Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle purchased at BevMo (Burbank store) into a Becker glass.
With its medium reddish-brown color and amber highlights, this doppelbock is on the lighter end of the color spectrum for this style. The eggnog-colored head starts out tall and rocky from a heavy pour, then condenses into a half-finger tall cap of dense, small-beaded foam. As the head shrinks, it leaves good lacing on the glass.
The smell is also quite light for the style. It reminds me more of a dunkles than a doppelbock. It has a bright, clean lager smell with some light fruit and mineral notes. On top of that is a solid roasty and nutty (hazel and brazil nuts) character and a bit of caramel and toasted wheat bread. Not as sweet or rich as you'd expect from the style, though the nutty aromas intensify as the beer warms.
Flavors follow the "light for the style" theme established in the Appearance and Smell, but this is better than I was expecting from the nose. There's a subdued sweetness at the start, backed up by a dry Vienna lager character. More sweetness emerges as the beer warms, along with a touch of caramel and some delicious roasted hazelnut flavors. There are also light notes of dried black mission figs and toasted flax seeds. The finish shows a bit of lagerish harshness, followed by nutty and mildly sweet flavors like toasted vollkorn bread. Noble bitterness makes a brief, balancing appearance. Sweetness lingers.
Body is more medium than full, with a softly rounded feel and excellent texture from the light carbonation. Mouth-coating but not cloying. Alcohol provides a bit of graceful warmth, but this is not a "hot" beer.
I was unimpressed at first, but this beer definitely grew on my as I made my way through the bottle. While the color, smell, and flavors are on the light side of the style, the mild sweetness and nutty flavors are delicious and satisfying. A bit more malty richness would make this an excellent beer. I'm glad I got the chance to try it, and I look forward to opening another bottle in the colder months later this year.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2008 05:05:20 | More by vurt
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22 picked up at the COOP today for about $4.. poured into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Shared with Brenda.
Label has a big red 21 behind all the lettering... aqua green background. Label says, "They say your 21st birthday is a rite of passage. The milepost that marks your evolution from child to adult. With all the attendant privileges & responsibilities. We say it's a great excuse to brew a killer."
1" head dies back with little lacing.. nice cap though.. brew is dark chestnut with crystal clear ruby highlites when held to a light.
The nose is very light for a doppelbock... fairly light maltiness... low toasty malts.. not much else.. sorta out of line yeasty fruitiness.
Flavor is also missing most of the expected rich malty flavors.. Some very mellow melanoidin and toasty notes are present, but are not nearly rich enough... again some yeasty fruitiness toward mid-palate and the finish... Simply not that clean and needs more maltiness.
Body is also fairly light for the style and given the ABV.. needs more viscosity... not very smooth.. reminds me of a bigger boned low-hopped amber ale.
I hate NOT giving this brew a better review, but it just does not strike me as a doppelbock... Sorry. Galt.
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2008 04:49:22 | More by JohnGalt1
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
pours a clear dark copper with a small light tan head, okay lacing.
smell of roasted malt, touch of caramel, and some cocoa.
taste is of caramel, sweet malt, a touch of cocoa, and some roasted nuts, somewhat an oily mouthfeel in the end.
overall a decent doppel, would be better if it was more stronger and a more powerful taste.
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2008 04:14:35 | More by froghop
Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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