Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Emancipator DoppelbockChristian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
christianmoerlein.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
164
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Triple Digit glass. Stamped 5013. Might be really old.
4.25/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.5
Dark, clear ruby brown.
Smells malty and grainy. Like raw barley.
It tastes sweet and lagery and surprisingly light. Both candyish and crisp.
Average and meh, but fun and enjoyable.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear chestnut color. Fizzy, off-white head disappears rather quickly.

Toffee and caramel in the aroma. Slightly earthy hop finish in the nose. A bit of toasty malt in the nose as well.

A bit of a roasty flavor, with some caramel thrown in. A bit bready, with some soft fruit notes near the end. A bit sweet. Finishes slightly earthy, but still remains pretty clean.

Almost medium body, with ample carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Nice.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color (brown when viewed from afar) and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that died down rather quickly, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light aromas of brown bread are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of brown bread with hints of toffee and raisins plus some bits of malty sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't seem to be as malty and full in body compared to most of the other beers that I've had in this style, so in this aspect it is rather drinkable for a dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ltjska04
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle there is little head that disappears quickly. It is a copper to ruby color.

The smell is somewhat of prune/raisin and a bit of that characteristic doppelbock malt scent.

The taste is a letdown unfortunately. German doppelbocks are some of my favorite beers and Moerlein usually makes some really good stuff, but this is mediocre at best. I don't know when this was bottled, but it almosts tastes old with a faded flavor. I'm pretty sure it was bottled recently since the first kegs were tapped only weeks ago and the bottle had no signs of dust. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it's just not anywhere near other doppelbocks.

The mouthfeel is sticky but smooth going down. I wouldn't have a problem drinking a six pack of this but I probably wouldn't go out and buy one.

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is lighter than the big boys, clear and just into a good amber/red ale territory. The head fails to do much of anything, even when I pour harder upon seeing that nothing's forming. It manages about average appearance in size, retention and lacing left behind.
A strong malt offers breads, caramel and dark fruits with a twang of hops and an underlying barley-like grains note. There's not much missing in the aroma.
The flavor brings forward the malt backbone and subsequent caramel, bread and dark fruits while a note of tobacco also pulls through. Sweetness is moderate and pleasant, creamier than it is fruity as though supported just as much by the caramel note as the fruits and supported by a chocolate note that's not dark or bittersweet, but very much a mild chocolate (but not too sugary) sweetness. While malt-forward, hops offer very little here and even the malts miss the mark of the better examples of the style.
The mouthfeel is where the big doppelbocks really dominate this one. I like it because it's rich, downright lush, filling the mouth with creamy smoothness, but it's a notch below doppelbock thickness or body. For an amber, brown, IPA, etc., this is a great mouthfeel; but it seems lacking for a doppelbock.
no doubt, this is a tasty beer. It's shy of the greats, but certainly one to try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to pwoods for this one, Cheers Patrick!

Pours auburn with a finger of tan head. Average head retention

S: Faint breadyness & fruittyness up front, a touch of booze once warm

T: Breadyness, dryness & a touch of rye?? up front. A touch of fruittyness (pear & apricot), more dryness & a bit of molasses as this warms. Finishes fruitty with some herbal & leafy hops, breadyness fades at the end, but nice crispness (not totally in style )

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, great balance, finished a touch wet

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, not as much guts as I hoped, but still a darn good effort from a brewery I haven't had in a while...Would buy again & tell my self I'm drinking a Bock....

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear slightly ruddy amber, not unlike how a good Vienna lager looks, and forms a solid finger of pale beige head that swiftly dissipates. Plenty of carbonation is visible clinging to the sides of the glass, as well as rising steadily through the beer. Looks rather more like a bock than a doppelbock, so we shall see how the rest goes.

Smell: Doughy bread with toffee sprinkles, something not unlike leather, and a hint of cooked raisin.

Taste:Definite confirmation of the bread from the aroma, as the taste of fresh-baked bread swells to fill the entire mouth from the first sip. Toffee notes abound through the liquid loaf, as do some earthen and leathery tones. Here and there, hints of cooked raisin and walnut peek through, and the finish is full of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy, not quite as sticky as one would expect for a doppelbock.

Overall: Overall, not a bad beer. I'd think it shades more into the bock category than a doppelbock, but it's tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this beer needs to be re-classified as a bock instead of a dopplebock. I personally would have rated it much higher if that were the case.

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Photo of chaz01
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer of the month club sample served in a Belgium fishbowl glass.

A: Dark amber/brownish color with a nice head that recedes quickly.

S: Rich malty bread-like smell. Also picked up hints of raisins and dark fruit.

T: Initially sweet malty taste up front, followed by a dark fruity flavor. Little or no hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, strong, heavy mouthfeel, with some alcohol presence.

D: Somewhat strong for a session beer, but lot of flavor and characteristics would make a great replacement for a red wine in pairing it with a main course.

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Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as a gift from someone

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a sweet caramel malt and dark fruit nose

T - Follows the nose with with sweet caramel malt with some dark fruit in the background

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I enjoyed this beer overall its well made and easy to drink with a good flavor profile worth getting sometime to try

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Photo of dtivp
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the Month Selection

Poured a dark ruby brown with a very thin head that lasted seconds with no lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits with some sweet malt, caramel.

Taste of figs and dates some sweet malts with a hint of spice.

Body was on the light side with little carbonation. Finishes sweet and the flavors come out a little more as it warms up to room temperature.

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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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