Mediator | Heater Allen Brewing

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Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ccrida on 04-16-2009

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of danielpollard
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Deep brown color. Clear with no haze. Head is off white and only stayed around for the first few sips.

S- Very roasty smell, almost has a burnt note. Has a hint of caramel sweetness.

T- Very smooth malt flavor. No perceptable hop presence. Lingering burnt roast finish with a hint of dark fruit.

O- Very smooth with warming alcohol. Would be better without the bitter malt taste. Dark fruit notes should develop with more age.

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Photo of buffs9
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ups to my boy Hank for sending this one to me. Surprised there are so few reviews on this one.

A- Deep brown color with some plum color highlights. Good finger and a half of head that fades to a thin layer.

S- Roasted malts and what seems like dried cherries.

T- Very little hops, a nice roasty flavor that finishes w/ a small amount of tart fruit, very slightly sour in the end

O- Needs a bit more depth, or perhaps this bottle is past its prime (no date anywhere)

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of vkv822
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy amber hued burnt-orange with a thin, light tan head.

The nose and taste are quite malty, lots of biscuit.

A medium body, active, prickly carbonation.

A pleasant beer, though not very com,plex.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma has a strong cotton candy smell, not bad.
The taste is nice, sweet with a touch of bitter in the middle to end.
The texture is sticky and thicker.
A solid doppelbock.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle purchased at Belmont Station. (Apparently one of the only places in town stocking bottles.)

A: Pour yields about a 2 inches of foam. Color is a very pleasant brown-red combination. Can almost see through this one.

Smell: Heavy on the biscuit, malt, caramel. Toasted oat.

Taste: More biscuit and caramel. There's a decent bitterness to balance this all out on the tongue, though I actually could have gone with a little bit less to even the scale.

Mouthfeel: Solid. This one doesn't leave much after the fact, though.

Overall: An enjoyable doppelbock. I always enjoy Heater Allen beers, but I was expecting a bit more than this one delivered. Well worth picking up if you get the chance, but it's not going to change your perspective on the style.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Murrhey
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Portland's Belmont Station for $5.50. Poured from a bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont.

A- Four-finger light brown head. Rapidly eroding head, lasts about two-minutes before ending in a dense, foamy inch thick head. Dark amber color with relatively high clarity.

S- Dark fruits, vinous notes, caramel, toffee, and a slight bit of brandy. Candi sugar and a sweet malt body.

T- Slightly bitter caramel, some fruitiness. Surprisingly chocolaty. Not a typical Doppelbock. I like it.

M- Medium bodied and dry finish. Nothing stands out for me in the feel.

O- Overall an acceptable bock. Not a Celebrator, but nice in its own way.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light brownish red, slight haze, light malt colored head dies to thin layer.
faint caramel, plum smell, subtle old leather and tobacco aroma (interesting, i don't usually pick those scents out. i kinda like it) aroma. mild flavor, currants, malt, very mellow. complements a salad with cranberries and bleu cheese quite well.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods.

A mildly hazy reddish mahogany with a dense, beige head with decent retention and lacing, this looks pretty decent. The nose has some toffee and caramel, with a little bit of bread along with a fruity plum aroma. It does not, however, have the deep and rich caramelization notes that some of my favorites have. Moderately hoppy (not surprising, given how fresh this is), there's an earthy hop note here.

The palate is initially over-carbonated, but once that settles down, it allows the flavors to really come through. What this beer lacks in intensity, it makes up for by subtelty. A very nice blend of caramel, toffee, a little bit of bread, some fruit (plums, grapes), all very nicely balanced. The palate is just barely medium bodied (and that's noticeable only once the carbonation dies down), lacking in heft compared to its brethren from Germany. A moderate hop bitterness is present on the finish, along with the fruity sweetness. As with all their lagers, this one is ridiculously clean. That said, this is, IMO, a rare miss from this brewery.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Handsome dark amber with a fine-grained foam in the shaker. Pleasantly sudsy mouthfeel. Cinnamon in the nose.

This is sweet. And rather bitter in the aftertaste. Was there something else you'd like to know? There is actually an interesting complexity as the sugar subsides and the roasted malt flavors take over. Sort of a buttery, Old Ale note. Caramel comes to mind, but this has a leaner, woodier edge with a hint of the very dark.

Overall this more drinkable than a lot of Doppelbocks. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.

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Photo of popery
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a deep amber brown and fairly cloudy. The head is creamy and beige. Not much in the way of lacing. The aroma is rich with nutty malt sweetness. Pleasant caramel tone. Some perfumey dark fruitiness. Cherries and raspberries with plums and dates. The taste is sweet and full of more malt goodness. Nothing cloying about it though. Clean finish with light hop bitterness. Toasty, bready malt character shows off the depth of the style. Mild herbal hoppiness. Creamy, full mouthfeel. A bit low on carbonation, probably appropriate for the style. Tasty beer.

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Photo of Corson
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with a black crown.

A- Amber, with a touch of red. Nice khaki colored head with decent retention.

S- Almost no smell at all, but what was there smelt like sweet malts.

T- Malts, sweet fruit-mild, and some nuts.

D- Nice carbonation and very smooth. There was a slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Jester King pint.

A- Cloudy copper with a 2 finger off-white head. Small amount of lacing around the top of the beer.

S- Bread, nuts, vanilla.

T- Toasted malts, sweet bread, slight taste of vanilla, and has a nuttiness.

M- Medium body, light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

O- Not a go to style for me at all, but a very good beer. Would love this around oktoberfest!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

seanthornton152 hooked this one up prior to inflatablechair's annual RIS tasting... Thanks Sean!! Poured into my CC goblet... very clear deep amber... nice off white head doesn't really stick around for too long...

Nose is good mix of toasty malt and very light caramel/melanoidin presence...

Flavor is a very clean dopplebock, but seems a bit mild.

Body and carbonation seem about right...

I would definitely buy this one again...


Thanks a ton Sean... Your diligence is appreciated.

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some slight toffee notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, slightly bitter, with lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, my first from this brewery, would definitely like to try other's from them. thanks Brian.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Beer #9 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Medium brown clear body with some garnet highlights, not a lot of visible effervescence, slightly off white head, medium dissipation with some nice lacing. Quite a bit of chocolate and caramel malt in the nose, floral hops. Taste maintains the interesting malt profile, a bit of roast present, stone fruit more plums than raisins, a bit sweet, balanced nicely by the Hallertaus. Mouthfeel a bit light for the style, some stickiness. This is one damn smooth Doppelbock, while not as full flavored as Celebrator this was our favorite domestic bock of the tasting. Worth seeking out for fans of the style. Well done.

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Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip, Southern Oregon Brewing Company's Porter is a dark, blackish cola color with a khaki head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet and fruity, a nice chocolate note as well as some acidity. Soft though, even as it warmed.

Taste has a really nice grape like flavor that reminds me of their bock, Hugo. Chocolate, light alcohol character, yummy. I have a sweet tooth and this hits it, reminiscent of my beloved BSDAs, but without the spicy bite. A study in cold conditioning for sure.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability is very good, a damn tasty dopplebock by any measure. The second 1/2 of this bottle disappeared so fast I thought it sprung a leak! Add in the good value and you've got yourself another winner from Heater Allen.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these 22 oz. bottles at Belmont Station. Opened a couple weeks back and poured to a pilsner glass, review from notes.

A: Deep, dark chestnut-amber; clearer complexion and filled with loads of tiny carbonation, rising in slo-mo. Crowned by at least a finger of sandy-tan foam, dropping en masse periodically, a lumpy sponge. Excellent lace, a criss-crossed webwork.

S: Caramel-filled sweetness, nice fruit qualities - notably blueberry and oranges. Good spicing, a bready pound cake.

T: Cocoa powder, sweet fruit, mild sugary 'berry' flavor that's a bit Kool-Aid like. Sweet apples, dashes of cloves. Good backing of toasted malt and bitter hops to counteract the sweetness.

M: Smooth, creamier consistency. A notion of graininess left as a thin coating, lip-smacking malts sticking around. Medium body.

D: Another fine one from Heater Allen, very enjoyable version of a terrific lager style; (a bit too) easy to drink. Recommended and one I'll plan on having again.

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Photo of macpapi
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged in gin barrels and from a growler poured at Uptown Market Beaverton.

Pours a dark brown color with a full white head. Little visibility through the glass and decent amount of cloying bubbles on the sides.

Smells of malt, caramel, molasses, and a bit of booze. I can't say that a gin aroma is anywhere to be found here, but it is a pretty full smell.

Taste is malty--mostly caramel with some real sweetness. Diacetyl and dark fruit hints are there as well. A bit more notable hop presence than is common for the style, but this makes it interesting. Also there is a bit of alcohol sting at the back of the swallow.

Moderate carbonation and a full body with a bit of buttery undertone define mouthfeel.

Overall this is a nice beer. Barrel aging may add a bit of depth to the flavor or enhance the overall complexity. Without having a regular version to compare it to, however, it is hard to say. What I can say is that I really enjoyed this beer. It is an interesting and drinkable doppelbock.

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Mediator from Heater Allen Brewing
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