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Doppelbock - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-13-2009)
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Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
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...

TMoney2591, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

kojevergas, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of TLove
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

TLove, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A return of something new. Just my first impressions but this seems different than the dopplebock that they brewed a few years back. Pours a clear deep mahogany brown color with a light amber red hue. A fizzy white head that needed some help with the pour. Some retention but did die out altogether. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is malty with a light but distinct peaty smoked malt aroma. This is lighter versus the older version I remember. Some minor caramel, which seems more like a crystal malt thing (versus the Munich malt). Some yeasty notes that are distinct for FCB. Some light honey or molasses thing, but not distinct.

The taste is a bit more on par with style. The smoke/peat thing is there (which is not to style) but it is soft. Works well with the malty sweetness (although I would still like to see it lighter, ie personal preference). The Munich is more attentive but still some nutty and caramel notes are present. The hops are a bit much with more a bitterness and light earthy note, but would age out nicely. Some heat and a light English Barleywin-esk yeast notes with some fruity notes, esters and light phenolics. A light plum and mango in the finish that comes out more as it warms.

The body is closer to full than moderate. The fusel notes are a bit distracting and the carbonation is light but both could use a bit of time to improve. As it warms there are some oily, soy sauce notes but minor. Overall Im not a smoke/peat fan, but this seems to be an improvement on past seasonal batches.

Oxymoron, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -24%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ft. Collins- Doppelbock

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Deep amber and mahogany brown with no head. Little to no carbonation.
S- Smokey sweet caramel malt.
T- Sweet with a smokey/ syrupy malt. Earthy hops, mild nut (walnut, chestnut) flavor.
M- Sweet and flat. Low to no carbonation.

Overall- Lackluster. Possibly a flat keg on tap?! Higher carbonation would kick up the flavor a bit.

NJpadreFan, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

nickfl, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head depletes promptly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is strongly of fruity alcohol, no smoke in evidence. Taste does come through with smoky sweetness upfront, fruitiness in the middle, and a prominent alcohol close. Mouthfeel is a bit too slickery, and drinkability is alright as well. Nowhere near what I was expecting here, could have been so much more.

ppoitras, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Hellpop65, May 11, 2014
Photo of PEBKAC
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from SuperWhite92 :D

Served into a standard cupboard tumbler.

Almost an inch of nougat-colored head over a greasy brown body & amber body.

Smells of sweet charred toffee, maple bacon, & high heat. A good bit of zest that feels out of place.

Carbonation is very strong, alcohol is moderate to strong. Both are conflicting with my palate.

Taste is of burnt dark chocolate & cola. Smoke is a bit acrid, but mostly subdued by the crusty malt. A touch yeasty. A leafy bitterness that is extensive & just weighs on my buds after a few glasses.

I'm missing most of the expected bock-ish flavors I was looking forward to. The smoke doesn't taste meaty, peaty, or charred, just simply playing a monotone role underneath dominating bitterness.

I have another bottle that'll sit around for a bit. Hopefully better things to come.

PEBKAC, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of njmoons
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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.

njmoons, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #12.

Pours a dark amber color. The smell is very malty. Overwhelmingly malty.

The taste was a nice surpise. Not too smokey as I was anticipating. A good balance of smoke, malt and a bit of citrus.

The mouthfeel is very tame for this style of beer.

The drinkability was surprising. I enjoyed it. I don't know if I would drink another one but I enjoyed this one.

mymrnngjckt, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of smoked malts, caramel, dark fruit with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is smoky and malty with sweet flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and caramel up front. There's a touch of smoked meat in the background but it's not overdone like I've experienced in other beers. There's a mild hops presence that bring some balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, good representation of style, I'm not that big of a fan of the smoked beers but this one is as good as I've had from that type. Overall, it seems to be more of a sipper than a pounder.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Ispeakforthetrees, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of BlindPig
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- About a 1/4" tan head on a deep ruby body with a few orange hues. Thin lacing that doesn't even cover all of the top. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.
S- Some smoky and wood aromas. Pretty big caramel malts with very faint hint of darker fruits in the back.
T- Pretty big smoke flavor. Light oak also. Caramel, dark fruits, big bitterness that lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste. Hides the 10%abv very well.
M- High carbonation with a medium body.
D- It is alright. Pretty tasty but I wouldn't go crazy over it. It is a bit different than the average dopplebock though.

BlindPig, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of tbone1384
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

PittBeerGirl, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of dseanv
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

dseanv, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of FATC1TY
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

FATC1TY, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

jera1350, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BlackForestCO. Thanks Jake!
Pours maroonish with a thin offwhite head. Smell is sweet and smoky. Like a sweet smoky bbq session. Taste is strongly smoky and rich in flavor. Somewhat of a tart, toasty and bitter finish along with some smoke, and the 10+% is hidden very well. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Pretty good smoked beer with a nice mollassesy touch.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a deep dark chestnut brown color with about an inch of creamy ecru foam. Nose and flavor consist of caramelized malt, toast on the verge of burning, some chocolate and dark fruit notes, mildly smokey. Medium in both body and carbonation with a smooth finish. Not much alcohol burn to speak of. Worth trying if you see it around.

ClockworkOrange, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Domingo
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ah, Ft. Collins brewery. You have to respect their German beers as they're pretty authentic.
Pours a reddish brown that's surprisingly bright. For a beer over 6% it actually forms a pretty impressive head. It also has some impressive lacing for a stronger brew, too.
Smell is of smoked meats, dried fruit, sugars, but still with the smokiness dominating. With that said, most Rauchbiers have minimal depth on the nose and this one actually does have a decent amount.
Taste is very smoky and jerky-like at first, but then a lot of sweetness comes through. The joke is that Rauchbiers taste like drinking BBQ sauce, and that's not that far off. This one has an extra kick of doppelbock sweetness. Definitely has some depth where others don't due to the extra malt.
Mouthfeel's just like any other doppelbock. It's got the trademark lager thin texture, but it retains flavor like a much thicker brew.
Drinkability's where this one loses me. It's great for about 5-6oz, but after that I've just had enough of it. It's a killer beer in small doses, but a full bottle wears on me after I'm about 1/2 done. It took me the about a month and a half to finish a 6-pack just because it's more or less the anti-session beer.

Domingo, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of mentor
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Well, I picked this one up because it's a dopplebock...sure to be a pleaser. But when I opened it, I caught and unpleasant smell. Closer inspection of the bottle revealed that this is a smoked beer. Yuck. Alright, judged to style as a dopplebock smoked beer.

Pours a half finger caramel-colored head over a crystal clear reddish-brown liquid. I've never seen a beer with a royal-rich color like this before. Smells flat phenolic smoke with underlying biscuit and caramel. I think I get a little bit of bock sweetness, but only with real sarching beneath the predominant smoke character. Tastes very interesting. Yes, smokey like charred bacon, yet with a noticable sweet malty base that vies in intensity with the smoke. First impression...complex and balanced. Intriguing, despite the smoke (which is a flavor I do not favor). The malt has a munich character with some caramel, but the caramel comes across as soured. I think some smoke edge has worked into the caramel. Md body and modestly carbonated. Hop bitter and flavor is absent or hidden below the smoke. The smoke is strong, but not in your face over-bearing. I'll bet that rauchbier lovers would really dig this one, but I don't. I appreciate the complexity, but wish the bottle had been better labelled so I could have spent my $2 on something else. Half of this beer went down the drain.

mentor, Nov 17, 2005
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Doppelbock from The Fort Collins Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.