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Pontificator | Karbach Brewing Co.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper in color. Beige tan head.

A lot of smoked malts. Bacon flavors. Chocolate and roast. Some molasses flavors. Very rich. Dark fruits muddled in.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A nice texture.

Very non traditional dopple, but I enjoyed it. Pretty heavy.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Darker brown color, slightly hazy, with a finger or so of off-white head that receded to a ringlet, lacing the glass. In the nose, smoked ham (I'm guessing cherrywood-smoked malts here?), cocoa, dark sugars; kind of clashy. Taste of burnt caramel, cocoa, smoked ham and bacon, birch beer, rum raisin, and a bit of tea-like astringency in the finish. Just kind of messy. Medium body, uncomfortable mouthfeel. Not entirely bad, but I wouldn't be able to do a whole bottle myself, that's for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Pontificator from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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