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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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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 227
Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint.

Pours a cola brown with some reddish highlights. Smallish off-white head, but it does leave some decent drippy lacing.

What a pleasant surprise this is. Robustly malty, starting off sweet, developing substantial roastiness and then finishing rather crisp. Aromas and flavors are full of dark fruits, light coffee, a dusting of cocoa, excellent compliments to the chewy, hearty malt.

Medium-thick body with plentiful carbonation and a bit of a creamy element to the finish.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable dopplebock that went nicely with a medium-rare burger.

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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 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 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 SilentSabre
1.55/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow..I am really sorry, but this is just awful....It looked okay, but the smell is just terrible!!! It literally smells like spoiled food, like bad cheese or milk. Some sort of bad dairy. The taste is bland and sour and that spoiled dairy smell just amplifies everything bad about this beer. This absolutely has to be a bad bottle...no way is this supposed to smell and taste this way....this is simply offensive...

EDIT: Certain that no beer would ever be crafted to taste this way, I revisited this one again on 09 Oct. 06.
This one was undrinkable, as well. It had the same awful characteristics.

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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 Jredner
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma is tart and sickly smelling like rotting fruits. Dark brown/mahogany in color with a quickly fading tan head. Fore is more rotting/overripe fruits..syrupy mandarin orange notes. Chocolate and caramel malts behind that. The finish is decidedly watery and off tasting.

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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 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 changed...it 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 warriorsoul
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to lostbearbrew for this one...
Pours a cloudy dark rust color w/ no light passing through...a full two fingers of foamy tan head forms and produces decent lacing.
Scent is enjoyable...carmelized malt sweetness up front w/ some vanilla extract bringing up the rear.
Taste is decent...a bit weak in its flavors w/ smokiness hitting the pallet first and a carbonated taste lingering...a nice malt backbone w/ very little hop.
Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style IMO and the carbonation is just too high...making this a one and done for me. Many other fine examples of the style, but glad to get the opportunity to try this offering from Thomas Creek.

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Photo of walleye
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Ross from another place for this. poured a deep mahogany with a nice sized tan head that left some nice lacing. aroma, a ni ce sweet chocolate malt with dark cherries or is it choclate covered cherries? got some caramel when it warmed. Flavor sour cherries, bitter sweet chocolate, malt, alcohol.

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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 nhindian
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Southern Tier goblet. Bottle generously provided as an extra by mikesgroove, thanks Mike!

A - Pours nearly the darkest shade of brown you can get before it starts creeping up on black. About 2-fingers worth of light tan head with decent retention. Lacing covers the majority of the glass with thin, stringy foam.

S - All malts in the nose. Slight roast gives a nice coffee smell, as well as a bit of chocolate. The interesting notes are more subdued, like a bit of smoke and the dark fruits.

T - The taste is a noticeable downgrade from the nose. While the aroma promises a balanced, somewhat complex beer, the taste reduces that premonition to a shred of its former glory. It starts promisingly enough, with a nice burst of dark fruits in plums and figs, followed with a smoky roast. This is short-lived, however, and it's all downhill from there. The mid-palate and finish is desperately bare of much substance; rather it succumbs to residual sweetness from the malts and some watery carbonation feeling.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with high carbonation. It's curse is it's thin, watery texture it takes on shortly after the flavors fade, which is much too soon. This leads to a very disappointing lasting impression.

D/O - Drinkability is pretty low. I hate to say this, because the first moments of this beer are highly enjoyable, but the sudden drop off really hurts it. If it could sustain the momentum that the initial taste delivers, this would be a nice doppelbock for sure, but the way I view it now is as something that could have been.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a light tan head of about two fingers. Head drops slowly, leaving a mere wisp of foam and some good lacing.

Aromas of fruity esters, deep rich toffee malt, hints of juicy fruit, no hop aroma.

Flavors of sweet malt, some metallic astringency, no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, copper metallic astringency, decent level of carbonation.

A so-so example, light on the alcohol, light on the body, no really true to style in many ways. Good malt forward beer, just not up to doppelbock strength.

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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 MSchae1017
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner Glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a dark chocolate brown with an off white head that is delightfully frothy. The head dissipates to a thin film that laces nicely down the glass. The beer smells mostly of semi-sweet dark chocolate and is quite nice. Unfotunately this beer seems to fall apart at the taste There is the same underlying chocolate taste but there is a very forward overy sweet almost bad candy like taste to the beer. This is very unenjoyable. The mouthfeel is not to bad with the thickness and carbonation. Overall I cannot say that I would grab this one again. Poor taste just leads to a poor overall experience drinking the beer.

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Photo of drewbage
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drops into the glass with a thud, spritzy carbonation, but almost no head.

Color is dark chocolate brown with almost perfect clarity.

Aroma is milk chocolate and a slight coffee and fruit end before we get to the first sip.

First sip consists of a caramel coated cherry with a milky sweet middle body that's broken by a strong acidic roast nature before coming to an end on the palate.

Not bad, but the roast is distracting for what should be a dark and yet smooth beer.

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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 vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep reddish brown with a good half inch or so of head.

S- Hugely malty with tons of caramel and yeasty bread aromas. There's even a little cocoa in there too.

T- A little sour malt upfront segues into a nice bready character. Not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. There's a nice roasty character on the finish that's almost stout-like. Mild bitterness on the finish.

M- On the full side of medium, slightly syrupy but with ample carbonation.

This is actually a pretty darn good doppelbock. The flavor is not traditional, but it's very nice and fairly complex. Definitely a good beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Jon
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little too thin and not malty enough to qualify as a true doppelbock in my opinion. Although the appearance is fairly good, it looked a bit too pale for doppelbock status. Taste was indeed on the malty side, but the hop bitterness didn't seem to fit well. It was quite drinkable, just not in the way it should be. A decent beer overall.

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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 bock...it 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 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 Loki
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was my first experience with a doppelbock and I was disappointed by this beer. I had heard great things about the style and look forward to comparing this to many of the other doppelbocks I picked up in my recent road trip.

Beer poured a pale brown and due to festival tasting and 2.5oz shot glass servings I couldn?t fairly judge the head. The aroma was of malt and hops. The taste was malty but fairly hoppy which I wasn?t expecting and didn?t really enjoy. Very dry as well, I will have to revisit this after I?ve tried other, but I wasn?t impressed.

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