Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13%
 
 
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 30
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Lnedrive14
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Bauer Wines. Glad to have another doppelbock on the shelf.

Not quite as malty as I would have liked - lacked the balance that many of the best doppelbocks have. the result was a beer that's alcohol presence was a bit too strong as the beer hit the back of the palate. Dark fruits dominate the taste - no real hop bitterness or sweetness.

I think the result is a fairly one dimensional brew. Not bad, by any means, but certainly not one of the greats.

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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 ppoitras
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Gold wax sealed cap, with hangtag that further IDs it as the "Brewmaster Premium Reserve".

Poured into a large chalice, formed a 3/8" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head fades down at a moderate speed, with minimal, quick-falling lace. Aroma is dark fruits and hearty booze, although lacking a bit of the sweetness I'd look for. Taste is also light on sweetness upfront, quickly transitioning to a quick shot of the dark fruitiness, a hot fusel-type alcohol flavor, and then closing with bitterness coupled with alcohol heat. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not quite what I was looking for or expecting here. It's probably not as bad as this all paints it to be, but many of the Sprecher products I have enjoyed had led me to set the bar high for them. Hopefully this one will do well with some age.

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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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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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