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Thomas Creek Deep Water DopplebockThomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
30 IBU

Added by aracauna on 10-26-2002

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin whtie head. Carbonation level seems pretty good.

Smell is lots of dark toasty/roasty flavors, brown bread and malt, malt, malt.

Taste is lots of molasses, caramel, dark corn syrup and brown sugar. Pretty syrupy sweet and lots of toasted brown bread flavors.

Not a bad dopplebock but not the best example of the style. A little too sweet, like that of a poor brown ale.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown with ruby hues on the edges. Fairly small, tight, foamy, light tan head. Decent retention with a thin patchy lace left.

S - Fairly typical doppelbock aroma, with a touch more sweetness. Dark, sweet bread and dark fruit (particularly raisin) with just a tiny hint of rum. Cocoa is present but not very strong.

T - Similar to the nose with sweet dark fruit (raisin and date in particular) being pretty strong. They have a hint of rum soaked flavor but that just has a quick flash mid-sip. Dark, sweet bread provides a nice base undertone. Only a touch of cocoa at the end. Some anise also is present. Has a lingering sweet, syrupy taste.

M - Between light and medium body with average carbonation. A little too thin and watery, especially for the style. Has a slight sticky finish.

D - Flavors are nice, but this is a little too sweet for me to want to drink it regularly (especially in one night). Mouthfeel/body doesn't help either.

Notes: A little on the sweet side for a doppelbock as well as a little thin. That said, it provides those nice dark, sweet fruity and bready flavors you expect. Not a bad doppelbock, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of aracauna
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rerate 10/27/03: This beer seems to have changed from the first time I sampled it and it has changed for the better. I don't know what was wrong with my first sample of this stuff. It's actually pretty good. Nice extremely dark brown body with lumpy, long-lasting tan head. Nice malty aroma. Flavor is nicely porter-like with chocolate and a little roastiness. The body is far from thin. This is a little sweet, but not cloying. I still wouldn't call it a doppelbock. It'd pass for a schwarzbier, but I wouldn't have even guessed it was a lager if I didn't already know.

9/16/02: Dopplebock? More like just a dark bock. It's a bit hoppier than I like for a dopple as well.

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Photo of Mojo
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

This beer pours up an absolutely beautiful obsidian black with a lucious 2 finger foamy caramel colored head, great retention, and awesome lacing. And right there the awesomeness ends. The nose, especially as it warms is malt and alcohol. At 6.25%, the odor of alcohol just shouldn't be present. Taste is more like a porter with some roasted nut notes and malt. The finish is a sort of burnt coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is sort of thin, but there is a decent amount of carbonation. I wouldn't refuse one of these, but neither would I search one out.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big dark mahogany ale.

Very dark in the glass. Sharp flavors dominate. Seems to be a burnt malt in the bill that cuts the slight sweetness. Quite a raspy hop flavor emerges. Not really rich, but more malty than a Schwartzbier so I guess it's on style. I prefer a more rounded taste than this. Seems to be woody, raw, grainy.

Also had this on tap at the Liberty in Greenville. I think I like the bottled version better. I have not been impressed with any of the Thomas Creek brews I've tried.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. No intelligible date on bottle, despite coded stamp. No sediment in the bottle.

Pours a dark reddish-brown; clear but nearly opague. Has a short-lived and rather small tan head.

Aroma: rather faint but attractive smell of roasted malts; faintly earthy and spicy

Taste: slightly spicy and hoppy flavor, but dominated by medium and darker roasted malts. Slightly nutty. Excellent hop/malt balance for the style, albeit a bit hoppier than a traditional.

M: very good carbonation level; too acidic?; slightly dry in the finish.

O: pretty good example of an American dopplebock, but disappointing given the outstanding brewery that produced this.

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Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from chefmikeanderson, this my favorite style & a state I've yet to review
( I think ), Cheers Mike!

Pours an effervescent mahogany tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Impressive head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, a touch of herbal hops

T: Brown bread, a touch of herbal hops & licorice, plus dryness up front. Toasted & roasted malt surface as this warms along with dryness, more brown bread & just a touch of boozey plum. Finished dry with a touch of coffee, full point deduction for straying off style

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, a bit too dry, warming

Drinks easy enough, the dryness would probably make me move on before the ABV would. A pretty drinkable doople that has a few stylistic flaws, that makesthink this could be a porter, would've scored better...

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark brown with a small tan head. A lot of chocolate in the aroma with some dark breadiness and dark fruit. Chocolate, cocoa powder and a coffee-like bitterness with a touch of raisin sweetness in the finish. Medium bodied with slightly harsh carbonation. While the potential is there, this one misses the mark a little but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.69 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with some slight reddish hues and a lean, off-white head.

Smell: Roasty, cocoa-minded nose with lesser notes of dark pumpernickel and dried fruits (with a very background, very thin vein of curious tartness).

Taste: Dark maltiness with tastes of toasted dark bread, a dash of cocoa, a touch of dry caramel, and even a hint of moderately roasted grain. Slightly sweet, though considerably less than most doppelbocks. Fruit flavors of raisins and plums. A small twinge of suspect acidity makes me think this could possibly be in the very early stages of infection, but, as it's not obtrusive and barley noticeable, let's just pretend it never happened. Spicy, slightly earthy hops with a mild, restrained bitterness. Splash of cola in the latter half. Finishes malty and dry.

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's not your typical doppelbock, with its somewhat unconventional use of chocolate and roasted malts, though I'm kind of digging that. I still fear an onset of infection would've been the future for this particular bottle, and, regrettably, I see no "born on" dating, so maybe stick to draft with this one.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a dark, reddish iced-tea color. A light mocha head whips up to the top of the glass, a denser foaminess on top of cola like bubbles below it. Falls back pretty quick without much lace.

Aroma - a good dose of roasted grain initially, coffee notes underneath.

Taste - about like the smell. Roasted grain, a hint of coffee with light malty caramel sweetness. A touch of metal on the swallow, disappearing behind some decent balancing hops. They match up well with the roasted grain, ending with a toasty dry grain finish.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly carbonation, decent body is just a tad heavier than average.

Drinkability - better as it warms, nothing grand but a tasty doppelbock session beer.

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Photo of Whadawookie
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hello, this is my first review. I've drank craft beers for a few years now, but now that I've started homebrewing, I figured I should probably start working on refining my beer-senses.

Never saw this doppelbock before today but I have liked other beers from this brewery so I thought I would give it a try.

I poured into a pilsner glass and obtained a nice 1 1/2 in thick and creamy head that crested over the top of the glass. The color is pretty nice looking, a very dark amber. As I drank on the foam settled down to just a light coating over the beer, but it features some decent lacing every drink.

You could pleasantly smell the yeast for a minute or two upon opening but that quickly dissipated (I have a bad sense of smell due to allergies). It's still lingers a bit though.

This is a sweet brew, but it has been balanced well enough that you get other flavors from the malts. It kinda tastes sassy like hard alcohol, but it's not overwhelming, just a little strange since it's not terribly high abv... is it too much hops? I can't really tell, but it's not the most flattering flavor with this style.

Mouthfeel was ok, but it still kinda burned a little more than expected for such low abv. It felt better at the back of my tongue...which led to immediate consumption.

It's not the best doppelbock I've had, but it is still worthy to drink. Maybe a little overpriced where I bought it at $9.99 a sixer.

I was more into this brewery's double ipa "up the creek".

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nearly opaque cola colour, with mahogay notes around the edges. Loose head stays for a bit, and is gone.

Aroma is mainly dark, sweet malt- sort of spicy dark molasses. There's some hops here, kids- but not an over-abundance.

Flavour is kind of watery at the start, then the malt kicks in with a bit of burnt toast on the tongue, then a delicately hoppy finish.

The tight carbonation takes a second or two to get going, then swells fast and is gone. The finish is watery.

It's not the most drinkable beer out there. I think after a few, I'd be expecting something a bit more.

Be well

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Photo of rustymoore
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown to black with a decent head and some lacing. Smells strong of chocolate and coffee...not the most pleasent I have encountered either. The taste is definitely that of a stout more than anything else. Too watery and sour though. The flavor is decent but not exceptional. I would recommend trying it if you are into stouts and bocks but maybe not otherwise.

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Photo of kots84
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark ruby red with a off white head.

Smell - Chocolate and malt.

Taste - More with the chocolate and malt.A little coffee as it warms.

Mouthfeel - A nice carbonation. A little thick.

Overall - Its a good beer but not all that impress. A once in a while type of beer

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Name of the beer has been changed to "Deep Water Doppelbock Lager."

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Pours with a small cap of tan bubbles that recedes rather abruptly and leaves behind pretty much nil on the glass. Color is a deep ruby-tinged chocolate brown displaying excellent clarity.

Smell is at first a rich, sweet maltiness, but subsequently gains a bit of a metallic edge with other hints of chocolate and roasted malt.

Mostly full-bodied, but a bit lighter in body and mouthfeel than a true-to-style Doppel. Maltiness dominates the flavor profile, with big hits of chocolate and roasted malt flavors intermingling with lighter caramel sweetness and a touch of vanilla and dark fruit hiding in there for good measure. Finish is chocolate-sweet and fairly dry, with a tad of that roastiness lending itself to the finale.

Fairly drinkable, and a good attempt at the style, but off on a few marks, most notably the heavy presence of roasted and chocolate notes on the palate and the too-light-for-style body. Still, not a bad go from a somewhat-local brewing institution.

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Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: This was a deep, dark chestnut brown. It poured with a medium sized, creamy head.

s: Nutty, bready malts with hints of dark fruit.

t: Sweet bread dough, moderate chocolate syrup, and well hidden hints of alcohol.

m: Perhaps a bit thin ofr the style.

o: This was clean and well made overall, I just wasn't quite big enough imo.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always a sucker for a Dopplebock...even the bad ones. This beer falls somewhere in the average catagory. More boldness and maltiness than usually found in American renditions. They really piled on the chocolate malts to bring out a robust flavor along with mild over-ripened fruits. After the initial sip subsides, faint flavors of baking soda (soapy) and vegetables (corn) begins to come through. The beer falls apart a bit in the finish giving off a cola-like sweetness and flavor. I still liked it pretty well though.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

***NOTE: The label for this beer has is now called "Deep Water Dopplebock Lager"

Date of Review: 08/22/2008
No Date of Birth on bottle

A: Pours a rich, deep brown color with amber highlights. The head is AWSOME! Off-white, very billowy and fluffy...The retention is great and the lace is spotty and persistent.

S: The nose is great too, consists mainly of rich dark chocolate, followed by toasted malts, coffee, cream, molasses, and a slight hint of toffee. Very nice nose!

T: Wow, very unexpected. I was expecting a sweeter beer, maybe similar to a cream stout of something but this is different. It is very powerful in taste-more bitter and tangier than I had expected (almost sour). Dark fruit (raisins), bitter-sweet chocolate, and burnt malts are the primary notes available to me. More subtle notes include caramel, molasses, and perhaps brown sugar

MF: Not the cleanest MF, however it is still good. Full bodied beer right here, slight bitter "bite" at the end, but still balanced in the mouth

D: Decent drinkability for a doppel, especially with a respectable ABV of 6.25%

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with some red highlights. A nice and fluffy dirty head rises a bit and slowly settles right down. Aroma is a bit mildish for this brew. I get hints of roasty caramel but it disappears so quickly.

This one had a decent taste going for it - a bit thin - but the flavor is nice and feels nice on the tongue. Slight roasty malts flavors with a hint of sweeet caramel again. A bit of hops shows up here and there but nothing too outstanding.

This is the best TC brew so far that I have tasted. Really not bad and drinkable for sure. I would have preferred a bit more going on with this one but with a few tweaks it could be something prett damn good. Thanks to mikesgroove for this one!!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why I keep trying the Thomas Creek beers; I've yet to find one I'm satisfied with and if they can't produce a proper red ale is there really any chance they've mastered something as complex as a dopplebock? At any rate, it is doppler season and this was the first I saw, so there's my excuse...

Pours nearly black with portlike tinges of ruby at the bottom wiith a nice head that doesn't stick around but leaves decent lacing. Nose is extremely sweet with tinges of coffee, caramel, and lots of chocolate. Unfortunately it is so thick and sweet it almost reminds one of raw corn syrup, but not too bad.

Initially pretty strong with creamy coffee tones and enough carbonation to suit the style but loses its way before the finish and then regains its footing somewhat for a mellow, respectable aftertaste. While not containig the depth or complexity of a classic doppplebock, this is a pleasant sipper that has me giving props to the boys in the Palmetto state.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, cola-colored brown (think Dr. Pepper), with an inch of slowly settling, cream-colored head. Lacing is sticky and abundant. Big time bready maltiness and significant chocolate in the nose. Noticeable sweetness. Brown sugar, toffee, hints of figs and other fruits, bubblegum.

Very tasty! Lots of bready malt, dark chocolate, light roast, faint booziness, and just a touch of syrupy sweetness. Medium-full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation but also very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Lingering stickiness and aftertaste leaves plenty of malty, sweet, complex breadiness and a late emerging floral hop bitterness.

Perhaps a little hoppier and less full bodied than you'd want, but I enjoyed this one nonetheless. Not up there with the top examples of the style but deserving, in my opinion, of a higher rating than the one the BA community has bestowed upon it.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a very dark brown, kind of reddish, dark brown. Smell is toffee with some hints of caramel and coffee. Taste is of roasted coffee . Smooth flavor, easy drink, but not an overly complex flavor.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled in hotel glass in Greenville, SC

A: very buoyant head with mixed size of bubbles; solid black; good carbonation
S: strong, persistent bock/malt aroma
T: dry, straightforward; medium bitterness; strong charred malt taste, with dashes of aniseed; I feel the alcohol (7%) is meshed nicely in this flavor profile

Good solid beer.

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Photo of IronLover
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown with amber hues and a deep haze. Poured with a short, light beige foam with low retention. Medium high dark malty aromas with notes of milk chocolate, toasted malt, and dark fruits. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with a light carbonationd, a light creaminess through the middle, and a light warmth near the finish. Medium high dark malt with toasted bread and light dark fruit flavors. Medium light hop bitterness through the middle that trails to the end along with dark malt flavors. Finished with a light toffee note and dark malt sweetness followed by light hop bitterness. Body was a bit on the thin side for the style. Malt character was good, fresh, but lacked complexity. Flavor was a bit out of balance with bitterness through the middle over ran the maltiness a bit.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Deep Water Doppelbock pours a deep dark brown with red highlights and a copious, pockmarked, two inch tan head that leaves a lot of lacing around the glass and spreads its aroma around the room. A nice looking beer, for sure.

Chocolate, fruits, and roasty malts dominate the nose of this beer. Not extremely fragrant, but it smells good.

Deep Water's taste is just what I want on a cold winter's night. A hefty amount of roasted caramel malts, mixed with a bit of cocoa and grainy breadiness. A sweet fruitiness shows up for a second, then the flavor leaves with a nice earthy, slightly spicy hop flavor as it finishes up.

A pretty thick beer, but its not syrupy. Its smooth and easy to drink despite some pretty big flavors. Moderate amounts of carbonation work well with the beer, not detracting from the smoothness of it.

Overall, this is my favorite Thomas Creek offering that I've had so far. A tasty, robust beer that looks good and goes well with a bit of cold weather and a hearty meal. Good showing, TCB.

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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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