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Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of youngblood
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip glass.
A - Contrary to what the bottle says, this does not pour black. It pours a very muddy dark brown with about a finger of tan head. Nice bit of visible carbonation.
S - Holy smokes, there's loads of bananas in this! I get a bit of caramel and clove also.
T - The predominent flavor is that banana/alcohol flavor, but it's by no means over powering. As the beer warms, I'm getting some strawberry and even kiwi in this. This is just a very fruity beer!
M - Slightly carbonated, but goes down very smooth, slightly chewing.
D - Hides the alcohol bite very well for an almost 10% and I could've put back a couple more of these. Great warming beer.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool from 12 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Pour is crystal clear and cola colored, light pour with little body. Nice light tan 3/8" head. No lacing.

Aroma is subtle Munich maltiness.

Flavor is mild, caramel and nutty. Very balanced, low bitterness, with a nice dry finish, no cloying sweetness that ruins many doppelbocks.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, you'd never guess that this was a 9.5% beer.

Drinkability is great--even dangerous. No hint of the high alcohol content, not cloying, no boozy nose, just a clean, dark, malty beer. Highly recommended.

Really really good experience. I generally don't like DB's because they are too rich and syrupy, but this beer is refreshing--even chugalicous--not gooey, goes down like a bock or dunkel. I'd love to be able to get this on tap. Goes great with a meal.

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Photo of dfillius
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers of tan head with great retention. Clear dark reddish brown liquid. A nice layer of head remains all the way through. Very good looking!
S: Tobacco, roasty toasty biscuity malt. Interesting and complex. This is the first beer I've smelled tobacco in, but it is there. Some black licorice is definitely lurking in the back as well.
T: Molasses, Li Hing Mui, soy sauce. This beer is more savory than sweet. Tasty, but different. There's a sweet caramelly flavor in the aftertaste later on.
M: Smooth with a little sharp bite. Pretty good. Creamy overall. Some bad breathy feel later.
D: I would order another and buy a sixer of this. A colder weather type of brew, say 50F or colder.

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Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one has a nice label. It pours a very dark color with a tall head that falls slowly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty and sweet with some hints of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very sweet. Plenty of malts are upfront with the sweetness and there isn't much hop character to be found. There is a hint of astringency that comes across the top, but doesn't take much away. The alcohol is hidden extremely well. The body is moderate, surprisingly, I expected it to be thicker than it is. The drinkability is very good for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of AltBock
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with picture of a skull on it. Not your run of the mill skull, a pimp skull. This skull has one of those feather pimp hats on its head. Above the pimp skull is the name of the beer in big green neon letters. To the right of the skull is a description of the beer and a few of the beer's specifications. To the left of the skull is the Atwater symbol of a construction worker toasting the city of Detroit on the Windsor side of the river. No date or batch number anywhere on the bottle.

Appearance: When poured into a Boonville pint glass, this Doppelbock is an extremely dark and murky chestnut brown. To tell you the truth, it was hard to tell what shade of brown it really was because the beer was so damn murky. Even the cherry red highlights were murky. On top of this murky brew was a tiny fizzy head of foam. From what I could see, it was about 1/4 of an inch in height and was an off white color. Since the head of foam was very fizzy, it lasted for only a few seconds and then it completely disappeared. I still can't get over how murky this Doppelbock really was. I doubt I'll ever see another murky Doppelbock like this again.

Smell: Not only was the appearance unique, but the aroma too. The aroma was lightly sour. It wasn't as sour as a Flemish sour, but it was sour for a Doppelbock. This aroma was pleasantly sour with roasted malts, a splash of milk chocolate, a hint of tart cranberries, and then finishes up with some crushed red raspberries. It was a little bit of Doppelbock mixed in with a little Flemish Sour. Very unique and very good.

Taste: The aroma was the precursor to what this beer was going to taste like. The taste was a little bit more sour than what the aroma suggested and there were more berries in here as well. The taste was sour and lightly dry with a pinch of dark roasted malts, a splash of milk chocolate, a very subtle touch of coffee, dried yeast, tart cranberries, a hint of black cherries, crushed red raspberries, and then this dark berry brew finishes up with a slight taste of sweet alcohol. There were more sour qualities than Doppelbock qualities, but it was still a damn good Doppelbock taste. It could have increased the dark roasted flavors and tone down the the tart berry flavors, but it's a unique dopplebock. What are you going to do?

Mouthfeel: For such a "High Gravity Lager" with a 9.5 ABV%, this was more of a medium bodied beer than a full bodied beer. The aftertaste was lightly sour and dry with a small touch of roasted malts, black cherries, and few cranberries. The sour aspect of this beer completely covered up the high ABV%. There was no sign of the ABV% anywhere.

Drinakbility: I like pleasantly sour Doppelbocks, but this one needs to lower the tart and sour flavors and increase the roasted flavors. A little bit more dark roasted flavor should do this beer some justice. Would I drink this beer again? If I was in the mood for a sour berry Doppelbock, I most certainly would.

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Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Deep brown with lots of visible ruby hues in the light. 1ish fingers of highly carbonated light tan head. Not tons of retention and minimal lacing.

S: Deep roasted matls, brown sugar, and an awesome caramel character. Coffee plays an undertone.

T/M: Cooked brown sugar and dried dark fruits. Malts are very robust. Body is medium and carbonation is a bit above average. Alcohol comes out a bit in the finish but mostly hidden throughout.

D: Very tasty and dangerously drinkable. I hope theres more left at the store.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this monster at the beer store last week because I'd never heard of it. Honestly, I hate the label. It reminds me of a sign outside of some cheesey New Orleans bar. Fortunately, the beer was quite good.

Poured a dark brown, almost black, color, with hues of ruby and mahagony shining through when held up to the light. It bore a thick, full-bodied, off-white head, and left some lacing. A good looking beer. The nose was of sweet dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, raisins, nutmeg, and licorice. It was all over the place, and it was quite pleasing to the olfactory senses. It tasted a bit sweet, with a sugary prune/raisin thing going on. Still, it was very nice. And very much a dopplebock. Mouthfeel was smooth and silky.

This beer got better as it warmed up in the glass, and was a fine all around beer. It's big at 9.5% ABV, but the brewers did a fine job masking the high alcohol content. I'd be happy to revisit this one once the weather starts to cool off a bit.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a huge coffee fan. As a matter of fact I have never had a cup in my life, however this beer was different. I scored this beer on how I feel everything came through. The accents were present and it made for a good beer.

A: Poured almost black like a straight black coffee with a tan almost brown head. Traces of the head clung to the glass after it disappeared after a few sips.

S: Strong coffee, roasted malts and hops

T: Coffee mixed with strong roasted malts. No big alcohol kick considering it's close to 8%.

M: Clean and smooth

D; Easy, no carbonation. A good waffle beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

More bottles from my latest Philly run. I am feeling adventurous today and may try to eradicate the bottle backlog that has been an albatross since school started back.

This poured nicely, forming two fingers of foamy, mocha-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with garnet/ruby highlights. Nose was malty sweet, but subdued. I have had some in the style that were syrupy sweet. For me, less sweet = a good thing. Mouthfeel was big and full to the point that I thought that I had a spoonful of pudding in my gob. Whoa! This was extremely smooth with faint tastes of coffee and chocolate and some heat. I got my first swallow down and a moment later, it hit me with the kick of a Missouri mule. Finish was likewise semi-sweet and I also got lingering flavors of salt and licorice. I have not been wildly impressed with Atwater beers up until now, but this was a very good beer.

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Photo of beerman207
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like cola poured in the glass with a decent brown head that hangs around a little while

S: Caramel, almost a belgian spice smell coming through, malt

T: belgian spices, malt, some chocolate, dark fruit

M: Medium carbonation, easy to sip on

D: Could drink this all night - no real alcohol presence considering it's 9.5%.

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Photo of steamingheap
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Deep brown cola color - translucent when held up to a light. Light tan head.

Smell - Malty aroma with a hint of roasted malt and just a touch of alcohol.

Taste - The sweet and roasted malt flavor concealed the alcohol well. Though it started out a little plain, the malt flavor gained some complexity as the beer continued to warm.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and just on the heavy side of moderate.

Drinkability - I rather liked drinking this beer. Though it lacked complexity in the flavor, it was overall very enjoyable. I would have this one again - nice on a very cold winter night.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super deep mahogany almost black, one finger head with decent staying power.

S- Blend of sweet and toasted malts.

T- It feels as though the toasted malts are about to overpower here but they lend way to a nice balance of sweet malts in the finish. A slight hint of spicy hops bring it all together.

M- Spot on for the style.

D- I'll prolly check it out again.

Just a good Dopplebock, worth checking out.

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Photo of wheatman106
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nearly opaque. Poured a small head which dissipated quickly. I noted moderate lacing upon swirling and drinking the beer.

S: Bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, syrup. Definitely deep, rich scents.

T: Opened a little more bitter than I expected, but it only contributed to the excitement and variety of the beer. Notes of bittersweet chocolate and caramel provided the essence of the beer from the middle until the finish. The medium finish expressed a different, spicy caramel taste.

M: Full bodied, heavy, thick, and creamy. The longer you hold this beer in your mouth and lightly swish it around, it becomes more and more creamy giving you a wonderful, tangible reason to savor the finish on this beer.

D: Moderately drinkable. I could enjoy 1 or 2 in a sitting. I liked this beer considerably. Great addition to a cellar, but I would advise against excessive cellaring as it might tone down the beer to the point of unfortunate lack of character.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at RFD in Washington D.C. Dark beer, whitish head, minimal to low carbonation. Smells like roasted malt, no real hop character in the aroma. Also no hops in flavor, that's OK for a doppelbock, just making a note of it. There is some smoke, more than I expected. High malt character in flavor. There is no aftertaste at all, beer finishes completely. Very drinkable, really like this beer. Mouthfeel is full and great.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish black with hints of amber and a lot of rising bubbles. About three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet aroma. Dark roasted malts with hints of burnt toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate,and coffee. Some brown sugar, rye spice, and strong hints of dark fruits including, plum, fig, raisin, and cherry. Some earthy hops and a little citrus hop twang. A very toasty smelling beer.

Taste: Like the aroma indicates, a roasty and sweet taste driven by dark malts. Roasted malts with a taste of dark bread, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Also some brown sugar and a rye like spice. Big undertones of dark fruits including raisins, plum, fig, and a little dark cherry. Some earthy hops add a little balancing bitterness. Very roasty and bready taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Has a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A solid double bock here. Sweet and roasty but balanced.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ten Stone in Philadelphia, I was able to enjoy a pint while seated outside in the late afternoon and this beer went perfectly. It's a dark brown in color, with a short head of frothy bone white foam. When held to the light dark mahogany, crimson, and even some thin glimmers of dark orange highlights appear. The retention was limited, but it is a fairly high alcohol beer, and for all I know it might have been a dirty glass (although there were no bubbles forming on the inside).

In the nose it expressed dark caramel with hints of chocolate, but not in a really sweet way, more of just a maltiness, and that carried over into the flavor.

It wasn't particularly full bodied for the style, but it had some girth; and the carbonation level was just enough to lend a little zest to the tongue.

Back to the flavor, it was well balanced, and dry, relying more on dark malt character than bitterness (as it should be). No hop flavor was particularly discernable, but there was some present in the background; and it finished with a quick fading note of dark, almost scorched caramel. I could tell that there was a bit of alcohol there, but it was very well cloaked in maltiness.

Nicely done!

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light mohogany with reddish hues when the light is show through, has a thin tan head, good carbonation.
the aroma is very clean, malty, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is very clean, malty, hop spice, little bit of prune.
this is a ver good beer very smooth, hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, warm, malty scent that boasts of caramel and roasted malts. It's got a patent malt earthiness to it as well. The taste is good also. It has a smooth roasted and black malt taste. It's dry with bit of burnt toffee sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes with just a bit of warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got a complex malt bill and is full flavored.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Foran's in Detroit.

A - Mahogany with light passing through only the outer edges of the glass. A big creamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

S - Sweet malts and molasses.

T - Mildly sweet, smooth and dark but without any roasted flavors. Some hop bitterness in the finish. You can hardly taste the 9.5% alcohol.

M - Low carbonation (like a lot of the beers at Foran's) with a good consistency.

D - A very balanced beer that's easy to drink. I really liked this one.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew enjoyed at the hop devil in NYC.

A: A nice slightly cloudy deep dark brownish black hue. The head is big thick and creamy. I noticed that some others described it as rootbeer ike and I have to agree. There is little head retention and little to no lacing.

S: Nice big malty aromas. Tons of chocolate and gooey caramel. A hint of raisin and a touch of rum.

T: Very malty brew. Lots of deep dark chocolate flavors with hits vanilla and caramel. I can taste some dark fruits which taste as though they have been soaked in booze and darkened brown sugar.

M: Smooth and rich, This beer is down right creamy with just enough of a booze tingle to cut thru.

D: Easy to drink and rather enjoyable.

Overall: I am usually not a huge fan of this style of beer but this one won my heart from the first sip. Tons of bold flavors which struck me just right. I am beginnig to beleive that the hop devil don't serve a bad beer, and I have yet to start my Kuhnhenn reviews.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with fizzy beige head foaming up and receding fairly quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is molasses and chocolate with hints of dark fruit mixed in. no hops can be found by my nose.
First sip reveals a fine fizzy carbonation that tingles across my tongue. Body is a little thinner than expected but texture has some silky feel to it.
Flavor is very malt heavy as well. I get brown sugar and molasses with a bit of chocolate too. Some warm alcohol comes through on the finish. Fairly drinkable even with the mild heat. No hops on this brew. Pretty nice beer, but could be a little sneaky with the hidden 9.5%.

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Photo of Alkey
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a dark brown with a small tan head that didn't leave lace as it quickly dissipated into just a slight film over the top of the beer. The aroma of this beer is a very faint caramel malt and no noticeable smell of alcohol for a 9.5%. Taste and feel seems a bit watery at first with some slightly darker fruit malt flavors like plums and raisins. This brew seems to lack in the flavor department but is a very easy drinking beer with a well hidden ABV that I'm sure would sneak up on you if your not careful.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yesterday (30MAY09) I picked up a 4-pack of this ($10.29 plus dep) at The Liquor Shop. After a little yard-work, I headed to the 'Zebo with 2 bottles, an imperial pint glass, and the stereo tuned to classic rock, WZLX 100.7 FM. Life is good!

Poured a clear, deep, rich chestnut hue, with garnet sparkles at the edges. Beauteous! Head was creamy and tan, topping off at 1/4" and then proceeding to go through a slow ebb to end at a thin covering. Nice stick was left behind. Nose was malty, with caramel (as opposed to what the label says, "...derived from two 'carmel' malts...". Good brewers; poor proof-readers! Has some toffee, too, with a bit of flowery-ness as well. Though fairly smooth on the tongue, it lacks a bit in the body-department (especially for a DBock).

Flavor leads-off with some light sweetness. Not overly strong, as the label suggests, but just enough. A nice level of caramel and toffee kick in to produce a solid malt backbone. A hint of brown sugar comes into play, followed by some subtle floral hopping. A pleasant level of sweetness lingers on the palate, though there could be more malt, imo. And, this is 9.5% ABV? Really? Where?? It's verry well-hidden. Better as it warms, of course, Voodoo is a solid, middle-tier Doppel.


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4


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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a steamed glass. The liquid is dark with good carbonation and a nice rich tan head.

The smell is sweet with mild dark fruits.

The taste is quite nice. Dark fruits plums raison and a hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, Medium body but quite nice indeed.

The drinkability is great I like this beer and am glad I have 3 more. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of GRPunk
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- The body was a clean, dark brown with lots of small bubbles of carbonation. There was a 2 finger, tan head that never really fully dropped and left some light sticky spots on the glass.

S- It was heavy on the sweeter malts giving a slightly fruity feeling. I picked up something of a raisin aroma mixed with caramel.

T- There were great malt flavors, again of caramel and raisin. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M- It's a little higher on the carbonation and it had a little hop bite. Overall, there was a really nice, full feel that I'd expect from a Doppelbock.

D- It's a good drinker. The deceptive strength can really sneak up on you if you're not careful.

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