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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock | Thomas Creek Brewery

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3.51/5
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228 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States
thomascreekbeer.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
30 IBU

Added by aracauna on 10-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,801
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
228
pDev:
15.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit light for the style. Chocolate malt presents up-front, and the beer then thins out a bit too much. Some mild astringency that seemed out of place for the style. On the positive side, the beer was very smooth and the alchohol not at all prominent. Not on par with the traditional German doppels, and at best an average example of a more restrained American take on the style.

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Photo of psmith161
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bacher468
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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 jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thecheapies
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a deep maroon brown with a lovely patch of dimpled khaki foam.

Slightly oxidized maltinesd with brown bread kilning, sourdough crusts, Scotch ale meatiness, and a depth of sweetness reminiscent of raisin.

Failed. Overly oxidized and cardboard-like. Malts tried to stay intact, with rickety foundation. Chewed over by apparent time. Dark fruits almost gone. Tinny flavor and aged hop rot preside.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD USE BOTTLE DATING!!

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Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 GCBrewingCo
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy brown with an amber highlight and a tannish head which only rose slightly and fell quickly as it tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly tart and slightly acidic in character. Some caramel was present and a light bit of chocolate, but most everything was masked by the tartness.

The flavor was malty with a chocolate and light coffee flavor. The acidic nature of the aroma had not affected the flavor except to dry it out. The chocolate and coffee of the flavor would make this a Porter and not a Dopplebock.

The finish was dry with a lasting light chocolate, coffee and very, very slight tartness into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a low carbonation. This would have made an acceptable Porter but was not much of a Dopplebock at all. The malt, if ever present, had decayed due to the acidity in the beer. Skip it.

12 ounce bottle. TCD-08 on label.

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Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mdillon86
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +14%
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 FreshHawk
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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 bditty187
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My first South Carolina beer review…

Slightly hazy, reddish brown in hue; I’d like to see a darker beer. I had a leaky cap but it still opened with a “pifff.” Russet colored foam, I was surprised the head rose to three fingers in height! Yikes. Head retention was respectable; it slowly faded away leaving sticky lace in its wake. Wow, there is heaps of lacing; it looks like frayed wallpaper. A soapy cap lasted the entire consumption. If the liquid was more opaque, I call this beer damn attractive!

The nose seems a bit hoppy for a Doppel, grassy and faintly earthy. The malt offers some light roasted notes, acidic with hints of char. It is fairly airy plus there isn’t much depth. To brew a Doppel with this low of abv it takes a tremendous amount of skill; Iowa’s Millstream (IA has an abv cap like SC) failed to excel with their Doppel. That beer was merely good, I wonder if this beer will suffer a similar fate. The aromas are weak and I fear this beer will be frail in the palate. Overall, the bouquet is tolerable.

The palate is thin and a bit watery. There just isn’t the malty richness needed. If this beer was labeled as a Schwarzbier I wouldn’t complain about the malt. I like how this beer tastes; there is soft maltiness with acidic notes that become mildly sour. It is a bit smoky with some semi-sweet chocolate notes; plus some earthy hops at the back. The alcohol is well-hidden. I’m conflicted. What do I score this beer? As a Doppel it sucks. As a Black Lager, it is solid. I have to downgrade this beer, numerically, because of what the label says. But heed these words, enjoy this beer for how it tastes, it is well-made!

Medium-light in body, watery, there is not very much body here… low carbonation, it is a bit slick on the swallow. The mouthfeel needs improvement.

This is an easy drinking beer. I do like it. I’d drink a few in a row if I could. I’ll beat the dead horse once more; this beer is lousy as a Doppel but tasty if you just drink it as is. Thanks timtheenchanta for supplying me some South Carolina beers!

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Photo of Vylo
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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 zeledonia
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, darker than I'm used to. Light reveals that it's clear, with some reddish tints at the edges. Big fluffy two-finger head, medium tan with some nice soft brown shades. Moderate retention and lacing.

Smell is nice, but has some odd candy-like aromas tucked in there. Big and sweet, with caramel and bubble gum. Has a smoky background. Some nutty malts there in the middle. Smells decent, but not great.

I really am getting bubble gum in this one. That's slightly odd, and I think it comes from a combination of residual sugars and light spices. But it comes through powerfully in the finish - big, round, sweet, sticky, and pink. A bit of smoke, and a slight twang (alcohol? hops?) add some variety.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Carbonation is good. Doesn't have the chewiness I want.

An okay doppelbock. Not the worst, not the best. Has a strange mixture of smoke and sweet candy flavors that doesn't sit well with me.

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Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz'er pours out with an onyx mahogany hue barely allowing light through topped with a settled thin collar.

Deep scents of cocoa, cola and some baker's chocolate.

First swigs: Seems like a stout rather than a doppel. Crisp and roasty. Dry finish. Tons of flavor. Cocoa stout with a bit of Dr. Pepper.

Feel is medium bodied and frisky carbonation.

Last swigs: A cocoa stout. Thanks to Jredner for the bottle. Enjoyable.
14/3.61

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Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 228 ratings
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