Double Vision Doppelbock - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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4.36/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-19-2013 06:45:48 | More by zeledonia
4.7/5 rDev +13.3%
Double Vision Dopplebock
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.
04-02-2013 06:23:32 | More by grandbeerdaily
4.16/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
03-25-2013 00:30:29 | More by falloutsnow
3.94/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
03-22-2013 04:09:00 | More by Fatehunter
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-17-2013 00:01:52 | More by JamesMN
3.78/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
03-11-2013 02:40:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev -6%
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.
03-06-2013 02:07:36 | More by TheSixthRing
4.09/5 rDev -1.4%
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 ...
02-26-2013 02:32:07 | More by Jason
4.64/5 rDev +11.8%
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
02-20-2013 02:03:46 | More by mynie
Double Vision Doppelbock from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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