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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by francisweizen on 12-30-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Edwin:
Photo of Edwin
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured out nice and dark. Black/Opaque with a tannish/brown head on top. Very pretty.

Smell - Nuts, malts, hops, and some other fine scents that I can't quite get my finger on.

Taste - A burned nut flavor with some malts and a great hoppy tinge to it. This brew has a flavor I have not really experienced until this point. An excellent mixture.

Mouthfeel - Very clean and smooth to the tongue. Almost like an old, comfy shoe.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, however high in the ABV department. A luxurious beer with a lot to offer in every aspect.

Overall - Drink this beer. It is an excellent brew!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – The dark brown body was crowned with a beautiful, gigantic head even on an easy pour. I actually spilled some on the countertop but quickly licked it up. The head was well-tanned and very clingy.

Smell – This one has some huge dark coffee ground notes. The darkish malts are strangely offset by a rather sharp hop profile. I can pick up stiff floral notes and even a bit of pine. What the ????

Taste – The dark, dry malts are very harsh at the taste. The Centennial hops slapped me upside the head with a noticeable “smack”.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Doppelbock has an extremely bitter mouthfeel to it.

Drinkability – Certainly not what I expect when drinking a Doppelbock, not even one from Rogue. If you are going to soup up the style with Brutal Bitter and I2PA you need a lot more structure and a monster malty backbone.

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

A doppelbock on cask seems kind of strange, but this doppel is different; it contains little-to-no lager qualities, and scarcely any of the sweet, toffeeish flavors found in its German progenitors. Lots of head from the cask pour, sitting atop a muddy, impenetrably brown beer. Aroma gives some indication of the extreme maltage going on. It's austere and heavy, with quite a generous chocolate flavor. The cask-conditioning imparts an unbelievable milkshake-y creaminess. This is almost like a stout without the hop bitterness, and I have to say it's more comforting and satisfying than any Rogue stout I have had recently. Shakespeare I am talking about you. Deal with it. I'm glad "Brewer" was resurrected after a number of years, and hopefully it will survive the limited anniversary line-up; it certainly deserves to.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz: Very dark brown, generous light brown head, mostly diminishing. It looks a bit like a hazelnut nectar and actually smells not unlike a blend from the hazelnut and crustacean. In other words, this aroma is fantastic, extremely complex maltiness comprised big smoked caramel flavours, chocolate hints and a huge multi-faceted hop profile. Deep lemony, orange, lime hints. Unfortunately, the taste didn’t quite live up for me, this was perhaps overly done in the sense that you feel much less development in the taste than the aroma. The former, while starting very malty, caramelic, smoky, spicy rapidly becomes a wall of dry brutal bitterness which gets harsh and simply too much. Quite astringent after a few sips. Thanks a ton to Beerhugger for such a rare opportunity.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from sampling in 2004-Appearance is a dark chestnut with a thin beige head. Aroma is candy, chocolate and roasted espresso beans. taste is similar, but also I am getting quite a bit of hops. Aftertaste is a bitter chocolatey sweetness. Rogue keeps packing a punch!

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Photo of Reidrover
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the Rogue Pub on the dock at Newport ,Oregon last night.
Poured a nice dark ,murky mahogany brown with a lovelly tan head..nice lace.
Nice fresh malty aroma, as expected froma doppelbock.
Great smooth malty taste, quite sweet but in no way cloying.A touch of bitterness at the end finishes it off..very good.
Very smooth and easy on the tongue.
An excellent doppelbock..very easy to drink.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a sample of this at Kclingers the other day. The brew is very dark brown in color, very little lite passes through. There is a beige not quite tan head that fades to a thin layer around the rim of the glass.
Aroma is light citrus hops with no real malty scents present. Not what I expected at all. The beer has a medium body and very soft carbonation.
Flavor starts off with mild malt sweetness, mostly caramel, this is absorbed by grapefruity hops in the middle and they carry onto the finish. Very crisp on the end with a slight drying effect in my mouth. This is very tasty and not what I expected at first glance at all.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bigbelcher
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Papago Brewing. Part of the rotating Johns locker stock series. Pours a dark reddish brown color. A great deal of hops are in this beer and they are not the typical cascade grapfruit hops. Pretty well balanced but I felt the aroma was a little bit lacking for such a big beer. Overall a good beer that is worth having a second pint.

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Photo of mitchfor3
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco.

What an unusual beer! Poured a very dark redish-brown - looked black until held up to light. Creamy looking off-white head.

Nose is rather unusual - sweet, fruity, hops and malts seem to share the spotlight, but neither are what I would call "subtle."

Tastes remarkably like Lagunitas Imperial Red in my book, only with a little bit of roasted character and a firmer malt backbone. Huge floral hops. Alcohol is barely noticable given the high ABV!

Despite the style designation on BA, this isn't a doppelbock - at least not like any doppelbock I've ever tried. This was described to me by the waitress as a "black bitter" - it wasn't really black and it wasn't particularly bitter either. This one simply defies classification.

Overall - rather delicious and definitely worth a try. One of those "weird" beers that, like it or not, provides an interesting experience.

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Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of freed
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get this on cask. The pint was set down on the table, and from the cola colored body with its ruby edges to its chocolate fringed rough bubbles, I knew I was in love.

The aroma was dominated by spicy hops, but as the head thinned, more and more smoke could be sensed in each sniff. The head didn't really dissipate, it simply stuck to the side of the glass, making for a nice, burly lacing.

The taste is pure treasure. Smokey and sweet malt flavors in a full but easy body. Sharp and spicy hops lead the taste, and finish nicely with the peat flavored crisp. Like all doppels, there's a weird balance between the thickness of the malt and the smoothness of the beer itself. This beer is no different; light in body but also so big at the same time. The hops, way out of proportion for the style really compliment the smokey and sweet goodness, and I was sorry once my pint was empty.

This special is named for Brewer the dog. Good dog.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Dated December 2003 and even has the abv printed on it, which is unusual for Rogue in my experience.

Appearance: This murky beer was a very deep brown with strong, reddish-orange highlights. The brown and orange head (kind of odd looking) lept up and filled a third of my glass. As it settled down, it became dense and very rocky, leaving chunks and sheets of itself behind on the side of the glass. There was lots of lacing throughout the other glasses as well. Very nice looking.

Smell: Hints of chocolate, a little bit of smoke, cream, and some hops. The overriding components, however, were a thick, sickly sweet smell and rotten vegetables. Rather unpleasant overall. Luckily, those last two aromas were strongest right after the pour and diminished as the beer sat, though they never went away.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a little bit of a coating quality. The carbonation was strong and made this beer a little too rough.

Taste: Heavy bitter chocolate and coffee in the background with some sweet cream to take the edge off. Deep roasted malt faded away into a strong, bitter hoppiness that seemed a little muddled. The finish is a continuation of all the above flavors and an occasional hint of alcohol.

A decent beer, but it seemed a little rough and gangly. No polish at all, but it did go down quickly.

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

This beer was served to me in a pilsner style glass. The color was a combination of dark opaque tones of browns/blacks and shades of ruby reds on the edges. The head that was produced was a creamy beige/tan color, it was full, rich, sticky, dense and had a decent length of lasting time until it fell to a dense ring on the edges. The lace that was produced was sticky, and left rocky clingy remnant behind. The aromas that came from the glass were of hops (spicy and slight citrus), roasted malts, roasted nuts, hints of a sweet caramel, slight smoke appeal became noticeable when it warmed, and some earthy peat. The flavors that rolled across my tongue were a nice meld of flavors, roasted malts and nuts, smoke became more present, spices, sweet malts, earth tones, big hops, and finished off with a slight twang of citrus bite as it slid down my throat. The aftertaste was mostly a combination of roasted malts, from mild roasty to heavy roast smoke and hops. The body was medium to full, more on the medium. This was a nice beer, lots of things going on that I would have not expected. I guess because the bartender was not really sure of the style of beer. So I was shooting in the dark with this one. Rich, creamy, different, tasty, a good combination of aromas and flavors make it enjoyable.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another brew in the series of 15 brews comemmorating the 15th anniversary of Rogue Brewing Co. I think this one may be the best they ave done so far. This is a recreation Doppelbock that John Maier first brewed in 1994. It's also supposed to be based on the "mogul ale" recipe. The brew is opaquely black with a huge beige/tan head that ;eaves adequate lacing. The aromas are very malty and yet very hoppy. The aroma is full of freshly cut citric hops, and this factor makes this "bock" different to any other bock that I have had. The taste follows through with a lovely deep roasted malt backbone and a nice citric hop punch. The mouthfeel is thick, but not too thick or cloying and the drinkability is very good considering the abv%!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Roman's Pub in Milwaukee, served in a pint glass. The room wasn't all that well lit, and the beer seemed black with an abundance of white head. The beer's appearance led me to expect something significantly more malty (what I describe as that pleasing "burned pizza crust" flavor) than I got, but this beer's opening flavors are definitely hops, which was unexpected. So, I was pleasantly surprised. As the beer warmed, the hop up front seemed to better balance with a nice back-of-the-mouth maltiness. Quite pleasant.

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Redlight Redlight. It was too dark in there to judge the color, but the head poured thick and creamy and stuck around for about 1/2 the glass. Aroma was of fresh green hops, citrusy and piney, molasses and coffee notes added roundness. Initial hop bitterness was green and grassy, giving way to a very malty finish. High ABV was unevident on the palate but identifiable in the throat. High hopping wrecked my palate and 12 hours later I am still burping the hop aromatics.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Brew Kettle: Dark brown color with a thin off-white head and spotty lacing. Toasted malt, toffee and hops aroma. Full-bodied with lots of different sweet flavors like caramel malt, maple and toffee, offset by hops and a touch of coffee. The finish is strong hops and spices, with a lingering bitter finish. Well done.

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Photo of beercollector
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be my favorite of the Rogue celebration beers. It's deep maple syrup brown with a huge head that is creamy and lasts forever. It pours very clear.

This ones nose is like port, maple syrup, molasses, and heavy malt.

The taste is long lasting, light to moderate sweet malt, moderate acidity and big hop bittness. This has medium body a sticky slick mouth feel and soft carbonation.

This is a beer to age and have one on special occassions.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dusky brown color, creamy tan head, bubbly and inviting. The nose gets a treat, too, rich and sweet, awash in fruit, roasty cocoa, and spices. Invigorating in the mouth as well, fantastically hoppy, hugely malty, roasty coffee-ish flavors rise up in the palate, and coat the realm of the senses. Full-flavored, full-bodied, never-ending finish in this magnificent brew, resting comfortably in the mouth, ushering in pleasure after pleasure.
Reminds me of fine Belgian abbey dubbels more than anything else, though I was led to believe it was to be a doppelbock,( and can it really be so with ale yeast involved?). Whatever, an excellent beer that should be a regular, or at least seasonal, release and another reminder not to expect the expected from Rogue, even after 15 years.
Righteous thanks to weefisheads for the oppurtunity to slip this down my grateful esophogus.

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Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 20 ratings