? The Riddler ? | Rock Art Brewery

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? The Riddler ?? The Riddler ?

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ah yes, lay this one down in your cellars for years to come. Enjoy this one alone for it’s malt and hop complexity.

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Photo of neophilus
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy chestnut brown brew in the glass, generous tan head sits on top.

Sweet malty aroma with some toasted scents around the edges. Spicy pepper yeast notes. Esters from the yeast round out the aromatic complexity with dark fruits, plumlike richness that mixes well with the sweet malt.

Medium bitterness up front barely holds back the thick sweet overtones of the malty body. Some roasted grain lends more bitterness. Then Belgian yeast characters begin to flood in filling in all the cracks. Spicy and peppery phenolics drive the cutting edge of yeast flavor through the malt. There is a three-way going on here with the malt, the hop bitterness and the yeast characters wrestling for dominance. A happy yet busy and bold compromise is found.

Rich thick liquor coats the mouth but ample carbonation and decent hop bitterness help wash it away. Belgian yeast character lingers for a long while reminding you of your last sip.

Complex, rich and full of bold flavors.

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Afraid of this beer ever since I tried their double esb but I'm going for it. Not sure of age on this one but I got it from a spirits unlimited, a chain liquor store known for selling dated beer, but it being a Dubbel it should hold up to a couple of years at least. Think funky brown color with no visibility through the glass. Thin lace of off white head lots of action hoof on in the glass. Subtle.nose of raisins and fusel alcohol.

Not terrible, might actually be fresh. Full thick mouthfeel. Sugary malt sweetness up front followed by caramel and chocolate covered rum soaked raisins. Finishes with a spicy hop finish which tries to balance the beer but doesn't do it so well. Some.detectable.alcohol and lingering chocolate like sweetness. Different but simple for how big it is without enough balance, body holds up but there's not much carbonation to challenge it.

Displays an over powering.licorice taste as it warms. Cloying sweet and not very good.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
1.8/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Warm inviting ruby rising sun orange through a dark sky. Looks like my glass is full of cognac. No head to speak of.

S: Warm candy sweetness, a hint of booze... and ... ?

T: Primarily bitterness. Pretty shitty riddle. Metallic, dry, oxidized (and less than a year old)

M: Metallic, nearly flat.

O: I opened this planning on using the ass for dregs in a starter. No fucking chance of that. I don't even want to finish.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blood red colour with a tall and bubbly beige coloured head that quickly vanishes.

S: Belgian-style yeast, abundant cloves, plum, dark fruits, fainter hazelnut aroma, and oddly a bit of smoke. Quite belgian-like and appealing.

T: Plums, roasted hazelnuts, cloves, subdued dark fruits, caramel base, and faint smoke. A lighter and fruitier-yeasty taste for the style which I'm quite enjoying. Tasty.

M: Lighter body with a medium-low carbonation. Dry and semi-tart, which is giving off a refreshing quality.

D: Quite a nice and refreshing dubbel with very complimentary flavours, especially the roasted nut notes. Would definitely grab this again. If you're looking for a true belgian-style dubbel, this might not impress you, but if you're looking for something different try this.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy deep brown, trace head, little lacing

S: fig/raisin, banana, clove, malt

T: sweet raisin/fig, malt, spice, ginger finish

M: light/med, semi-dry mouth

O: Rock Art is good, but this
Dubbel could be heavier.
Nice newbie offering.


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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of caramel and toasted bread.

Tastes of some sweet fruits and a bit of bread. Notes of plum and raisin lead off with a moderate amount of sweetness. A bit of clove spice comes through, but is fairly light. Some toasted bread adds body and depth along with some caramel. Alcohol is noticeable, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a solid attempt at a dubbel. It falls in line with most American attempts at the style, but still cannot hold up against any of the Belgian brewed dubbels.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramel, brown sugar, some fruit, malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and brown sugar with a little fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and some subdued Belgian yeast. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is very sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a creamy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with lacing, over semi dark cherrywood mahogany colored beer.

Nose has a nice Belgian dubbel mixed with oud bruin mixed with English barleywine, plenty of dark malts, a bit of molasses, brown sugar and candi sugar, lots of fruits raisin fig etc, a bit of a bready but musty earthy herbal malt and yeast as well as hop addition.

Taste is similar, a hint of warming and tingly booze, a bit of an earthy herbal bitterness, some fruity Belgian yeast with more raisin fig and date, plenty of sugars with brown, candi, and molasses, a bit creamy but slightly oxidized tasting because of the herbal hops and creamy malts and yeast, a bit grainy, hint of spices from the belgian yeast. Finishes a little sweet but does a bit, fairly sticky and lingering herbal hop bitterness and molasses and fruits as well as that slight oxidized taste.

Mouth is med bodied, a bit of warming booze, sticky and decent carb.

Drink is not so hot, warming booze, sticky finish, fairly sweet, a slight oxidized taste, and the lingering herbal hops.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, the beer was a cherry amber color with a small tan head.
Sweet, sugary aroma. Fruit. Some caramel.
Taste of dates, caramel , and piney hops. A bit of peppery spice. The tastes went well together.
Fairly robust, a little on the dry side.
Very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Ze Beverage Varehaus in Vinooshki VT for $3.99. Sticker on the bottom of the bottle shows "8 2010" (Aug 2010). Served cold in a chilled goblet.

Dark brown brew shows rigorous carbonation clinging to the glass and generates ~1/4" of thin beige head that settles rather quickly. Nice smell of raisins, brown sugar, hint of licorice. Gingerbread. Yes, that's it: gingerbread. Taste is same but hoppy and a bit of EtOH bite. Hoppy spicy gingerbread. Mouthfeel is fairly thick but the robust carbonation cuts it appropriately. Tasty. Finishes dry with hoppygingerspice.

Maybe a bit hoppy and dry for the style, but I'm not complaining. It is good.

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Photo of tbart428
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a beautiful mahogany color with amber haze with a inch and a half white head.
S: Dark fruit, brown sugar, raisins, caramel with chocolate
T: Figs raisins, dark fruits, prunes,, caramel, with bite from alcohol at end.
M: Like many of rock arts beers the mouth feel is thin and really thin for the style.
D: Is good but would keep it to one bomber due to sweetness of the beer.
Will have again for sure especially for the price another good beer.
Consumed on NOV 9th 2010

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Photo of Phelps
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Gentlemen, we've had our fun, the game is done. The heroes we've outclassed; it proves what we've always said: nice guys finish last." - The Riddler

A: the beer sits in my tulip glass a dark mahogany, almost completely obscured, with purple-brown and light amber highlights. There's no head, save the thinnest fizzy ring.

S: cinnamon, molasses, maple and roasted pork. Interesting.

T: prunes, raisins, cinnamon, molasses and brown sugar along with an odd woody character: I'm thinking cedar. Vodka heat blasts the throat before slightly dry finish.

M: medium, velvety body and some medium, fizzy carbonation throughout. Crisp at the finish.

D: a pretty middling stout, from beginning to finish. The flavors were a bit light and I picked up some tastes and aromas that just seemed off for the style. Drinks easily enough, but not worth a second go.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells like garbage. Smells oddly of sweet fruit, alcohol, and pine/turpentine. Not good.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, alcohol, sugar, and licorice. Not good again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a good beer. Would not want to have again.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to CooperEllis for the trade.

22 ounce bottle sampled from a Caracole glass. Served cellar temperature.

Pours a maple-brown, somewhat reddish color. There is a small, though relatively thick head floating on top (aided by the glass).

There is some chocolate in the aroma, brown candy sugar, plum, malty sweetness, clove, and cinnamon.

In the flavor is a nice hop bite at the back of the tongue, preceded by a good sweetness. I think I mentioned the bite first because it is the dominating flavor that lingers after each sip. There are hints of cinnamon, clove, caramel, apple, chocolate, and candy sugar, as well.

The mouthfeel on this one is quite active in terms of carbonation. Though, there is a little missing in the overall body of the beer...not as complex as the style it is mimicking.

Overall, however, this is a tasty beer, and from a brewery that is new to me. I'm glad to have given this one a taste.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to the trading partner that gave me this bottle. I don't remember who you are. I think I've had this bottle for a while. Decided to cull my cellar a bit since I needed bottles for homebrewing.

This beer pours a murky, muddy brown with just a flicker of a head that leaves non lacing. Honestly this is a fairly ugly beer. You don't see those very often. Kind of looks like carbonated mud water. The aroma is roasted barley with a light chocolate and caramel. Slight raisin notes but mostly burnt barely and chocolate. The taste is fairly similar. For some reason it reminds me slightly of a Barleywine more then a Dubbel. Roasted barely and chocolate powder, slight raisins. There is a watery aspect to the flavor profile also. Really, it just is mediocre. Middle of the road. Nothing very spectacular. The mouthfeel is light, thin and watery. Not what I want in a Dubbel. Overall its just a mediocre beer. Not that impressive.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler bought at brewery earlier today.

Pours a muddy orange/amber brown with some creamy off-white head. Nose is full of yeast fruitiness, citrus and apricots, a little biscuit.

Palate is spicy and sharp with alcohol. Blackberries, prunes, some red raspberry, caramel powdery-malt flavors. Decent and fairly sessionable for its high ABV.

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Photo of ken2cart1
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

a- dark brown, barely any head

s- very complex.. roasted malts, sweet candied sugar, chocolate

t- not bad, but not even close compared to the scent. faint roasted malts, sweet candied sugar, good amount of dark fruits in there such as plums and raisins... slight bitterness at the end... not much here, non of these flavors really stand out beside the dark fruits

m- worst part of the beer, mouthfeel is like water..ruins beer

d- actually very drinkable, but not in a good way, because of the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Probie
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a tulip. It is brownish red with a very small amount of foam which dies quickly.

Aroma: Once you get past the malt aromas there were subtle hints of raisins and maple with some nutty notes.

Taste: Great balance between the malt and the hops. There are hints of some nutiness, raisins, and some apple.

Mouthfeel: A little sour but leaves behind a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: For a beer that is 8% you can barely tell. This was my first from Rock Art and am excited to try more.

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Photo of therealnod
4.51/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle bought from Sunflower Market for 3.99.

A: Brown/ruby red. Not much head, some lace.

S: Smells strongly of figs, cherries, and prunes. Smells very much of the dark variety of fruits. A hint of anise, vanilla bean, and espressio tease the nose.

T: This is a malt-forward beer, which I find appropriate. You are presented with an initial blast of dark fruit sweetness, followed by a subtle hop bitterness, followed by the return of fruity sweetness that gets drowned out by subtle waves of toffee, caramel, and coffee.

M: Medium, nothing to complain about.

Overall: I quite enjoyed it. Not as good as some others of the same style I have had, but this was quite the brew, especially for the price. This is a steal. this will be a go-to for me.

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Photo of mhatters
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle in VT

Pours an ocher brown - hazy with a thick off white head

Not as much to the nose as I expected - malty, a bit of chocolate, some yeast.

An odd mix of hops and dry chocolate. Some bitter notes, some sweet notes, a rather odd combination.

A bit thin, I thought this would be bigger, it is not bad - but I was looking for a bigger, hotter result. I was happy to try this but I do not think I will hunt another one down.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a frothy and creamy head. Settles slightly. Thin sticky lacing. Mahogany in color.
S) Banana. Carmel. Hints of grain. Fuji apple.
T) Malty caramel. Just a slight hint of smokiness. Light notes of citrus. Finishes with noticeable hop bitterness, but not hophead-ish.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Mellow grittiness. Medium to full bodied.
D) Delicious. Very smooth. Definitely drink another.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Need deep brown color with quite a bit of haze. A finger of mocha colored head. Spotty lacing.

S: Nice sweetness and maltiness. The yeast comes through but it is not very strong. A touch of coffee in the back.

T: Much better than the nose. Roast right up front into some malt sweetness. Then a touch of coffee which is a nice departure for a dubel. Only the slightest hint of fruit that I also look for in the style.

M: A touch dry. The yeast really went to town on this beer.

D: Again for the price this is an excellent beer. It is bone dry though and that does cut down a bit on drinkability.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Deep auburn-highlighted, light maple in color. Creamy, frothy off-white head that plasters the tumbler's sides upon impact. Thick patches of condensed lacing around half of the tumbler.

Caramelized brown sugar, nutmeg, and clove over aged, vinous fruit: plum, fig, raisin. Perfume-filled floral hops that impart off-lavender and jasmine aromas.

Mild, biscuity-toffee base with notes of diacetyl and honey. Semi-sweet brown sugar and nutmeg that is overtaken by a cutting corriander and clove spice. Notes of licorice in addition to aged cherry, raisin, and fig. A dry finish is followed by a bulky clove and warming alcohol aftertaste.

Almost full in body; a touch too carbonated that retracts from the aged fruit and makes for a dry mouthfeel.

The earthen, spicy flavors are not all that pleasant for a stab at the Dubbel style. Balanced for the most part; however, none of the individual flavor qualities really hit the mark.

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Photo of duffextracold
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color, with a very small head. lots of floaties in there. Smells like malty raisins. Taste has chocolatey overtones, with warming alcohol, dried fruits, has a sweet, almost but not quite sour aftertaste in the back of my mouth, hard to describe, but very nice. Very uplifting, somewhat heavy carbonation, almost like seltzer. This stuff goes down way to easy for 8%. not the best, but worth a try, in my opinion.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know it's all about the beer but Rock Art has one of the most boring packaging schemes in American craft brewing. Pours dark caramel color with yeast floaties suspended mid-beer. Thin white head of super tiny bubbles that fades to a ring, though one can swirl up a skim of tiny bubbles whenever he/she chooses.

Smells of apple cider, butterscotch and fig alcohol. Mild hop spice.

Tastes of raisins, plum, and other dark fruit. No signs of 8% abv. Mild macintosh apple with swallow. Mouthfeel is a little thin and champagne-like bubbly but not out of place. Kind of enjoyable actually. Flavors meld together and blur as it gets warmer.

Yeah, it's not an upper tier dubbel but at $8 a bomber it's certainly good enough.

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