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Double Vision Doppelbock - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 33
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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Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown enough to be opaque with a thick, tan head.

Toasty, bready aroma with complex dried fruits and chocolate. I'm suprised at how good this smells.

Flavor is quite sweet, which could be toned down just a touch for drinkability but true to style. Bready, a touch of honeydew mid-palate, juicy raisin and rich malt sweetness, just the right amount of alcohol presence.

An excellent beer full of rich flavors and nuances.

Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by bu11zeye and tasted at thirdeye11's birthday tasting.

Pours brown with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet toffee with some chocolate and roasted nuts. The flavor is more of the same with sweet caramel, toffee and some alcohol. A very flavorful and drinkable doppelbock. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 1 quart bottle. Poured a hazy mahogany with a thick, creamy tan head. Moderate lacing. Sweet, caramel/molasses and candy-corn nose. Anise, prunes, and toffee are also prevalent. Velvety mouthfeel. Chocolate-chip cookies, but made with dark chocolate is the dominant flavor. Cream/lactose, caramel, and alcohol follow. Just a little dried fruit and a sugary sweetness reminiscent of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale. I have to hand it to Grand Teton, their cellar reserve beers are always top-notch.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 far333
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Compliments of barleywinefiend
Brewed with glacial spring water according to the Reinheitsgebot, hopped with Liberty and fermented with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. Bottle conditioned, 8% ABV. 18 IBU.
Served at cellar temp in a pilsner glass.

Deep mahogany colored with caramel highlights and a giant two finger head of frothy dimpled thick foam that lingers long.

Rich and inviting aroma of cocoa and darkly roasted bread. Hints of raisin and smoke. Rich flavor of darkly roasted malt, dark crusty bread, raisins, cocoa, espresso bitterness, leather and smoke notes.

Silky and luscious mouthfeel, very smooth. Full and creamy, slight warming of the cheeks.

Tremendous beer, very rich and tasty. Many thanks for sending this one my way Josh.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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 russpowell
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I believe I got this one from Bitterbill, cheers Bill! Review based on notes

750 ml bottle opens with a whoosh! Pours chestnut with 1 finger of mocha colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Bready, fruitty, woody hops & some boozeyness

T: Follows the nose, plum notes, hints of licorice & brown sugar up front. Breadyness, dryness with a touch of persimmons & licorice as this warms. Finishes fruitty & dry

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & warming once warm

Great drinkability style-wise, like mother's milk GT needs to make this an annual offering & sell in Mizzou or Kansas!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wooo Hooo!!! No more waxed tops!! 1ltr bullet shaped flip-top picked up at the Bozeman COOP on our MT trip a few weeks ago... Sharing this one with Brenda... mine is poured into my shaped SA glass.... paid about $13.

1" tan head... the head has a definite gold color to it.. the brew is daaark for a dopplebock.. very dark brown but when held to the nearest bulb, it reveals a crystal clear deep ruby color... very pretty..

Nose is thick and very full of heavy malts... not sweet smelling.. just very malty.. sorta a plummy fruitiness... wow.. you don't get this much in doppelbocks (in a good way).. I would expect a long boil or decoction made this one as aromatic as it is.

Flavor is very complex for a doppelbock... a bunch of stuff going on here.. thick maltiness... some slight chocolate... is this what melanoidins taste like???? sorta a pruney frutiness with a bunch of malty sweeness.. but it still seems very drinkable despite the great body and slightly light carbonation.. the only thing that I can complain about is that it may be a tad sticky... but overall, I am damn impressed with this one... very very smooth.. and the complex malt characteristics come in waves as it warms up.. this may be the best example of an American dopplebock that I've ever had.... I love Capital.. and Autumnal Fire .. but this is certainly more traditional at every corner.

Boise COOP Matt told me earlier this week that he ordered some of these brews in.... I am super stoked... I will certainly be picking up my share.. This is a "grown man's" dopplebock.. big on every account... and a sippin brew for sure.. but with the massive bottle... I am.. and you will be too.. sippin for quite a while.

Photo of DanielMB
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Zorro
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Massive 34 OZ flip top bottle of beer, 2009 vintage.

Clear dark brown colored beer with a good light brown colored head. Extremely dark for the style.

Smells strongly of chocolate, like chocolate soda levels of chocolate. Nuts under the chocolate, but this is just plainly a very chocolate scented beer.

Sweet with a big chocolate flavor and a slight hit of hops, but only in passing. Slight melon flavor that was not expected. Mild bitterness but this is a chocolate beer.

Pure velvet mouthfeel here, no better bock.

Interesting beer, a little too sweet for my taste but about the most chocolate flavored beer I know.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the one liter bottle aged a few months at home. Enjoyed on our Honeymoon in Yellowstone. We liked it so much, we picked up a few more bottles that they happened to have there.

A: A first, there is a two or more finger head, but on subsequent pours it is much smaller. The color is reddish brown and the head is dark dark tan.

S: Strong. Smells of cooking sugar, molasses, maple syrup. There is no roast or hops, it's sweet. It similar to a roast-less RIS I could see someone saying. Problem is it's just too much. To strong.

T: Very caramely sweet. More molasses. It doesn't taste like cherries, but it is a similar dark taste. Maybe too sweet? But that's a good thing for me and Dopplebocks. It's very unique, but almost perfect.

M: Mich lighter than I would expect from the look and smell, but still very smooth. The sweetness gives it a little bit of a sharpness.

D: It's just great. Good to share with a big group for sipping on during a meal or slow conversation, but drinkable alone for a good buzz or more without feeling too heavy.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a big 3 finger head and some good lacing.

Smell is boozy raisins, s'mores, caramel, and citrus and floral hops. Big, clean aroma that is extremely pleasant.

The taste is burnt caramel up front with a bit of coffee bean bitterness in the finish. Not as sweet as I was expecting when cold, but as the beer warmed the sweetness started to peek out. Lots of alcohol soaked raisins, an oak-like character, and a bit of pine resin round out the flavor. Very tasty. I would say it is almost like a dopplebock/stout hybrid.

Body is full with quite a bit of carbonation. This gets heavier and heavier as it sits.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and one that will probably fly under most people's radar. The only knock is that the quart (!) size bottle is waaaayyy too big, even for 2 people. That isn't to say it isn't drinkable though, I just wish it came in smaller bottles.

Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

12 oz. sample bottle - "Not for Retail" -

Pours hazed dark brown with a thin lasting light brown head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of sweet dark malt, dark fruit (prune/plum), toffee. It has a rich maltiness with a touch of earthiness. Wonderfully aromatic.

The taste is very sweet upfront - malty - with anise, chocolate, sweetened prunes, toffee. A slight hint of roast mixes in, with a touch of earthy bitterness that balances enough of the sweetness that it is not cloying in the finish. Some alcoholic warmth shows.

Full-bodied, a bit thickish, but with an oily, malty smoothness.

A sweeter (though with some balance) doppelbock. A nice, malty, warming sipper.

Photo of JamesMN
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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 smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown where a minimum of light shines through. Moderate head that dies to a single layer of minute bubbles, leaving a minimal amount of spotty lace.

Chalky, powedered cocoa aroma.

This is a rich beer, both in body and flavor. Lots of darker chocolate flavors. It's a chewy beer with a touch of alcohol oiliness. There's a much higher level of bitterness than most d-bocks. I like this because it provides balance, but it makes it closer to a mildly hoppy porter.

Photo of zeledonia
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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 dakotaben
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -5.1%
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 archyquaffer
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 harrymel
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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 GClarkage
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/28/09- Purchased at Mollie Stones in Burlingame, CA. $14.99 price tag.

Presentation- One liter swingtop bottle....thank God it's not waxed like they usually are. 2009 release poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance- Dark brown colored pour with a nice dirty white full one inch head which a nice rim reamins for the duration. Leaves some watery spotting and some other markings behind.

Smell- Not a huge aroma. Notes of hot chocolate mix, a slight coffee note and some deep malts.

Taste- A different tasting Doppelbock...one of the more chocolaty ones out there. Kinda of a malted milk ball flavor or maybe even those frozen dinner chocolate cake corners. Dark malts carry the beer, but meld about as nicely as it can with the chocolate. Some light coffee notes as well. Not really any hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel- Very silky and quite smooth. Lightly creamy and a bit viscous. Carbonation is lower.

Drinkability- All in all this is one of the better if not the best or in the top 3 for sure of the best American made doppelbock's I have gotten to try. Very good job GT! I will be buying another.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd been waiting for this to cap off a hellacious week. 33.8 oz swing top (no more wax!) bottled Feb 11 2009, very cool label. $10 from Northridge in Laramie, WY.

A: Dark brown, almost black with a cream colored head, about half an inch thick or so, receded to a film. Nice clumps of lacing. Excellent red highlights at the edges, around 75% opacity.

S: Caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, a slight bit of smoke, really really sweet smelling. This is going to be a huge malt bomb. Very nice.

T: Very sweet, huge caramel flavor, slight hints of chocolate, a slight bit of booze, definitely not as boozey as I had imagined. I think a little age did this a lot of good. Really a huge complexity of malt in this one. For a beer focusing on the water aspect of the reinheitsgebot, this one is an excellent display of malt. Slightly astringent alcohol keeps this in check, at 18IBUs i'm not surprised there isn't much of a hop character.

M: Thick and creamy, very sticky, and slightly hot from the alcohol, excellent.

D: Quite easy to drink, I just know that there is an 8.0% tag on it, and that makes me think, slow down, because this beer is easy to drink, very very easy to drink. It isn't a problem to finish the entire liter. Excellent dessert beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Double Vision Doppelbock from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.