Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
Appearance - a very dark iced-tea color when held to light. About a finger of creamy bubbly head.
Aroma - ripe plums, some dark earthy malts. Decent, but a little light.
Taste - malt dominated, some sweet raisins, hints of chocolate mixing with the alcohol to create a Lady Godiva chocolate liqueur effect. Hops are very mild, not really a factor as the alcohol controls the finish.
Mouthfeel - average carbonation, excellent smoothness and overall mouthfeel.
Drinkability - pretty delicious stuff,, while potent, and easily a multi-bottle qualifier.
05-23-2004 17:09:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
Wow! Just wow! Ausgezeichnet!
I'm a big fan of the style, with the well-known Paulaner Salvator being my mainstay, but the Cambonator is a lovely, and obscure, treat from a lowland Bavarian Alpine brewery.
The 1/2L bottle poured nicely with a low-carbonated, off-white head. The color of the beer was dense and dark ruby, much darker than Salvator (for a point of reference).
The smell was of toasted and burnt rye mixed with Flinstone chewables. I know this sounds crazy, and potentially repugnant, but it was actually quite beautiful and appealing! I'm guessing a serious malt infusion was in the works here (probably a mixture of varying degrees of roasted malts accounted for the odd, but inviting and appealing, aromas).
The initial taste was of a dry, roasted maltiness (maybe rye bread)coupled with a sweet, alcoholic finish. I swear, Bavarians have been at this so long, they can go from extreme dryness to abject sweetness in about 2 or 3 seconds across the palette. They've got the 'science, plus craft' thing down to a degree.
The mouthfeel was heady and sustaining; no watery finish and it never felt 'chewy', as you pick up with many bocks and doppelbocks. Rather, the brewers were going for (I believe) a balance between the implied alcohol sweetness and the dry roastiness of a comforting hearth all in one fal swoop.
The drinkability with this sample was high; I only wish Bavarian brewers such as Allgauer could garner more respect and attention in America. Paulaner will continue to me my flagship German brewer (for the quality and consistancy of product), but its the off-beat and obscure German brewers which I seek out from time to time, and this sample of Cambonator from the Allgauer brewery uniquely qualifies. .
Good job, Allgauer. Prost!
04-28-2004 02:48:26 | More by RedBaron
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
This doppelbock is dark brown in color with a slight ruby huge. Decent but fast fading head at the top of the glass. Aroma is sweet, caramel, molasses, and malt. Taste of sweet malt and burnt caramel come to mind. Smooth and creamy in the mouth and easy to drink. A fine Doppelbock
03-01-2004 00:32:03 | More by Stubbie1
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a nice dark brown colour with a nice big head that disappears quickly though. It has a little sweet smell and some roasted smell, evem some fruity smell. The taste is also a little sweet, but not to sweet for me. It also has some roasted taste with a hint of fruit and caramel. This is a bockbeer i could drink more of. It leaves you with a nice warm feeling. I have been to Kempten a couple of times and this beer will make me go there again.
01-31-2004 21:59:33 | More by anders36
3.8/5 rDev -1%
Deep bister hue, with tralucent crimson flashes when held to light. Mountainous, steadfast beige head leaves meandering foam trails. The aroma is comprised of bittersweet cocoa dusted prune along with roasted pecan hints. Mild cola like caramel wafts are discernible as well. Trace ethanol spice. Quite clean aromawise. Burnt light chocolate cookie sweetness upfront in flavor. Dries quickly, leaving a static backer's chocolate tinged white crouton suggestion. Livens somewhat as it breathes, with dried date and buttered hazelnut hints skewing balance back towards sweetness. Subtle smoky black malt undertone. Lightly bodied and over attenuated, with a lanky mouthfeel that could use additional girth. Finishes with a savory brush of black licorice and table salt notes. A tasty doppel, although it falls a bit short on complexity and body. It is, however, one of the most drinkable I've encountered. Drier than most, for sure.
01-03-2004 23:48:11 | More by marc77
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
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
Dark reddish brown with a brown head which is long lasting and laces the glass. Slight aroma of raisins and sweet malt. Slight chocolate aroma as the beer warms. Flavor of caramel, raisins and sweet chocolate. There is also a metallic flavor present. The sweet flavor leads to a finish that is dry bittersweet chocolate. No alcohol to note in either the aroma, flavor but a slight warming in the finish.
11-30-2003 22:12:32 | More by GCBrewingCo
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
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
1 Pint .9 Fl. Oz.
I am so happy I opened this doppelbock tonight. I have said it before. I love trying a new beer and being happily surprised.
It pours a deep mahogany brown. Light penetrates the sides of the glass but not the middle. A big off white head starts us off. It dissipates slowly but leaves a trail of lacing like a labyrinth. Beautiful. The scents are sweet toffee with some dry wood. A bit of malty sweetness, grain and an alcohol bite. Some light cream and then a tinge of sourness to finish the olfactory parade.
Splendid. Almost too many flavors to write about. Many malt flavors dominate this doppelbock. Sweet toffee and molasass. There is a nice alcohol flavor to give is some balance. Sweet fruits like dates dipped in syrup and a seared burnt nut flavor. A caramel finish and an after taste that is pleasant and does not linger.
The mouthfeel is very good. Silky smooth. An in between medium and heavy bodied doppelbock, this one drinks easy. A bit of an alcohol burn but nothing that will take away from the enjoyment I had sampling this beer.
09-20-2003 07:15:26 | More by Rumrunner
District of Columbia
3.23/5 rDev -15.9%
Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" dating; purchased for $2.29 from the Wine House in West LA; scenic portrait of a snow-dappled Auschwitz on the label; ok, sorry, a little Jewish hostility escaping there.
Appearance: Pours a clear, ruddy brown; fine, two-fingered, mocha-tinged head; adequate retention; moderate, web style lacing.
Aroma: Largely of toffee and caramel.
Taste: Like all doppelbocks, somewhat sweet; primary flavor characteristics are of molasses, dark bread and toffee; mild hop bitterness; buttery; nutty; somewhat spicy and floral. Medium bodied; poorly carbonated.
Notes: I must say I found the flavor profile more than a tad weak vis-à-vis the likes of Ayinger's Celebrator, Paulaner's Salvator, KW's Asam-Bock and Pizza Port's (Carlsbad) C-U-lator; nothing bad here, though, to be sure; definitely worth a try.
09-04-2003 07:36:16 | More by Mustard
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
Dayton, OH AleFest:I really enjoy drinking and rating Dopplebocks and even though this is not the best Dopplebock that I've had to date, it was not too bad.The appearance was a small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was clear, uncarbonated and the hue was reddish-brown.The nose of this Dopplebock was malty along with some caramel.The flavor was sweet tasting and malty.It has a very smooth mouthfeel and is light-medium bodied.There was a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.
08-27-2003 16:25:16 | More by hotstuff
3/5 rDev -21.9%
Originally sampled on 26 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This beer is clear brown. It has a malty, caramely flavor. It's a decent doppelbock, but nothing to write home about. There are lots of other doppelbocks out there which are better
07-11-2003 20:04:23 | More by jcalabre
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
Dark brown color. Large head. Aroma is malts and dark fruits. A medium bodied dopple bock. Malts are roasted, slightly sweet and fruity. Touches of cherries and plums, Hops are spicy with a touch of grapefruit. Very smooth taste. Well balanced. I like the off dry finish and the full round mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is rather dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
06-14-2003 15:26:59 | More by beerguy101
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
Clear and rather dark brown is the appearance, the head large at first and then reduces for a nice lacing effect. Malty aroma, pleasant if a bit subdued. Tastes like sweet molasses, a little toasty as well. It's very pleasant in that nothing is overdone. I find it more drinkable than other doppelbocks I have tried. Those others weren't bad by any means. This one is just a little less "in your face" with the sweet maltiness and thickness. A few of these could sit in my stomach and I would be fine. The high ABV shows in the finish but not in a bad way. A very drinkable doppelbock.
04-10-2003 18:15:38 | More by AudioGilz
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
Decided to depart from my "east coast of the United States" mindset, and pulled this beer out of the specialty cooler at my favorite beer store. Started out the afternoon -- a nasty mix of sleet and snow is pelting the windows, so a beer tasting session seemed like a good idea -- with a 2002 SN Celebration Ale (not too many left in Feb of '03), and then moved on to this Cambonator. As far as the appearance of the label is concerned, I cannot improve upon the only other review of this beer that mentioned the label, save to say that it depicts the sort of scene that would make one want to have a dopplebock, which would seem to be the point.
Sweet malt smell very evident after opening. Short, dense, off-white head that settled down to a thin rim of white in a few minutes. Very small pearly bubbles in the head. Color is quite dark, hardly translucent; putting a bright light behind my glass shows a beatiful deep cherry color.
Round and sweet taste improves with slight warming. Slight bitterness at the tip of the tongue. Toasty, and again, very sweet! Mouthfeel is slick, leaves a slight, pleasant aftertaste at mid-tongue, almost fruity. Not as brutish as an Optimator; more subtle and thin (with no offense intended).
02-15-2003 15:06:49 | More by Darkale
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
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
It's brown with a trace of red. The head is tan and fairly thick and fizzy immediately after the pour but fades fast. It has a candy-like sweetness in the smell and taste. I must be falling in love with dopplebocks because I like this one a lot less than others, but I'm still scoring it up there.
10-14-2002 22:12:31 | More by mickeymac
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
Ooooh baby, what a lovely color! Lovely deep amber hue, with lots of ruby/garnet highlights! A thin, fine head sat on top, and left real nice lacing. Has a big, sweet malty nose - now that's a D-Bock aroma! Body was pretty good, and fairly smooth going down. Flavors were of sweet malt, a bit of toffee, and even a hint of roastiness.There was a slightly bitter end to it, reminding me a tad of Celebrator. Real nice flavor-combo, though not in the range of Salvator/Andechs/or Sammy, IMHO. Still, it's a bier I could sit down and enjoy often! Thanks to Murph for the sample!
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5
07-22-2002 10:03:57 | More by Bierman9
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
They say hindsight is 20/20, and, sure enough, my first hyperbolic rant-and-rave does not exactly match my second quaff of this "hard-as-H**L-to-get" brew. I'm dialing back 4 out of 5 of my digits to match the latest sips.
Stay tuned, however. I bought 13 of these babies!
There are beers, and there are experiences.
To quote my freind after I lent him a sip:
"Now THAT, is an EXPERIENCE!"
Bar none, this "experience" sits at the top of my all-time favorites. Of course, as luck would have it, I experienced it hundereds of miles away from home, and have not found it since.
"Complex" does not even begin to describe what an experience like this is about.
The best I could do, really, is just point in the right direction and hope you get the chance to experience it for yourself.
05-27-2002 13:17:36 | More by DarthMalt
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
Handsome brown with nice gentle head. Is quite good at a cooler temperature as well as gaining complexity when it warms. This is a roasty doppelbock, a bit closer to some porters than other doppels I have tried. Not as sweet and toffeeish as other doppels. This is more austere and woody, a little reminiscent of varnish. I think this would serve more as a restorative on a crisp dry winter day rather than a warmer for a damp spring evening - as I have used in this case. The finish is pretty dry and does not cry out for more. I had an insanely pleasurable experience at Zum Schneider in NYC with a basic helles lager of Allgauer's... I wish I could find more products of theirs to bring home, this doppel is the only bottled brew I've found.
04-30-2002 21:11:59 | More by Thrasher
Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.