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Double Vision Doppelbock - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 28
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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 NilocRellim
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +1.9%
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 +11.3%
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 +4.1%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Just shy of a stout in color with a thick tan head that lasts forever while leaving some dots and strands around the pint glass

Smell: Rich aromatics of dark chocolate and prune, with undertones of anise

Taste: Sweetened prune, up front, with developing chocolate tones joined with a bit of balancing hoppy bitterness through mid-palate; intriguingly spicy just after the swallow, the finish provides a lingering chocolate and fruit layer on the tongue

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy, with smooth carbonation

Drinkability: As good as any doppelbock I have ever had; love the balance and, especially, the silky smooth mouthfeel

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 drabmuh
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by OldSock last night, thanks Mike. Beer is brown and dark. Clear and no head, no carbonation, no lacing. Beer kind of coats the glass. Looks OK, wish there was some carbonation.

Beer smells strong like malt, syrup, cherries, its very nice. Very aggressive, no real alcohol aroma.

Beer is medium in body and flat on the palate. Its forward sweet and finishes a little tart but mostly a coating feeling of the mouth. Its not dry, it finishes nicely, its drinkable but again I wish there was some carbonation. A very nice doppelbock.

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 VikingBeer
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my imperial pint glass from an awesome giant one-liter swingtop bottle with an informative tag, including a February 2009 bottling date. Thanks a ton to Joe, aka Jojomdma, for the trade!

A moderate pour yields about a finger of dark-tan head that subsides to about 1/4" that persists for all 30 minutes of sipping. The color is a gorgeous ruby-brown, so dark it's nearly black, and totally opaque except at the edges of the glass. A gentle trickle of small bubbles persists, showing off the bottle-conditioned carbonation. Quite simply one of the prettiest doppelbocks I've ever poured, and I've poured quite a few.

A gentle swirl-and-whiff delivers a rich scent of dark currants, Kalamata olives, raisins, brown sugar, and roasted grains with a spicy aroma akin to fresh pumpernickel bread. A touch of coffeeish smokiness carries through the sweet and roasted scents, along with a downright head-clearing smell of fresh white pepper from the hops, which also contribute a subtle tea-leaf character to the aroma. Despite the 8% alcohol content, no boozy fusels intrude.

The taste echoes most aspects of the aroma. First, a rich blast of roasted malt hits the tongue, with flavors of chestnuts, dark whole-wheat bread, unsweetened chocolate. The spicy elements are actually less prominent in the taste than in the aroma, but are still present and provide a nice balance to the dominant roasted-malt character of the beer. Plenty of dark-fruit flavors follow, including the aforementioned raisins and currants. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the flavor is a lovely milkiness that sweeps in right behind the malt, reminiscent of a milk stout, but more pronounced than most milk stouts I've had. Pepper pushes through hard in the middle and contributes to a dry, nutty and appetizing finish. As with the aroma, there is almost no booziness in the taste.

The delicious milkiness that is the most distinctive element of the flavor continues in the mouthfeel, which is smooth and creamy. The carbonation is surprisingly rich compared to most doppelbocks I've had, and might be too much for some. Even over the thirty to forty minutes I spent drinking my pint, the carbonation lessened only a little, revealing a medium-full body. I'm not sure how I feel about the carbonation; the effect, along with the milky flavors, is similar to drinking the world's driest, nuttiest milkshake. I think I like it though.

This is a dangerously drinkable beer. I can think of perhaps one or two beers of this strength that have hidden their alcohol so well. There is no booziness or alcoholic flavor at all. Eventually, the alcohol and the richness of flavors catches up with you, but for the strength of alcohol and flavor this is about as "quaffable" as it gets. I hope Grand Teton is still brewing this so I can try a fresh bottle for comparison, but since this was 18 IBUs at the plant, I can tell it's aged beautifully. At $15/liter, this beer is worth every penny and then some. Grab as much as you can get, make some baked beans and brown bread, and have a party. Thanks again Joe!

Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the large quart (32oz) flip top bottle: served in a 20oz mug - Pours massively dark marooned brown settling like blood under moonlight black with a slim slivered highlight of dark amber at the bottom. Solid medium sized foamy cap of light sandy brown which towers up with might from a slow pour to creep down to a light skimming. Creates thick cob webby lacing and some spots all over the mug while it settles and is consumed.

Aroma is very well set in a malt laden sweetness with deep figgy, pruney rummyness lathered in a chocolate coating and dashed with a partial roastyness.

Taste grabs with the malt and doesn't let go as it starts deeply tangy with the dark fruity sweetness of figs and prunes, nearly soured, but far more in check and toned down to perfectly dispurse it across the entire palate with a soothing, soft, tangy ease of comfortable silky warming. Creamy dark chocolate laced middle and soft dark cherry and smokey bacon tanged finish.

Big bodied malt covered smoothness and lathery creamyness. Quite a decadent dark malt creation of creamy smooth and soft malt thats semi tangy and very, very ease to let slip down the gullet. The touch of dark chocolate in the middle is superb!

YUM! I'm seeing Double already as this stuff is quite the Vision of Doppelbock goodness. Being at 8% and a full quart this will wiggle your knees when you try to get up after drinking the whole thing. Damn, if ain't worth it! A fantastic brew by the folks at Grand Teton!

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 BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 10oz snifter

Appearance: Dark mahogany beer; the bar's pretty dark, but I still can't really see through this even when held up to the light. A medium cream-colored head soon fades to a thick, persistent ring

Smell: Vibrant, pretty aromas of sweet caramel malts, toffee, and a good dose of dark fruit. Rich and inviting.

Taste: Tons of dark fruit, sweet toffee/caramel, and a wonderful hint of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, almost luscious

Drinkability: Could get you in trouble pretty quick.

Conclusion: Tried this at Sycamore; it was their happy-hour special. Glad I did; this is a beautiful dopplebock, one I'd definitely drink again if I saw it.

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 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.

Double Vision Doppelbock from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.