Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock | Thomas Creek Brewery

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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 Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Dark brown pour with reddish tint. About a finger and a half of tan foam. Pretty cautious pour, as I still haven't mastered the pilsener glass pour. Anyway, the head retention is pretty good, and there's some decent lacing stuck to the glass.

First thing I notice about the aroma is a sweetness. Elements of chocolate, caramel, and ripe dark fruits with a bit of a boozy edge. There's also a roasty quality, like burnt bread that reminds me of a stout.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. The sweetness doesn't seem as prevalent to me as it smelled. The chocolate flavor comes out nicely, as well as the fruit. This beer doesn't really make me think doppelbock, but it's a pleasant flavor. That sweetness gives way to that roasty/burnt element. Light bitterness in the finish.

Medium body feels a bit light for a doppelbock. Not quite the meal in a glass others are. That said, the carbonation level is outstanding, and leaves a soft, plush texture. Maybe not your textbook doppelbock, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from the bottle pictured, into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Sweet malts and alcohol.

T&M: Roasted grains and coffee. Fades with a heavy sweet malt taste and dry finish. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Crisp and refresing. Nice complex flavor.

Very difficult to compare to anything. Nice complex flavor like a stout with a body similar to a porter.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Firm creamy 2 finger cap forms and slowly collapses upon itself. Beer is a deep brown the color of some furniture. Slight ruby hue perhaps.

Aroma is very light and slightly sweet. Some cinnamon.

Grainy, caramel sweet with a touch of a burnt flavor. Sort of finishes quickly in the taste department. Some nice roasty notes. There is a sweetness certainly, but still a bit dry for a dopplebock. Slightest coffee tones.

Body is medium and a bit thin for my liking here.

Nicely drinkable, but lacking some real character. It's fine, but won't be remembered in a month.

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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 Deus1138
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stopped by Total Wine and More tonight. I had never seen this stuff there before, so I snagged a six pack.

Poured into a mug. Color was deep brown. Looked somewhat watery. Little to no head to speak of. Smell is mostly of roasted malts? Taste is more like a stout than a doppelbock, in my humble opinion. Mostly roasted malts. Some caramel sweetness in the background. A dry and slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery. Drinkability is descent. It's nothing great. There are much better Doppels out there. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz serving on cask at Raleigh Times, with "a special concoction of cocoa powders" added to the mix. Only the second cask lager I've ever seen (Foothills Torch Pilsner being the other, passed over for the other two firkins offered that night) and the first I've had. The beer is a nice murkey brown with a decent frothy khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer that leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is a decent amount of brown malts and slight cocoa. The taste is a wonderfully smooth amount of brown malts with cocoa accentuating everything very nicely, especially in the finish. The beer is quite light and smooth. This one certainly benefits from the cask offering, very enjoyable. I'd love to see more Doppelbocks on cask.

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from tap at Tylers Taproom into a standard pint glass

A: dark brown, tan head, lacing all the way down

S: malty aroma, some chocolate and caramel tones

T: very malty flavor, some toasted grain taste comes in soon after the malt sweetness subsides

MF: full bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: i enjoyed this beer.

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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 grayburn
4.19/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours from the bottle with little to no head, there is, however, some redemption lacing going on. The little ring doesn't disappear either, it just hangs out with its small self.

The smell is nice and bready, good in the nose....the taste...this isn't a doppelbock. This might be a regular really is almost more like a porter though. There is some jammy fruit and nice esters in there....not too lager like. But delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium body with higher carbonation, could use some balance. Plus, I would expect an example of the style to be a bit thicker.

I could drink this all night, I'm not sure what it is, but it is delicious.

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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 tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, dark brown one inch head

Smell: caramel and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and with a touch of chocolate

Mouthfeel: very sweet, smooth, light body

Drinkability: This hides the 6.25% abv well. I could have several. While this is not the best of the style that I have had, it is very good. I like the sweet caramel tones.

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Photo of johnmichael712
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle. This beer pours a cola colored brown with reddish-orange highlights. The small, one fingered head is a nice medium-brown color and is supplemented by a good amount of small carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head also maintains complete surface coverage throughout my drinking experience, and it leaves a good amount of Belgian lace on the sides of the glass. Overall a good looking beer, but a bit thicker and creamier looking head would have been nice.

Smell: Very pleasant and rich nose, with strong aromas of rum soaked dark fruit (prunes, plums, and raisins) and a very intense roasted maltiness that smells of bittersweet chocolate, espresso beans, and a bit of dark caramel. There are also hints of roasted nuts, and this is overall a very nice nose, but it seems to fit a porter more than a doppelbock (this is a recurring theme in my review of this beer).

Taste: This beer begins beautifully, with a roasted malt flavor that is stout-like in proportions. Rich and intense flavors of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, and sweet caramel start this beer off, but unfortunately the beginning of this beer is the apex and the flavor goes downhill from there. Following the aforementioned flavors this beer becomes mildly acidic, and the hops come forth with a slightly bitter and very earthy and leafy flavor that scrubs the palate a little bit. The beer finishes with a bit more hop bitterness, a slight drying effect on the palate, and no perceptible alcohol warming effect.

Mouthfeel: This beer is definitely a bit thin and watery. A doppelbock should be thick and medium-full to full bodied, but this beer barely manages a medium-light body. Despite this flaw it is acceptably smooth and creamy, and the low carbonation suits the style well. Not an awful mouthfeel, but definitely not the best, either.

Drinkability: Not all that great. The slightly thin mouthfeel, the acidity, and the burnt, roasted off-flavors that definitely do not belong in a doppelbock make this beer almost difficult to drink.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A deeper bronze hue... head is surprisingly short and doesn't live long. Retention is mediocre, and maybe even a little poor.

S + T: Some pleasant aromas come from the beer, but not those that I might expect from a doppelbock. Some toasted malts, maybe even hints of processed corn... there's a similarity to Corn Flakes in both the scent and the taste. The flavour allows a little more to shine, I find. A little more toasted flavour, a hint of caramel...

M + D: It's got a nice little sting of carbonation on the tip of the tongue and on the roof of the mouth towards finish. Quite tingly. It's a touch thin, but not a complete deal breaker. I don't mind this one, and don't have a problem with finishing the six-pack... I don't know how eager I'd be to buy it in the future, though.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat thin consistency. There was a thin head that dissipated quickly and OK lacing.

S: Not a particulary overpowering smell. Some malt and chocolate.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, chocolate and a little coffee. Not terrible, just not that complex.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is an unexceptional beer. It's not horrible, it's not great either.

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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 Cyberkedi
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First whiff when I opened the bottle was fruity and cider-like, while the second was smokier and maltier but still with a strong hard cider overtone. Pours an opaque chocolaty brown with a thick, frothy, not too persistent pale tan head. Flavor is rather wan, though - more like cider than beer, just a hint of malt and a touch of hops and smoke, and a little watery. Texture is thin and watery, like flat cola. I have had better, but this is OK.

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Photo of Likeburning
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Also called the "Deep Water Dopplebock" on my label. Poured a deep brown, until held up to light and the redness really comes out. After this, the experience is a little bland The aroma is almost as deep as the color, but the intrigue seems to end there. Mouthfeel is quite decent almost reminiscent of a light porter, but the flavor is a little bland, and the alcohol definitely makes an appearance. Not bad, but not the best. I expected more from the guys that make a delicious vanilla cream ale.

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Photo of Buebie
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I hope this is the right beer, mine has a different lable and is called deep water dopplebock.

Thanks to pwoods for this brew.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, into a snifter.
Color is black, with some glowing red when held to light.
1 finger fizzy off white head. Quickly fizzles away into a thin layer of retention. Mild thin lace lines the glass.

Aroma is very grainy, with a faint sweetness. Salty buttered popcorn, doughy bread, burnt caramel.

The mouthfeel is predominatly carbonated and thin. There is a dominating sourness to the brew, almost cherry like.
Roasted malts, a tad cola like in fizzy flavors.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had one on tap at the Thomas Creek Brewery Bash. Now called "Deep Water Doppelbock". Pours a dark almost black brown with a thick creamy head. Aroma is of dark roasted coffee and chocolate malts. The taste is what throws this beer off. Way off style, more like a cream stout that an doppelbock. Not a bad beer, just one I would not seek out.

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Photo of torchednoodle
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to pwoods for this in a recent trade.

Pours great, deep brown. Had a nice little white trail on the head as I poured, almost looked like I was pouring steamed milk onto a cappucino.

Smells sweet, with roasted malts. Taste like roasted malts too, but there's some sourness that really feels out of place. Well carbonated, but maybe only slightly too much so. Tastes better as the beer warms up (or my palate deadens further) but still not great.

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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 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 drperm
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Soup, Landrum, SC

I tend to favor local beers whenever I get the chance; TC definitely qualifies as a local brewery for me. Of the three I sampled (Amber, Doppelbock, and Pilsner) at dinner, the Doppel (excuse me, DOPPLE)bock was my favorite. It served as a stand-alone dessert after a great meal, but would pair nicely with good chocolate and ice cream, for certain. It would also be a winner with anything blackened (catfish, even). Not too sweet, not too bitter, a good balance. Definite coffee notes abound. A nice, oily finish stands out in my memory.

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Photo of wcdoyle
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark reddish brown with a substantial brown head. Good lacing. Smell of caramel/brown sugar with faint hops.Taste was caramel-coffee mix with a nice touch of sharpness from the hops What stays behind is the prmamry taste and a slight touch of hops. Chewy, medium-bodied mouthfeel medium with a very light apparent carbonation. Drinkability: Not bad.

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Photo of
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle in trade from bobbyc881 - Thanks!

Clear, dark mahogany color with lots of ruby highlights. Medium sized, light tan, rocky head. Minimal lacing or legs.

Malty aroma, brown sugar/toffee. Little bit of herbal notes. Overall, smells very sweet. Fruits were expected and seem to be missing.

Taste, um, is this the same beer I just smelled? Much more bitter than aroma, with significant citrus and roast notes. Lingering coffee in aftertaste. Not particulary pleasant all the way around.

Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Drying.

Overall, not appealing and not very true to style. I wouldn't return to this one.

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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
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