Pontificator
Karbach Brewing Co.

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From:
Karbach Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Doppelbock
ABV:
8%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 14.85%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
82
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 27, 2017
Added:
Feb 18, 2012
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  10
SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes: None
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Rated: 3 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Mar 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by JamesStreet from Louisiana

Nov 17, 2015
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Reviewed by twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bomber of the 2012 vintage pours a mostly opaque dark brown but there are a few edges of crimson in there. Tan head settles neat and tidy with good retention and decent lace.

Nose is sweet malt, molasses and only a hint of smoke. Smoke was never a huge component of this beer, but I feel it has dissipated with a few years age. It seems more richly sweet and the chocolate more forthcoming.

Mmmm, taste is s'mores goodness...not so much graham crackers, but the campfire smoke, marshmallows and chocolate are all there. This is what I was hoping for with this beer as it aged. It seemed a little unbalanced and thinner when fresh, but the mouthfeel is now rich and the sweetness is balanced with the smoke and char character now. Very good, wish I had put away a few more.
Jul 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by Matt141 from Texas

Apr 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.15 by Tuck_leepulin from Texas

Jan 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by nathanmiller from New York

Jan 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Tuckerster from Texas

Dec 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4.12 by ericat78 from Texas

Dec 06, 2014
 
Rated: 1.75 by cfrobrew from Texas

Nov 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by spycow from Illinois

Oct 26, 2014
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Rated by Pro_Magnon from Texas

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Aged AF
Sep 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3.72 by Travix1516 from Texas

Sep 14, 2014
 
Rated: 4.92 by Buttstallion from Texas

Aug 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dogleg from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by ThurmondTX from Texas

Aug 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Leschber from Texas

Jul 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by chinchill from South Carolina

Jun 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Wayne17 from Texas

Jun 18, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Jun 17, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by rspauldi from Texas

Jun 02, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by bayern1987 from Texas

May 19, 2014
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Reviewed by Premo88 from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22 oz. bomber poured into pilsener

L: crystal clear red up to the light; dark brown/amber/black-orange with no light ... more orange than purple; THICK-looking head of tan at least an inch on a medium pour, but the head that looks like an imperial stout head isn't -- it dissipates pretty quickly; the brew is fantastic-looking, keeps a nice collar, no sticking or lacing but it's nice to see a lager brewed like this (correctly)

S: standard dopplebock dates/figs, darker malt with hints of the smoked peat part of this dopplebock; sweet

T: follows the nose closely with that dark old-ale/scotch-ale peat taste in there with the darker-malt fig and dates; sweet but not too sweet

F: no heavier than midweight, drinkable with the carbonation ... easy to deal with

O: not a bad brew at all with plenty of dopplebock taste as the foundation from which the "smoked" part of this smoked dopplebock to give it a twist. much more like the Celebrator/Ayinger dopplebocks than Paulaner's Salvator (meaning malt is darker, closer to raisins than lighter fruit)
May 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by emergency_beef from Texas

Apr 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Beer_lover89 from Texas

Apr 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by CRon_T from Florida

Apr 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by blastoderm55 from Texas

Apr 21, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by crobinso from Colorado

Apr 20, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Apr 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by acashk from Texas

Apr 06, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by elfurby from Texas

Apr 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Shafaegalo from Texas

Apr 03, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Musineer from Texas

Mar 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by BryantForestry from Texas

Mar 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by RandyPuckett from Texas

Mar 27, 2014
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Reviewed by ExaltedNecrosis from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
32 oz half growler poured into oversized Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown / mahogany with hints of dark ruby. There is a substantial creamy light brown head, about 2-3 fingers.

S - Smells like caramel, smoke, and bready malt.

T - Just what I've come to love about doppelbocks. This is full of sweet caramel, thick smoke, biscuit, molasses, and sweet bread. The sweetness is tempered by the smokiness and the combo is just right.

M - Moderate-to-thick body with moderate carbonation. The feel is a bit on the sticky side. Good aftertaste of smokiness and caramel.

O - One of the better doppelbocks I've had. Great amount of smokiness gives it a little extra dimension with the sweet caramel and bready malts. One I will be getting again, thanks Karbach!
Mar 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by bttrbean from Texas

Mar 26, 2014
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Reviewed by AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Good looking beer, dark ruby with little tinges of orange that peek through just on the edges, but otherwise quite dark, with a nice brown head and sticky lacing.

Aroma is right off the bat smoky, and the smokiness remains throughout the beer as it's foremost quality. However, there is balance, and other flavors and aromas are present. Sweet brown sugar, a little dark fruit, maybe a touch of root beer, and a biscuit-malty base round out what's a quite tasty brew.

I'm not getting much in the way of hops, but I'm also not looking for a west-coast IPA when I buy a smoked dopplebock. Hops have their place, and blasting this beer with hops would have been a mistake. I think they gave it pretty good balance for the style.

The body is thick and chewy and you need a knife and fork to drink it. Sweet and smoky is the finish, with a little lingering smoke, but as the beer warms the sweetness starts to move towards the front of its flavor profile.

Whether this should be a dopplebock or a smoked beer might not be completely clear, but I'm ok with dopplebock as the sweetness is pretty notable despite the smoke. Also, smoke-heads might want even more smokiness (I think the level is fine tho).

Overall Karbach has been doing a great job in getting my repeat business. Hard to say which is my favorite, but it's probably hopadillo IPA, which I just realize I have glaringly forgotten to review, despite having it quite a few times. That'll get fixed right soon. Good job on this one guys.
Mar 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Lukebell15 from Texas

Mar 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Can_has_beer from Texas

Mar 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Kappakoosh from Texas

Feb 18, 2014
Pontificator from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 93 ratings