Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Deep Water DopplebockThomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock
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
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
104
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
16.08%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
For Trade:
1
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a deep red color with a tan head. The aroma is fairly sweet and has a lot of toffee and dark fruit notes. The flavor is similar, with some toffee and lightly roasted malt standing out the most. There is also a little bit of coffee. The beer is very dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ajaxivan
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of locckdown
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of SarahHealey
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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 BeerNut78
5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of zeledonia
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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 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 masstransplant
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark copper. Thin head that's gone almost immediately. Smells of toasted malt and light chocolate. A bit too highly carbonated...this gets in the way of getting a good taste right up front. The taste is of heavily roasted malt but the finish is watery. Nothing special.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue in the light. There's thick quarter inch of off-white, brownish head that has great retention. The nose has notes of roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol phenols, and butterscotch. Up front the butterscotch gets your attention which quickly turns to a chocolaty, coffee finish. There are notes of dark fruit and even some toffee and caramel that are hidden in each sip. The mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, smooth, and very well carbonated.

As this beer warms the flavors become something more akin to a traditional doppelbock. At first it was more like a porter meets lager, but after a little while it's a very delicious doppelbock. This is a great beer and another home run for Thomas Creek.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass in the wee hours of 12/18/11

Courtesy of PDXHops

Loose cap alert - doesn't seem to be a good seal on this one.

Mid-depth cola brown; nice and not too dark. One finger sandy brown head fades after a few minutes to a soapy layer that congregates in the center and along the inside of the glass. No lace to speak of.

Deep aromas of baked dark bread, grains, caramel, toffee and a hint of dusty yeast. Some strange earthy aromatic going on, too (this mostly occurs after swirling the glass; otherwise the aroma is mostly sweeter malt tones). Come to think of it, the strangeness might be oxidation.

My girlfriend took a sip before me; she said it tastes like hippopotamus piss and hint of coffee, aka hippopotamus piss on steroids. Let's see what's going on here. Hmm... coffee and paper. Dear oxidation: thank you. There are some toasted grain and bread notes, but they aren't at the fore like they should be.

The feel is medium-ish, but I get the impression it's thinner than it should be. Carbonation is moderate; maybe a touch on the low side. Hey, at least the carbonation is fine. Finishes dry and kind of gritty.

I had a sample of this on tap at Brewgrass and this bottle isn't what this beer is supposed to be. Still, if you have dicey capping procedures, I reckon I'll let the review stand for the time being. I liked the sample I had, so I intend to give this one another shake.

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4/5  rDev +17%

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

Re-reviewing this beer again tonight (12/07) because I think it deserves another try.

A - Pours a rich, dark brown (near black) with a teensy one-finger head that dissolves really quickly into a residual film. Not much lacing at all. 3.0

S - Smell of figs, roasted malts, caramel, molasses and firewood. The scent gets stronger as the beer warms and you continue drinking it. 3.5

T - This is probably the highlight of this beer. The taste is great. Incredibly smooth and chocolatey, with a hint of a bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, and figs. Slight bitter hop flavor at the end but it's just the right amount to counter the initial malty sweetness. 3.5

M - Really smooth with little carbonation. Really enjoyable and it goes down very smooth. Each sip leaves you craving another one. 3.0

O - A pretty solid beer from Thomas Creek. I wouldn't pay a whole lot for it but that being said, I would definitely make this a session beer. I think it's tasty, smooth, and incredibly drinkable. 3.5

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Photo of mdillon86
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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