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Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

Allgäuer Cambonator DoppelbockAllgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
86
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%


Brewed by:
Allgäuer Brauhaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 02-25-2002)
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anders36

Sweden

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 21:59:33 | More by anders36
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 03:33:28 | More by Zorro
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chestnut, big head, long lasting

Aroma: Malty, sweet, fig-like

Taste: Starts sweet and malty, then finishes dry and hoppy; pretty well balanced overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time, so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:21:39 | More by IchLiebeBier
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Rumrunner

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 07:15:26 | More by Rumrunner
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 03:31:59 | More by scruffwhor
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mickeymac

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2002 22:12:31 | More by mickeymac
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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, it’s 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 20:49:45 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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GClarkage

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2005 21:12:36 | More by GClarkage
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 19:58:16 | More by mmmbeer
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 18:15:38 | More by AudioGilz
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nickd717

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Pours cloudy dark brown with a lasting beige head and some lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

Flavor is also malty and sweet, but not too sweet for the style. Caramel, toffee, syrup, and brown sugar. Lots of great dark fruits, particularly raisin and date.

Fairly full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Not at all boozy.

This is a very good doppelbock overall.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 15:48:36 | More by nickd717
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2002 21:11:59 | More by Thrasher
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

280

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 10:03:57 | More by Bierman9
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 00:32:03 | More by Stubbie1
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cagocubs

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a tobacco hue. Nice thick and foamy beige head. 2 fingers with fabulous lacing.

S: Fruit (banana) almost bubblegum. Some malt, earthy taste.

T: Nice taste.Good malts. Nice toasty taste. Citrus is present in the sip as well.

M: Very smooth with great carbonation and finish. Good example for a doppelbock.

D: high, not celebrator..but close.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 05:24:37 | More by cagocubs
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Darkale

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 15:06:49 | More by Darkale
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phisig137

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep drown, with some orange highlights and a one finger head. Little head leaves behind only a few bubbles on top, and no lacing.

Aroma is quite nice. Decidedly malty, with huge toasted hazelnut aromas, some burnt sugar, fresh bread, and yeast. Toasted grains give this the nutty aroma that is unlike any other beer I've ever smelled, including hazelnut browns. Hints of diacetyl, but not enough to worry about.

Flavor again is very malty, without being sweet. Nutty overtones dominate here again, although not as heavily as on the nose. Toasted grain, bread, and yeast back up the nuts nicely. No diacetyl here. Mouthfeel is heavy, sticky and thick. Drinkability is great.

I love this non-traditional dopplebock. I normally look for the sweeter malts and caramel toffee notes, but this is a welcome change. It may not be quite "to style", but I really enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 23:55:32 | More by phisig137
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danadeny

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice chocolate brown body a head the dies down quickly. Great smell of fruity banana, and a hint of amber malt and alcohol, smells refreshing. Ahhh it smells like a good moist banana bread. Awesome balance in the flavor with a hint of alcohol lingering at the end. Flavor starts as smooth deep amber malt, just a hint of sweet. The finish is a hint of bitter hops to balance. The lingering alcohol stands out, but surprisingly not much of the fruity banana smell comes through in the flavor. Mouthfeel it a blend of oily slick and refreshing watery. Drinkability is good due to balance and mouthfeel. The alcohol will creep up on you though. Funny thing I noticed on the label says that it contains malt liquor. Hmmm.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 04:16:10 | More by danadeny
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RedBaron

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 02:48:26 | More by RedBaron
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tmitch75

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge cascading rocky white head, glowing brown color, decent lacing.

Malty sweet smell of molasses, plums, and even a few raisins. Slight smoky note too.

Nice sweet flavor, dark fruits predominate with roasty nuttiness, herbal hops, and slight vanilla and chocolate notes.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel, very smooth.

This is a classic dopplebock, I'm a huge fan.

Tasted on 7/30/08.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 18:18:05 | More by tmitch75
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roadhouse

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a pils glass

Pours a clear chesnut brown color with some red-orange highlights. A one and a half inch cream colored head forms on top and settles down as a cap which retains throughout, leaving some minor lacing.

Aroma is of caramel, toffee, raisin, fig, and slight chocolate. Pretty standard for a Doppelbock really, but damn good.

Taste starts off sweet with caramel and toffee with some toasty maltiness in there as well with raisins, perhaps a hint of cherry, coming in the middle. In the finish there's a bit of chocolate flavor that comes out with the raisin making it very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy going down, and rather easy to drink since it tastes so good.

An underrated Doppelbock in my opinion, the flavor profile of this one reminds me of Celebrator. God I love Doppelbocks.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 06:42:12 | More by roadhouse
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 02:23:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 17:09:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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woemad

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt.9oz bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $3.99. No obvious freshness date. According to the label, this is a “Dunkler Doppelbock.” Does that mean that a doppelbock not labeled “Dunkler” is going to be light in color?

Poured a dark, cola-ish color that takes on a more rubyish tinge when held up to light. Decent sized beige head with lots of lace left on the sides of my glass.

I smell dark, roasty malts and some traces of dark fruits. Rather yummy smelling but not over the top at all.

Tastes like toast, with brown sugar and some dark fruit notes. In the background there’s a little bit of pipe tobacco and some booze, which I wasn’t expecting from something listed as having an abv percentage of 7.2. Finishes somewhat drier than I’m used to with doppelbocks, but not in a bad way at all.

Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not quite as full bodied as some doppels I’ve known but it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s missing any depth.

Not bad at all for the price. This isn’t a great, essential beer but it’s pretty good. It definitely went well with a late-morning omelette on a day spent at home nursing a sore knee. If I were out at a bar I wouldn’t want to session this but as a one-off it was rather tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 23:06:51 | More by woemad
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DogFood11

California

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 00:09:27 | More by DogFood11
Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.