Germinator Doppelbock | Craggie Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Craggie Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by thagr81us on 10-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 6
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown color with a smallish off white head. Quick fade left behind a somwhat flat looking brown liquid with no head, lace, or side glass contribution.

Aroma was decidedly smoked with a nice hint of caramel in the back. There was some earth grain present and more of a dark grain tone.The flavor was nice, classic dopplebock with lots of smoked flavors and a great overall malt profile. Thick flavor with a somewhat tangy finish

Very smooth with little in the way of carbonation. It had a bit of slickness to it but nothing that was terribley bad or even distractable

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Photo of babaracas
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Craggie. Opaque dark brown with thin cream colored head. Smell: sparse -- toasted grain, a little raisin, sweet and bready. Taste: toasted grain and a mild roast, caramelized sugars, fig, earthy hopping, mildly grassy. Solid carbonation. Drying hoppy finish.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Germinator Doppelbock, on tap at CBC on my last trip to Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Arrives a dark coffee brown, capped by a minimal and fast fading dull white head that leaves nothing but a thin collar. Very slow and large carbonation is visible, but there's not much here that's worth of commenting on.

Aroma: Hints of char float above dark toasty malts - faint cocoa, earth, toast - and a slew of fruits, nectarines and sweet cherries dominant among them.

Taste: Tons of flavor here, and a definite step up over the aroma. Coffee and dirty, earthy toast mingle with burned caramel and a slight nuttiness. Hints of fruit - darker fruits as well as lighter notes, mostly peach-esque - shine through as well, but this one is definitely a malt-centric doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and moderately well carbonated, with an overwll avgerage body, very even and creamy, and it works well with the malt focused flavor profile.

Drinkability: This one definitely ends strong, and really grew on me as I drank it. It was the last of the CBC beers that was on tap that night that I enjoyed, and I thought I'd be ending on a low note. I was wrong, and this beer proved just as enjoyable as every other CBC beer I had that night. I've seen this one in growlers at various locations around the state of NC, and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good doppelbock.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler today at Bestway.Poured into a1/2 liter stein a deep mahogany color wiwith a well defined tan colored head,German malts dominate the nose,a bit of iron,toasted dough,and caramel dominate.Flavors are nice because there isnt a big alcohol sweetness that dominates alot of the style,doughy with some crispness,an underlying iron note with caramel and brown sugar sweetness in the finish.Like others have noted here,you get enough doppelbock character without the overdose of alcohol,very nice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Transferred to me a body akin to dark cherry wood (TheLibrarianGirl confers) with a scant, white head and good clarity.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty nose with notes of caramel basted toast topped with chopped grapes and raisins and given a pinch of earthy nutmeg.

Taste: Soundly toasty Munich malts with a deep sweetness to it and soft touches of dark caramel. Just a hint of tangy-tasting Pils. Dark fruitiness leaning primarily towards a Concord grape character. Vague underlying spiciness. A lone drop of warmth from the alcohol on the finish, but it essentially finishes frutiy and still fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: All the prototypical doppelbock tastes without the usually big helping of alcohol, provided all the calculations are correct, and, if that's the case, I'm down for that.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from tap at the brewery into a sample Willi glass. Poured a dark dark brown with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and grapes. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapes, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a nice doppelbock. The flavor were really well-rounded and not invasive on the palate. This made this one have extremely good drinkability and quite enjoyable. Totally worth giving it a shot given the opportunity.

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Germinator Doppelbock from Craggie Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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