Goat Collector
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #40
Ranked #12,903
4.08 | pDev: 6.13%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Photo of stortore
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled 12/16/16, had 3/31/17.

Nice looking- a mostly opaque caramel and cola color, with a one and a half inch foamy head and lots of foamy lacing on an average pour. Smells of malt, caramel, yeast, bready-some pumpernickel, light black pepper in the head when warmed. A light vinegar note, early on. The taste is malt, caramel, some milk chocolate, light molasses. Bready. Smooth, creamy, refreshing- different, for a doppelbock, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

Excellent example of the style-their first doppelbock, I believe. Great flavor, very good aroma, the slightly lighter feel is not a negative. Another Pipeworks gem. Will definitely purchase again, if they make it.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured a murky brown color with little visible carbonation.

Smell - The beer had a pleasantlt malty nose that leans a little sweeter than I might like.

Taste - At the front, sweet malts are evident amid the chewiness of the style. Molasses and brown sugar notes were present. The overall profile was not roasty enough to hit the notes on an elite doppelbock. The aftertaste ran sweet.

Mouthfeel - This was a full-bodied beer was the appropriate viscosity for the style.

Overall - The sweet chewy malts were present, but the beer lacked roastiness.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz pour into a willybecher glass.

A: Steady pour did not yield more than a khaki film. body is a rich caramel brown color with a pretty hazy murky body.

S: lots of sweet doughy breads, caramel, toffee, light raisin and dates.

T: not much for taste some if the light dates and raisins some of the breadiness but more of a burnt residual sugar taste.

M: medium carbonation medium to almost watery feel.

O: This is an awful doppelbock with a huge ABV. The nose isn't bad but the follow through is garbage. Just a bad beer.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color, ample light brown head with good retention. Aroma is rich malts, raisin, dark fruit, caramel. Taste follows, with a rich malt presence, raisin, brown sugar, caramel. Bready. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, and a smooth feel. Excellent doppelbock, may have to grab another couple while these are around.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on December 29, 2016. Look is dark mahogany with a creamy light tan head and spotty lacing. Smell and taste is dark dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla with bread and cracker malt aromas and flavors. Feel is medium in body with a smooth creamy finish.

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Photo of BlakeAM
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with hints of amber peeking out around the edges when held to light. Half finger of latte-colored head that quickly recedes and leaves little to no lacing behind. Pretty brew but missing the wow factor.

Smell is of fresh baked Irish soda bread with raisins before waves of caramel cream and brown sugar take over and disappear with a slightly boozy finish on the nose. All of this (including the booze) becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Very enticing aroma.

Taste follows the nose with more toasted soda bread, vanilla/caramel sweetness and a dry, cracker/biscuit like finish. So far, this one is checking all of the boxes on the good, true-to-style doppelbock checklist.

The beer takes a sharp left turn on the tongue, as it's smooth and creamy with low carbonation, almost to the point of feeling like it's a nitro bottle. While totally unexpected, with all of the aggressive flavors (and abv) it works in a weird way and gives the brew a very smooth finish that coats the mouth in decadent fashion.

The label recommends this beer be drank on a warm summer afternoon, which I can't see being my preferred setting for what the bottle contains. That being said, on a cold night in late December? Yes please.

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