Doppelbock - The Fort Collins Brewery
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Reviews by Beertron:
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I'm a huge fan of Doppels, so I couldn't resist the urge to try a double (!?!) smoked version.
A - One inch of head on a pretty vigorous pour. Creamy orange-tinted head with thick, thick lacing and decent retention. Dark, clear brew with a red-orange tint noticeable only when held to light (or maybe the tint was the light -- I'm not sure).
S - This simply reeks of blackstrap molasses. (I was surprised when looking through the reviews for this sucker that only one person mentioned that. He looked like and older fella and maybe that's why -- not a lot folks from my generation probably even know what blackstrap molasses is.) You can certainly smell the smoke too but, after a few samples now, I've learned that the smokiness is most apparent when its cold. As is warms up, the molasses comes in with his suitcases and boxes, unpacks, and calls this beer home. There's a few other things going on too. There's a hint of orange rind somewhere in there and there's a prominent scent of malted milk powder. This has some strong scents of cured Italian pork sausages and I'm guessing it would pair famously with them. Finally, there's just a faint light scent of spice in the background, like a soft nutmeg/clove combination. It's not so different than acetone, so I'm guessing this to be the alcohol coming through. At 10%, it's amazing that the alcohol is buried this deeply. Man oh man. This is, hands down, the best-smelling beer I've ever had in my life. With each that I've had, I've taken twice as many sniffs as I have swigs.
T - Holy crap, there's a lot going on in this beer!! First, there's the expected smoky malt flavors. Then, there's the cured/hardwood-smoked meat flavors (heavily umami if that means anything to you). Next, there's the burnt sugar impurities (brown sugar, molasses, sorghum syrup). There's a toffee component which led me to decipher some nuttiness (is this known as self-awareness??), black walnuts to be specific. Lastly, there's a tinge of black cherry hidden inside, giving the smallest hint of the alcohol. That you can barely taste the alcohol in this is mind-numbing (literally...you'll drink more than you probably should and freeze up the brain activities). I'm boosting my taste rating up a .5 notch solely based on the complexity of this beer.
M - This is strikingly smooth. Considering the numerous and complex flavors in this brew, I'd expect more of a roller coaster of flavors but, no, it's just nice and smooth with a long lingering finish. It's not as thick as the nose leads you to believe but this is far from water. It has a syrupy quality.
D - This is pretty dang heavy stuff, in terms of both flavor and alcohol. A person probably shouldn't drink a lot of these in one sitting, but it's so damn good that you probably will drink till unconscious and awake with a axe-splitter (and it will have been worth it).
Food - Pair with cured meats, seared steaks, wild mushrooms, beef-based sauces (esp. with a sweet component), darker non-chocolate cakes, cider-braised pork (or a whole host of pork products), and peanut butter. Avoid anything that doesn't have a strong umami flavor. Here's a dish I'd make specifically for this beer: Seared NY Strip with applewood-smoked bacon and mushroom ragout, roasted garlic-wilted spinach, quinoa and maple veal glace de viande.
This beer is amazing. I'm happy that I took the chance on this "import."
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2007 16:37:25 | More by Beertron
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3.61/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2013 04:53:43 | More by StoutHunter
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-24-2013 05:55:50 | More by CuteZombieDoll
2.58/5 rDev -34.5%
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...
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2012 14:31:28 | More by TMoney2591
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2012 20:15:40 | More by falloutsnow
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-07-2012 02:05:40 | More by TwelveOunces
Doppelbock from The Fort Collins Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.