Doppelbock - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-13-2009)
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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich ruby amber, very nice hue. Pillow like one inch head, the just ever soo slowly faded leaving lots of creamy frothy lace all over the glass. Nice visible carbonation. Smell was very sweet, lots of bready and grainy tones. Hints at caramel and candied sugary smells. But the big time player here is the smoke. They said it was double smoked, and they ain't kiddin! The smell may overwhelm at first but just give it a minute and it will warm and all the other flavors will come out. The taste is very thick and pronounced. Again huge smoke flavors get you right from the start, but there is much more to it then that. As it warmed some very sweet, and sugary tones started to make their presence known. This was followed by a nice bitter, dry, and long lasting finish that put the cap on this one. This is a very rich and complex brew, with great feel, consistency, and just overall drinkability. Very full of flavor, and body, a really great call. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

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...

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden amber color with a small, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of burnt toast maltiness with some smokey qualities, like bacon.

T - A unique dopplebock with hints of maple, smoked bacon, toffee and sweet caramel.

M - It was soft and smooth with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is very different and worth a try, but it's not my favorite dopplebock.

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.

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber, with a finger or so of light tan colored head. Retains with a thinnish look, that leaves some light fizzy lacing behind. The aroma is very smokey to start, but luckily doesn't overpower the other notes of butterscoth, cocoa, bread, spice, and fruit.

The taste is sweet and chewy with malt. Breads and caramel. Good bit of dark fruit and spice as well. Some additional spicy hop bitterness runs through this as well, drying out the backend pretty well. That same smoked malt presence is here as well, but it a bit softer and more subdued than it was in the aroma, spreading out nicely in the mouth. Bitterness and smoke linger in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, with a prickly carbonation that fills the mouth, lending this a crisp sharpness. And this stuff is 10%? Really? Beyond a little warmth on the lips, I'm not really getting any of the ABV.

The smokiness of this was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. Complex chewy malt charcter and really solid drinkibility for the size as well. Good stuff.

Photo of russpowell
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This year's offering, thank you Coal Train Liquors!

Pours a reddish chestnut with 1 finger of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Smokey (alder &oak) & bready

T: Smokey (bacon), licorice, & rich caramel up front. Some herbal hops blend with praline sweetness smokey oak in the back of the throat, once this warms. Finishes warming with cakey notes, a bit of brown sugar, dryness & loads of caramel sweetness, a bit of smokeyness & a hint of leafy hops

MF: Chewy & sticky with low carbonation & perfect balance.

Not quite as good as last years, still a great dopplebock!

I could drink this stuff all day ( if I took naps). This is the stuff of which I'm thinking sustained the German monks back in the day (top fermented most likely then)!

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with ruby-ish highlights - Nice color, but head retention could be better (though at 10% it is forgiveable - and, a few fading wisps of lacing do stick for a time).

The smell is of caramal/toffee maltiness with a subtle, well-integrated, Rauch-like smokiness that grows as it progresses.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with a touch of earthy balance. Smokiness, while not dominant or powerful, is Rauch-like. Both the Doppelbock and Rauch aspects are done nicely, and mingle well. Finishes with a sweet-ish ham/bacon-like smokiness.

It has a smooth medium body.

Alcohol is well-hidden, especially in the first half, though one bottle was plenty. A solid doppelbock with an interesting, well-done, Rauch-like smoky touch.

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When held up to the light the is beer shows a brilliantly clear, deep, ruby red color that otherwise sits a drab, dark amber-brown color in my tulip glass. The head starts out at three fingers thick, and slowly recede to a crown of light tan colored froth that never disappears entirely. The aroma is certainly smoky, but there are some other notes underneath the dominant smoke character. A touch of caramel-like sweetness, a hint of bready malt and perhaps even a touch of caramelized raisins are all at least subtly noticeable. But really this beers aroma is all about the smoke, but I would not say that it is over the top in any way.

The beer is fairly sweet up front, though not in a sticky, sugary way, instead it is the type of rich sweetness that is quite appropriate for a Doppelbock. Malty sweet driven notes are quite bread-like at times (if you can imagine that); I get notes of caramel, large Maillard malt by-products and browned rustic bread crust. Of course there are smoke flavors here too, but they are note nearly as pronounced as the aroma would have suggested. It infuses a smoky back drop to all of the rich, typical Doppelbock flavors; adding a bit more complexity to an already complexly malty brew. This is quite good. I could easily drink a few pints of this, which might be a bit dangerous. In the end this is quite tasty and gone way too fast.

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to vasdef42 for sending this to me as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours a deep dark copper/chestnut brown with dark burgundy/ruby edges when held to a light source and a fizzy beige foam head that quickly fizzles away into a thin ring.

Very nice smokey aroma with hints of sweet caramel malt, chocolate, banana, clove, yeast/bread, charcoal and bacon. The smokiness if very prominent, which is always welcome, but doesn't overpower other aromas.

Smooth, rich creamy mouthfeel with a decent amount of smokiness and sweet caramel malt. There is a nice amount of spicy cloves and dark fruit notes which shine thorugh on top of the charcoal, BBQ smokiness. Hints of dark cheery, plum, raisin and fig. Sweet caramel malt accompanied by spiciness and subtle smoky flavors that are more prominent in the finish. Subtle sweet alcohol presence and slight warmth in the dry smokey finish. The high ABV is very well masked, however, making this a very drinkable beer.

Based on the aroma, I was expecting this beer to be much more smokey, but it was very well balanced with a lot of dark fruit, bready yeast, clove and banana notes.

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one...
Appears a semi-transparent light caramel color with a small, off-white head that slowly fades into a collar and mild cap. Spotty lacing quickly slides back down like an oil slick into the mild collar of foam.
Smell is of light smoke, heavy malt, meaty, caramel, cocoa, freshly cracked grain, and toffee.
Taste is of the aromas with light cocoa and caramel hanging on top of the beef jerky flavors.
Mouthfeel is sweet and smokey, medium bodied, & mostly smooth

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's 6-Pack. Poured into my Sam Adams glass, it's a murky red-brown.

Like most smoke/rauch beers, the aroma and flavor is dominated by the woody smoke, almost peat-like. There's also a note of raisin and molasses in the smell, and both carry over into the taste with a touch of pepper and clove. The body is surprisingly easy to drink for a 10% beer, but the smoke is a bit much. Worth a try if you like smoke.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks gbontrag

Pours a nice clear dark brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head which leaves pretty quickly, but does lead to some nice sticky lacing. The nose is sweet malty, slightly smoked/roasted, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is sweet malty, slightly roasted, and caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew reminds me of a Imperial Stout in taste.

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, deep crimson red with a sandy-tan 1 finger head that was littered with macro-bubbles and looked like bubblewrap. Retention was short, lapsing to a foamy and patchy layering on top while leaving a sticky and splotchy web lacing behind. Visible carbonation was faint.

S: The nose yielded a nice soft smoked peat and smoked maltiness of dry toasted caramel. An earthy bitterness with light touches of scorched dry molasses also lingered about.

T: smoked peat with a moderate showing of smoked caramel, dry, with some smoked dried fruit. A boozy nature is evident of dry burbon barrel woodiness along with a earthy bitterness. The lacing and fade finds a well linger of smoked malt but only for a brief while.

M: oily, with a medium viscosity along with a touch of carbonation. Warming, with a dry alcohol spiciness and smokiness teases the tongue for a brief moment before fading.

D: A decent drinking smoky bock beer, dry spicy alcohol nature, moderately strong overall by nature.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours from Growler a clear reddish brown with a huge tannish head of foam that is very long lasting. Near the end of my first glass, there's still a solid layer and it has some nice lacing. Beautiful looking beer in the glass.

The smell is of caramel malt with some smoke and chocolate and a bit of vanilla.

The taste is malty but not too sweet and has some smoke, dark fruit(fig mostly) some dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla and...this is with my drinking it directly out of the fridge so I'm going to let it warm up some and see what happens.

While I'm waiting for it to warm, I have to say at this point, for being 10%abv, it is *very* well hidden. I get just the slightest bit of warming after the swallow and that's it. Pretty impressive.

Ok, it's warmed up some now and I get some more smoke(just the right amount, imho) and more malt and more chocolate and overall, this is one fine smooth drinker. I could see myself sipping on it all day long but...I'm going to cap it and save the rest for tomorrow.

Bottom line: I liked last year's version but thought the smoke was overpowering the other flavours. This batch, I think, brings out the best in *all* the flavours and for that, FCB, I salute you. I can't wait to try a bottle and see how it compares. I highly recommend you try this DB if you see it in your area!

Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear chestnut brown color. Poured a 2 finger brown coarse head the at dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet roasted malts; burnt toffee, slightly smokey aroma. Bitter citrus bite and alcohol.

T: Big rich roasted malt flavors consistent with smell that lingers ahead of a sharp bitter finish. Malt and hops very well-balanced to compliment one another.

M: Light side of medium body. Carbonation nicely balanced. Smooth and slightly warming.

D: Very drinkable for the style. Smooth, balanced. 7.4 abv very tolerable.

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Doppelbock from The Fort Collins Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.