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Fish Tale Detonator Doppelbock Lager - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BA SCORE
87
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 03-22-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Presario for sending me, so I could make my flight with but the single carry on bag. Seeing Pootz had this, I felt no guilt in consuming my bottle by myself today. I have found several samples of this style I have enjoyed. A tasty drinkable dark brown and reddish highlights concoction, with an acceptable amount of sourness. The cask characteristics added to complexity of taste.

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a rocky head that leads some shards of lace

Smell: Rich caramel aromas with burnt brown sugar, dates and figs and the vaguest hint of smoke

Taste: Opens with a rich dark malty caramel flavor that moves in a raisiny direction by mid-palate with smokey undertones; after the swallow, the flavor blends together like German Chocolate Cake in a bottle

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has a lot of fine elements

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a deep burgundy/brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some very subtle banana bread notes. Taste is dominated by some sweet malt with some caramel and toffee notes. Full body with limited filtration with some good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. While I very much enjoyed this beer and usually I am not too stuck on style adherence, I thought this beer was slightly too sweet and missing some of the classic doppelbock ester.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark 'cigar wrapper' brown with a preponderance of red when sunlight is allowed to filter through. The light brown head is small and unimpressive. As I type, it has fallen to a microthin film through which beer will soon be visible. No lace. The color is the only thing salvaging an acceptable appearance.

The nose, while underpowered, isn't bad at all. It's roasted chocolate malty to the exclusion of all else, but then that isn't surprising given the style. Unfortunately, there's very little depth or complexity. There may be some dark butterscotch/dark caramel, but there aren't a lot of accessory aromas.

Much better on the palate. I was beginning to wonder if Detonator had any sense of pride whatsoever. It does and apparently it was saving itself for the most important test of all, the taste test. It's more of a 'tamed brute' than an 'elegant gentleman' of a doppelbock, but there's nothing wrong with that. It's stilll dark chocolate malty with an underlying peaty sourness that brings to mind the wee heavy style.

I also taste anise and a vinous fruitiness reminiscent of port wine. The oak barrels that the beer was stored in for 3 months previously held Merlot and this brewery's barleywine and Imperial stout. That brings into play a great many possible flavors that I don't claim to be able to appreciate. Nevertheless, my above impressions stand. There's also a very mild hoppiness (Hallertauer, Columbus) that gets lost in the malty shuffle.

The body is medium-full with a mouth pleasing syrupiness that increases with warming. A faint hint of alcohol is evident, but is well integrated, as it is in the best high-ABV beers. A sweet, sticky finish cements the notion of a characterful sipper that one can enjoy as dessert or as a before bed treat.

Detonator impresses where it counts most, flavor and mouthfeel. In the end, eye candy and nose candy are all well and good, but how a beer actually tastes and feels in the mouth is what's all-important to me. This is a damn fine doppel that I'll pick up whenever I have the opportunity.

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy, murky, deep leather brown colour - it really matches my couch. It has a decent amount of thick, puffy light tan head, that takes its time settling, and leaves a fair bit of lacing around the glass. It smells of strong floral and a little citrus hops, as well as bready, roasted malt, and bitter chocolate. The taste is soft roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, with some minor sour black fruit and a mild herbaceousness. The body is nice and hefty for a lager, with a mild carbonation, that renders a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The finish is off-dry, a little malty and smoky. The elevated alcohol is well-hidden, making this a very easy and enjoyable slow or fast sipper.

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date. “Aged in Oak” on the bottle.

Appearance: Nearly black in appearance, the foamy head stops at about a half inch and stays … amazing.

Smell: Whoa! Hints of smoke, mild charred wood and steely sweet malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick with a long and drawn out smoothness in the back. Charred wood flavours come flailing first with a barrage of drying woody notes. Subtle smokiness moves in with a wave of alcohol, it warms the mouth and leaves the palate with a charred flavour. The sweetness in the back end get to the palate.

Notes: If it were not for the oak aged character this beer would be sickly sweet, even still this brew stays on the sweet side and the flavours don’t seem to meld too well together.

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, brown sugar & some booze as this warms.

T: Cakeyness, brown sugar, a bit of brown bread & a bit of roasty malt up front, a bit out of place for the style. Brown bread, a touch of peppery rye?? as this warms, plus a bit of astringency. Finishes with roasted grain, toffee, a touch of treacle & a bit of dryness. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Chewy, moderate carbonation, the astringency/roasty malt kind of messes up the balance for me

Drinks pretty good, I could do a couple with some BBQ, smoked ham or liebekuchen. That roasty/astrigent flavor prevents this one from hitting a home run. I'd happily drink this again though

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark, nearly black color, red at the bottom, and with a pillowy, tan, 1/2" head, quite a pleasant way to cap the pint glass!
Aroma: immediately apparent in the air, sweet, subtly fruity, rich and spicy, opening up more and more as we drink it in, giving off more ssociations: cherries, port wine, coffee, figs, dates, rum cake, a hint of anise, even.
Prodigious mouthfeel, dark, deep, viscous, indulgent.
Fullish body, long and roasty finish.
Could have been more, as the texture actually thinned out some, I felt, toward the end. Still, a very, very nice little doppel.
Thanks to Gromit!

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malty scent that boasts of roasted barley and crystal malts. It appears dry and nutty. The taste is decent. It has a rich malty flavor with a dry finish. It goes down slow and warms. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent doppelbock, but it just doesn't do it for me. The abv. shows and the flavor is too dry.

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours brownish with a thick tan head that descends to a bubbly cover.

The smell is of cocoa and wood.

The taste is of cocoa/chocolate - mildly roasted - with dark fruitiness and spicy, woody notes. Very dry finish. Not complex, but a nice taste nevertheless.

It has a creamy, medium body.

This is easy-to-drink with the alcohol well-covered. It has enough taste and smoothness to keep it going.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing!

Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light tan head above the brownish burgundy brew. Head is gone in a flash down to some bubbles here and there, but that's not so surprising from something aged in oak, with minimal lacing. Aroma is deep sweet malts, with alcohol prevalent. Taste starts with some dark malt sugars, quickly overcome by dark fruits and the leathery alcohol just bitch-slaps my tongue. I kind of enjoy it. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, but grows on you, and drinkability is not bad for a sipper. Slow and easy, this one can be enjoyed for awhile.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up today at the Coop for about $8... 2008 vintage poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" head bubbly head dies back relatively quickly... leaves some lace... the brew is deeeep walnut brown very clear dark ruby highlites when held to a light.

rich maltiness... very toasty.. and a significant amount of chocolate.. smells very clean.

big malty out of the gate.. rich but lacking depth mid palate.. has a little sour twang/vinous quality.. a little of prune furitiness.... flavor falls off after this... finish is a little acidic.. sorta like coffee.

body is on the light side for the style... and the carbonation may be a touch high.

I wanted to like this one more... especially for the price tag.. but it just sorta falls flat for my tastes... it seems too scattered and not enough focus on the rich maltiness of a well made dopplebock.

3.5/4.5/3.5/3.5/3

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

Thanks to canucklehead for sending me this for CanBIF4!

Pours a clear dark brownish red, very nice looking, huge and thick light tan head forms, very dense, drops some lace spots and settles to a thin layer. Smell is nice, rich dark malts, figs, toffee, sweet fruit, cherries, lightly metallic, brown sugar, very clean aroma, a bit woody, nice. Taste is similar, lots of dark sugars, caramel, fruit, a bit herbal in the finish, some cherry and wood, very nice, alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth. Nice doppelbock, not too sweet, lots of character and very clean. I like this stuff. Thanks Mark!

Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Spawned during the the month of May, 2006.

Deep tone of burgandy. Not a lot of light gets through. Thin light brown head. Lacing is quite good. The aroma is chocolatey, bready, slightly boozy and sweet. Sweet taste with a little rum like booziness. Caramel base with chocolate accents. Bits and pieces of fruitiness, but nothing that's easily discernible. Not much depth to this dopple. Body is medium at best. Could use a little heft. Very average dopplegoat.

Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep mohoganny, light tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Big malty aroma (bready, dark fruit/raisin), demerara, light spicyness & alcohol.

T: Very bready malt, dark fruit, demerara sugar, toffee, woody spicyness (with a little grass & hint of herb), slight caramel, assertive bitterness for the style, slightly winey alcohol flavour. This one wasn't sour at all.

M: Full body is well-attenuated with the alcohol drying the finish; Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Wunderbar!

Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2008 bottle purchased recently at Whidbey Beer Works. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly translucent black, with a slight reddish tint, and had just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was very malty and sweet with a hint of dark stone fruits. On the tongue, those malts are foremost, with some of the fruit showing up and a slight smoky-peaty finish.

The body was full and rich, bordering on heavy. Drinkability was very good, but 1 22oz bottle was enough for one sitting. Overall, a very nice example of the style, worth seeking out.

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

“Well all righty then”, a “Dopplebock”, don’t seem to drink nor find many domestic Dopplebocks, but this one should be a “Hoot”!

As deep as mahogany gets before it becomes brown color on the pour, the head unconscionable in size, spumous in texture, a light chocolate in color, as it evanesces, a silky sheet of lace is left behind to guard the glass. Hints of oak, molasses like, light toasted grains, sweetly malt, fresh an appealing, with a thick malt sweet start, the top is middling in feel. Finish scrumptious in its hop spicy bite, the acidity pertinent to the style, quite dry and the sweetness carries to the “light belly warming” and somewhat alcohol bitter end. A decent beer if a bit to sweet, but not enough to ruin it for me.

Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, overpriced at Woodman's West, split with Blackie, expatsteve, and golden2wenty1 during a recent doppelbock session

appearance: poured into a 2006 great taste tasting glass...dark garnet body, bubbly dark beige/khaki head

smell: strong dark fruit, red apple, very earthy tones throughout, well toasted malt structure

taste: the first thing i noticed was a well placed smoky nature, very earthy, light woody notes, more boozy than the troegenator, touch of licorice, light metallic hop presence, toated malt. I like it

mouthfeel: rich and full

drinkability: pretty good

Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, nearly blackened blood black with a sliver of amber at the bottom. Great capping that lasts and lasts of densely firm, creamy lightly tanned foam. Actually, it hardly ever moved even while being consumed. Started at about a chubby finger high to reside to a pinky height always present. Tons of lacing in patchy sheeting and some densely populated spotting. Great looking Doppelbock!

Aroma is a bit soft and hesitant to let loose with any real guff of Doppelbockyness. Slight toasted breadyness, old raisins, maple, cocoa, and a peculiar dryness of smokey grasses or grains.

Taste isn't as malty rich as I would like to see out of a Doppelbock. It starts out more like a beefy brown ale with some dryish breads and grains, cocoa as well puffs about within the mid ranges, some light vanilla, maple, and fruityness touches off the finishing back end with a partial raisin and fig ascent, but is quite short and uncomplexing.

Body is a bit short of medium with more of a drying sense of breads and grains then of rich chewy, gooey, fruity, malts. Again, seems more like a beefy brown ale.

So, even though this didn't quite live up to what I like out of a Doppelbock, I quite liked it; if it were a brown ale(style wise and being a bit strict and beer snobby here) would be solid. Other than the style seeming off to me, I'd drink a bunch of this no problem. The numbers reflect more of how I felt with the style not matching. The label says its a Doppelbock so...reviewed as so.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Black as night with a terrific head that went down slowly and laced the glass, leaving “lave pits” of foam on top.

Smell – Severely burnt malt picks up most of the aroma here, although hard molasses and sugar are present. The nose is malty and full.

Taste – This one has a strong burnt flavor to it. There’s some yeasty bread which is burnt, too. I can pick up some burnt molasses, and there are some chocolate and cherry flavors as well, which are also burnt.

Mouthfeel – Very flat and medium bodied with a slight sense of alcohol.

Drinkability – I won’t have any trouble getting this one down. It is creamy smooth, highly palatable, and even refreshing. I could almost chug this bottle, which I guess would explain the Detonator name.

Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was served with a nice foamy frothy head that dissipated down to very little and almost no lace. warming. nice caramel aftertaste. hazy brown color. Not a bad, beer, but I can't see it living up to its rep. anyway. Light carbonation. Sweet, but not too sweet. Had much better dopples, but is a different take on the standard formula.

Photo of cokes
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark rust and barely translucent, teeting right on opaque. The head exists momentarily as a skimming of beige.
Nose of mentholated cherries and plum brandy, touched by a sour oak note.
Begins with an arid, parched roastedness. The dryness is immediated deposed by a dark fruit swarm. Blackberries, overripe cherries and prunes. A harsh, grainy astringency lingers throughout. Alcohol rears up towards the close, and joins a sour, woodiness contributed by the oak. Tannic and vinous on the linger.
Medium bodied and oily, with too much feel given by the booze quotient and too little from the actual malt load. It crosses the mouth all too similar to some sort of brandy-based concoction.
It stops just short of being a chore to drink, but there are many far superior examples. A lot was attempted here, but precious little of it was actually successful. I'd like to try this off the oak, just to get a baseline.

Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The khaki colored head recedes to a ring around the glass and a chunky island of bubbles on the surface. The beer is a clear, chestnut brown in color.

smell: At first I find notes of nutshell and wood. There is a moderate, tosaty malt sweetness, and a light touch of hazelnut chocolate creme. Light noble type hop aroma.

mouthfeel: Just above medium in carbonation, and lighter in body

taste: I find a toasted, nutty malt flavor upfront with a touch of toffee candy. The light sweetness is balanced with a moderate hop flavor and subtle bitterness. In the dry finish there is a light roasted flavor. Not deep in character but soundly made.

drinkability: The alcohol is pretty invisible, and this seems like a nice attempt at the widely ranging style

My contribution to a doppelbock tasting held with the three BAs below, and fourth in the lineup.

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Fish Tale Detonator Doppelbock Lager from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.