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The Creeper | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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The CreeperThe Creeper

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Creeper Doppelbock is a big German-American style Doppelbock brewed with the band Pelican in honor of the band’s 10th anniversary.

Added by AleWatcher on 10-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 106
Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A thick imperial like dopplebock. Big chocolate and it's on the sweeter side, with understated bitterness. A big beer, very dangerously drinkable. Deep brown bodied with lots of retained head. Malty aroma. Bottle in trade from (fill in blank when I remember).

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doug for sharing this FFF beer I never thought i'd see.

Poured into a tulip glass, it had a reddish brown color with a tan head of creamy foam. A thin collar of lacing around the edges and a broken skim results after a few minutes.

Nutty maple aromas, toasted malt, generally mellow.

Flavors are similar with a mild but persistent bitterness. Malt forward, somewhat toasty and even slightly rich in feel. For a year old doppelbock, this is holding up nicely. Lightly chocolatey and nutty with mild coffee undertones. Pleasant overall and worthwhile for sharing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the brewery over Christmas and shared at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a pretty good tan head. After the initial pour, the head dies down somewhat quickly but leaves some nice lacing and eventually settles into a moderately-thick collar. The nose is really quite sweet straight from the start with some really nice notes of chocolate, dark fruits, and toffee. The taste follows along this path, though isn't quite as sweet or complex as the nose. Very smooth. Good light chocolate notes and a bit of caramelized dates. Medium body with good carbonation. A nice example of the style.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with d0b and naproxen at Three Floyds. Served in a bowtie.

A - Poured with a finger of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring and leaves behind spotty lace. Dark brown body that's quite close to black, but reveals some transparency at the bottom of the glass.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate, heavy rye bread, and light alcohol notes.

T - Taste has nice roasted malt, a touch of espresso, dark breads, and chocolate. Finishes with lingering bitterness. No obvious alcohol in the flavor.

M - Carbonation is a touch zesty for this style of beer, and the bottom seemed a little undersized for a 9% brew.

D - I could have easily had a glass on my own if I weren't driving. It's an unusual doppelbock, but the difference is positive one in that it attenuates the cloying sweetness that plagues certain beers of this style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of heavy chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little cream character in the aroma. While it smells delicious, it doesn't really smell like a doppelbock.

The flavor is similar. The dominant flavors are chocolate and roasted malt, but there is also a little dark fruit hidden in the background. The alcohol is present in the flavor and the aroma, but the beer is still easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark turbid brown with a small tan head that fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, caramel, cocoa, nougat, and herbal blasts.
Taste is if the aromas with perhaps a touch of cut wood and smokiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, semi dry, with aberry and cocoa lingering.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Three Floyds Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a thing dark tan head that fades quickly to the edges. Some spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Coffee and roasted malts totally dominate.

T - Coffee, bitter chocolate.

D - Lower carbonation, thin body, oily feeling left in your mouth.

O - Roasted malts and thin body.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into large tulip glass - thanks to mikesgroove for this awesome extra

Pours a full deep dark color with some brighter ruby edges, frothy tanned head fades, streaky lacing left on the glass.

Nice scents of dark fruits with sweet edges, dates and raisins, licorice, smoke, with a hint of alcohol warmth.

Slightly sweet and bitter up front with hoppiness. Raisins and dates with some brown sugar, slightly caramelized. Roasted malts provide thick burly backbone. More fruited sweetness with bits of chocolate and hop bitterness followed by fading alcohol warmth in the finish.

Thicker syrupy body, slightly higher carb, fairly smooth drinking. Really nice flavor, good candied fruit sweetness and mild presence of alcohol. I'm not sure this exactly tasted like a doppelbock but definitely delicious.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub on thanksgiving weekend.

A-pours a transparent dark coloa brown with a dark tan colred head.

S-the nose is faint but very roasty in what I do get. Roasted malts and some notes of roasted coffee.

T-the taste follows the nose but bigger. Lots of roasted malts, lots of coffee, some notes of dark chocolate with just a hint of malt sweetness in the form of dark fruits.

M-creamy medium body that is soft on the palate and has a well carbonated finish giving it a nice clean feel on the back of the throat.

D-different than what I was expecting. big time roasted malts with very little sweetness. Still, this is pretty tasty, very simple and straigh tforward, with great drinkability especially for the alcohol content.

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Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Yeah, sure: Satan rules. But that doesn't mean I can't be practical" -Andy Falkous

Bomber bought at the brewpub. The art is all doom metal and shit, and that makes sense seeing as bocks are goat-related and satanism is goat-related and, well, christ there's only so many goat-related things so these two were bound to get together.

The bottle says that this beer was made *with* the band Pelican. Not for. I don't know how that worked, exactly, but I imagine they attempted to dictate the degree to which it rocks.

This smells and tastes like a strong, lightly sour porter. I never would have guessed it was a doppelbock. Partially this is just because American Style dopelbocks--which I don't think exist officially, but are still a thing--aren't that different from American porters. They use bocky malt, but that malt is blotted out by the dry American hops.

This is a good beer, but I don't know what to judge it against. It's remarkably smooth, for its size, and the sweetness-into-dryness of the malts into the hops is bocky, I guess.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with beeruser and funkydelic at one of our weekly tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, cotton candy, and brown sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and slight coffee. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a great tasting brew. The aroma was very intersting as I have never smelled cotton candy in a beer before and for that to be out of a Doppelbock was just shocking to put it lightly. The flavor was pretty darn tasty with the nice subtle hint of coffee going on here. Again, another first in a Doppelbock... Not sure if FFF messed this one up or meant to do this, but whatever the reason, it worked quite well. A definite must try... Just wish I had more.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to spycow for having this around for our tasting.

A - An almost black beer that looks quite dark brown in the body. Decent sized head that receded to an uneven cap.

S - A lot of dark fruit and licorice, kind of pungent in a way I didn't like.

T - Everyone else seemed to like this, but I did not care for it. Huge licorice bomb really destroyed my palate, got some dark fruits on this also, but not a ton else.

M - Nice carbonation balances out the beer, medium bodied.

D - Not drinkable due to the taste for me, the 9% isn't helping. Don't like this beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass (though after the fact a snifter might have been a better option).

3.5 A: Pours black. About three fingers of creamy light brown head with below average retention and just a small ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Good amount of roastiness in this with semi-sweet chocolate making a big appearance as well. Some faint caramel, but overall fairly dry. Malts can be described as grainy, if anything. Grassy hoppiness Not bad, but needs some strength.

4.0 T: Unlike the nose, the taste is big and bold. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, medium roast coffee each exhibit plenty of force. Secondarily, there is a touch of smoke, some lactose-like sourishness, caramel, and dark fruits. Again, grassy hops. Pretty good, borderline 4.5.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy, but could be more so and super smooth.

4.0 D: This is a pretty good beer and is basically an imperial stout brewed with lager yeast. Good taste, no off-flavors, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Near black, nice tan head, small and leaves to ring fast. Spotty lace.

S - Chocolate chip cookies and soy sauce.

T - Sweet malt, choc chip cookies and soy sauce, with a shot of booze.

M - Medium to heavy, creamy, decent balance and good carbonation. Hot on finish.

D - Very nice treat.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two imperial pint glasses. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist! Special thanks to Steve for the hook up!

A: Pours a dark cola brown/black with rusty highlights. A really thin layer of creamy khaki colored head spreads out on top and quickly recedes to a slight collar with a few whisps of skim.

S: Lots of roasted malt. Way more than expected, which is awesome. Along for the ride is some dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of medium roast coffee.

T: Just as above with chocolate covered cherry, spicy alcohol, and cinnamon.

M: Very nice dryness from the roasty malt which keeps the sweetness from getting out of hand.

D: I really liked this because it's not what I expected, at all. Some rich sweetness that is countered expertly by the dry, roasty malt and slightly solvent alcohol.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat this beer is not like a regular Dopplebock. It pours a super oily, dark brown with a thin tan head. It drinks with a load of body smacking you in the face and intense, dark flavors.
The beer has killer notes of tobacco, coffee, and a very rich chocolatey aftertaste. Very tasty beer, drinks more like a stout.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From FFF's beer list:
A ridiculously massive dipole bock brewed for Pelican's 10 th anniversary concert and box set release. There are no words to describe this beer.
23 IBUs, 9% ABV, $5 bowtie glass

Pours a dark red... So dark it looks black. Tan head is thick and velvety... Dwindling slowly into a wisp of cloud-like bubbles with a collar of foam that retains very well. The garnet and amber color is gorgeous as I hold this up the light and behold its beauty.

A roasty and chocolatey note greets me first. A very slight spicy hop note comes across as well, but the sweetness is very noticeable. The sweet notes come through in the taste-- a big roasty note hides a slight earthy quality. The cocoa comes across and contributes a bit of bitterness that meshes well with sweet malt notes. A thick, creamy iced-coffee feel and flavor on the finish.

The body is very full... Luxurious and velvety feel with a perfect amount of carbonation. Just great.

The overall drinkability of this beer is phenomonal. I can't imagine drinking any other dopplebock now that I've had this. FFF must love Pelican and their music, because this beer commemorates them with such style.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to Dan8181 for this one.

poured from the bottle a thick and creamy near black to a dogfish head signature glass with a 1/2 finger creamy short lasting tan / mocha head with a bit of retention.

aroma chocolate, rich espresso and perhaps a bit of dark ripe fruits in the wayback.

pretty serious espresso and sweet dark fruits forward. very interesting and complex brew. and i'm a little surprised as i think about it, but this is my introduction to doppelbock as far as i can recall. very nice.

medium bodied, full on creamy, super sweet.

drinkability - dangerously so.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to my great friend stoutsnipas. Large bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Dark brown, some reddish highlight, one finger of off white foam, average retention, minimal lacing.
Aroma has some sweet maltiness, but some roasted malts at times given a "smokey" impression, some chocolate, dark fruits. Pleasant but unexpected.
Medium to full, moderate carbonation lending it a smooth feel, it is mostly sweet, but does not feel like a typical dopplebock. It is not the typical "clean" malty sweetness, with some notes resembling a stout, some even comparable to "crossover; beers like Black Albert. Roasted malts, caramel, bread, chocolate, some coffee, and even some "smokey notes" again.
Pleasant, nice, but just not a dopplebock.
FFF is better doing ales, but that is not news to anybody.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed blind as part of blind beer bif #3

Bottle 4 from Box 2 thanks to Khazadum

Poured into my Pilsner glass while trying to stay up to see the cloud covered lunar eclipse.

A - Pours a pitch black with a half inch of tan foam that quickly faded

S - Deep roasted malts and coffee, really roasty aroma

T - Roasted malts, honey, brown sugar, sweet tasting but not overpowering, there is a tiny bit of smokiness to it as well in the finish. As it warms i'm picking up lots of chocolate and the smokiness fades away and it becomes really smooth.

M/D - smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied with faint carbonation, good flavor but I don't think i'd drink more than one.


pull off the cover like the clouds flying by uncovering the lunar eclipse...
Three Floyds The Creeper Dopplebock.
Awesome bottle! Big thanks for the chance to try this. I had a trade which of course fell through so I'm really appreciative to try this. Dopplebocks aren't my favorite, but this had a good taste to it and was enjoyable to try.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep dark brown, nice tan head and lacing.
S: chocolatey malts mostly, dark fruitcake.
T: strangely differed from the nose-tangy stone fruits (cherries) moreso than the chocolatey dark bready malts. medium sweetness. hops very subtle. more fruity than bready richness as i'd expect for the style.
M: well-carbonated, full-bodied. the tanginess or hint of sourness takes away just a bit here.
D: a sipper.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. A shade darker than cola brown with a dense cap of creamy foam. Nice retention and lacing.

Nice brew, but it doesn't fit neatly into the doppelbock category. In fact, despite the lager yeast, I'd have guessed imperial stout. Smells of rich chocolate and dark fruit. Exceedingly thick and smooth feel, almost as if it was served on nitro. Buttery bread at the finish, plentiful chocolate and roast beforehand. Tasty stuff, but not really to style. An odd beer to rate, but a nice one to drink, if that makes sense.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a handsome dark brown with visible variations in the color.

Smell - The malts have accents of coffee and malt, but not to a high degree.

Taste - My initial impression is smooth dark coffee. It is not as roasty or chewy as I would expect from the style. The malts leaning more toward coffee makes this seem to be less of a doppelbock. The dark malts continue in the aftertaste, but are surprisingly thin.

Mouthfeel - In the mold of classic doppelbocks, this lacks the thickness. It just does not do far enough into doppelbock territory.

Overall - The profile just does not go far enough to be a great doppelbock.

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Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to goodstrongbeer. split. served in standard pint glasses.

A - pours with about a quarter inch of loose, creamy dark khaki colored foam. falls within a couple minutes to a thin film and ring. the beer is mostly black, with barely some deep brown color coming through the edge of the glass.

S - bold, roasted malts...yet holds back from being charred and ashy. solid amount of dark chocolate and weak roasted coffee, chicory, and smoke, as well as a twinge of dark fruits near the end.

T - chocolatey sweetness dominates right off the bat. joined alongside molasses, figs, and toasted nuts. there is also a detectable smokiness, scotch-peat like towards the end as well as some barely noticeable alcohol and char.

M - medium bodied with a nice, controlled moderate carbonation. very creamy from sip to swallow, finishing just the smallest bit dry and chalky. lingering cotton-like feel in the mouth from sweetness and a faint alcohol burn.

D - very solid beer all around. big, bold flavors and a ton of them to boot, yet everything meshes well. wonderful sipper (to split) on a brisk, quiet night.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jeff for hooking me up with this one!

Dark brown, almost black body with a dense coffee brown head that leaves filmy lace on the glass. Anise, dark fruit and a charred, smoky maltiness in the nose. Rich and chocolatey with plenty of roasty malt flavor and sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation that adds to the drinkability. This is a nice take on the style, big and bold.

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