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Double Skull Doppelbock Lager | Epic Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#28,432
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
171
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
1.86/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass at the South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH.

A - One-finger head of off-white foam that disappears almost immediately, leaving a very fine sheen of lace on the surface. Beer is a deep red-copper that's clear and slightly opaque.

S - There's no nose to speak of, even after the beer warms in the glass. I have to really work at getting even a hint of toasted malt out of it.

T - Alcohol punch right up front, followed by roasted malts and dark caramel sugars. There's a faint hint of something almost like mint in the backend. But overall, there's really nothing here that's at all distinctive. Again, even intentionally letting it just sit and warm up produced nothing additional.

M - Slightly fizzy, low carbonation. Thin, almost watery body. Structure lacks cohesiveness. No finish. Reminds me of a new homebrewers first effort. In fact, everything about this beer reminds me of that.

O - The SPT is well-known for its outstanding line-up of constantly rotating taps, and while the bartender was clearly new, two other members of the waitstaff assured me that this was the Epic Doppelbock, as listed on their website. The only thing about this beer that matches the style is the alcohol level. This beer was a real let-down - it's at best just a simple, boozy malt-focused ale made from mediocre ingredients and poorly brought together. This is a "I want to get drunk quickly and I don't want to taste anything" beer. It's a great object lesson in how much hype and bad beer has infiltrated the craft scene lately. Say something positive? Ok - drinking a beer like this makes me appreciate even more how good the DoppelRock from GLB and the Celebrator from Ayinger are.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: a solid brown color that hints towards black depending on the light. a finger of a white head that leaves behind a bit of a lacing. almost opaque but lets just a little bit of light through.

Smell: sweet. maybe some brown sugar, breadiness, chocolate and earthiness.

Taste: opens up with chocolate tending towards roasty malts. overtaking by a huge earthiness, mixing with bread. very weird balance too it, which i have a difficulty explaining.

Mouthfeel: sweet and fairly light for the style, completely missing the lager cleanness.

Overall: i found this beer way too muddled between flavors. the chocolate and earthiness just seem out of place and don't balance very well.

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Photo of armiakhe
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

When I saw the Double Skull being poured out of the bottle it was a light brown coloring. The smell was a bitter smell and a bit bready again. The taste was very thick and bitter in my opinion and was very full and a little carbonated. It did not go down well for me just because I am not used to Lager beers.

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Photo of McAfee85
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, release #1. Pours light brown with a smallish frothy off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is grainy chocolate and toasted caramel malts with some acidic hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy chocolate and toffee malts with a little dark fruit and some hops that lead to a dry finish with some alcohol. As it warms, some leathery notes come out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a kind of strange doppelbock. OK.

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Photo of ajzy
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of amalburg
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of HKUSPC40
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of GilGarp
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #1.

Bomber served slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Double Skull has a redish brown color with great clarity and creamy head. The head settles quickly and does not leave any lace.

Aroma is mild and sweet with a slight fruity quality.

Flavor is much more pronounced with a big toasted malt body, strong bitterness, and a drying, alcoholic finish. Not as complex as I had hoped, this beer seems a little bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and slightly over carbonated.

Overall a solid beer but one that may benefit from further cellaring. As it stands, a little too strong and lacking in character.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Epic Brewing's Double Skull Doppelbock Lager that my friend brought over to share with me. It's been a while since I've had a Doppelbock and I'm interested to see what Epic can do with the style, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got the typical Epic label layout with a couple skulls on it to go with the name, it's a little eye catching. It poured a clear slightly darker copper color that took on more of a caramel color when held to the light with a fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, the head and lacing were a little weak, but the color was really nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like aroma to it followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a grainy, caramel malt, slightly nutty, and bread crust like aromas with a slight amount of doughy yeast in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a slightly herbal and very earthy aroma that stands out a little more than it should. This beer had a decent aroma, but it wasn't the truest to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like flavor to it followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all those aspects that I got in the aroma with the grainy and caramel malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a light alcohol flavor that isn't too noticeable and it's followed by the hops that impart a light herbal flavor with the earthy hops sticking out the most, with a lower amount of bitterness and a grainy, caramel malt and earthy aftertaste. This was Ok tasting beer, but it wasn't really what I look for in the style and the earthyness stuck out too much.

M- Fairly smooth, a little rich, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and the lower carbonation worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was just ok and I didn't think it was a good example of Doppelbock, it lacked some of those nice roasted malt and dark fruit flavors that I look for in the style, but the alcohol wasn't too strong and the bitterness was at the right level. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little rich, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one glass is enough for me, I feel no need to drink another. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a pretty nice looking beer and it looked fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was strong earthy aspect, it would be better if it was toned down a good amount. I wouldn't buy this beer and I wouldn't recommend it as a good Doppelbock since it isn't the truest of the style to me. All in all I was little let down with this beer, Epic has proven to be pretty solid, but this one was lacking in most all aspects. It isn't close to my favorite of the style and it's one of my least favorite Epic beers. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.

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Photo of Domingo
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love doppelbocks...at least good ones. This one seems to fall victim to the same things most other American ones do, though.
Looks pretty good. A good amount of foam, clear lacing, is the right dark cherrywood color.
However the flavor profile is pedestrian. Malty sweet, but not really bready, or caramel-like. More like just syrup. There’s a little chocolate and some rummy fire. While doppelbocks should have a kick, that’s really all this one seems to have. It’s not horrible or anything, but it wasn’t my first beer of the evening and I couldn’t help but think about how strong it tasted. There’s a certain depth and control a good DB should have, and this one really doesn’t.
I split this bottle and it took a while to finish.
Not sure what I paid for this, but I would’ve been better off getting some German ones instead.
There's a certain mystery to getting tons of depth from a strong lager and this beer didn't get it right.

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Photo of MFMB
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks nice. Dark amber/mahogany. Creamy, soft white head. Settles to a film and collar.

A bit of a boozy aroma, strong dark fruit that has past fermentation early stages. Light baked caramel and cocoa. Mostly boozy though

Flavors are better as the booze subsides. Still the dark fruit (red plum, raisin, some caramel) are a bit harsh. The sweetness just isn't there. The booze thins this beer out and the structure weakens. Slight spice and hoppy grass in the finish.

More malt profile would help.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Nmgreen
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Hanzo
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of sparx1100
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BDeibs
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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Double Skull Doppelbock Lager from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 171 ratings
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