Doppelbock - The Fort Collins Brewery
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
So, is it one of the best dopplebocks I've had in ages? Before I tell you that, we need to go over a few things.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with ruby hues around the edge and a khaki-colored head.
Smell: A malty caramel aroma with a delicate, yet meaty, smokiness pervades the nose. Also, there's some light, fruity notes hidden just beneath the smokescreen.
Taste: A healthy dose of caramel malt starts the flavor crisscrossed by the earnest, ever-present smokiness. The dark fruitiness is more expressive in the flavor, showing up as plums and raisins. Hints of brown sugar and chocolate, too. Gorgeous. That's a gorgeous taste they've got there.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Gentle carbonation and a reasonably creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A supremely enjoyable, well-balanced beer. I really wish I could get a six-pack, listen to some Pinback and get my picture taken with the bottle. And how!
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2007 18:02:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2012 00:25:42 | More by Mitchster
Doppelbock from The Fort Collins Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.