Doppelbock - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-13-2009

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Photo of 10Crumra
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours an amber brown color with a slight head that quickly recedes. Some light lacing.
Aroma is overwhelmingly molasses to the point that I can't get much of anything else.
Molasses seems even stronger in the taste. This makes the beer way too sweet tasting in my opinion.
I just can't get past the overly sweet, one-note molasses smell and taste here. It doesn't really resemble the style to me. (399 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.
A: Brilliant dark chestnut with a ½” off-white to tan head that disappears to nothing.
S: Spice and kettle sugars, light grains, fresh bread.
T: Very rich and malty with spicy grain flavors, bread, kettle sugars, and grain.
F: Very clean and smooth, medium full body, medium low carbonation, warming.
O: Fairly sweet but just short of cloying, slightly hot, but pleasant to drink. (427 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Dark brown body with a ruby hue on it. Cream colored head that leaves a collar of bubbles after receding. Light lacing.

Aroma: Bready with caramel notes, dark fruits, raisins, figs.

Taste: Very sweet malts with dried fruits coming in such as raisins, figs, a lot of bready qualities. A bit boozy as expected for the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Fairly clean for 10.2% ABV but not without some syrupy qualities.

Overall: A syrupy sweet sipper with lots of bready and fruity flavors. (508 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed form a 22 oz bomber in a pint glass. This FINE dopple pours a muddled cloudy brownish amber with a tight beaded foam layer that slowly dissipates to a thin layer and thick ring with sudsy lacing. Nose of fresh bread crust, chocolate malts, dark cherries, heavy date aromas, and strong sweet malts. Flavors of brown sugar and mild chocolate malts to the front and sides dominate and then gives way to a fresh bready malt flavor with a dark pie cherry aftertaste that is neither sour nor unpleasant. Back has notes of tobacco, strong alcohol warmth, and yellow raisins. Alcohol is well hidden for such a beast of a brew.

This is the most complex dopplebock I have had to date. As it warms I could pick out more and more flavors. EXCELLENT. A new FAV.

Thick syrupy mouth feel and moderate carbonation makes this one a sure winner. One of the style I have ever had. FANTASTIC. Will purchase more when available.

Cheers! (940 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No idea how old this is, as I got it on clearance from a local beer store.

Incredible malt aroma, with deeply nutty, toasted malt meeting caramel and molasses sweetness. Fairly complex, and very rich.

Flavor is less impressive. Initially, there's a touch of sour character, and the caramel and brown sugar flavors are a bit cloying. Nutty notes and a touch of chocolate chime in to add intrigue. Notes of raisins surface as it warms.

For 2 bucks a bomber, an awesome beer. The slight sourness and lacking mid palate profile detract significantly. (549 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, fig, date, wood smoke, tobacco, nuttiness, and smoke/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt and yeast fruitiness; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, fig, date, wood smoke, tobacco, nuttiness, and smoke/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, nuttiness, raisin, fig, date, wood smoke, tobacco, and smoke/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and yeast fruitiness; with zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible smoked doppelbock! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and yeast fruitiness; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,524 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

no wonder this got me so tipsy, its over 10% abv! i would have never ever guessed that, its so well hidden here, this bad boy can really sneak up on you. a great food beer, better than almost anything I've had from these guys too. its clear dark amber red in color with a decently long lasting off white head. smokey nose, definitely some smoked malt in here, not rauchbier heavy, but getting there, its big. the grains are fresh and less sweet than so many dopplebocks, also less weight to the body, which i guess is why it went down so silky for me. i had this with bbq chicken, and thought the grill flavors went really well with the malt and smoke of this bock, and the lager yeast cleans up the palate so well for all the bold flavors there. i also used some of the beer in mu bbq sauce, which united the two elements really well, and may become a staple of the sauce, it adds so much. don't know how the lager yeast can get it this strong, but it does, cool strain, well done. fort collins gets a bad rap for so many lackluster beers, i think they deserve a little more credit for when they get one right. this is right, its really good, and ill look forward to its next release. not enough authentic german stuff going on, and this on gets me there. huge though, share yours or get lit up! (1,296 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Fort Collins Brewing's Doppelbock a couple weeks ago for $3.99 at The Lager Mill. I was in the mood for a Dopplebock and the price was right so I decided to give a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, 2012 Fall vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty well drawn with a nice picture of some goats, I like it, it's weird how pretty much every Doppelbock has a goat on it. It poured a muddy red/brown color that took on some nice ruby and amber hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin layer that left some nice decent behind. This is a good looking beer, the color is pretty nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness followed by a nice medium smokey campfire like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart some nice toffee, light caramel, sweet bread and dark dried fruits with raisin seeming to stick out the most and there's also a medium boozy aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the sweet and smokey malt aromas were nice and it was very similar to Dark Horse's Scotty Karate.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness followed by lots of malts which impart some nice toffee, sweetbread, and a nice mixture of dark dried fruit flavors. Up next comes the smokey malts which don't stick out as much as they did in the aroma and they impart a lighter amount of medium smokey flavors. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness, just some more sweetness with just a little bit of slightly warming alcohol and it had a sweet, malty, and dark fruit like aftertaste. This beer had a nice taste, but It was a little too sweet and I wish the smoke stuck out just a little bit more, but the alcohol was hidden very nicely.

M- Fairly smooth, sticky, cloying, slightly warming, full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it was a little too sticky and cloying for my liking.

Overall I thought this was nice beer and a decent example of the style, it had some nice malty and smokey aspects but the sweetness was a little out of control. This beer wasn't too drinkable, it was fairly smooth and the alcohol was hidden nicely and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, but it's too sweet for me to drink the whole bottle and splitting it with someone is the way to go for me, I don't think I could drink a whole bottle by myself. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both good and I really liked how well the alcohol was hidden. What I liked the least about this beer was how cloyingly sweet it was, I haven't had a Doppelbock that was this sweet in a while, I wish they toned down the sweetness. I would buy another bottle of this to put in the cellar and see how it develops, but it isn't anything that I would drink on a regular basis, but the price was really nice, you hardly ever see a decent beer above 10% for under $4, it's a good deal and I would recommend giving it a try. All in All I thought this beer was OK, I think it would be pretty good if the sweetness was toned down some, it's not great, but it's not bad. I'm interested in checking out beers from Fort Collins Brewery. (3,338 characters)

Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish brown with a good head

S- Smokey at fist, followed by some sweet toffee smells.

T- Very sweet and malty, almost like toffee, with a touch of smoke. Not hoppy or bitter at all. Pretty simple flavor profile.

M- A good, full mouthfeel.

O- Not bad at all, but not super amazing or impressive. If you want a doppelbock, there are better ones. If you want a smoked beer, there are better ones. If you want a blend of the two...This is a decent choice. (465 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Alright, a strong doppelbock with some smoked malt thrown in? I'm game! This stuff pours a hazy sienna-amber topped by a finger of short-lived glowing dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, deep rye bread, mild maple syrup, and some kvass-like fennel. The taste brings in more of the same, though the rye is now definitely toasted to a good degree. The caramel is now so sweet and the fennel so strong that a disturbing cloy coats my tongue, which is then followed-up by some very plastic-feeling smoky notes. The end result is not very pleasant at all. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth and surprisingly kinda thin feel. Overall, something was lost in the translation here. Things are too sweet, too medicinal, for anything to come across as tasty or good. Man, what a disappointment... (885 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a US pint glass

The Fort Collins Doppelbock is a fairly massive version of the style at 10% ABV. It relies heavily on smoked grains and intense malt sweetness to distinguish itself on the palate. What it sacrifices, though, are the distinct dried, dark fruits that are prominent in others of the style and that I find enjoyable. The result is an aroma that is fairly underwhelming and a good, though somewhat confused taste profile (if you're trying to showcase heavy malts in a beer, why smoke the hell out of them and mask out so much else?). The high alcohol content also does not lend itself well to the bomber format; this would be better in smaller bottles to pour a single glass.

The beer pours out a tall head of small and medium sized bubbles, but the result is still a rather dense, light tan froth. This settles over two to three minutes to a thick ring and thin cap atop the body. The receding head leaves behind some, but not much, lacing. The body itself is a dark red-brown amber color away from light, a very nice blood red-hued gem color when near the lamp. Body is transparent, though quite deep and dark in color, and I'm unable to make out any active carbonation.

The beer's dominant aroma is of smoked malt, with a fairly dense sweetness and noticeable roasted character behind it. I don't really detect any of the typical dried fruit or dessert bread scents I normally associate with this style, making it a bit one-dimensional.

Opens, taste-wise, on the tip of the tongue with dark sweetness from brown, toasted, and caramel malts. Moderately strong smoked malt flavors emerge from mid-front to middle of the tongue and persist throughout rest of tasting. Middle and early back of tongue also give me a bit of brown sugar sweetness with some raisin puree. Over the course of the beer, I also note a hint of chocolate. Back of the tongue picks up some ethanol, though at 10% ABV, I was expecting to notice more. Aftertaste is primarily of subdued smoked malt with a bit of residual sweetness. Not bad, not sure how much I enjoy the smokiness taking up most of the tasting-space in a traditionally malt-forward and dried fruit style, but this is still above average.

This doppelbock's body is medium-heavy to heavy with a medium amount of carbonation, make this pleasurably foam up on the palate, yielding a pillowy mouthfeel. Fairly obvious feeling of alcohol "heat" in the nostrils and gentle burn on tongue, though, detracts a bit from the beer's qualities and feel. (2,564 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber in a Sam Adams Pint glass

A- Clear, but very dark amber brown color. A one finger whitish head with mixed bubbles and little retention.

S- Holy crap. A TON of caramel, dark and light and extremely sugary. A lot of dark fruit as well like figs. Super dank smelling beer. Awesome stuff.

T- A slight bitterness up front followed by a huge caramel body. Smoked caramel with some bitter dark fruits in the body of this beer. A pretty roasy grain quality to this beer but its dominated by the crazy caramel profile. Alcohol is hidden extremel well. I would have never guessed 10.2.

M- This beer is thick and very heavy. Leaves you with a sticky mouth feel. A nice bit of carbonation. No alcohol taste but after a whole bomber, I sure took note of that 10.2 which I had no idea of while drinking it.

O- This is killer Doppelbock. It has a super thick mouth feel which I personally like. A strong caramelized flavor. Inexpensive ($6.50) for a 10%+ beer is unheard of. I recommend this if you enjoy a good ol Doppelbock. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. A smoked dopplebock, but the website and bottle don't say anything about it's ingredients or specifics.

Pours out to a beautifully clear deep amber with garnet accents, forming a nice creamy tan head with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is on the milder side of medium (~2 carbs). The aroma is really nice...definitely smoked. Strong smoked presence that would even rival Schlenkerla's offerings. Green leafy hop presence, which is odd for a dopplebock. The mouthfeel is very soft with a dense rich, near syrupy body. Luxuriant. Wow. The taste is great. Plenty of smoke up front followed by a big rich malt body with some caramel and overripe fruit. mild bitterness. The only off-flavor is a touch of floral soapiness that is coming from the hops. Nicely balanced. Alcohol is very well disguised. The bottle doesn't give ABV, but I am very hard pressed to believe this is 10.2% as is noted here. That would be pretty high for any dopplebock. It tastes more like 8-8.5%.

This is a really nice beer. Loose the late addition hops and it would be even better. The late addition hops kinda cover up the smoke a bit and give it an odd leafy sourness. Overall though, it's really good. (1,224 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off white head on a slightly hazy, amber brown body.

S - A dark, sugary aroma of toffee and brown sugar with a hint of smoke.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with red apple. Some toffee and more dark fruit in the middle. Finishes with sweet toffee and an almost medicinal cherry note as well as a hint of smoke that lingers on the palate.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Too sweet and lacking the smooth character that I would like to see in this style. There some complexity, but it isn't entirely pleasant and the flabby malt character kills the drinkability. (634 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger rapidly dissipating head on a garnet with fusia hue body. Decent lacing

S: roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, coffee

T: The sweetness that was forboded in the flavor. Very spicey and malty. Molasses, and cola notes as well.

M: relatively thick. Moderate to high carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: This one is very sweet initially which takes some time to get used too. Once you do it is more bareable. (411 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A smoky sweet ale that's balanced heavily toward malt- this non-descript beer shares a balance and malty richness that resembled authentic and well made Dopplebocks, but it's simplified malt profile, unusual smokiness, and sugary taste and feel causes it to steer away from what classic versions do well.

The beer opens with a rusty color of ruby and bronze with dark brown under tones. The vividly clear beer forms a part-froath, part-creamy head that falters under the sweetness a little sooner that I wanted, also with less lacing and structure than those that I am used to.

Toffee and molasses start to give me the deep malt flavor than makes Dopplebocks worthwhile. But the smoky aroma rise and take the beer into another direction- somewhat enticing and distracting at the same time. With no dark grain derived fruitiness or depth of malt aroma, the beer seems more of a Smoked Beer than a Dopplebock.

Flavor fare similarly as the smoky sweet flavor seems more like barbecue than that of deeply malted Dopplebocks that are full of malt character and doesn't rely on the heavy smoke flavors that this beer displays. Burnt toffee, and peanut brittle offer little reprieve from the one-dimensional taste of the malt sweetness and smoke.

Medium-full in body, the beer's carbonation releases very early and causes the beer to weigh heavy on the tongue and palate. Lack of dryness and elevated residuawl sweetness causes a cola-like filt to develop on the mouth with a tacky sensation that negates any well-developed finish. The beer seems to linger indefinately with sugary malt textures.

As long as the smoky sweetness appeals to you and the long linger of sweetness is acceptable, I think that this beer is a worthwhile Dopplebock-inspired American smoked beer with Amber Ale proportions and imperialized malt character. For me, it's not a good comparable to the classy Dopplebocks of Germany. (1,901 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 3 oz sampler in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado, at Fort Collins Brewing's tasting room. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and decent retention for the ABV. Colour is a caramel-copper with tinges of amber.

Sm: Caramel heavy, with lots of malt, and some nuts. The aroma is moderately strong.

T: Caramel, nuts, and a bad alcohol-laden nutty finish. It's simple for the style and badly built. Imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but coarse on the finish. Not complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Not real drinkable. It doesn't hide its high ABV well. I wouldn't have it again. (653 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a dark, attractive brown in color with a big, creamy tan head that left tons of lacing.

Smell – I don’t get much smoke here as suggested by the label. The malts though are nice and easy, more like a Bock than a DB. True to the style the nose is very simple.

Taste – Oh Lawdy does this thing come alive at the taste. First off the lack of smoke from the nose, well here it is in spades. The smoke is exactly like that of a Rauchbier which is one of my favorite styles. These malts had to be dried over a beechwood open flame. The Bambergians would be proud.

Mouthfeel – This is a big beer, at least medium if not more, and incredibly smooth in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – There will be some who will retch at the smallest taste of this beer. I have seen people convulse after a swig of smoked beer. But I’m telling you if you are a fan of Doppelbock and enjoy a good, meaty, German Rauchbier than this is heaven. (957 characters)

Photo of tito42
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery in a half-pint pilsner.

A: Deep ruby with a tan head, nice lacing and retention. "Pretty."

S: Malts, spicy alcohol, and olives.

T: Malt forward, smoky and toasted in flavor. Earthy hops. The green olive flavor in the nose is also present in taste.

M: Creamy, full-bodied, with a nice hops bitterness at the finish.

O: Masks ABV well, this is a good doppelbock. It was very enjoyable trying this at the brewery. Just down the street from O'Dell, this place was hopping in anticipation of GABF 2011 next weekend. (544 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. No dating on the bottle or label. Cola colored body that is mostly clear. About a one-finger light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no real lacing.

Nutty, roasted malt aroma with just a hint of toffee and caramel.

Really nice flavor that follows the aroma very closely, but is much richer. Solid toasted malt flavor and a good hint of chocolate. A little sweet but not cloying.

Smooth mouthfeel that goes down easy; very drinkable. Very good dopplebock. (507 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to LusciousJackson for this one.

poured cold to a founder's brewing company goblet a deep dark bourbon amber / brown with a thin, short lasting head leaving spotty lace to the rim after each sip.

aroma of boiling molasses, earthy hops, buttery brown sugars and caramel.

earthy hops blended with molasses way up in front. brown sugars, vanilla bean, dark cherries, raisins and dark fruits.

medium carbonation, big bodied, thick and creamy. hops presence, but sweet nonetheless.

drinkable - yep.

i had the barrel licked doppelbock a couple nights ago - wish i'd have had them side by side. these are great brews. (627 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks goes out to VinnieVanGogh for sharing this treat with me.

A- Pours a darker amber color with hints of brown hues to it. One finger tan head shows light retention overall. Some light streaks of lace on the sides of the beer tend to fall back into the beer with each sip.

S- Front of the aroma has a nice darker fruit presence with raisins, fig, and dates coming through. A toasted toffee ending in the front bring forth a caramel malt hint leading the backend. A good amount of smoke comes up in the back giving off more of a smoked meat than campfire ash tone to the ending of the nose.

T- Beer starts off with some light toffee malts mixing with darker fruits. At the end of the darker fruits starts a build-up of a smoke taste. This starts off light at first and comes back in the ending with a bacon like flavor. Middle of the beer has a clean caramel malt taste that from what I can tell makes up the entire body. Some light maple notes in the front of the backhalf of the beer with darker fruits coming back around and the smoke like I said before becoming more of a front flavor with hints of bacon to it. Alcohol was not a issue with the flavor being in the backing of the profile for the entire beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Darker fruits, light toffee/caramel malts, and hint of smoke left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, bacon galore, hints of darker fruit and maple, clean caramel malt base. Flavors were very well balanced for what the intended style was (being smoked of course). No off flavors at all when drinking the beer. Medium-high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- Sign me up for a bottle or two of this stuff. I wasn't quite sure what I was in store for when we poured this and it was a great surprise. I loved the smoke to this one and think it added the much needed flavor to the beer. Alcohol is high on this which limits the beer in terms of drinkability...although you couldn't taste the huge ABV. A nice doppelbock which I can't wait to try out again! (2,070 characters)

Photo of njmoons
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall pretty good. Slightly off balance on the malt side for me. Needed some more bitterness, and crisper bock finish.

On the other hand it was pretty good.

Appearance: Nice dark brown, slightly see through. Decent head which held up.

Smell: Malty, very malty with some heavy fruit plum/cherry.

Taste: Heavy malt flavor dominate the beer. Not too sweet though. I enjoyed the malt, but would have liked a little crisper/bitter end.

Mouthfeel: Moderatley heavy, very nice

Drinkability: For a malt blast at over 10% alcohol, it went down easy. I wouldn't drink more than one at a sitting, but that is not what a Doppel is for. (632 characters)

Photo of TLove
2.82/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

HUGE alcohol at 10.2% ABV, which I definately did not realize until about 3/4 of the way through this. Ooops.

A solid, smoked doppelbock. Intense smoked flavor come out in the malt body, with some burnt caramel and burnt roast in the body. A bit sticky and not as smooth as I was hoping for, but there was not as much of a body as one would expect for a "double smoked doppelbock" with the alcohol content as this was.

Not much of a hop character. The brewers were definately going for smooth and drinkable, which this was, however, the aftertaste was quite revolting. (572 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a creamy beige head that retains nicely while draping a curtain of lace in spots

Smell: Dark fruit (dates and raisins), caramel and subtle wafts of smokey bacon

Taste: Caramel and dark fruit flavors, up front, with a hint of smoke starting to build by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruits burst in flavor but the finish is pure smokey bacon

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a somewhat creamy texture; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really a nice surprise as I have had this in my cellar for a while; the smoke is not overpowering and serves as a foil for the sweetness of the doppelbock (647 characters)

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Doppelbock from The Fort Collins Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.