Pontificator | Karbach Brewing Co.

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3.76 w/ 93 ratings

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by champ103 on 02-18-2012

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4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Hay Merchant.

Never had a smoked doppelbock before, but I have like smoked beers, and loved doppelbocks, so I figured I should give this a try. This one works out very nicely. As stated in a previous review, smokeheads will be dissappointed. Not an overwhelming amount in this beer. Very well balanced smoke and biscuit flavors. Really enjoyed this one!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with icetrauma. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but likely bottled this year. Pours lightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, dark bread, raisin, prune, wood smoke, ham, roast, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt and smoke notes with moderate dark fruits; and good strength. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, dark bread, wood smoke, roast, light nuttiness, raisin, prune, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, dark bread, wood smoke, roast, nuttiness, raisin, prune, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate smoke and dark fruits; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent smoked doppelbock style! Awesome all around complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt flavors with smoke and dark fruit; and very robust and smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX. This is a smoked Dopplebock.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger beige head forms and sticks around a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts up front. Sweet caramel and chocolate. Smoke is light but is noticeable towards the end. Very well balanced.
T: Follows the nose. A nice sweetness of caramel malts up front. Toasted malts and smoke meat lingers. Not a full on smoke bomb, but really well balanced.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. The balance is what works so well here.

Smoke heads might be a little disappointed with this because the smoke is not up front and center. Though I think it is really well balance, which makes this very enjoyable. I would recommend this.

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4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with 2 fingers fluffy tan head, lots of lacing

S - smokey, caramel, sweet malts, light hint of hops

T - very smoked flavor, sweet, slightly fruity - this is delicious

M - very smooth flowing, the smoked taste is not overwhelming which makes it a nice session beer

O - as far as smoked beers go, this is great. i've only had one that was better than this, and that was at the yard's brewery when we did the BBQ competition this past summer. it's also hard to tell the amount of alcohol on this, which can be dangerous - it tastes very sweet and is easy to drink. had i not read the abv on here, i'd be hammered by 9am!

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Pontificator from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 72% out of 100 with 93 ratings
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