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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple BockBrewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock
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Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2006

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30
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39
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13%
 
 
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Photo of Estarrio
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from an attractive black and gold bottle with an elegant mystique. The cap is sealed with gold wax, which prevents oxidation and looks very, very cool. There seemed to be a date but unfortunately, it was illegible.

Poured a very dark, translucent amber with a large, off-white head. The head was foamy and chunky with decent retention and impressive lacings.

The aroma is very sweet malt with chocolate, dark fruit and some bread scents.

The taste is sweet, roasted malt and plum/raisin up front. Chocolate, burnt caramel, oats and a slightly bitter finish balance the sweetness. Suggestions of alcohol are noticeable in the aftertaste and a warming in the throat; otherwise it is very well masked for 8%. As this warms to room temperature, the sweetness yields to a more complex array of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, toffee, dark fruit and a bitter, doughy finish. The different roasted malts are present throughout, leaving a pleasant roasted aftertaste. This is a very complex, big beer that rewards a patient drinker for letting it breath.

This has a nice mouthfeel and is well carbonated. I imagined it being creamier but it is still very nice on the palate. This is surprisingly drinkable for a full-bodied brew.

This is an extremely impressive Dopplebock. In fact it rivals my favorite Celebrator at a small margin of the cost. I’m looking forward to aging several more bottles.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured so easily with a minimal amount of head that I nearly filled my 50 CL glass with it. It's deep brown to black coloring was comforting to my wife as she really likes malty beers and we were standing around in the kitchen while baking a salmon steaks. I could almost taste it just by looking at it.

The first taste was as fine as the last with the pronounced malty character upfront and personal amid a few dark fruit and caramel flavors. The mouth feel and taste left me begging for more like some....I shouldn't mention that here...

I think this could only be outdone with a tap or even a cask serving.

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Photo of Billolick
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, black and gold theme, waxed/rubbery cap top. Pours dark, murky mahogony, with a 1/2 inch tan head that departs pretty quickly and then leaves just some minor spotty bits of lacing. The nose is full of malt, vanilla, honey and herbal goodness. This is a rich, malty brew, plenty of flavor and character. Notes of more caramel, herbal sweet malts. Just a hint of balancing hops and a hint of smoky bourbon. Nice, bold, flavorful, warming Doppelbock. Well worth a try and MUCH better then the Russ. Impy Stout that is packaged the same way!

Purchased @ New Beer Distributors/NYC, NY

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a huge mass swing top bottle to a tall steamed glass. the liquid is dark brown but clear. It has good head and some lace but fades to just a ring.

The smell is light mild fruity but has some alcohol burn to it.

The taste is very nice. This is quite good, dark fruit and some alcohol with some interesting chocolate notes most unlike the huge stouts I've been drinking. This one is a very nice change of pace.

The mouthfeel is good smooth and creamy, with quite nice carbonation. The body is lighter then most DBs but it is very enjoyable.

This is a welcome suprise I'm really liking this brew.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

And a big thanks to objectivemonkey and NFLMVP for letting me have a good supply of this brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice shade of dark brown and settles a lowly inky black with a slight plummy/eggplant cast in certain light. Dawning the top is a large bubbly foam of tannish hue which slips away after a few minutes to a bubbled collar ring and a very light whisp of film. Big globular lacing drips down like chunks of wax.

Aroma is fabulously deep and deceptive with a tender sweet tang of oaky soaked vanilla pods, full dark cherry skins, raisin, molasses, and light figgyness. The darker malt base is evident and quite lovely to behold on the nose and that addition of oak aging has done its magic.

Taste is smooth and ever dark with a well-balanced malty tang and ping, and/or pang on the palate of dark fruity notions that tend to bring out a bit more raisin then the aroma eluded too. Good amounts of raisin paste, duly noted vanilla and molasses hit an even scale of length as its soft, smooth, and easy nature glides down with an immediate girth of dark fruity maltyness. Oaky sweetness and twinged-in red wine-like hints are intertwined among the raisin, dark cherry, and fig. Dark and grapey in a sense, covered quickly in a soft delicate dark blanket of raisin and figified molassesness. Finish is soft and feathery dry, a bit light with a brief but building growth of ever changing notes of chocolate mixing with some of the dark malt sweetness. This has nice flavors that meld well together, however, it comes up a bit low key and under bodied for what it's offering. Seems like it could be a tad bolder and bigger. That said though, I can't complain about it too much, as it is meticuluosly subtle and lovingly smooth. I like the chocolate notes alot in this one. Helps even out the tang a bit in the finish, and more so as it warms.

Overall loftily easy and smooth to the feel, nearly creamy, slight touch of carbonation, if not just the oaky bite and titch of soured wine-ish drying that only lasts a moment before its covered up by its subtle layers of dark malt tang and chocolatey featheryness.

A fun, fun treat by Sprecher! One to share; or hoard. Alot more to like about it then to dislike no doubt, and unholy, if not down right easy to drink. Smooth, soft, subtle and dark (sorry no "s"in that one) and an enlightment of complexity and marksmanship that begs for more...but the big bottle will do ya just fine...seek out and enjoy.

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Photo of Derek
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep chestnut/mohoganny, light-tan head, not much retention, initially a nice lace.

S: Dark bready malt, dark fruit, demerara sugar, light spice.

T: Taste is just like the aroma: Dark bready malt, dark fruit, demerara sugar, slight caramel, well-balanced bitterness, alcohol is lightly warming. (almost a 4.5).

M: Moderate-full body is well-attenuated without much residual sweetness at all. Moderate carbonation.

D: Great.

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Photo of aaronh
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Minneapolis a while back - just got around to trying it. Nice deep brown body with a decent head. Shows excellent rentention. Aroma is all about the malt. I found myself just enjoying the aromas for a few minutes before taking even the first sip. Taste is again mostly malty caramel with a touch of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is solid, but not as rich as say a Celebrator or Optimator. Drinkability is good. I was unware this was a limited release. I should have bought a few more. How many beers have I said that for before....

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cola color with a rather small head (though foam billowed from the lip of the bottle, initially); not much lacing left behind, either

Smell: Dark fruit and caramel, redolent of figs and

Taste: Date and fig flavors, up front, buttressed by caramel and chocolate elements, underneath; the promising flavors flatten out a bit, after the swallow, and fail to follow through in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: Although not a top flight doppelbock, this is a pretty nice example of the style, with some complexity and moderate sweetness

Note: This bottle was the 22oz capped with wax, and though I suspect it may be the same brew as the regular doppelbock, I reviewed it here as it is the Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Series; I have cellared this bottle for several years and it held up rather nicely

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classy lookin' black and gold bottle label that says 8% alcohol on there somewhere. Gold colored wax covering the bottlecap.
Lookin good, both inside and outside the bottle. Pours nearly black in color, with a generous creamy tan head which leaves plenty of foam and lacing on the glass; the body of the brew is a deep brown or mahogany when held to strong, direct light.
The odors are good, strong, and appropriate for a doppelbock. Rich, malty scents, sweetened bread scents, dark fruit scents... all of which advertise something deep and rich in flavor.
Said flavor isn't quite as deep and rich as the scents would lead you to believe, but they are still pretty ballsy. Chocolate raisin bread is what comes to mind for me. Maybe a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Still reasonabley light for something with pretty strong flavors which bumps up the drinkability on this.
This doesn't strike me as being very German, but this does strike me as a very good American rendition of a very German style. Plenty of tasty, roasted flavors; has a nice sweetness without it being cloying. Fans of the Baltic porter should take a look-see at this one.
Good stuff. I look forward to other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but well-balanced with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar up front, but it's not overly sweet. There's a little bit of smokiness that comes in next and further pronounces the roasted malt character. There's a little bit of an alcohol sting and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, since I never had this beer fresh, it's hard for me to tell what an approximate year and a half of aging has done for this beer. However, overall, it's good beer that is worth sipping for a while.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, with an unusual cap attached to a metallic hinge, I have only seen a few like this.
Dated spring 2007.
Nice looking very dark brew, with multiple red overtones and a fluffy tan head that unfortunately has almost no rentention or lacing.
Aroma is caramelized and alcoholic, powerful bourbon and oak notes.
Taste is as expected, warmingly alcoholic, some sweetish caramel notes, perhaps a bit more alcohol than it should have, but still pleasant.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black) and has lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. Some yeast particles are visible floating in suspension.
S: There are sweet aromas of raisins and other dark fruits in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is rather sweet and has flavors of dark fruits such as cherries and raisins.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate. It isn't as thick and full-bodied compared to other types of doppelbocks.
D: This beer goes down rather easily because it doesn't have a heavy body. The alcohol is also well masked from the taste.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33.8 oz bottle into base dimpled chalice.

Pours a lovely cola color with a minimal head that may be attributed to the glassware choice. I just can't fathom drinking a beer this big in a Pils glass. Sticky lacing is left on the glass, but it recedes down to the beer.

Aroma is figs and dates, candy and turbinado sugar. Sweet abundant malt and molasses.

Taste is roasted malt giving way to a fig and date sweetness that presents a smallish chocolate flavor. Very sweet on the finish, almost cloyingly so. The sweetness can be forgiven though as this is a double bock and it's supposed to be a big beer. The 8.0 ABV is hidden well drowning in the toasted and sweet malt flavors that run rampant. Dusty yeast peeks it's head in and disappears almost instantly. Coffee and a small amount of char come in just to visit.

Mouthfeel is full and thick, almost oily. The carbonation is a little thin, maybe from the way it's bottled. The malt makes this one chewy and substantial, very nice.

This is a very good American Dopple. Very substantial and full of flavor. Worth looking for.

(edit after investigation) I just read the other reviews and I must say that this beer may have been chillin' out for AWHILE so, my review may be age biased, but I'm not sure.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this might be the same beer as the other Sprecher doppelbock. My bottle looks nothing like the image on this page, I'm just going off what Sprecher's website and my bottle says.

A tasty doppelboch no doubt. A little thicker than the likes of Optimator and smoother. There's also a bit more bitterness (though not much) and a dash of spicy hops flavor at the end of the beer. The rest of this doppel is dominated by the rich, dark, fruity malt. There's the typical licorice edge and that's backed by rich caramel and cherry.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours burnt umber into my goblet with red highlights appearing when held to the light. Retention is minimal, as well as carbonation and haze.

S: molasses, raisins, and prunes dominate this malty-sweet bouquet.

T: bitter-sweet, with sweet raisins and molasses in the front , and hops and alcohol in the back to balance things out.

M: full bodied and slightly sticky from residual sugars.

D: A well-made doppelbock. Nothing more, nothing less. Check it out of it's around you, but not really worth seeking out.

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Photo of NOOGIE
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apperance: Poured straight into a mug with thin layer of foam which hangs around for a couple of seconds. Dark browns and reeds in the color.

Smell: Smell hits you right away with the twist of the cap. Numerous smells appear, bread grains, malts, caramel, chocolate, and a little fruity.

Taste: The taste along with the smell has numerous effects. The main taste is chocolate along with caramel, and the woody malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is kind of disappointing, mostly your left with the woody taste of chocolate that lingers in your mouth.

Drinkability: Drinkability is above average. Not to heavy in the mouthfeel, which makes it a quick drink.

Not sure if this is the same beer, but it is named such, but two rams on the bottle. Worth a try.

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Photo of fosterific
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was dark amber with a 2 finger head at the top. A large malty aroma filled the room with the pour, not kidding.
So as you can imagine there was caramel, chocolate aroma with just a touch of fruity hops smell if you try hard.
The taste is smooth and well balanced with a finish of dry alcohol. This is an easy drinking dopple bock.
The mouth feel starts creamy then quickly switches to a medium body.
I might only have at most 2 of these at a sitting; it is a good slow, easy drink, perfect for a Saturday afternoon in January.
I really liked the balance for the beer, it was well done. I guess that is why it premium reserve!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A wax dipped, 22 ounce bomber bottle split with brothercannon. Poured into matching mugs, the doppel appears a clear, deep chestnut color with about two fingers of pillowy light ecru foam. Aromas and flavors of dark fruits, dates, raisins, sweet caramelized malt, dark bread, rich toasted grain and a hint of chocolate. Rather thick and nearly full bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Any doppelbock fan should seek this one out.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle with new label displaying 8.0% ABV; served in a snifter.

Pours clear, dark, ruby-brown, with a small off-white head that never completely covers the body and is soon gone. Some lacing nonetheless.

Aroma is sweet, with hints of black bread, brown sugar, and dried plums.

Flavor: Sweet up front, but balancing bitterness kicks in at the finish.

Medium body and near medium carbonation.

Overall: very good example of style.

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Photo of clickpush
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 22oz bottle to tulip. Lays a thick one and a half inch active dark tan head that goes away quickly amid vigorous bubble activity. Body is dark brown with ruby edgings and no visible bubbles within. After head has subsided a flat cap of healthy foam remains.

Nose: Pungent yeast and fresh grains. Dark sweet notes of plum and brown sugar. Weak aroma of lager type hops and fading thick hay. An aura of overripe fruits adds some undesirable thickness to an otherwise appealing smell.

Mouth: Unlike the smell, the mouth is full of roast malt flavors. The mouthfeel enters well but foams up a bit as it moves back and the swallow is weak. Excellent roasty after tastes that define the difference between burnt toast and a subtle roast. Some sweet flavors linger with fruity esters, and the after taste is extremely well balanced between the bitter roast flavors, the sweeter characters, and some peppery yeast qualities.

Good, but the mouthfeel really kills the drinkability of this one.

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Photo of Naugled
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with wax seal. A PITA to open! Served in a small chalice.

A: very nice walnut brown color, clear but not transparent, nice medium tan head that dies off quickly.

S: roasted malts up front, with smokey sour notes in the background

T: malt up front with a pleasant tangy sourness, and a little sweetness. Flavor is reminiscent of unripe plums. Not sure if it was meant to be based on other reviewers. There was a little peaty smokiness in the background as well. Very complex profile, but not sure if it all worked together as well as it could.

M: nice medium body, rich silky feel but still spritzy on the tongue.

D: not bad, a peculiar dopple bock with too much character. A very memorable beer.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a swingtop one litre bottle (numbered 9174) into a Duvel tulip.

Dark garnet colored with a fluffy, biege two finger head that recedes with unseemly haste. A little lacing persists.

The aroma is very sweet and malty with a definite raisany character.

The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely but there's a coffee presence, both in the flavor and in some excess bitterness, that I could live without.

The mouthfeel is very pleasant - viscous enough to be satisfying but thin enough to be drinkable. Very nice carbonation, too.

If not for the lingering bitterness this would be a very, very nice dopplebock. As it stands, it's still very drinkable but I'd probably pick something else off the shelf next time.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, flute, mug or pilsner glass? I think I'll go with the later. It looks the best. A twist off waxed cap - don't recall ever seeing that.
Nice complex, yet soft and mild aroma. Darker malts. Toasty with softer fruit (pushing plum). Nice and steady presentation.
Very clear with pretty garnet highlight. Head is cream colored and smallish. It quickly moves to a schmear and a ring.
Pleasing rich beginning. Alcohol is notable pretty quickly (in flavor and warmth) and possibly a little too strong (dominant). Sweet and toasty up front. Pushes burnt in back leaving not as pleasing as I'd like finishing flavor. Fruit presents in background and is milder than in aroma.
Smooth, but not quite enough. Nicely carbonated (soft and full). Moderate overall feel.
Disappointed in the flavor. Seems muddled and too hot. Everything else I liked quite a bit.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Dark mahogany (yet clear) in color with a half finger of fizzy tan head that lasts for a little more than a minute, leaving no real lacing behind.

S. Figs and raisins on a sweet toffee malt aroma.

T. Sweet malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, a touch of garnish-level smokiness in the finish. No real discernable hopping stands out but that's okay by the style. Not the richest volume of flavor I've had in a doppelbock but it hits an accessible intro sort of flavor concentration for the style. The smokiness is a nice little flourish on the back end.

M. Only medium thickness with lighter-medium carbonation levels. Could stand to have some more carbonation action.

If it was just slightly amplified and better carbonated this one could have been amazing.

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Photo of steveh
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Went looking for Sprecher's Winter Fest and found this instead. Tried their previous Doppel a few years ago and liked it well enough, let's see how this one goes down.

12 ounce brown bottle with a myriad of coding -- none of which tells me anything outright.

A -- Clear, deep dark chestnut color with a dense, light tan head.

S -- Earthy, bready, spicy, light dark fruit nose. There's some mild caramel or milk chocolate up front, but it's too light to discern. Very nice all around.

T -- Hmm... a mellow malt roastiness up front, reminiscent of Schwarzbier, black cherry characters follow, finishes with a very hot, peppery alcohol that's not terribly smooth. The alcohol dominates the aftertaste with a touch of fusil character. The roastiness mellows with the duration of the drink, but not the hot alcohol.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, somewhat syrupy with warmth, with a medium-robust body and very dry finish.

O -- This beer is trying too hard to be in-your-face. The roasted malts and hot alcohol aren't to-style for a good Doppelbock; which ought to lull you into a sense of false security with mellow, sweet malt and smooth drinking -- before you discover the bar stool is too tall for your legs. This beer slaps you in the face from the first sip. I like many of Sprecher's beers, been a fan since the beginning, but this beer seems like a new home-brewer's take on Doppelbock -- throw everything into the pot and wait until it kicks you in the teeth.

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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
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