Night Shift Brewing

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #112
Ranked #24,082
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 16
Photo of TheDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Service: Can
Canned: Feb-2-2017

Pours a hazy copper-honey color with a fizzy two fingers of tan head that eventually evaporates, little lacing. (3.5)

Rich layers of sweet malt, toast, candied nuts, brown sugar, leather. (4.25)

Sweet, cinnamon toast with sawdust and an herbal hop bite. (3.75)

Medium plus body, fairly sticky, rich alcohol weight, light carbonation. (3.5)

This is an all right take on a style I really enjoy for the most part.
It was mediocre looking, but aside from that was enjoyable enough. The smell is where it stands out, earthy malt sweetness, rich wood oils, cinnamon and brown sugar, toast. The flavor follows this pattern but it much sweeter with an herbal/licorice hop finish. All-in-all this is a good beer. The bitterness and the sweetness weren't my favorites, as they seemed to contrast a little too much.
This is clearly an interpretation of a doppelbock and is a good one, but it was a little lacking in that richness and simplicity-as-an-art-ness that a good German style can have. I honestly don't know how else to express it and when I read it back to myself, I am ashamed at what a pretentious twat I sound like, but oh well. There you have it. (3.75)

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Photo of papposilenus
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 02/02/17. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours moderately hazy, the colour of old, polished maple, with a vast, four-finger-plus head of latte-like foam. Pretty good retention, on the order of five minutes, with sheeting gobs of lacing. I don't know that it looks authentic but it sure as hell looks good.

Decent nose of old smoky campfires, apples and lemons, tobacco and toast.

Taste is sweet, toasted cereal, candied citron, pink grapefruit, cherries and tobacco. A fast, dry finish with a little fig, a little smoke, and a little chicory bitterness.

Feel is crisp and clean, medium bodied and well carbonated. Extremely easy drinking with no detectable alcohol.

Overall, I don't know that this is a remotely-close-to authentic take on a doppelbock, really more like it was mixed with a black IPA but, you know what? I don't care because it was christly delicious.

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Photo of Gatch
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewery. Gorgeous beer with all the delicious aspects of a Doppelbock but just missing something to really put it over the top. Has that wonderful warming boozy feel and toasty malt character but I think it's the finish that throws it off. No doubt it's good but I've had too many good examples of this style for it to truly stand out. Would recommend, regardless.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 02/02/17

Pours cloudy opaque maroon with a frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like tangy dark fruit, cherry, grape, plum, fig, nutty caramel, toasted bready malts, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tangy dark fruits, tart cherry, grapes, plum, fresh fig, roasted nutty caramel, dark toasted bready malts, clove spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice doppelbock.

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