Aviator Dopplebock
Goose Island Beer Co.

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German Doppelbock
3.76 | pDev: 14.89%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of dukeandduke
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2/3/16 Chicago (12 oz draft pour into snifter glass at Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub).Very dark rosy brown, thick pour, foam and carbonation. Chocolate, caramel and toffee aroma. Taste similar to aroma, with roasted coffee the predominate feature. Thin creamy texture and body, easy going down. Glad I picked this one to start the evening.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Why not go back for more...? This stuff pours a clear sienna topped by a finger or so of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, light molasses, rye bread, and brown sugar. The taste brings the bread to the fore, though everything else continues to swirl about as well...just kinda behind the bread and whatnot... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, though a touch on the bready side for my tastes, this is still a pretty solid d-bock. Good times.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rosy brown and very thick. Nice thick foam and carbonation.

Smell: Chocolate and some herbal notes that I can't quite put a finger on. Very soothing smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Chocolate and coffee notes that get balanced with some floral or herbal hops. Very heavy, yet smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good meal in a glass.

Overall: See drinkability.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes. On tap at Rattle 'N Hum about a month ago. Poured a ruby brown color with a disappointing tan head that settled quickly. Fairly light aroma nothing complex, typical meaty dopplebock aroma. The taste is of lightly roasted malt, touch of roasted meat. Again not very complex, average. Quite a light feel for a dopplebock, has tingly carbonation and finishes malty sweet. Overall a bit disappointed in this dopplebock. Has some meaty/malty characteristics but falls short of the standard. Better off sticking with the German versions of the style.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark "reserve beer" had on tap at the original Goose Island brewpub. The color is a clear deep brown with fine ruby highlights. The head has the color of recycled napkins, a sudsy brown color with a twinge of gray.

The aroma is deep and rich with malts wrapped in dark fruits with a light hop nose. It smells nicely balanced for such a big beer the menu has it labels as being 7.9%

The taste goes through a range of coffee and pitted fruits. A subtle light chocolate taste peeks through a caramel malt curtain. Slightly smoky in character but still nice and smooth.

I nice bitterness comes up in the finish and lasts into the aftertaste. Paired with a moderate carbonation this is a full bodied tasty beer. Nicely done... again Goose Island. That brewery is a gem in the Chicago area.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jay23 hooked me up with this one. thanks jay!

64oz growler. sampled may 25/08.

pours a nice medium brown, showing garnet when held to light. a small fluffy dark tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving lots of lace.

aroma is good. lightly toasted wheat bread. caramel. bit of alcohol. earthy. nice lager character.

taste is great. a bit over low bitterness level. toasted wheat bread. bit of dark chocolate. bit of alcohol, but not much. caramel. light sweetness. hint of smoke. earthy. some dark fruit too to round things out. bit of toffee. the bitterness isn't strong, but it does seem to linger after the swallow.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. not overly sweet or cloying, with some good fruit and malt character to balance. a great example of the style. thanks jay!

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Photo of danburgess67
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a sixth-barrel for installation in the four-keg home dispensing system. This beer has a great malty caramel nose and a slightly sweet finish, with a beautiful dark brown appearance. The alcohol content reveals itself viscerally after each sip.

This is a fine example of the doppelbock style.

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Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz Growler
Goose Island Clybourn

Aviator Doppelbock pours a chestnut brown but glows mahogany when backlit. A surprisingly large three finger dirty white head formed on the pour and fell a thick cap of creaminess leaving patches of lacing after each sip. This is a good looking doppelbock for sure.

When I bury my nose in the glass I immediately get a big dose of caramel. There's even a touch of banana bread with the bread being more prominent than the banana. Brown sugar, raisins, and dates round out the big maltiness. There's a cola-like sweetness that although not bad does detract from the aroma slightly. Floral hoppiness and spicy alcohol finish things off and add some complexity.

All the malts come together seamlessly in the flavor. I'm happy to say the cola sweetness is non-existent in the flavor. When all the maltiness comes together it's actually softer than the nose suggested and combined with the floral hop character on the finish becomes a quality doppelbock. The alcohol is just spicy enough on the finish.

Medium bodied with a touch of drying alcohol. The alcohol keeps the sweetness in check and the medium body keeps this an incredibly easy drinker for the abv present.

As I said before, "this is a very easy drinking doppelbock". There are mellow flavors minus the big sweetness that can be a turn off in other examples.

Aviator is another good brew from Clybourn. I drank it by itself at the bar and here at home. This just happens to be one of the easier drinking doppelbocks I've encountered. I'd drink this again at Clybourn. This is a solid example of the style.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Goose Island Clybourn 1/24/07.

A: Dark brown with a tiny cap of khaki colored foam.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, and alcohol.

T: Roasted and caramel malt flavors dominate. Slight kiss of molassas, some tart fruit, alcohol, and bitter chocolate. Flavors are quite bitter and ragged.

M: Mouthfeel is very raw when first poured, but smooths out a little as it warms.

D: I rate this one as just average. It just seems too raw and raggedy-assed. I suspect the alcohol heat contributes to that as well.

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Photo of mcallister
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark burnt caramel brown with a whispy, creamy head of off white bordering on tan. Great head retention.

Milk choclatey aromas, and large dosage of caramel malt. Bit of a floral hop aroma, very laid back.

Rich and full mouthfeel not overly complex but definitely worth drinking. Caramel is the base of this and it shows through, hints of milk chocolate lead into a slightly bitter finish. Some alcohol burn in the chest also, as well as teh mouth.

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Aviator Dopplebock from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 35 ratings