Double Skull Doppelbock Lager | Epic Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
6
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24
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release # 17. ABV 8.1% per label. SLC # 1187 (whatever that means).

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, earth, and corn tortilla aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, toast, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly rich and filling quality in the taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

middle of the road for the style. its got a gorgeous dark copper color and an inch of cream colored head with decent lasting power. the nose is rich and sweet, lots of grain in this brew. caramel and toffee radiate from it, as do some more earthy smoked type of notes, big and bold and alcoholic too. the flavor is a lot like the nose, but doesn't quite find the balance or intrigue to make it world class. its a little heavy too, even for the style, which makes a bomber a lot to get through, but I appreciate it in a one bottle winter context, the strength of this got the best of me for sure. caramel type sweetness in the finish, dominates what would be quick finishing lager yeast. that part of the beer comes across sloppy, and despite all the good grain flavor here, I cant get past that bit. full bodied as they come, huge for a lager, and filling too. booze comes out only when it warms up, so watch out. could stand a touch more carbonation too, as it stands it felt more like a german based barleywine, not so much a dopplebock as I am accustomed to.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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 oberon
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful dark reddish amber color in the Duvel tulip. Plenty of foam in the glass and carbonation in the mouth. The aroma is a very funny sweet candy sort of smell. The first sip is just plain sweet. Burnt sugar, a perfumey peculiar flavor, and some bitterness in the aftertaste.

I'm not sure when, or with what, this beer would be the right drink, but I'm thinking gingerbread with a Jim Beam chaser. It definitely should be colder than the brief cooling I gave it in the refrigerator. I think ice cold would be good for this one. But I'm going to try a dose of it in the mediocre Wit I just opened. I like strong beers but this one doesn't have the complexity of something like the Shmaltz malt bombs. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Servall Liquor in San Diego.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +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 atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #61 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Release #3 states it is 8.5% abv.

This is an okay doppelbock. Strikes me as quite boozy. Though, the characteristics are there that you'd want to see for the style. It's okay, but there are definitely a lot of wrinkles that need to be ironed out in order to make it a decent interpretation.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from HomeBrewStuff. Release #31. Dark brown, but clear body, light airy lasting head. Sweet, nutty aroma, taste adds some elements of semi-sweet chocolate, wood, peat, very earthy. More sweet than nutty, but fairly true to style, body could be a bit heavier.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Bier Thirty.... Shared tonight with Inflatablechair... Thanks for having me Sammy.... I needed it.

Pours a slightly hazed amber.... the head is off white but with a persistent retention and okay lacing.

Nose is pretty good... nice deep toast and some nice caramel... I think maybe hops are there, but I could be lying to myself.

Flavor actually has some hop bitterness that helps balance the malts.... light caramel and more toast... a bit nutty... again, I swear I get of grassy hoppiness... With warmth I picked up a bit of fruity esters... not exactly "clean", but pretty good on a tough style to do right.

Body is medium... carbonation seems about right, but is definitely "big bubble"...

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

This is a pretty good first attempt... I will rereview with further batches... a lager of this ABV is a bit of a challenge, and this is a nice jumping off point.

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown colored beer with a medium sized light brown colored head.

Smells mildly sweet with lots of caramel and a herbal and soapy hop aroma. Mild nut and coffee aromas.

Tastes much like it smells. Mildly sweet with caramel and nuts. Slight soapy taste. Pecan nut flavor and slight pecan pie flavor. Slight vanilla taste.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall an OK Doppelbock. This is a bit sweeter than I like.

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Double Skull Doppelbock Lager from Epic Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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