Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
First of all, what's up with the name? (In an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice) "I'm duh cambonator ....I'm he-ah to save John Conn-ah ...I'll be bock!" Get it....BOCK. Ok. I apologize for my crappy sense of humor. Anyhow...
This one pours dark and flat black with a deep purple tint when held up to the light, and the lable shows a quant German village buried in snow.
A half-finger tan head only stuck around for a minute before dissapearing almost entirely, but some suds re-appear when aggitated. This brew looks flat and boring in the glass, but the bottle is very, very cool.
The scent is caramely, malty, milky, and sweet. Hints of milk chocolcate and vanilla flavored coffee creamer also.
Damn! This is one sweet beer! Sugary and malty, this one feels very full and smooth in the mouth. My first impression is of chewy caramel candy... the kind that yanks out your fillings and sticks around in the cracks in between your teeth for days. This is follwed by big bitter chocolate (that really develops as the beer warms) and a nice alcohol kick in the back of the throat. I'm also picking up some very slight dark fruit flavors too ...like a super-ripe plum.
This one is heavy and sweet like that bitter dark chocolate that my mom used to cook with (she told me not to eat it plain...but I did anyway and sort of liked it). I enjoyed the full, sweet, thickness that is presented here, but the overly bitter dark chocolate character eventually becomes a little too much. I feel that one is definitley enough for now, but I will most likely come BOCK to this one some other time...maybe in the winter (like on the neat bottle)!
08-22-2006 06:42:54 | More by pmcadamis
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
Poured from a .5L bottle to a tall .5L glass. Try as I might I can't get this beer to produce a head during the pour. As the bottle empties about a 1 finger head rises slowly from an intense dark liquid. The head fades just as slow leaving almost no lace.
The smell is of Malt deep dark roasted malt with a very lively selection of dark fruit. Lost of dates, plumbs and figs. I anticipate something like a Weihenstephan Kobinian.
The taste very fruity indeed, Chocolate and some coffee notes also enter the mix. The malt is very very intense and the extensive complexities are intriguing. This lager also hints of licorice in the finish that all but totally covers the alcohol. This offering is also very sweat in its tastes, drying with some bitterness only in the finish. Each slurp leaves you quite unsatisfied. I started with a few slow sips but this really grows on you fast, and I find my self filling my mouth with large gulps trying to engage all of my taste bubs.
The mounthfeel is great. The feel is thick and coating, a very full body drenches the mouth full of flavor. The carbonation awakes within the mouth adding to the taste sensation. The finish is superb just a slight alcohol taste. Very nice, what I look for not the staleness I get from so many cheaper dark ales.
The drinkability is very high, This DB goes down very easy with no objections. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK
06-26-2006 05:15:01 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
From the bottle, a mildly disappointing Doppelbock, that really only got my attention once. The appearance was nice, dark and mellow, very crisp with an off-white head that didn't last long. The nose was fairly weak, but common with the style - mostly malt, with a late entry of banana and oats. The beer enters the mouth smoothly, perhaps too smooth, and roasted malt mildly prevails. Pleasantly, in the top of the mouth after swallowing, walnuts make an elegant and well balanced appearance to really save the beer. The alcohol was masked somewhat throughout, but present after the fact. Not bad overall, very drinkable, but not what it could be.
02-22-2006 19:55:56 | More by Hollister
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
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Dopplebocks are some of my favorite beers... I don't know if that makes me more or less critical of any particular example. Regardless, I found Allgäuer Cambonator to be a great representative of the style. Poures a malty, syrupy brown. Left a slight, chocolate brown head, and it left lacing down the sides of the drinking glass as I finished it. Has the traditional doppelbock flavor, but the taste of alcohol is very muted. The result is all the flavor of doppelbocks without the alcoholic aftertaste that accompanies many other doppelbocks... quite an accomplishment for a beer with over 7% alcohol. I highly recommend this beer.
01-07-2006 20:20:51 | More by WMBierguy
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
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
Deep dark brown bordering on black. dark head, spider web lacing, alcohol cuts down on the head retention as it warms.
Chocolate chip cookies, toasted qualities, and dark fruits make up the jist of the smell.
Plums are the centerpiece as it warms along with the background bakers chocolate and some toasted wheat bread. Not much from the other side of the spectrum although a touch of citrus towards the finish is a nice addition. Dopplebocks are an incredible style and this serves it well.
chewy mouthfeel, carbonation is very laid back in the midst of such a thick brew. Alcohol is hardly evident until late into the aftertaste.
12-29-2005 00:09:27 | More by DogFood11
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Smells amazing. Tons of malty sweetness that oozes with caramel and raisins. Even the most vigorous pour only produced a thin ring that I wouldn't even call head. The beer is dark brown in color with a ruby glow. The lack of carbonation in this beer is almost to the point of flat, and it makes for a disappointingly watery mouthfeel. It isn't as sweet as the aroma suggests, but then that's not such a bad thing. There is plenty of caramel and butterscotch flavors up front. Towards the end there is a bit of alcohol and a faint bitterness that is more astringent then hop induced. A decent doppelbock with an amazing aroma.
12-06-2005 00:05:09 | More by HappyHourHero
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
3.98/5 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
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
500 mL bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a goblet. Pours a deep dark brown that is almost black with red shining through at the edges. It has a 1/2 finger light tan head that reduces to a thin blanket and leaves no lacing. The smell is all malts - caramel, molasses, grains, raisins, and some sweetness. It is warming with lots of grainy/toasty/sweet/ malts that are slightly cloying and contribute molasses, caramel, dark fruits, and anise. There is also a nice hop bitterness and some green hops behind all the malts. Kinda tingly at the beginning but much better by the end. It's a good dopplebock but perhaps a bit too sweet.
06-30-2005 19:58:16 | More by mmmbeer
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
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
.5L bottle served at cellarish temps in something kinda like an Aventinus glass.
Appearance: Clear dark cola brown with red highlights. Topped by a short-lived, but large, tan head. Specks of foam were left on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Robust and earthy smell of caramelized malts, almost sickly sweet. Hints of maple, plums, and other dark dried fruits.
Taste: Intensely sweet caramel and light molasses. Toasted and slightly smoky malts on the finish. Kind of cloying at times. Bittersweet aftertastes.
Mouthfeel: Mildly boozy and rather thick bodied.
Drinkability: A textbook doppelbock, but a little too sweet to my tastes. Somewhere between Celebrator and Troeganator in all categories. I like the other two better. Good intro to the style, I'd say.
02-09-2005 00:33:58 | More by ManekiNeko
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
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
The rim of this bottle had malt markings around the rim and on the cap which made me worried that maybe the seal had been broken. Maybe it had, and maybe the thick, sweet malt then sealed the bottle back up....
Regardless, it poured a rich, nearly opaque brown, just a tad deeper than cola, and a slight rim of brown with a floating smattering of bubbles around the top.
It takes some effort to pull an aroma off the beer until it fully warms, but the aroma is nice and sweet, almost woody, and slightly smokey.
The taste is fantastic. Its rich, brown and combines a substantial sweet-malt body with a bit of tartness you'd expect from a strong malt beer. The mouth is left with a surrounding flavor that's both sugary and nutty.
It drinks quite well, though its also a clear, cold night, so its rather appropriate to be drinking it.
11-14-2004 03:25:44 | More by freed
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
very dark purplish brown. This the dopplebock for the light drinker. Very smooth yet full taste, but immensely drinkable. color id dark & foamy, with an aroma that is very vinious. Grapes andraisins reign supreme. Are we sure this is not a wheat beer? Very smooth malty/graint taste, with some fruity esters. Slick smooth mouthfeel and as I said earlier drinkability is ridiculous.
11-07-2004 22:42:03 | More by avylover
3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
Nice deep mahogony color. A slight head that slowly recedes. Malt aroma-caramel and toffee. Big malt flavor upfront-notes of caramel,vanilla and brown sugar. Very slight trace of alcohol in the finish. Good mouthfeel-appropriate body for the style. A good doppelbock,enjoyable enough but I find it lacking some of the "highs" that can be found in other examples. Definately worth a try.
11-05-2004 22:41:38 | More by lackenhauser
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
I used my favorite mug (a 20 oz. glass stein from Great Lakes) and the brew topped with a thick creamy head. The initial taste was an intense maltiness with no hop aroma. The color was an excellent dark brown. The head retention was great and the lacing was present throughout the brew. The flavor was smooth and warming. The vienna malts were well developed in this sample. Well worth the purchase.
09-03-2004 23:27:37 | More by sutcliff
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Presented in a 500ml bottle just like the one in the pic and served in an imperial pint glass. This d-bock had a really dark chestnut color. A low level of carbonation and a modest pour still managed to produce a firm off-white 1" head that left some nice lacing on the sides.
The nose was all about malt...lots of caramel aroma and sweet toasted malts. Around the periphery, some lightly burnt grains and a hint of herbal hops lent their aromas to the mix. But the main player here was malt.
The taste had more balance than what the nose would indicate. Sure, Cambonator was loaded with the flavors of carmelized molasses and brown sugar up front but as each taste progressed the toasted malts took the edge off what could had been a very cloying taste and feel. Then a mild herbal finish further balanced things out, making for an enjoyable brew. The feel was full and chewy, really filling, and smooth.
Allgäuer's Cambonator is a big, hearty doppelbock that's quite appealing. A real malt-bomb. Nicely drinkable and the best of the Allgäuer line-up, at least those that I've had to date.
08-30-2004 19:00:39 | More by Boilermaker88
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
I am unfamiliar with this brewery, but I bought 3 different beers from them online from beergeek.biz
Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with no head to speak of. The top of the beer is oily smooth.
Aroma: mainly malt, lots of it.
Taste: High body with malt that hits right away. There's also some sweetness from the alcohol, and enough hop bitterness to keep it from being cloying, but no hop taste.
A good dopplebock, but not one of the real complex or interesting ones.
08-27-2004 13:56:58 | More by allengarvin
3.88/5 rDev +1%
Pours a dark amber with a medium sized creamy beige head.
Smells of sweet malt, caramel and a tart yeastiness.
Flavors of sweet roasted malt, dark caramel and some spice and tartness in the finish that lingered in the back of the throat.
Ligth to medium bodied with a rich carbonated mouthfeel.
Seemed a little light for the style which made its drinkability good.
Nothing really stuck out here. It was a decent enough beer but there are much better choices.
08-18-2004 00:46:42 | More by rkhaze
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
This brew is surprisingly smooth and drinkable for a beer in this style. It's not especially complex, particularly on the first few sips, but as you continue drinking, some more flavors come to the surface. There's a malty taste at first, with hints of coffee; later, tastes of fruit and grain emerge. It's well balanced and pleasant, even if it's not a very unique beer. The taste is reasonably rich without verging on overkill.
The has no head to speak of, and leaves no lacing. It's an undistiguished shade of brown, and has little in the way of visible carbonation. So what, it's not much to look at. The inviting drinkability of this beer and its agreeable nature will make you trust your tongue, not your eyes. While it's not on my all-star team, this could become a reliable stanby--always there to be enjoyed when I need it, at any time, for any occassion.
08-12-2004 01:33:23 | More by GnomeKing
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
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
Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.