Conquistador | Pensacola Bay Brewery

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Pensacola Bay Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The fierce qualities of some of Florida’s earliest explorers are represented with our flavorful Conquistador Dopplebock. With a high ABV – over 7% – our brew is as strong as the Spanish that conquered much of our coast. After one or two, you might start calling yourself Don Jose and looking for a helmet.

The conquistadors were searching for treasure in Florida: gold, silver, the secret of immortality. While we can’t guarantee you’ll find gold at the bottom of a pint, maybe there’s a drop from the Fountain of Youth. And we’re not telling where it is.

Take home a growler, enjoy a pint – the Conquistador Dopplebock will make the weakest men ready to sail across the sea.

25 IBU

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 16
Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight roasted malt, yeast, and slight chocolate. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of hops, caramel malt, yeast, and slight chocolate. Overall, tasty, smooth, but not quite reminiscent of a Doppelbock.

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Photo of AltBock
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Dunedin House of beer on 08 June 2013. They served it to me in a Pilsner glass. They got the glassware correct.

It's one of those beers that wants you to believe that it poured a solid black color. HOB is the brightest place around, but what light I could find showed me that this beer was a dark cola brown with some minor ruby red highlights. On top was a creamy white 1/2 an inch head of foam. Excellent retention! This head of foam receded just a little bit. It left a creamy white head of foam on this beer till the last drop of beer was gone. If that wasn't enough, this head of foam left behind streak after streak of lace around the glass. One of the best Doppelbock appearances I've seen a while on draft.

I wasn't all that impressed with the aroma. I let it warm up and it still was on the weak side. It was a semi sweet aroma with roasted malt, a splash of chocolate, and a whiff of olives in the back. The aroma needed to wake up. It's far from impressive as the appearance.

For a Doppelbock, this was on the lighter side of tastes. It was good, but there wasn't much going on in the taste. It was one of those non offensive light tastes. Up front was the lightly roasted sweet malt. Following the malt was a subtle taste of chocolate and a pinch of coffee. Rounding off the taste was a minor and I mean minor bitterness. I'm glad the olives in the aroma didn't show up in the taste. There was nothing in the taste to counter the olives.

This was a light to medium bodied Doppelbock with a good amount of carbonation and a faint aftertaste. I only got some lightly roasted malt and a subtle hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. There is nothing in the mouthfeel that will linger.

One of those non offensive beers. It won't insult your taste buds, but there just isn't much going on this beer. It needed to wake up. Would I drink it again? That's tough to say. I might.

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Photo of charlzm
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed at the brewery, March 10th, 2012.

Appearance: deep plummy red/brown with no head. Served perhaps a little too cold?

Slight trace of smoke in the nose. Sadly unaromatic.

Flavor: Up front, there is some plum and prune. Some clean brown malts (think wheat bread) in the middle. Some melanoidin notes. Flavor finishes with smoke and a little alcohol heat. Not as complex or strong-flavored as the best examples of the style, but there's nothing off here.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable save for a very slight dryness.

Not a bad stab at the style, though not world class.

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Photo of hopjacksinc
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mark Robertson has brought us another killer brew from Pensacola! Always his own worst critic, he swore that he was unhappy with the way this turned out. Absolutely not so! I was lucky enough to be granted two tastes straight out of the fermenter tank and now I've got the completed product. Poured into a goblet at Hopjacks Downtown Pensacola...

A: Big fluffy head of densely-packed tiny bubbles sits atop dark amber goodness. Head fades in about a minute with spotty lacing.

S: Nutty with some hits of honey and lots of nice malt. Slightly floral dose of hops rounding it all out.

T: Hazelnut, walnut, fresh caramel flirting with being almost burnt, sherry booziness, preserved orange peel and a whisper of hop bitterness to balance it all out.

M: Very smooth and light with just enough carbonation to let you know it's alive. Some sweet coating lingers.

O: Dangerously drinkable... he hid the abv very well (this batch is 8.9% btw) and due to its excellent balance, more than two could really get a fella in some trouble. Quit your worrying, Mark; this dopple is a solid winner.

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Conquistador from Pensacola Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 16 ratings