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Double Skull Doppelbock LagerDouble Skull Doppelbock Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as liquid bread by fasting monks this Doppelbock is rich and filling. Crisp and delicious for the winter months.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 12-31-2011

BEER STATS
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50
Ratings:
160
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
19.95%
 
 
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 160
Photo of SCproUA
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I liked this beer. The taste is very full-bodied, with a pleasant touch of honey. The color and smell of the conventional principle. This beer is one of the best in style doppelbock.

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Photo of chrisbues
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing batch #2, bottled 2/12. Purchased a bomber from Bottles 101 in Kent,OH on 3/2.

A-Ruby red appearance, with a generous head

S-Smelling the malts here.

T-Malts, as expected, but with some hoppy bitterness. Smooth.

M-Nice and smooth.

O-One of the better doppels i have had, and I really enjoy doppels. Not too malty.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep gold color. off white, moussey head. great retention. very clear.

smell is very malty.caramel. sweet. not much of a toasted aroma. very slight hop aroma. very slight alcohol aroma. very slight aroma of a crisp lager. smell is predominately malts, with subtle undertones of biscuit and caramel.

flavor is immedialtey sweet and malty. pleasantly complex. caramel flavors.some toastiness. no hop flavor. crisp lagered finish. flavor of the alcohol is apparent. slight hop bitterness.finish is sweet.

medium-full mouthfeel. i think the alcohol is cutting down on the apparent mouthfeel. carbonation is soft, and smooth.

i think i may be drinking this beer a tad young. the flavor of the alcohol is persistent and lingering. but i will give this beer the benefit of the doubt and imagine that i am drink a bottle of this that has had a chance to grow out of its youth. all and all a very nice doppelbock. if you find yourself with a bottle of this i recommend cellaring it away for a year or two. cheers.

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Photo of mobrado
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, ridiculously underrated Doppelbock. I like it better than Weihenstephaner Korbinian or Spaten Optimator. Glowing dark amber, clear body with a creamy off-white head. Smells and tastes of toasted bread, malt and Doppelbock sweetness. Decadent, rich mouth feel with low-to-moderate carbonation. Packs quite a punch at 8.3% alc./vol. (2014 edition). A steal at $4.49 a bomber if you like Doppelbocks.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a minimal head and has a wine-colored brown, much the color of a fine cognac. The nose is somewhat elusive at first. The first noticeable impression is the great substantial mouth feel. Almost bready. The nutty flavors were fruity with a bit of raisins thrown in. Very dry lingering taste that is somewhat woody and mild brown sugars. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste, but not unpleasant at all. The ABV is a bit high for the style. I can imagine this would be great with some sauerkraut and a great braut and a pretzel. Very solid for the style, especially for the price. Going to stock up on this one.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release #2, bottled 2/15/2012. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, chocolate, raisin, nuttiness, biscuit, earth, leather, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with big malt complexity and balance. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, chocolate, raisin, nuttiness, biscuit, leather, light roast, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, biscuit, chocolate, nuttiness, raisin, light prune, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic malt complexity and balance; with almost zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent doppelbock! Fantastic malt complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering; one of the better doppelbocks I have had.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Release #5 brewed on 9-4-12 and packaged on 10-5-12.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with some ruby. Lots of rising bubbles and about two fingers of off white head which quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A dark, toasty, and fairly nutty malt driven aroma. Roasted malts with big hints of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, yeast, nuts, and a little smoke. Undertones of dried dark fruits including raisin, dates, and fig. Hop aroma is pretty light but things do smell fairly grassy. A very bready and fairly dry aroma. Solid smell.

Taste: Very bready and nutty like the smell hints at. Roasted malts with tasting notes of bready biscuit, toast, burnt caramel, chocolate, toffee, nuts, yeast, and a slight hint of smoke. Also a decent presence of dark dried fruit with notes of fig, dates, and raisin. Hops are subtle but there is a drying presence of grassy hops towards the finish. A pretty nice bready tasting lager.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry. A little alcohol heat is detectable, but its not overly hot.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a Doppelbock. Nice bready and nutty flavors that avoid becoming too sweet.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev +12%

From notes on 3/20/14

Sweet malty aroma. Burnt dark red color. Nice sized head. Lots of toffee flavors with a malty finish. Very good. Best Doppelbock I can remember drinking.

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Photo of kagent777
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the brewery. Release 17 was bottled Nov 2, 2013 according to the website. This batch was 8.1 ABV. Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Very clear garnet, a beautiful color. This pour had very little head on it.

Smell: All malts here with a dash of noble herbal hops. The malts have a deep caramel smell and are a but nutty. Very nice.

Taste: Not quite chocolate, more a sort of cola flavor. I know that may sound odd for a beer, but this works really well. The malts are the highlight here and this lager shows them off well. This maybe a bit sweeter than most. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky, with a lingering subtle sweetness. The flavors are long lasting and coat the moat. The carbonation is on the lower side.

Overall: I have not had many doppel bocks, but I did enjoy this beer. I need to try a few more.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner style glass. Release #4.

Off the pour a seriously looking deep ruby brown amber, good mix of slow rising cola carbonation, with an off tan and redish head, settling very fine with a whip cream like dollop top. This looks like long dark brown inky blood in a glass. I am thirsty just looking at it.

Nose has lots of chocolate goodness, milky and soft. There's a nice peanut sort of nutty component coming out, a little bit of umami olive oil like fat also.

Palate hits with a little bit of noticeable booze, but luckily all the good doppelbock characters come through. Toasty light malts, with a good thick wash of caramel all over the tongue. Nut component comes through a bit not unilke a brown ale. A real nice mix of chocolate and peanuts sensing.taste. Umami fat rich in feel also, but some heat takes away some of the fun. Some hints of burnt clove and nutmeg wash as well.

Truly like a Snickers bar in a glass as a good friend said! I agree. Fun tasting doppelbock I must admit.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release # 2. 8.5% ABV. From the website:
Less Perle hops and bigger body due to the yeast working overtime. A fantastic winter warmer.

There aren't separate listings for batches 1 and 2, so I'll review here.

This one is a dark, thick and heavy sort of red-brown. The hues run deep and add a bit of amber and copper as well. The tan head grows to a thick and creamy two fingers but it diminishes to one, though it isn't shabby by any means. Once it's faded to half a finger or so it fades no further. A good amount of lacing is left behind in patches.
A good malts backbone sets the foundation and the tone. In the aroma, it's almost like gingerbread cookies without so much of the ginger. Otherwise, it's plenty bready with a gentle sweetness that isn't cloying and even a floral note from the hops. It's really very good; my only complaint is that it could use more strength.
A bit more nuttiness and some spiciness comes out more strongly in the flavor along with breads and a touch of caramel (no doubt from the particular combination of malts, as it doesn't seem caramel malts were used specifically). The floral hops presence makes a good addition and adds balance, being just enough that it doesn't take away from the malty character. There's not much of the typical molasses and licorice; they're present, but very lightly. Alcohol is well masked. Again, only a little more strength would be good, as the finish thins out a little. Generally, though, nicely done.
The body is medium. It reminds me most of Great Lakes Doppelrock; a bit light for the style but a good combination of lightly but not overly crisp with a smooth flow.

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Photo of stortore
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep caramel color, on the lighter side for the style. Two finger head, lots of foamy cling. Smell leader is the malt, but a lot of caramel, too. Brown sugar, some chocolate, a little black pepper on the pour after warmed. Taste continues the bigger presence of both the malt and caramel, a little more chocolate than the nose, a little coffee. Some breadiness, much less than typical for the style. There was an odd bitterness on the back end when colder, but it went away as it warmed. Smooth, creamy, pretty full bodied, fairly crisp.

Thought this was a pretty good doppelbock, certainly better than it's current rating. Not as heavy, malty or bready as the usual, but flavorful and enjoyable. At $5 a pop, it's priced well. Give it a try.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love the dark reddish caramel appearance of this beer in the goblet. The aroma is bready, malty, predictable for the style.

Tastes sweet, lots of fresh malty grain, a touch of toast. Aftertaste lingers a bit, leaving traces of sweetness and a nip of hop balance.

Smooth on the palate, very easy to drink. Cheers to those enjoying Bockfest weekend here in Cincy this weekend!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a brownish red color with a light tan head on top. The retention is thin, the with a scattered lacing. The smell of the beer goves off some caramel aromas, roasted malt and subtle chocolate. The taste gives off some sweet earthy malt with a hint of chocolate in the finish. The aftertaste has a nice spicy hop finish to it. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and gently carbonated. Overall I like it, it's a damn good brew in my opinion.

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Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. Dark mohoghanny pour, a little less than a finger of off white head. A minute amount of lacing.

Aroma, heavy raisin, malty caramel and toffee.

Taste, nice and malty. Big bready malts, toffee, tobacco. Some lighter dark fruits. Toasted malt and nut like, some herbally notes in the finish, which is a little mild.

About medium body, but a tad watery feeling. A good level of carbonation. Just a faint warming.
For the price this is well worth trying. A good German like version.

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Photo of sculls65
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer for the last day of winter. Perhaps a bit thicker and less carbonated than some doppelbocks but very well done.. Would have again with no problem.

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Photo of delta490
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear medium brown with a nice creamy tan head. The head has light retention and leaves a little small sticky lacing. The aroma is light, with just mild hints of roasted malt and fruit. The taste, though has a nice rich malty profile, with a nice dark bread flavor and hints of earthy hops on the finish. The body has a nice thickness to it, full on the pallet.

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Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - dark brownish amber with a huge, thick, dense, off white, brownish head that has decent retention

S - big bready notes, caramel, lagery

T - caramel, dark fruit, lager yeast

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent doppelbock but nothing earth shattering. The flavor is decent and it's definitely drinkable. The ABV is well hidden. There are definitely better doppelbocks out there but this is a nice beer all the same. It was nice once, but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release#22. 8.7 % abv... Picked this up a Coal Train Liquor in CO Springs less than a month ago...

Pours Orange/Caramel with beige head.

S: Breadyness, pears, caramel. Above average head retention & okay lacing

T: Dryness, pears, white grape, apple skins & a little brown bread. Leafy hops & a little bit of tannin as this warms, some toastyness as well, a little dry. Finishes slightly figgy, dry, with brown breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

A pretty good take on the style, not upper tier by any means...

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Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, batch 31:
Pours a nice brown, but pretty clear despite color. The head is off white doesn't build too high with a rough pour. However, the head lasts covering the surface throughout the taste.

The smell seems a bit strange to me. Initially I got wet cardboard more than I'd like or expect. After that I do get some dark rock-candy sweetness and maybe some cinnamon or ginger spiciness. I may have underrated this, but I was not a fan of the complete makeup of this smell.

The taste starts with a hint if lager taste, clean, lightly sweet grain taste. Quickly a dark bread flavor comes on, followed by a spice-bread like brown sugar sweetness. A bit of raisin taste brings some tartness, and the end taste could be noble hops, but also seems sort of rye in nature.

The carbonation seems to play a bit into the spicey flavors, but is about medium strength. The body is pretty full, and the tastes envelop the entire mouth.

Not knowing the style overly well, I waffled on taste a tad. This beer seems to have a little more dryness than I recall from Celebrator, and I'm not sure if that's too be expected. Either way, except for the nose, I thought this was a fine malty option for the rate occasion I might want one; it seems suited for the holidays, for instance.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, release #42, @ 7.8% ABV. Bocks in autumn, is this the brewer's or the import agent's fault? Probably just mine for caring.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and sort of bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of layered melting cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gently roasted and biscuity caramel malt, a further bready graininess, muddled overripe pome fruit, some free-range ashiness, pithy nuts, ethereal hints of dark chocolate, and very tame earthy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and biscuity caramel malt, toasted wheat bread, bruised apples and pears, brown sugar, wet ash, an oily nuttiness, some growing cocoa essences, a hint of day-old coffee, and more understated leafy, weedy, and somewhat herbal noble hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly weak in their plain as the day is long frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of ashen clamminess marring the otherwise ascendant creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the roasted mixed malt lingering well on into the night.

Overall, this is a well-made version of the style, all nice and roasty and fruity, with the elevated ABV damned near nowhere to be seen. Easy to drink, and worth checking out if you're a fan of big, strong, malty lagers.

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Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9.0%ABV per bottle label.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear rich deep bronce with a large two finger fluffy crown that spit and spattered slowly declining into a a froth.A great as the looks were the aromas were pretty plain,light toast and buttery/caramel notes and that was about it.Clean and spicy on the palate wich was a little odd for the style,this has a hefty dose of noble hops,it could use a little more sweetness but it's a bit of a different take.The alcohol sweetness comes into play as I drink more but still not over the top sweetness.It's different but it's actually pretty good,another Epic beer that I like more than most everybody else.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice doppelbock pours a bright mahogany with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring and nice layer with solid lacing. Nose is light for the style with subtle bread and brown sugars notes. Flavors exceed the nose with rich brown sugar and breaded malts on the front and middle with a nice touch of dates and warming booze on the rear. Smooth and highly quaffable mouth feel that is full and moderately coating. Very nice. Would have it again!

Cheers

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Epic Brewing Double Skull Dopplebock Lager.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Served lightly chilled.

A) Copper colored brew with a full finger of cream colored head. The head slowly settles to a wispy dusting. Nice lacing too...

S) Malty sweetness... Caramel, a little butterscotch. Earthy hops, whiff of grass. Alcohol as it warms.

T) Follows the nose... Malty, buttery toast, caramel, earthy hops, and some spice on the backend. The alcohol stays pretty well hidden, but it's worth noting. Decent aftertaste...

M) Solid medium body with pretty soft carbonation. Goes down smooth enough. Bitter finish with a little booze.

O) I enjoyed this beer. I'd say a bit more at a colder temp. I'd rather drink a Celebrator or Korbinian, but this was a nice dinner beer.

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Photo of denver10
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish amber with an off white head. Aroma is bready, some brown sugar, a little fruity. Flavor followed suit. A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I quite enjoyed this one. I actually didn't get much alcohol in the flavor or aroma as alluded to by so many others here, so it appears I got lucky. Gonna have to give this another shot for sure since I enjoyed it as much as I did, and also because I'd love to see if I got lucky or if they fixed the alcohol showing itself issue.

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