Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch The Devastator Double BockWasatch The Devastator Double Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

utahbeers.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by alexgash on 12-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
507
Reviews:
176
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
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14
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Photo of BigE90
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass with very light head and a moderate amber color. Light malt smell. Taste a bit sweet, light malt flavor. Before you know it you are ready for another drink because the taste is gone. Definitely a week doppel but very drinkable. No hint that it is an 8% so a positive there. Would chose another one to drink while out in a bar but I would not have to have another.

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Photo of BoozerBrad
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madakassal
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is malts, dark breads, a touch of sweetness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one in a state liquor store somewhere near St. George, Utah, on my way to California. I was surprised at the somewhat archaic beer laws in Utah (special rooms at gas stations, high alcohol beers only in state run liqour stores, not sold cold, only singles), but decided to pick a few bottles up.

This one poured from the bottle like liquid caramel glistening in the sun. Nice aromas of caramel and earth hop, give way to apples and fruity hops on the palate. A different and interesting dopplebock.

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Photo of Phelps
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint.

Perfectly clear coppery red. One finger of dense, sticky foam is colored sandy tan and deposits stalactites of lace on the sides of the glass.

In the nose: mildly spicy hops, raisins, prunes, some dark bread. Pretty light and not too sweet.

The flavor’s a bit better. Bready malts start to emerge, along with rum-soaked raisins, fig and a touch of brown sugar. More bready than sweet, but balanced,

The medium-light body is a little too soft and watery for me. Light, massing carbonation and a good amount of fizz. A little booze in the nose.

Devastator is devastating – could use a little more flavor -- but it is drinkable for its strength and fairly tasty.

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Photo of corywalston
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of backfat
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist off bottle. Born 3/24, reviewed 5/16
Received this bottle from the very generous pokesbeerdude in a recent LIF I won. Thanks chuck! Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a shining copper/amber. Gorgeous red and orange highlights with a fizzy tannish, white 1/4 inch head. Looks great.

Smells roasty with lots of coffee notes. Some dried fruits and chocolaty raisins are also present.

Sweet toffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Short with flavors well blended. Could use some more biscuity and cereal notes that I enjoy in most doppelbocks. Lots of chocolate covered notes in the taste as well as the smell. Light and sweet.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little bit of a maltiness to it, but not a heavy amount. There is a slight alcohol burn, but it doesn't take too much away from the beer and fortunately doesn't linger for long.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent sized off white to light tan head leaves a milky decent sized lacing over a clear reddish caramel colored beer.

Slightly spiced sweet caramel malt aroma.

A light alcohol hint on a rich sweet caramel malt with a lightly toasted taste, with a slight hop backbone.

This medium bodied beer finishes with a light caramel light dry aftertaste.

A pretty decent beer, but slightly more of a caramel taste than I was hoping for.

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Photo of ruzzal
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigGold
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teejay76
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nearly clear, light amber color with an off-white head that had good lacing.

Smell - Aroma of citrus, hops and sweet malts.

Taste - Sweet caramel hops with bitter aftertaste. Definitely can taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Not completely smooth but definitely refreshing.

Drinkability - This was a decent beer.

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Photo of akolb
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doughanson78
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Thanks to Phelps for this in the Tickers BIF for this.

A: Medium amber in color. Almost a one finger white head with ok retention and good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet caramel. Very nutty. Lots of dark fruits, figs, raisins, and cherries.

T: Very sweet. Caramel and toffee. Dark fruits. Big nutty notes along with a slight alcohol bite in the finish.

M: Medium light body. Medium high carbonation. Decent creaminess.

O: A decent beer. A bit to sweet in my opinion. It's slightly complex. Haven't had many Doppelbock's to compare to so take what I say with a grain of salt.

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Photo of nuebs
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from Wasatch, thanks again!

Pours a bright clear copper color, with a faint white head.

Aromas are bready, spicy, biscuit like, and a bit tea like.

Beer has a very toasty character. It has a spicy yeast flavor, tea like, and with a touch of sweet malty creaminess. Finish is crisp, with a subtle warmth to it.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit prickly, but it does feel pretty smooth and full.

Drinkability is this beers strong suit. Not an overly flavorful beer, but it is tasty enough, and very easy to drink considering that this is an 8% ABV brew. Not bad at all... worth a try.

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Photo of B_B
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 11/18/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma very malty, lasts
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to three mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing good – partial ring of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark amber, clear, slight effervescence
Flavor malty but not overpowering; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.25, Palate 4, Overall 3.75. An acceptable double bock; not the best but adequate.

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Photo of warnerry
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes; best by 5/23/11, consumed 4/20/11

A - Pours amber with one finger of tan head. Head has pretty good retention.

S - Smells like bread and dried fruits, mostly raisin and plums.

T - Similar to the smell. Also getting some flavors of tea and light caramel malt. Finish has a bit of bitterness to it.

M - Medium mouthfeel, actually a bit thin. Slightly sticky but pretty clean. Finishes somewhat dry.

O - Pretty good doppelback, but doesn't really stand out. Alcohol is not apparent. Just a bit too thin.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msubulldog25
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. twist-off bottle, poured to a pilsner glass. This is a new one from Wasatch/Utah Brewers Co-op, with a fun label showing a rampaging giant of a bighorn bursting through what looks to be downtown Salt Lake City (a la Godzilla). Side label reads:"Utah will never be the same", an 8% ABV beer changes everything, huh (it IS a start...)?

A small sticker on the neck says: "Unlawful to Remove - 989228"; this seems like that "Do Not Remove Under Penalty..." tag on a mattress, but I won't mess with the powers that be on this one.

Thanks for sending go to John (aka Wasatch).

A: Very clear, a ruby-tinted copper with small, scattered carbonation. Little head, some fizzy off-whiteness that is gone quickly, leaving a pencil-thin ring and puff of topping film in the middle. It's a lovely color and has a sharp clarity, but the lack of carbonation and head /lace drops it a bit.

S: Decent chocolate and toasted grains, oddly more fudge-like than cocoa and hinting at roasted nuts. Mild sugary caramel and a dash of cinnamon (on baked apples?). As it warms there's a faint smokiness, which seems to me a bit like a stale ashtray...hmmm...it's strangely musty, but the more I smelled it, the more I liked it

T: Caramel and cocoa with a gentle spice zing. Loads of grain, a little sugary and a little smoky. Pretty malty in the finish, a drawn-out cereal toastedness that never quite dries out.

M: Has a fuller body and a thicker, coating mouthfeel. Smooth going down, it leaves a slightly sticky (almost gummy) residue. Adds just a little spicy tingle and a subtle alcohol heat in the finish.

D: A pretty nice doppelbock, but somewhere in the midrange of quality compared with all those fine ones out there. Easy enough to drink, worth a try, but probably not a 'must have'. Still, I applaud UBC for adding this to their regular lineup...

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great presentation: On the label, a steriod-pumping Ayinger's ram wreaks havoc on downtown Salt Lake City.

The bottle pours a clear, mahogany body with a sluggish carbonation level. This beer could stand to be a bit darker. A half inch of almond head floats atop, retains decently, and leaves almost no lacing. The aroma is full of tootsie-roll chocolates, earthen hops, caramel & chocolate malts, and a hint of fresh produce.

Bitter-sweet malts and a powerful alcohol note make for an interesting flavor profile. Spicy hops, complex malts, and a fruity/peppery yeast note make this one a bit difficult to describe taste-wise. The body is of medium thickness, and slightly viscous. A syrupy-sweet finish ensues, bringing with it a behemoth alcohol warmth. Overall, this beer was okay, but it was missing something with respect to the Doppelbock style.

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper brown with a tight beige crown.
The nose is primarily caramel, with lesser notions of toasty bread and candied fruit and sporadic rum-like alcohol flares.
Caramel rolls across the mouth. It's not necessarily oversweet, but simply monopolizes the flavor profile. Looking hard, one can find some backing toasty graininess, and bits of fig, and cocoa. But caramel reigns supreme throughout. Booze ticks up a bit around the close, but it's mellow and easily overlooked given the strength of the beer.
Glassy, if perhaps a little thinner than expected given the specs, with a moderate+ carbonation. It drinks easier than it probably should, as the alcohol is generally hidden and the caramelly maltiness, while strong, never gets to a cloying point.
It's a bit one-dimensional, but not a terrible offering.

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Photo of Oso-Polar
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass (all I had on hand).

Appearance: Transparent dark brown, decent head but dissipated quickly. Persistent light carbonation rising to the top.

Smell: Roasted malt, sweetness, kind of a burnt sugar/ caramel scent.

Taste: Relatively sweet malt dominates the palate, with a slight taste of alcohol underneath. No detectable hops or bitterness. Nutty/malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: You can feel more carbonation than you expect from the limited outpouring of bubbles from the glass. Thicker than your average beer and with a definite creamy feel, however certainly not as think as other dopplebocks out there.

Overall: It's really hard to go wrong with a dopplebock in general. With a name like "Devastator" it can't be a bad beer. I have no complaints with this brew, I have had better dopplebocks, but taste is a matter of opinion. If you're debating getting this beer, go ahead and give it a try, it's tasty and goes down almost too easy considering its' 8% ABV.

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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
3.62 out of 5 based on 507 ratings.
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