Denogginator | Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Boto on 09-13-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by Longstaff:
Photo of Longstaff
1.52/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

First, this one needs to be brought out of retirement as it looks like this is a seasonal and not a one-off.

Unfortunately this season, this one sucks. I have to say "worst dopplebock ever". Looked good pouring out with dark body with ruby highlights, and looked pretty thick. Aroma of weird, grainy, husky, malt and slight fruitiness. This is so sickly sweet and cloying that even two sips made me gag. Flavors rampant with worty unfermented malt flavors like the yeast stopped working and left this brew unnatenuated. I don't know how someone at the brewery could taste this one and be proud enough to sell it unsuspecting victims, er, I mean customers. Should have been fixed by trying to get the yeast to finish the job or blended with a drier batch. If it was me who owned the place, I would not want my brewery judged by this piece of crap. They should be embarrassed to put this one on the shelves.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness information. Pours, dark dark brown, with perhaps a glimmer/faint hue of darker purple. Fine, thin head, lighter tan, leaving splattered and fine nice looking lace. Minor nose of sweet, darker malts and some ripe fruits. Full flavor, bold brew, notes of dark malts, licorice, espresso, peppery cola. Smooth, heady stuff, likely would be a fine match to a pepper laden charbroiled steak. Enjoyable, sipper, well worth a try

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut colored with a light brown thick and foamy head full of craters and fat bubbles. The head slowly subsides and leaves lace sticking to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Sweet malt aroma punctuated with roasted marshmallow and caramel, some faint fig and cocoa. Rich and creamy mouthfeel leads to a full flavor of figgy malt, cocoa, and raisin. Finishes with bitter chocolate, and a hop tingle lingers in the aftertaste. Seems like some sweet alcohol fumes coming through also. Don't know the ABV, but judging by the name, I'd guess it was fairly substantial.

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Photo of bditty187
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark brown in hue, not quite black in the middle but reddish around the edges, it is a pleasant color. The head was beige in color, the foamy mass reached about one finger in height before steadily fading to a thin, clumpy in spots, cap. After a few more moments the cap all but disappeared, there was a thin collar around the edge of the glass. No subsequent lacing. Overall the appearance is good, nothing to noteworthy though. I was surprised at the initial potency of the nose but after a few sniffs it failed to reinvent its power. Upfront is a blast of roasted caramel and slightly nutty malt sweetness, which blends well into a hearty, dark fruit jamboree in the middle. Prunes, grapes, figs are the most noticeable; I even get a hint of orange peel. Before the finish is a kiss of chocolate, by now the beer has allowed the earthy and mildly spicy German hops to show. I can vaguely smell some alcohol notes. Inviting. Damn. This Doppel is tasty! It is big, rich and full of angry-ass alcohol! Roasted caramel malts kick off and the spicy, earthy hops are quick to tackle a clan of raisins, figs, dates, and prunes. They add some more depth. The dark fruit posse is in the house! There are kisses of chocolate along with a hint of roast. The alcohol is not hidden nor is it overbearing. It hits my belly before it affects my brain and I fail to taste it until about half way through the glass. At this point I can’t turn back. Why would I want to? This beer is sweet and vinous with hints of molasses and even some spiciness. This beer doesn’t strike me as a true Doppel but it is close enough and whatever deviation there, it is made up with pure flavor! This beer is very tasty. The aftertaste is long and rich with kisses of caramel and dark fruit and enough lingering bitterness to curb the sweetness. Almost full in body, the carbonation is moderately low but very fitting for the palate; the mouthfeel is terrific. Drinkable? Hell yeah. Do I wish I had about a dozen more? Fuck yeah. This beer is a great nightcap, no food needed or wanted here. Give me a bottle and a snifter and comfy chair and I’ll be very happy. Thanks ppoitras! This was the final beer from the 2004 Secret Santa, thanks for them all.

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Photo of edchicma
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is the best aspect of this brew. Pours a drak, dark brown with a substantial head and great lacing. Smell is a dose of "super malt" on the nose. Taste...eww...super sweet...almost cloying.Mouthfeel was mostly creamy and ok. Drinkability suffered by the extreme sweetness that caught on the back palate. They need to tone this baby down.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly, the beer was available at Spirit Haus so I bought a six pack. The beer poured with a dark brown appearance with a half-inch head that laced away to a creamy lacing. Smells were pretty good, generally roasty malts and nuts. The taste has a very almond like taste to it; a little off for a doppelbock, but still not too bad. Other flavors included obvious malts with some smoky, woody hints. The mouthfeel helped make the drink somewhat light and even a little frappey, but I kind of wanted something heavier for a doppelbock. Overall, probably one of the better things I have had from Paper City; too bad its not brewed often or at all anymore.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PPoitras for the bottle.
Pours a deep dark maroon/mahogany color. Big tan, foamy head erupts on the pour but settles equally quickly leaving uneven shards of lace on the glass and thin skim of foam.
Aroma of caramel malt, some chocolate and a hint of raisins on a biscuit and toast underbelly. Hint of spicy hops on the back end.
Flavors of deep chewy caramel with a hint of chocolate emerge along with fruity nuttiness. This is followed by a slighly numbing spicy bitter aftershock.
Mouthfeel is full and warming, sort of envelopes the palate and hangs on. Alcoholic warming on the finish with no discernible harsh alcoholic tannings present.
Drinkability is very high. Great for warming after snowblowing the driveway.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my Brooklyn snifter, pours a low, very lightly retained head that leaves behind an attractive deep brown lager

s: a gentle sour note lingers underneath sweet dark fruits (fig, plum, cherry), heavy toffee malt aromas, hops are negligible, just a touch of ethanol, pretty interesting all around and just a few complexities short of being a top-tier aroma

m: light carbonation and a medium-full body

t: biscuity toffee malts dominate here with just a touch of nuttiness, some dark fruits and a touch of roast, a little plain but still reasonably tasty

d: easy, I like

from ppoitras in No BS 3

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Photo of Proteus93
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to naproxen for the opportunity to try this one... nice extra:

A: Deep cola brown. The head is slightly offwhite, and very minimal... perhaps the pour was not assertive enough.

S: Almost a rum & butter scent, along with notes of toffee, sugary sweet malts, and some raisin.

T: Quite a sweet flavour of malts, caramel, some dark fruit, with some of the hops adding a touch of bitterness and an alcohol spiciness on the finish.

M + D: A medium, slightly sticky body. That stickiness, in combination with the sweetness of the brew, can make it become a little cloying after a while. It's not overwhelmingly so, but it could get to be after a couple bottles. At a rather hefty 8% ABV, it's not one that would be terrific for drinking a huge amount of, anyways. Not a bad shot at it, anyways. It's one that I think one could potentially warm up to.

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Photo of carln26
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear brown color with ruby highlights and a decent sized white head that settled quickly back into the beer. The nose is all sweet malt. A lot of caramel and dates, very reminiscent of home made toffee I had as a kid. The taste has more of the caramel and a slight butterscotch taste (very faint). The hops add a mild accent to the flavor. It has a mild alcohol warming, a rich full-bodied mouth feel, and is very drinkable. If you’ve not had this beer, and like the dopple style, please give it a shot. It’s worth the try.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was intense... poured into a 22 oz. pilsner glass, it had a 4-finger head, tan, that died down gradually to copious lacing.

The aroma was complex, more so than I expected. It was rich, redolent of dark malts, slightly sweet, and a little bit of breadiness and acidity (like when a moist loaf of bread begins to age, but before it gets moldy).

The taste was rich and smooth, with dark malts and raising coming to the fore, and with a light hint of roastiness emerging just before the very subtle alcohol warmth hits.

The mouthfeel was chewy, and very full. This was a very nice beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle bought as a single from Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA. Label notes, amongst other things, that this is a limited offering, and also one of the Paper City Tribal Brews, whatever they are.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head above the mahogany brew. Lacing good for the style. Aroma is low in intensity, but portends of dark malts and alcohol. Taste is an excellently balanced work of art riding the line between chewy dark malt and warming alcohol. Both seem to have their place, mastering it, and never the twain shall meet. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent, with the drinkability being scary easy. Score some while you still can...

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Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly opaque dark brown hue with a bit of a tan head napping on top. Smells of chocolaty, milky, and malty, and of floral hops. A dopplebock on the lighter side. Not intensly malty or even roasty or toasty as usual. This beer has a more milky, sweet malt profile. A bit of a beer milkshake if you will. Coffee and toffee tones as well. Meduim, not heavy, mouthfeel suits this beer well. Did I mention milky? Does a body good. I must be honest here and say that Paper City has been a bit dissapointing to me before as a local brewery, but this is a solid brew. Good for them.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a three-finger light tan head, fades slowly and leaves no lace. Deep red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts sweet with the malts, finish has a slight burnt raisin and bitterness to it. A good dopplebock. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of danadeny
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cant find a date on the bottle but this one has been in the back of the fridge for probably 6 months. classic doppleback dark brown body, with a light foamy head that dissipates quickly. Getting a good malty aroma, not too strong and a hint a fruityness i find in a lot of higher alcohol beers that smells like apple to me. slightly bready. good malty front leads to a above average bite of alcohol and finnished with enough bitter hops to ballance out the sweet alcohol. mouthfeel is a little oily, leaves a coating in the mouth, but very smooth and light carbonation. Drinkability is good once your pallet is accustom to the alcohol.

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Photo of bjohnson
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had some bad experiences with Paper City recently. Bought 3 different singles hoping to sample Paper City's offerings and have come up lame on the first two, so here goes...

A: Pours a dark amber almost brownish color with a half finger head that dissipates to almost nothing.

Aromas of caramel malts, but not very strong at all. Spicy malt taste that turns to thick caramel syrup sans the sugar. After the first sip its like I have a permanent coating in my mouth. Minimal carbonation with this one. Spices are obtrusive. The mouthfeel is all over the place. No consistency. Terrible drinkability as the beer has no balance whatsoever.

After posting this originally, I checked other reviews and it seems that myself and the last person who posted have had this offering recently whereas everyone else rated this highly Summer of 2005. We may have caught a late train on this one...

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Photo of agonska
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've overheard the opinions of several people regarding denogginator, and although most reviews seem to be of a somewhat negative nature, a few things must be clarified here.

This is a seasonal beer, a cold-weather brew made in at least 2 or 3 different years. I've had the benefit of trying this one straight off the bottling line and yes, I wasn't too impressed. A good, but not great doppelbock, very dark, somewhat malty, with a heavy, almost overwhelming finish. High alcohol content, of course.

But I picked up a case of this stuff and stored it for a period of six months. It absolutely must be aged. After letting it age appropriately, this beer becomes AMAZING in all respects. The maltiness becomes much more assertive, giving it a sweet, smooth, and nutty finish that actually presents very similarly to that of a bourbon-barrel stout. The sweetness lingers briefly, while the tingling sensation of alcohol lasts a bit longer. All eventually fades, ultimately leaving you feeling priveleged for having had the opportunity just to try it. There's such smoothness here that I could drink them all night, if only each one didn't pack such a punch. One of the all-time greats on my list.

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Photo of mschofield
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown with red edges, topped with a big creamy three finger khaki head even with a careful pour, leaves webs of lacing.
Rich malty aroma, molasses, floral, cream and spicy hops.
Molasses taste, floral, raisins, robust maltiness, touch of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Not overly sweet like a lot of dopplebocks, but the alcohol isn't strong either.
Full bodied, very smooth with great drinkability.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Town & Country In West Springfield,Ma. First sip is of a high ABV. The color is a very dark red. Left a nice head that dissolved after a few minutes. Good mouthfeel but could of been a bit thicker and creamy. Very carbonated with a lingering bitter after taste. Aroma is all sweet malt. I think it is very drinkable,but also very strong. One or two and you'll be all set. Leaves an instant warming in your stomach. Hints of molasses and raisins hit you after a few sips.No real hop aroma, but very bitter with a long after taste.Only complaint is that it could be a bit creamier for a dopplebock.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, lightly cocoa stained tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, burnt, concentrated amber color and shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma is thick, sweet and chewy. It has quite a bit of fruitiness to it actually with notes of berries and brandy soaked raisins. Noticeable alcohol adds a bit of warmth / heat in my nose, but can be fairly subtle at times. Underneath the fruitiness is a rich malt character that provides notes of caramelized bread crust, toasty grain, sweet concentrated amber malts, something a bit like cola and some light toasted malt notes towards the finish.

Rich and chewy up front, but seems to thin out a bit pretty quickly in the first sip. The second and subsequent sips have a bit more palate coating chewiness to them though. Sweet tasting, almost a bit too sweet, which makes it seem a bit like non-alcoholic malzbier. Concentrated malt notes produce flavors of toffee, caramelized bread crust, raisins, . A light bitterness in the finish seems to be as much a product of the darker malts as of hop bitterness; it adds a hint of astringency as well. As the beer warms up quite a bit it loses some of the sticky sweetness, or at least this gets balanced a bit better by the richer malt flavors. A touch of alcohol adds a bit of warmth to the flavor.

The aroma can seem a little too sweet at times; a Doppelbock should have some sweetness, but it should be a rich, complex sweetness that this one doesn't quite achieve. Not a bad beer, enjoyable enough, but it could certainly be a bit more complex.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown to dark mahogony beer. Has a big bubbly beige head and good lace. A strong sweet malty aroma with a nutlike background. The alcohol wraps around your tongue with the smooth malty sweetness . There is a hint of licorce and some nutty sweetness toward the finish. WhichHas a dry roasted bitterness that evapoates, dream like, as you finish.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer from Paper City. Appearance is a nice very deep dark chocolate brown. I poured it myself and was rewarded with a 1/2 of bubbly foam, which alas left quickly. Aroma comes across as sweet, with a whiff of alcohol. I enjoy the medium + mouthfeel, plus a the low carbonation. Rich malt, slight bitterness is the finish. I am wondering: what's the abv??

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Photo of Boto
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ CTRiver Brewers Festival. This one pours a very dark brown. There was very minimal head to it. The aroma was a little thin for this type of beer. There was some chocolate and malt sweetness coming through. The taste is medium bodied and somewhat sweet. There is a slight caramel taste as well as a hint of dark cherries. Not bad.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer rates as one of my very top favorites even though my usual loves are IPA's. One of the most drinkable new beers to come on the New England market in 2004 and, although it's a Limited Edition which came out in early fall, it's a beer for any season of the year so I have high hopes that it will become one of Paper City's regular offerings.

I first sampled this beer on tap at the Ct River Brewfest and immediately started to search it out in bottles. Found it at Table & Vine in Northampton on the way home. Pours an attractive dark color with a great creamy head. Above all, I love the full bodied malty, chocolatey flavor with a very warming and lasting aftertaste. In my opinion, the taste equals or exceeds that of Salvator or Optimator, which had previously been my favorite Doppelbocks. Paper City has really come up with a winner with this release.

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Photo of Truh
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dreamt of higher office with this one on 12/9/2004. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Billowy inch+ bed of plume head with a nicely creaming lace. Ruby red brown to widely circulated copper penny hue. Luscious malt complexity with a subtle charring character and just a hint of juiciness to nose. Light smoked oat/malt mix with a tinny wash and light coconut slurry. A crisp and entirely refreshing offering.

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