Black Forest Chocolate Doppelbock | Black Forest Brew Haus

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Brewed by:
Black Forest Brew Haus
New York, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rich brown in color with a sweet & balanced maltiness, our doppelbock is rich in Munich malt's. A toasty flavor with notes of chocolate, from the addition of Mexican chocolate to the boil & a subdued hop finish.

Added by GreatPondBrewer on 01-06-2004

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of dextermcgurk
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Fatdenny
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with brown highlights. Chino-colored head with a creamy bubble structure. Ok retention and lace.

S - Chocolate, prunes, medium-roast coffee.

T - Soft latte. Big malt body. Light toast. Traces of pine-like hop. Creamy coffee bread pudding. A well balanced caramel-like sweetness is present throughout the profile.

M - Smooth and soft with a full body. Finishes semi-sweet with touches of cocoa, caramel and coffee.

O - Nice brew. Pairs great with the heavier German entrée's on Black Forest's menu.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 2/22/2010. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate and sweet malt. Flavor of chocolate (chocolate syrup-like), sweet malt. This did not really taste like a doppelbock -- it was decent and enjoyable, but also on the bland side.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a big frothy tan head that slowly settles into a solid cap. The aroma is of dusty chocolate and stale coffee, a nice bit of roasted malt, and some smoke. A good roasted malt flavor, not too heavy, with a campfire like smokiness. The chocolate is subtle and adds a smoothness to the flavor. Moderate body with tingly carbonation, smooth feel though a touch sticky; finishes with a roasty bitterness. A very tasty dopplebock, almost porter like. Great brew to have by a fire or have a cigar with.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler filled at Black Forest Brew Haus served in a glass beer mug.

L - very dark brown color with a khaki color head that left a good deal of lacing down the glass.
S - the Mexican chocolate hits upfront with roasted malts bringing in the rear.
T - delicious coffee bean roastiness and some sweet dark fruits with a subtle touch of bitterness on the finish. The chocolate from the aroma and the 7.4 abv get lost in the rich roasty taste of this brew.
F - medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation.
D - a smooth and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of cbrown1
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Even though I have tasted many different beers this is my first review.

I was visiting Farmingdale NY on business and was informed about a Brew Haus that sold microbrews. Little did I know that is was an actual microbrewery. Wow was I impressed.

The beer has a nice chocolate brown hue to it. It looks like it would be a thicker beer than it was but the beer was very easy to swallow. A slight floral aroma and floral taste to it. I immediately compared it to a porter with a hint of chocolate. Nice easy drinking beer that went well with my meal. I would definitely recommend this beer to someone who enjoys Doppelbocks and Porters.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep amber hue with a one finger creamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid caramel aroma and a subtle chocolate and smoke element.

The taste consisted of a moderately sweet caramel malt, a husky grain profile, a soft chocolate malt and a dry burnt grain/

The mouthfeel was full and creamy with a mild warming alcohol.

Overall a delicious dopplebock. Complex.

FYI - I originally sampled this beer in January of 2007 and rated it a 3.7. I tried it again on August 25, 2008 and was very impressed. Perhaps a different recipe or perhaps its me.

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Photo of aquatonex
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Black Forest's brews I've had have been all very good, but this one is definitely one of the best.

Pours deep brown, like dark chocolate with a nice foamy off white head, good retention. Nose is full with toasted maltiness, semisweet chocolates, coffee, and light caramels. Taste follows well with the same. Nice, well balanced, creamy, and smooth.

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Photo of cyberbmcd
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife knows I like to start the night with a thick heavy beer at the Black Forest on Friday nights then switch to Amber, with that in mind she had one of these waiting for me as I showed up.

My wife loves me.

This beer is deep brown in the glass with a nice head and excellent lacing. the deep malty flavor is instantly recognizable as a bock the smooth but not thick creamy mouthfeel is wonderful and the nice hint of chocolate as you swallow is absolutely perfect.

I always like to try chocolate brews since they combine my two favorite things in all the world of food. This one made my mouth happy!!

Overall: as with any Bock you don't want to slam a bunch of these, but it's a great start to my night or it would be a nice beer at the end of a typical Black Forest dinner

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Photo of heinekenike
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler freshly tapped. Dark brown, some mahogany highlights and not nearly opaque. Some hints of chocolate in smell but not that evident in the taste. No atrigency as some chocolates have. Still very tasty and definitely worth a try while it lasts.

Listed at 7.6 at Black Forest.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn tasty beer on tap at the blind tiger. Poured a dark but clear black with ruby stains and a tan head. Smell was wonderfully clovish and bannana ridden with just a soft hint of chocolate. Taste was very smooth as the chocolate began to dominate the taste folding in nicely with the bannana tastes. There was a good warming alcohol effect towards the end of the glass. The brewer said this is brewed with the inclusion of Mexican chocolate at the end of the boil. Very smooth and easy to drink. Would be a perfect after dinner beer.

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Black Forest Chocolate Doppelbock from Black Forest Brew Haus
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 13 ratings