Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #205
ABV:
8%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,084
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 13.55%
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
580
From:
Utah Brewers Cooperative
 
Avail:
Spring
Wants
  20
Gots
  145
SCORE
83
Good
Wasatch The Devastator Double BockWasatch The Devastator Double Bock
Notes: If you're going to sin, sin big. With 8% alc/vol and a creamy richness, this brew has developed a serious cult following. Imagine that - a cult following in Utah?!
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Photo of jadpsu
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

LOOK; Pours a dark brown with red hues and a full frothy 2 finger tan head that quickly settles.
AROMA: I get some heavy sweetness. Aroma of a dark fruit compote of cherries, raisins sweet breads. Alos pick up
some liquor aroma, which I have never liked to get when having a beer.
TASTE: Yeah, this is a sweet one alright. The dark sweet cherries and maybe some sweetened prune and raisin compote
come through.
Way too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of BEERSNOBBO
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Devastator by Wasatch Brewery 8% ABV 18 IBU
Bock- Doppleback

Appearance: pours dark amber, clear, no head retention

Aroma: lots of bread, caramel

Taste: all malt up front, mild boozy, dark fruits

Mouthfeel: medium body light for the ABV, sticky, below average carbonation

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a snifter the beer is dark brown with some red. There is a small beige head that disappears to a collar.
Raisin and sweet malt aroma.
Raisin, toffee taste.
On the sweet side.
Enjoyable, will drink some more of these.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A malt-head's delight.
The Devastator Looks common, just enough suds and just enough ruby in the brown to attract... but not to "wow."
Smells move closer to "wow", but seems just like a nice caramel-like malt. Taste delivers a balanced brew, true to style and true to itself. And the 8% is, amazingly, not noticeable. Mouth is soft, smooth and, somehow, not syrupy. Devastator is not on a level of the top Bavarians, but it would be in the Top 10 of one of my favorite styles if the Devastator finished a bit drier. I had this after dinner, but I will have the next with dessert.

I went on Wasatch's website and See that they are the makers of Polygamy Porter; a classic dig on the local Establishment. I also discover that Wasatch seems to have this distribution deal with Squatters Craft Beer to form Utah Brewers Coop. Both are similar 2nd generation micro-brewers with a couple of brew-pubs each (in Utah, that makes you a pioneer.) This distribution strategy makes lots of sense as made it possible for me to cop a 4-pack at Woodman's in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Why don't more micros get together more? After all, distribution is the key to growth once you enter your second decade.

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Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought pack of 12 oz cans at Woodmans in Altoona WI. Can date is enjoy by 12/18/19

Taste is dark fruit. some bread that is more toasted than roasted. hints of caramel. smooth, just slightly sweet.

Light body for the ABV.

A Ok beer that I can drink with out complaining but doesn't really stand out. Dark fruit notes is it's strong point.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color - too dark to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a short tan head that left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of raisins and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat sweet and has flavors of brown bread and toasted malts with notes of raisins.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little sweeter compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip. If can artwork alone dictated the outcome, this one would be no worse than a 4.5.

Pours hazy, nearly murky, deep brown/garnet, with a decent but quickly subsiding head, and excellent lacing.

The aromas portend a sweet treat. Strong malts, with vague dark fruit aromas as well. Raisin, hazelnut, currant, caramel, and marshmallow are there. No booze.

The flavor delivers on the expected sweetness, but is muddled, with less emphasis on the malts, and more on the fruits and nuts. Raisin, hazelnut, cherry, and date slowly appear as the brew warms to room temp. Caramel and toffee too. A slight hint of booze, but well-hidden. It checks the boxes in a vague way, but lacks clarity.

The brew is full-bodied and chewy. The booze is there on the finish, but not in an offputting way. It isn't unpleasantly heavy, and isn't a difficult quaff, but it doesn't beg for sip after sip either.

Overall, a decent brew that covers the bases of the style, but doesn't deliver much complexity or clarity. The flavors and aromas are vague, and the brew falls a little flat at the finish.

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Photo of robotnewyork
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had at salt lake City Utah airport. Dark, almost black color, chocolate nose . Taste is a bit sweet, nutty with lots of chocolate, maybe some caramel. Decent but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of BoiseBoiseBop
1/5  rDev -72.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I JOINED TO RATE THIS BEER. It's offal. If I was a billionaire I'd dump it down the sink, but I paid almost ten bucks for it, so no, I'm going to drink it. I don't really know how to express in words the insipid cheap sweetness of this ..maybe , prune juice w/o the nice prune flavor, subtle hints of listerine with a cloying taste of vicks cough drop.
If you want to get through a six pack of this, pull out some hard salami with mustard or some pepperoni, pungent imported baby swiss cheese, a celery stalk, some cherry tomatoes, and some gourmet whole grain crackers or better yet some salty corn tortilla chips with a good extremely hot salsa..and chill the beer to 32.01 degrees ( that's a must) and it might be a good idea to take a shot of Vodka every couple of beers.Wish me luck. In all honesty, I'm done with Bocks. While none are this disgusting as the Wasatch Devasataor the only good one I ever had was when Safeway used to sell this bottom of the barrel stuff called Brown Derby- it was dark, thick, rich and not very sweet and tasted great.
'I thoughtabout dumping this 'toxic waste" into a mix with good strong stout to make it drinkable , but why waste a good strong stout?

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Photo of barthiolutheran
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wasatch Devastator Double Bock, 12oz can, best by 5/28/19, tasted on 5/4

Pour: deep red-brown color with great clarity, a bit more than a finger's worth of fine pale head when carefully poured, quickly reducing to a thin but constantly-replenished layer

Aroma: a big, solid, clean malty nose, with toasty and lightly caramelized notes, plus just a bit of alcohol

Flavor: a nice warm, malty sweetness, not by any means saccharine, attenuates well, finish is just a little spicy and dry

Mouthfeel: moderate body, rich and smooth with just a bit of carbonated edge on the tongue

Overall: I keep feeling like this doppel is right on the edge of demonstrating a dark-fruit ester quality that it never quite gets to, which is probably my brain trying to fill in what would be present in a Belgian double. And that's not by any means bad! It's such a big American beer for its style, but that clean fermentation is much more German. My favorites tend to demonstrate bonus characteristics beyond this baseline, but this is a solid and drinkable doppelbock.

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Photo of Pnotuner
4.71/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a beer glass and managed to not create any foam.
The color is dark but reddish as to be interesting to look at.
It does taste like dark bread but with some black pepper on it. Not too sweet for me and not really hoppy, unless hops caused the peppery taste. The smooth fizz feels very nice in my mouth.
It felt like a gamble buying a sixpack but I will go get another one.

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Photo of Offa
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good doppelbock had Jan.2014 - from notes.

Deep red brown, med-big pale tan head quickly thins to formay ring, wisps.
Aroma caramelised whole wheat bread, hints of nut and wood.
Taste rich caramelised whole wheat bread, hints of nuts, prunes, wood. Sweetish but not very, minimal bitterness.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown with a one finger head that dissipates within the first few drinks.
The aroma is toffee and Carmel malts and a very pronounced dark fruit.
The flavor is very sweet, I get a vague caramel or toffee like maltiness with lots of dark fruit. There is a slight herbal hoppiness, but it is hidden.
The mouthfeel is thick with very little carbonation.
Overall, I wouldn't seek this out. It's way sweet and a bit of a mess.

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Photo of stevoj
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from HomeBrewStuff. Solid, complete doppelbock, not outstanding, but a great example of the style. Mostly clear brown, small airy head. Nice malty sweetness, drying out towards the end, but still maintaining some pleasant swett taste. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear deep mahogany brown. An aggressive pour produces barely a half inch of tan, frothy, very shortlived head that leaves a no appreciable lace, surface cap & collar. Very malty as expected. Aroma is thin & weak dark bread, dark fruit, baked sweet potato, roasted nuts & molasses. Taste is very sweet, dark bread, brown sugar, roast, raisin, fig, sweet potato, licorice & pepper. There is a peppery spiciness in the sweet potato, burnt Brown sugar, fruity & lightly boozy finish. Fruit & molasses mix with a hint of hop bitterness to make up the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, mouth coating & creamy yet prickly in the finish & smoothing in the aftertaste.

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Photo of huthuty
4.64/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark translucent copper with medium head
Smells is chocolatey but lighter than a stout
Taste is chocolatey and dark just enough to cover the alcohol perfectly
Overall a great dark brew

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Photo of Parmesan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark brown purple color, with a strong lacing around the glass.

S: Dark tasted bread with notes of sweet Tart cherry, some caramel and toffee.

T: Dark toasted bread, Tart sweet cherry mixed with some caramel and toffee.

F: Thick body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 10/30/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/light brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, roast, raisin, plum, wood, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, roast, raisin, plum, wood, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/woody hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of aramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light fruit, wood, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not too fruity/yeasty. Minimal dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a delicious doppelbock. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and east to drink for the ABV. Rich and clean Munich/Crystal malt flavors, just enough noble hops to balance the sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of erk0607
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark, crystal clear reddish brown mahogany with a light tan head that turns to fine lacing with a few large bubbles here and there
Smell: A darker brown bread, sort of sweet and honey/nut smell
Taste: Sweet again, but also like a toasty piece of bread, some fruit like plum, aged book (like the smell of aged book but on the tongue)... much like a tobacco flavor.
Feel: Moderately heavy, frothy on the tongue but still heavy even then. Somewhat slick mouthfeel
Overall: Good beer. Not great. But good. One you take your time on and enjoy the complexity.

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Photo of D1noB
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A malty, caramel, thicker beer, with a little bite. Probably better in the winter because it has a little weight to it.

Taste Rating in Words: It's like putting a jacket on.

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Photo of puck1225
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Clear gold-brown color, no real head or lacing. Smell is sweet and ready. The tastes has a lot of caramel notes. Probably not one to repeat but not bad.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours rich mahogany with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little thin lacing.

S: Dark fruit, toffee, bready slightly toasty malt, and a touch of spice.

T: Dried fruit, raisins, dates, plums, and figs, big toffee sweetness, slightly toasty bready malt, nutty, and subtle spice.

M: Sticky full body, moderate carbonation.

O: A little sweet, but overall a pretty decent doppelbock.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: A copper - reddish color. Decent head retention. Only about a one-finger head. Very clear. 3.75

Smell: Almost no Aroma. Hints of German grains and yeast. Some caramel notes. 3.25

Taste: There’s some bite up front but not much. Sweet and malty. Caramel and tobacco. Some smokiness. Needs more hop bitterness. 3.25

Feel: Medium-llight. Thin. Slick. Flattens out quite a bit.

Overall: It's an ok beer. The flavor is decent, but is just seems pretty light / watered down. It is a higher ABV, but just seems weak and not powerful like many others.

Feel. Medium to light. Send slick and flattens out
Overall. It’s an okay beer

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear brown with an average head. The aroma offers up toffee, caramel, green apple, chocolate, white plum, and nutmeg. The flavor is very fruit - plum and raisin mainly - with chocolate, graham cracker, honey, banana and fig. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a medium body. Overall this is a delicious mix of fruity and chocolate tinged flavors - just a very easy to love beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a head that laces and lasts. Dark brown/ruby color. Aroma is delicious sweet malts (honey, nuts, molasses, toffee) no hops to discern. Flavor is malty and sweet. Tangy finish. Low bitterness and no distinguishing hop character. They are there but blend into the background. Feels great. Satisfyingly malty. Love this :)

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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 580 ratings