Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock Aged In Oak Bourbon BarrelsBrewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by emerge077 on 08-18-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

liter growler poured into a pilsener glass. pours dark chocolate brown with one finger of tan head that remains for a couple minutes. no lacings.

aroma is malty, with a distinct earthy character from the oak bourbon barrels. malt notes include caramel, a bit of chocolate, and a touch of roasted. nicely proportioned.

taste is malty and rich up front, with caramel, chocolate, a bit of roasted malt and the same earthy quality from the oak bourbon barrels. the bourbon imparts a touch of sourness to the brew, which works with the alcohol to produce an aged-like quality. very pleasant.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth and creamy texture, and a light bite from alcohol and CO2. finishes on a oak note with residual malt.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth and drinkable brew with solid proportioning and great concentration. excellent brew from Sprecher. cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a deep garnett color with a sticky one finger toasted almond colored head that held pretty well,you can tell this is a big sweet monster from the aromas,vanilla,caramel,dark fruit,chocolate,and toasted oak all play a part,then the sweet alcohol begins to show as it warms.With all that sweetness I expected a full chewey feel but it actually was a little light,I think the only real flaw to this beer.Vanilla tinged bourbon,dark fruit,and caramel are the main flavors with a nice toastiness in the finish.As it warms the alcohol again really comes into play.Nice malt complexities and warm,its a sipper,I thought it would be,the barrel aging isnt over done,wich is a good thing.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This beer is gorgeous. It is a dark brown but bright with a modest but staying brownish-white head. The head was completely even and the bubbles were so tight it just made the whole sight worth savoring.

Smell - The nose here is predominantly a pleasant maltish sweetness with a good bit of woody oak. The oak is big and full of vanilla. It's almost a bit too big because this beer has some luscious malts that are having trouble getting through.

Taste - Yes, the oak is definitely more than I would have preferred, and it's that sweetish vanilla kind of woody flavor that is over the top. It's the opposite of the subtle oak flavors in the oaked Bastard if you've ever had that. There's also a hint of smokiness, which I like. I actually really like the flavor of the DB but the oak just overpowers the profile.

Mouthfeel - This is shy of medium-bodied and a bit on the flat side. I know this isn't a high-carb style of beer but the wimpy body made the mild carbonation seem insufficient at best.

Drinkability - I liked this beer a lot more than it seems from the review. It couldn't have looked better, really, but the lack of balance and the inadequate mouthfeel left me wanting for a better brew on this night.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Capone's in Norristown. Bottled in the Winter of 2007/2008 as per the 1L bottle. Dark in appearance. Thin head. Smell & taste are sweet and mostly of the oak bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth but I do detect a bit of the 9% ABV. An interesting beer since there are not too many dopplebocks with oak & this is tasty.


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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. L: Pours brilliant deep brown under a luscious, sudsy 2” light tan foam collar that produces thick ledges of lace. S: Rich malt, traces of bourbon and vanilla, a hint of wine and plum or raisins. T: Rich malt, plum or raisin, bourbon, vanilla, hints of chocolate and caramel. F: Creamy, sweet and thick. Soft palate with very finely textures bubbles. O: A beer for when there is a nip in the air

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Photo of MASPuros
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Liter swing top bottle

A: rich dark mahogany brown with cream colored head. Light shines through pretty clear. Minimal lacing

S: mmmm smells like a See's Candy store ... caramel, butterscotch and vanilla. Some bourbon.

T: Sweet malts, toffee, caramel ... with bourbon backbone, with little aftertaste. Slight heat form alcohol but not unpleasant at all

M: Very smooth yet sticky and slick.

D: This is a sipper but oh what a sipper.

Highly recommended this has to be the best beer I've ever tasted so far.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

389 Liters bottled, Spring 2007
Purchased directly from the brewery

Pours into a weizen glass with a finger plus of tan cappucino foam. Glints of vermillion in the light, on closer inspection it's a clear caramel brown. Well carbonated, the bottle opened with a pop...

Quality bourbon in the nose, vanilla, caramel, with a huge malty presence. It's got a distinctive "dessert beer" characteristic with it's rich caramel and chocolate flavors. Long finish, fairly sweet, oak dryness with traces of Bourbon lingering on the palate. Not a huge beer, being a lager, but the barrel-aging certainly adds a positive dimension to the Doppelbock.
Split this with a friend for a more painless morning after...

Notes: This makes a fine blend with New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Imagine a chocolate covered raspberry, soaked in Bourbon...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Liter bottle split and poured into a Sprecher Nonic. 9.0% ABV, 9351 written on the back of the bottle.

A - Clear and super dark brown with a big, loose tan head. Lower retention went down to a thin layer and left only little bits of lace on the glass.

S - Big malty sweet nose that's very bready with a bold but well-balanced bourbon barrel hint. The aroma is very smooth and robust. Sure to be a fantastic beer already!

T - Very bold bread-like malts with a robust bourbon barrel finish. Low boozy alcohol flavor that's warm and calming with nuances of brown sugar and molasses. Very, very good.

M - Smooth and robust with a medium-full body and warm, clean finish.

D - Just like the Sprecher barrel aged russian imperial stout, I could put this bottle down myself but it would take the better part of an evening. An awesome beer from Sprecher I want to get more of!

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Photo of Bootscraper
3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

served at about 50 degrees F in pint glass, listening to Fen- "The Malediction Fields"
Sprecher's Dopple Bock is already the favorite brew of mine, by this home-town brewery. I thought it was about time that I picked some more up again just for the sake of giving it a proper review though. That is when I went to Woodman's and saw this limited edition version of it (they also had a scotch ale). Needless to say, I was rather disappointed.
The pour created an almost 1 inch very tan head, but quickly shrank to a thin layer (and eventually nothing) after a few minutes. The color was a deep brown, borderline black, significantly radiating a red hue when tilted and/or held up to light.
The smell was pretty subtle, almost thin, and smelled greatly of bourbon mixed with those chocolaty malts. It seemed pretty inviting, but at first taste... Wooooah: Bourbon. And it slightly builds towards the finish. I at least gave this brew a decent rate in the taste category because it is what is.
If you like hard liquor, I can see how you would enjoy this. I however, do not. I was looking for the familiar roasted and very dark chocolate flavors, but it seems to be drowned out by all that bourbon on my particular pallet. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. However, it must be emphasized that there isn't much else going on here.
It was medium-bodied, and quite sticky in the mouth. Something I expected and enjoy. Fairly smooth, and has a nicely balanced finish too.
The drinkability is where this "beer" really takes it's hit, in my humble opinion. First of all, it only comes in a wine-sized bottle, and you have to bring on a gnarly buzz in order to finish one. I am actually drunk now and have to piss like a garden hose. I normally would never introduce price as a factor in a review either, but one of these bottles set me back about $14. Basically, it means that even if this was a very delicious beer, it would still be all but physically impossible to give it a perfect rating in drinkability. And it's anything but delicious... all those hard liquor notes, you are pretty much better off just buying a bottle of bourbon, I think.
This bottle will make a fine piece in my collection, but I still recommend just buying Sprecher's regular Dopple Bock instead.

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Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep mahogany with a crimson outer rim when held to the light. A tan head slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is splattered around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, vanilla, raisins, plums, cocoa, with doughy bread.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standout bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, warming, and sugary. Slightly thin finish but decent body overall.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle hand labeled 9351, whatever that means... purchased about a year ago.

Aromas are dominated by sweet malts, a little roast, lots of dark caramels, molasses, dark wheats and a whole bunch of oakiness (which encompasses vanilla and burnt sugar).

The tastes are amazing; very complex. Lots of dark malt flavors, chewy malts, burnt sugar, caramels, wheat, dark fruits, wowzeers. Really no alcohol detection except for the fact that the mouthfeel is seriously thick and chewy, which I know means high ABV (normally). Oakiness lingers throughout which is quite enjoyable, but it never dominates, which is a key.

Funny how I haven't mentioned hops yet, that's because they do not exist as far as my taste buds can sense.

Overall this beer is delicious... period. It is slightly syrupy, slightly boozy, but mainly wow! Caramels, burnt sugar, and definitely some hints of German yeast combined with booze as it warms, but it is never abrasive, ever. Enjoyed this over a 2 hour period while eating a pork tenderloin and a bountiful helping of seasoned potatoes and fresh farmers market produce with a beer infused mustard dip.

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Photo of narmada
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large 1L bottle with snap on top, thanks to tai4ji2x for sharing this with me. The bottle is from Feb, 2007.

A: Light head fades quickly over very dark mud brown color.

N: Sweet malts, a little roast, lots of dark crystal, molasses, caramel, some dopplebock like aromas with touches of dark wheat, hints of oak and vanilla, and booze.

T: Lots of dark malt flavors, chewy malts, lots of dark crystal and dark wheat, tons of brown sugar, raisin, molasses, and syrup. Pretty fruity as well. Lots of sweetness, with even a hint of candi sugar. With all that sweetness, syrup, and malt comes quite a boozy taste and warming booze. It drinks like 12% not 9%, especially for 3 years in the bottle. There is also some bourbon flavors and lots of oak and vanilla. There is a bit of bitternes in there too, with hints of earthy hops.

M: Lighter to medium, and lower but decent carbonation.

F: Some bitterness again, with hints of earthy hops late. Again some sweetness and syrupy with more lingering brown sugar, lots of raisin and fruit, as well as some candi sugar lingering. There is also a bit of smoke and some maple with lingering bourbon and oak. Lots of vanilla as well. The boozy taste and warming booze drinks a lot heavier than it is.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1liter waxed swing top bottle poured into a snifter. Summer 2008 printed on the label; man, I did not realize this was that old!

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color with subtle mahogany highlights. Produced a nice tan colored head with great retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nice lightly roasted profile. Bits of cocoa, raisin and molasses with a subtle caramel and toffee sweetness. Finishes dry and a subtle vanilla oak.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A nice mellow caramel/toffee/vanilla sweetness to it with plenty of raisins. Very minimal roasted components.

(M)- A good carbonation level dispite 2+ years of age. A tad thinner than expected, but still has flavor to back it up. Very smooth yet dry finish.

(D)- This has held up really well despite being a Dopplebock. Smooth; mellow flavors that go down easy. Has started to thin out a bit, but still solid.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Finally glad to have found a bottle of this one, the last of the Sprecher barrel-aged brews for me (I believe). It pours a clear dark russet topped by finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises butter, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, and buttercream. The whiskey doesn't come through as powerfully as it did with the others. The taste does not differ from the smell. At all. Fair enough. Still pretty good, if you ask me. The body leans toward a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and an almost chewy feel. Overall, a solid d-bock, though the barrel-aging doesn't seem as ... thorough as I'd have expected, and the distinctive doppelbock-iness isn't really all there either. That said, it is rather enjoyable regardless.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 L bomber into a pint glass. It pours a deep/dark brown, basically opaque when held to the light. A 3/4 inch tan head forms and reduces to a mild over-the-top lacing.

The aroma is a bit light with an up front oaky vanilla that seems to predominate. A bit of bourbon is also present.

The taste is quite good. The oaky vanilla seems to hit first, followed by a caramel malt/dark fruit sweetness finished by a bourbon goodness. Yum!

The mouthfeel seemed a bit low on carbonation with a medium/heavy body. This goes down smooth and creamy leaving just a faint oaky/leathery texture behind.

Overall, this is a very good beer and I believe would be higher in the ranks given more access. It goes down well, have an elevated, but not too high ABV and provides a large dose of taste. Very good.

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken on 4/17/10

1 liter large brown swingtop bottle dipped in red wax and hand numbered 9351 in red paint on the lower bottom portion of the back of the bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with a finger of creamy tan head that laces all about the glass. Retains fairly well for a barrel aged beer. Aroma of this beer is mostly dominated by the bourbon oak character: vanilla and wood. Taste initially is a mixture of dark sugar, raisins and oak smokiness with dark malt flavor and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Medium feel with moderate carbonation. Lingering taste of dark grains and oakiness left in the mouth. As it warms more of the alcohol shines through.

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Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle, poured into a pint.

Dark amber in color, with a tan head, a little small, but well retained.
Aroma is malty as expected, caramel mostly, some vanilla, quite noticeable bourbon notes.
Medium bodied, mostly a clean sweet malty taste, but not cloying given some balancing bourbon heat that is not excessive.
Interesting, well crafted dopplebock.

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Photo of paytoplay
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1L bottle, bottle date notes winter 2007-2008. Better than the last oak aged Sprecher 1L. Slight sweetness, boozy as expected. Nice carbination. Great mouthfeel and intigrated oak / bourbon barrel aging. Carmel and a bit more roasted malt / coffee. Very nice and plenty in the bottle to share with others. And Alc in check at 7.5% is also nice.

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Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -24.6%

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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 46 ratings