Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
Roasted hazelnut suffused with reddish bronze. The toasted tan head is on the small side, but is firm enough to last for a while. Microbubbles on the upper surface leave micropits when they pop, but there isn't a hint of sticky rockiness. Obviously then... no lace.
All in all, this a good doppelbock nose. I can appreciate cocoa, a figgy fruitiness, a drop or two of molasses and a pleasant German hoppiness. The first few sniffs weren't overly impressive, but with time and warming things have opened up quite a bit.
Cambonator is an excellent version of the style. The interplay between dark malt, fruit and hops is seamless. Increasing or decreasing the contribution from any of the three would make for a lesser beer. Malt, of course, is the focal point. A mild smokiness is great in combination with the earthiness of the roasted barley. Fig paste and molasses are still apparent, even more than in the nose, and anise makes a delightful cameo.
Hops play second fiddle and remain in tune throughout. There's just enough stealth bitterness to keep the malt sugars in check and to further expand the range of flavors available on the palate. The finish is shorter than I would like (but not short), thanks to a mouthfeel that is lighter than I would like (but not light). I spoke too soon. With each degree of warming, the mouthfeel increases in creamy smoothness and develops a wonderfully supple chewiness.
Cambonator Doppelbock is a more than pleasant surprise. I didn't see its deliciousness coming, but from the first sip I knew this was a wonderfully complex beer. The 7.2% ABV, which is barely evident on the palate, ensures that a second bottle can be enjoyed with ease. A fine effort.
09-28-2005 15:32:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance: Pours a hazy ice tea color with a foamy beige head that splashes dots of lacing
Smell: Dark fruit (figs and dates), walnuts and toffee; but I am also picking up a hint of acetone and alcohol
Taste: Starts out with a fruity toffee flavor that lasts throughout but is joined, midstream, but a touch of astringent bitterness on the sides of the tongue; milk chocolate, fruit and nut finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: This is nice and complex; it isn't in the top tier but it is not far off
12-30-2005 02:32:02 | More by brentk56
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt
A: The pour is a dark brown with plenty of amber tones to it. There's a large off-white head that sits on top.
S: Not an overwhelming aroma, but good. Some decent dark fruit notes such as cherries, dates, and raisins, but mostly dark specialty malts that provide a subtle roast and sweetness.
T: Starts off with a definite metallic tinge, but it fairly quickly fades to rather normal doppelbock flavors. Moderate raisin and date flavors with a decent caramel sweetness along with some molasses.
M: The body is medium with a certain creaminess on the tongue and moderate carbonation.
D: A nice doppelbock that was dangerously easy to drink. Wouldn't mind having this one again.
12-23-2010 17:41:36 | More by womencantsail
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
500ml bottle into a tulip. Appearance is dark brown with red highlights. A solid off-white head forms and retains well.
Fairly mild aroma, nutty and caramelized, slightly metallic. A bit of date-like fruitiness.
Toasted and caramelized malt flavors wash the palate first, follower by raisin-like fruitiness and a touch of roasty astringency. Full bodied, rich, fairly dry and bitter in the finish.
10-16-2010 01:13:03 | More by largadeer
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
Its clear, very dark mahogany body reveals hundreds of tiny, steadily rising bubbles if you look closely enough; and its frothy tan head drops shortly to a wide, creamy collar and whispy surface covering yet continues to leave splashes of lace throughout the entire glass. The nose displays a dark, caramelized malt that expresses slightly fruity toffee, cocoa, and a bit of light molasses. It's body is firm and its carbonation is very fine and moderate, leaving it creamy in the mouth. The flavor is much as the nose suggests, although a healthy dose of alcohol and some solid bitterness help to thin it a bit and keep it from becoming sweet. It's clearly grainy beneath its caramelized layers; and it displays some floral and spicy hop character as well. It finishes dry with a lingering note of bitterness, some subtle residual maltiness, and a wash of alcohol that gives it a nutty (walnuts, peanut skins) and woody character that leaves the palate wanting more. It's quite enjoyable with perhaps a greater drinkability than some of the sweeter versions.
10-23-2003 02:23:43 | More by NeroFiddled
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours an effervescent brown-hued chestnut with 3+ fingers of creamy sand colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing
S: Slight breadyness & roasty malt, plus a bit of licorice
T: Slight caramel, toffee with a some alcohol & a modicum of peppery hops up front. Leafy hops, boozey warmth, & slight pecan sweetness as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, dark fruit, toffee sweetness, breadyness & some metallic hops, a warm boozey edge & gingerbread
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit of slickness present as well
Drinks alright, wish I could've tried this at the source. I had a few of their biers von fass in Deutschland & they were pretty good. his one didn't travel too well IMO. A decent, not great Dopplebock. Got better as it warmed, but it was poured fairly warm
02-22-2008 04:30:31 | More by russpowell
2.85/5 rDev -25.8%
Pours into my 25cl tulip with a four finger thick, dirty, light brownish, tan colored head that sits atop a dark, opaque, black-amber colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, purple tinged, deeply red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is an interesting mix of concord grape aromatics, toasty grain, biscuit malt, perhaps a hint of dusty chocolate and a hint of an herbal edge to it. Really the concord grape aroma is the most noticeable thing about the nose.
Fairly sweet, but the concord grape note has become more of a berry-like note in the flavor. Rich, but not overly thick, about a middle of the road thickness, though perhaps a bit on the light side. Chalky malt notes of cocoa, toasted grain and soda crackers seem to become noticeable somewhere in the middle through to the finish of this beer. There is a hint of bitterness here, but there is also a touch of herbal character that could be ascribed to a hop influence. Still that malt induced fruity berry notes are the dominant note here, at times it is a little distracting. Really this is just not all that appealing to me.
07-24-2007 04:50:32 | More by Gueuzedude
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
03/19/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA
Presentation- from the tap into a random pint glass.
Appearance- Dark chocolate colored pour with a very light head and average lacing.
Smell- Roasted malts and a strong caramel scent.
Taste- Almost like a nutty dark dark chocolate candy bar. Lots of sweet mollasses and roasted flavors.
Mouthfeel- This one went down super easy due to it's thicker mouthfeel. Nice low carbonation and very creamy.
Drinability- One of the better doppelbocks out there. Celebrator and Weltenburger it is not, but, not tremendously far away.
03-20-2005 21:12:36 | More by GClarkage
2.5/5 rDev -34.9%
Served on-tap at Teresa's Nex Door in Wayne, PA.
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a beige head. Malty aroma with chocolate and caramel notes. Very carbonated which takes away from the richness and smoothness of the chocolate malt flavor. Nothing special.
11-28-2008 07:03:28 | More by corby112
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Typical midsized bottle, no freshness dating, Nice wintery scene artwork on the label, but no freshness dating to be found. Pours dark almond amber, slight off white head and only minor lacing. Nose is of currants, and pleanty of toasted malts. Flavorful and strong brew, notes of molasses, toasted nuts and malts, burnt fruits. Complex, strong and tasty version of a heady and usually quite enjoyable style, well worth a try.
08-23-2005 19:40:34 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours a four finger light tan/cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Deep mahogany color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight roasted coffee nose. Flavor starts sweet, malty mellows to balanced. Kind of like a nut brown on steroids. Slightly higher ABV is completely hidden. $2.79 for a 500ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.
01-08-2008 23:28:39 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a deep dark clear brown brew.
Smell is very malty and fruity with a touch of spice, a bit of cherry and chocolate scent.
Taste is smooth and malty without any rough edges to it. Quite a fruity doppelbock with no sign of that pesky Soy Sauce flavor that shows up in these sometimes.
Mouthfeel is good.
Not a bad Doppelbock, I like the Pinkatus better though.
08-11-2004 03:33:28 | More by Zorro
3.88/5 rDev +1%
17 oz picked up this weekend at Tres Bonne Cuisine in Boise for $3.25.. poured into my small weizen glass.
Nice khaki head drops leaving spotty lacing over a very clear polished dark chestnut brew.
Aroma is all malts.. some toastiness... doesn't smell as "dark" as some of the doppelbock's I've had recently... a very lite chocolate nose is also present as it warms.
Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a viscous slightly chewiness to it. Thick malt palate is the only real game in town.. just enough bitterness and lite dark fruitiness to keep things interesting... subtle fig flavors appear as the brew approaches room temperature... Good body and a creamy overall mouthfeel.
Another winner from TBC... Boise BA's must check this place out... Barbara is great... I love her accent... it's endearing.
02-05-2008 07:49:47 | More by JohnGalt1
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
The beer after its escape from the 500ml brown bottle in to my Leute Bock beer glass sets a deep brown with ruby high lights; the head is smallish and bubbly in texture, the color a nice tan, the resultant lace a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nose is malt sweet, caramel, hints of yeast, a bit musty I must say, start is sweet, thick malt presence, top is middling to almost full in its affect on the taste buds. Finish is has an imperious acidity, the hops noticeable but pleasant, aftertaste droughty and lingering upon the palate, a very nice doppel bock, a style I wish there was a bazillion of.
07-25-2004 22:08:01 | More by Gusler
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Appearance- Poured a mild head that didn't last very long. Looked like a very rich, malty brown with no lacing.
Smell- A bit of caramel and a lot of malt. Very sweet smelling.
Taste- A little grassy, but plenty of malt to make you forget that earthy note or hops. Did very much enjoy this flavor with my pot roast.
Mouthfeel- A slightly bubbly palate, but mostly a thick malty sweetness overall.
01-13-2006 03:31:59 | More by scruffwhor
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
Appearance Dark brown in color with good carbonation and a decent head that didnt last very long but left some cool lacing.
Smell Beautiful, rich aroma of yeast, toasted malts, and butter. This one smells very creamy and rich yet has the classic burnt nose.
Taste This one is a mouthfeel. The super-rich toasted malt and yeast flavors are out in force here. This is exactly as it should taste just like a bock only bigger. Theres just enough alcohol to be noticed, and the caramel-infused creaminess is out of this world.
Mouthfeel One of the smoothest, creamiest dopplebocks that I have rated thus far. This one had an exceptional mouthfeel. It is full-bodied with very light carbonation and, did I say, very smooth and creamy.
Drinkability This one had me talking German. Ive had some disappointing offerings from this brewery, but this example was excellent.
12-17-2003 01:19:59 | More by RoyalT
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
The 3rd and final of the Allgäuer beers tonight, Cambonator - Dunkler Doppelbock.
Comes in a 500ml brown bottle with a gold foil edged label. It has a picture of a snow covered town, or village, in Germany. Very festive.
Now this beer pours a very dark brown color. Held to the light, not much gets through, but the rays that do are refracted to give a deep red, ruby-mahogany hue to this beer. The head is a shade of tan-brown that looks like that found atop a Guinness, a tight compact 1 deep head that looks perfect. Settles to about 1/8 though later.
Aromas: Wow, again so pungent that it permeates the air as I poured the beer and immediately makes me go, Aarghh . A closer controlled inhalation reveals a plethora of sweet malt molassic aromas that expand the initial malty nose that is now so prevalant in my Apartment. This beer has more nose than Concorde.
This beer sets itself up well, before I have even tasted it. Fuck, what a Taste!! Pardon my French (German?) but this beer has plenty to say. This beer rocks - big style. I am in love.
This is my first real Doppel-Bock Tasting, and boy am I enjoying it. Initial tastes are of roasted malt, Walnuts, molasses, very rich Dates followed by an alcoholic warmth that makes way for a malt sweetness that just makes you want to run into the street naked and profess your love for this beer. Monster. I am very impressed by the beer, by this style perhaps. It just reminds me so much of Callard & Bowser Licquorice Toffee from England that I am homesick for the first time in 15 months. This beer is simply Gorgeous. So highly drinkable for a dark 7.2% ABV beer, that the people that made it should be arrested.
This bottle cost only $2.39, midway between the St. Magnus ($2.20) and the Winterfestival ($2.50), and it was the last to be tried, its a good job, because I am stocking up on this beer f**k the others.
I am enjoying my road trip into the Wonderful World of German Beers.
Ich liebe Allgäuer Cambonator Bier und, der es jetzt stocked in meinem kuhlschrank permanent ist.
12-14-2002 20:49:45 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.1/5 rDev -19.3%
Got this at Sam's in Chicago this past summer. Poured with a medium light tan head which mostly dissipated and no lace. Color is nice dark, clear mahoganey. Aroma is fairly simple of dark, sweet malts, fresh, and little hop. Flavor's about the same. Body seems a bit thin for a dopplebock, but does have good carbonation. A little warming in the short finish. Ok beer; nothing special. Could do a whole lot worse. Could be a session if you didn't have any other choices.
11-07-2009 23:51:58 | More by drpimento
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
I took a big $2.95 chance on a dusty half-liter bottle of this German doppelbock at my neighborhood convenience store. Glad I did. Some quick descriptives that come to mind are: dark, hearty, bold, and satisfying. Hearty would be the key operative. The color is brown-vermillion with a modest head and carbonation. The panoply of malts is positively seductive with a kiss of sugar and a slight nod towards Kahlúa. Enticing.
12-03-2004 03:04:42 | More by RedDiamond
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Heres a deep brown brew with reddish highlights and a creamy tan head. The beer has a moderately intense roasted malt aroma, backed with a modest alcohol smell. No hops in the aroma, and just a slight caramel and chocolate smell. Not as much fragrant malt aroma as the stand-outs of the style. The taste is sweet and creamy. The beer has fairly low-to-medium carbonation, and considerable malt flavor. Bitterness picks up near the finish, which also dries out a bit, but the brew still shows no hop flavor. This is a fine and engaging beer.
05-21-2006 16:42:19 | More by Suds
Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.