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The Dominator Dopplebock | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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The Dominator DopplebockThe Dominator Dopplebock
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3.88/5
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63 Ratings
The Dominator DopplebockThe Dominator Dopplebock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States
osobrewing.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cokes on 10-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,832
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
63
pDev:
12.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of JRdaSconnie
2.4/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from fridge into imperial pint.

S: Starts out as full on doppelbock smell, lots of malty, heavy caramel. That rapidly gives way to roast and milk chocolate. Some earthy hop character that I'm not fond of.

A: Deep brown, opaque, rusty tinges on edges. Minimal off white head rapidly falls with no retention. No lace, no legs.

T: Rather muddy, not really a defining flavor. I get again a slight appropriate doppelbock flavor but then that is overwhelmed by Hershey's syrup, cappuchino, that odd hop character, and a flabby bitterness. Overall finishes bitter and burnt, almost stout-like. No alcohol.

M: Prickly and excessive carbonation dries it out and blocks the body. May be medium body but hard to tell. Finishes quite dry with the lingering burnt/bitter character.

O: Disappointed as I have been with several of the other O'So seasonals. Love many of their regular rotation beers but this one is not for me. I'll finish my glass but won't take them up on any more. Kirby Nelson at Capital remains king of western hemisphere doppels.

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Photo of drpimento
2.64/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a small thin tan head. Aroma is mainly molasses with some black patent and roasted barley. Taste is similar, but chocolate malt stands out in a weird unpleasant combo. Very slight carbonation which is not to its advantage. Kind of over heavy. Seems to be more in the direction of a messed up porter. Not too easy drinking.

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Photo of hailster
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

Just what I love with my beer: S & M. And not the Rihanna song, either. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear tawny topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises flowers, dry maple syrup, white bread, and a hint of vague fruit in the short distance. The taste mostly brings in more of the same, with more syrup and a stronger fruit character, one that leans heavily toward green apple. This fruitiness is definitely off-putting and out-of-place (even though this isn't the first doppelbock I've encountered with such an odd flavor). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent d-bock that's ruined by that damn fruit character. I don't know what causes that, but it helps absolutely nothing.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at O'so on 07/06/12. Having recently gotten into Dopplebock's, I had high hopes for this one.

The beer gave a mild malty aroma to follow the murky brown appearance. There was an off-white head of about half an inch. The initial taste impression I received was quite bizarre. I felt as though I was drinking Twizzlers licorice, except slightly undersweetened. The twizzlers go a little bad in the aftertaste, tasting somewhat like cough medicine. In some ways, it was a tart milkiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and hinted a certain milkiness. The unfortunate effect of the smoothness was I did not want the flavor to hang around on this one.

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Photo of TheBrosy
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown, slightly opaque. Small amount off white head rapidly falls with no retention.

Smell: Nice malty smell. Can defiantly smell the caramel malt. A hint of chocolate malt as well.

Taste: No real alcohol taste, perhaps overly malty tasting. Chocolate malt flavor overpowering.

Mouthful: Seems to be over-carbonated. Body comes off very light.

Overall: Not one of the better O'So seasonal brews. Relative lack of munich-malt in taste hurts this as a doppelbock.

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Photo of SheboyganJake
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Westuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of bennetj17
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my pal Jason for sending me this beer from the north. It sits in my glass with a deep, cloudy brown appearance. Minimal head develops, while decent streams of carbonation help sustain a foamy ring. Light raisiny/plum sweetness in the nose, with an almost tart cherry bite dominating. I'm not sure if I expect it to be very sweet although it should be. Faint alcohols present also.

The taste is actually more tangy than sweet, with a cherry/raspberry backbone. Gets a bit more malty at the back, with a raisin laced doughiness. I don't enjoy it much after the finish though, as it leaves a sharp, slightly bitter astringence that doesn't seem to go away easily. Well carbonated, moderate thickness, but otherwise the mouthfeel is pretty unremarkable.

This selection is much less clean than a standard dopplebock, so while it gets few points for style, it is a bit unique. I wasn't too impressesd overall, but it doesn't help that I'm not a big fan of dopplebocks. Worth a try...

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From: Woodmans, Kenosha, WI
Date: None, "062 12 1042" stamped on bottle
Glass: Ayinger doppelbock glass

Oso's Dominator is a doppelbock with a heavy chocolate syrup influence, at times obscuring the caramelized sugar aspects, making this a bit of a mocha-doppelbock. While the overall flavor profile is pleasant, it takes this direction of the style a bit further than I'd like (I'd want to see more dried fruit, toast, and caramel with a backdrop of chocolate, not the other way around). Good, but not necessarily one I'd go back to. I also wanted to take points off for the terrible label art, but did not.

Pours a 0.5cm cap of foam atop the body of the beer, which has below average retention, lasting about thirty seconds before fading to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent. The beer's body is a dark brown color, approaching black, light bringing out very dark golden brown hues with faint orange tints. Carbonation is visible along the upper edges of the

Aroma of rich cocoa with a caramelized malt sugar edge with slight raisin esters. Good, if not a bit excessively cocoa-like for a doppelbock.

Taste of caramel with a heavy chocolate syrup edge, this doppelbock takes chocolate to another degree for the style. Front of palate finds heavy caramel sweetness with chocolate syrup, and raisin, dried fig esters. Mid-palate of rich, heavy caramel, chocolate syrup, raisins, dried figs and dates, hints of cafe mocha. Back of palate notes rich cocoa, raisin-like esters, faint caramel, and a touch of ethanol. Aftertaste of cocoa, caramel and mocha, the roasted malts apparently adding a coffee-like, acrid edge.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly foamy, but mostly smooth and heavy mouthfeel. Ethanol felt in the nostrils and back of throat, primarily as the beer warms. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hansenm72
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Durb777
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of superdoopersauce
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of strohme2
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with a creamy lasting thin tan head.

The smell is of nuts with a muted fruitiness and floral character.

The taste is of a maple-like sweetness with sourdough bread and a floral touch in the finish. Some alcohol shows.

A well-done doppelbock.

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The Dominator Dopplebock from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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