Black Forest Sheepsmuggler Doppelbock | Black Forest Brew Haus

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Black Forest Brew Haus
New York, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by Denali:
Photo of Denali
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of having this on tap with, from left to right, the company of Bierman9, JohnnyP, VENOM, malto, Davo, and slander.

Appearance: Clear dark brown/red with thick tan head.

Smell: Roasted cherries and malt.

Taste: Strong roasted black cherries, roasted malt, and chocolate. Caramel flavor as well. Very spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Most impressive. Be careful due to the high ABV.

Comments: Excellent. I never imagined what roasted cherries would taste like until I had this beer. Nice fruity taste. Very zesty spicy aftertaste. I had a few of these (ABV limitations kept me from having more).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pint displays a clear, crimson-brown body that's capped by a good-sized head of tan foam. It drops shortly to a thin but creamy surface covering, and eventually just a collar; yet still leaves some very nice lace! The nose is malty and clean; expressing notes of toasted malt, some caramel, a light hint of alcohol, and some fruit. It's far from overwhelming, but welcoming! A full body and gentle carbonation accentuate it's maltiness with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is rich with nutty and toasty maltiness that expresses caramel, a bit of fruit (dark berries, cherry), some low-level milk chocolate and a hint of alcohol (as you progress through the pint the alcohol becomes a bit spicy). It finishes with a combination of lingering nutty/toasty malt, some mild fruit, and a wash of alcohol that dries the palate. Although the alcohol is high enough to stop you at around three pints, an exceptional amount of drinkability remains in the desire to enjoy more! Quite well done. There's alot of finesse to this beer - it's not a real heavy hitter, but it cracks the sweet spot of the bat and brings the boys home! Highly recommended!

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Photo of stegmakk
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance dark brown with ruby highlights...dark tan head that left nice lacing

Smell Pure mollasses

Taste was a mixture of sweet alcohol, molasses, and coffee, more molasses and coffee, with that nice alcohol warmth at the end...not overly sweet like other d-bocks I have had...this one was good...

Drinkability is good, but because of its strong flavor, I could not have too many

Overall a nice d-bock, but I will be filling my growlers with the rauch porter for now

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Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alewife and I enjoyed a growler of this last night, picked up last week during a visit to Long Island with VENOM and JohnnyP, among others...

The color was a simply luscious mahogany/chestnut hue. The bier was clear throughout, with a creamy, tan dollop of foam on top. Head does shrink rapidly to a thin layer, leaving nice lacing in the glass.
Nose was not overly forthcoming, though I did discern some bitter, roasty malt notes. Not enough sweetness present, though.
Passing over the tongue and down the hatch, this bier exhibited a healthy amount of body, as well as being nicely smooth with minimal prickliness on the tongue.
The flavor started with semi-malt and mild caramel notes, but not sweet enough, like a Sammy or Salvator is. More dominant was a roasty, bitter chocolate type flavor. There was also a bit of a nuttiness present. The finish had a smidge more emphasis on hops than I normally encounter in a D-Bock.
Don't get me wrong, this is still a good D-Bock, and it seemed to improve overall the more I drank of it. Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


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Black Forest Sheepsmuggler Doppelbock from Black Forest Brew Haus
4.24 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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