a special beer ...

Photo of mynie
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As I’ve blearily mentioned, I am dealing with the shingles. Experiencing the disease has caused me to question some mainstream medical conclusions, namely the assertion that the reason old people are more susceptible to “the shing” is because they have weakened immune systems. That’s a bunch of hooey. My immune system is great. The real secret to getting the shing is curmudgeonliness, the accumulation of poor humor manifesting itself in ungodly awful pain.

This is real old school medical, like blood-letting or the removal of melancholy stones. Shingles is caused by an abundance of yellow bile which in which the accumulation grows beyond a mere choleric temperament and causes the development of braised pox. Prodrome symptoms include general bad humor that’s followed, naturally, by the manifestation of bilious sentiment.
What I’m getting at is the shingles is my punishment for being a bastard.

And, like all violent punishments, it does nothing but reinforce the bad behavior it was meant to correct. My writings have been even more rambling lately, even grumpier. For example—and I swear I’m not joking here—about two hours ago I suffered a blast of post-herpetic neuralgia pain that was like the entire left side of my body was having an ice cream headache. The pain was so intense that I literally threw up. No kidding, no bullshit, it hurt so bad I stumbled into my bathroom and vomited.

How do I deal with this? By writing 750 words explaining, quite poorly, why Chris Dorner wasn’t really a bad guy. Again, no shit, that’s what I did. (I didn’t, like, publish it anywhere, but still…)

Lately beer has been medication. And I don’t know if pharmacists have some sort of method for making sure that their own ailments don’t leak onto the drugs they suggest to patients, but the Yellow Bile had soaked into my choice of beers—fiery, alcoholic stouts and the kind of double IPAs that can be used to dislodge zebra mussels from the cleat of a barge. That has worsened the disease. It had fed it.

What’s necessary—vital, even—is to embrace sun and sprightliness and green grass and little baby bunnies. Springtime just fucking kills Yellow Bile.

This is Teton’s re-release of what is rated as the best doppelbock any American brewery has produced since the late 90s. Believe the hype. One sip and the world gets all blue-eyed and pastel, like the artwork on a Paas kit.

Full review: http://mynie.com/?p=285

Photo of harrymel
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to crack one, just because.

Pours a nice dark coffee brown with no translucency and a solid sheet of candy toffee foam. Smells of graham, toasted malts, cola, brown sugar, toasted pecans and some bits of sugarcane. Flavor follows suit with good thick caramel, graham cracker, figs and raisins, and a good dose of turbinado. Full bodied with loose, soft carbonation and a semi dry finish. Nice beer, glad I bought so many when I discovered this thing three years ago.

Photo of MasterSki
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. 1L swing-top. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin collar and some film, leaving minimal lace. Transparent dark red-brown body.

S - Caramel, bread, cake, dark fruits, milk chocolate, a bit of Whoppers, and a slight hint of complementary oxidation. No obvious alcohol.

T - Quite mellow and smooth, with plenty of vanilla, dark fruits, roasted grains, cake, bread and some malted milk chocolate.

M - Smooth medium body, lower carbonation, no obvious alcohol, and a lightly sticky finish.

D - This was shockingly good. It's a bit too sweet to crush, but it matches up extremely well with the best German doppelbocks and seems to age fairly gracefully as well. I went back for a second pour of this one, and I'm sad to see it is retired. Why isn't Grand Teton re-visiting this beer? It's the best thing I've had from them by a substantial margin.

Photo of ChristianBlack
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend of mine. Dark brown, almost black with a creamy head. Really nice lacing.

Caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, a slight bit of smoke, really really sweet smelling.

Sweet caramel flavor, slight hints of chocolate and not as much alcohol as I had imagined. Complexity of malt helps.

Thick and creamy, and slightly warm from the alcohol -- very nice!

Quite easy to drink for 8.0%. It wasn't a problem to finish this one quickly. Excellent dessert beer.

Photo of DrJay
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009.
Very dark brown with only a faint ruby tint peeking through the body of the beer. Dense, creamy beige/tan cap, lots of lacing, great head retention. Looks nice! Big malty aroma, lots of caramel and toffee, cocoa, some prunes, malted milk, chocolate, earthy sweetness, faint vanilla and licorice. As it warmed, more of a bready aroma and a hint of smoke. Smells great. Low bitterness, the flavour was dominated by malt with alcohol providing some balance. Sweet, chewy malts throughout, lots of caramel and toffee. Less chocolate than in the aroma, but more of a plum/prune fruit character mid-palate. Slight hop bitterness in the finish along with some lingering alcohol warmth. Full bodied with creamy carbonation, silky texture. This stuff is delicious. Rich and malty, but still quite drinkable. I picked this up on a whim, not knowing anything about the brewery, and couldn't be happier with the result.

Photo of axeman9182
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1L bottle, split with a friend, with my share going into my Duvel tulip.

Double Vision pour a shade or two lighter than stout black. The tan head rises to a decent height, and has some definite staying power. Unfortunately it doesn't leave much of a trail as it creeps down the side of the glass. The nose is straight dark fruits, it smells like a clean quad that doesn't have any kind of spicy yeasty flavors. The flavor is a bit more nuanced, it takes that plum/fig/raisin base and adds a healthy dose of milk chocolate and a slight suggestion of oxidation (little enough that it actually works well with the beer instead of detracting from it). The mouthfeel is absolutely luxuriant, a full and creamy body paired with pinpoint, yet subdued carbonation. Double Vision is a beer my parents brought home from a trip to Vegas, and while I hadn't heard of Grand Teton before, this beer has put them on my radar in a big way.

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Double Vision Doppelbock from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.