Pontificator | Karbach Brewing Co.

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93 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
karbachbrewing.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by champ103 on 02-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
14.8%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.72/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.92/5  rDev +25.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Premo88
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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)

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CRon_T
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Pontificator from Karbach Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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