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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
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
495
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
24.03%
 
 
Wants:
14
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Photo of tpd975
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours an amberish copper hue with a very small head. Little retention and no lace.

S: Nice sweet roasty malt aromas with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

T: The roast comes thru real nice, not over the top at all, just enjoyable. Lots of sweet malt make this a real nice and sweet treat. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of tea.

M: Medium in body smooth and rich. A bit dry in the finish.

D: Pretty good, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see another local beer go over the 4% cap! 12 oz. bottle with a very cool label, served at 40 degrees F.

Pours a clear, orange-amber with golder edges. Thick finger of dense, clingy, light khaki head. Rummy fruit and sticky bun malt aromas with a spicy, vegetal hop backing. Light grainy-nuttiness with herbal hops up front. Sugary dark fruits and sweet bready malts swell, with a soapy edge. Faint cocoa and vanilla notes mix with cooked vegetables before a sticky, spicy, noble, mildly bitter hop finish. Medium body. A very clean, well-made doppelbock that is on the lighter side in terms of color. Nice!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a small white head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Flavor of coffee grounds, smooth sweet malt, and some bitterness in the finish. Pretty good (although it lacks the typical bready/doughy malts of a doppelbock).
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - almost clear, light amber color with an off=white head that left good lacing.

S - dark fruit and malty sweetness.

T - sweet and malty taste.

F - medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - it's ok, but there are much better dopplebocks.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours light ruby brown with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is toasted bready malts with a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet toasted chocolate and caramel nutty malts with some fruit and a little smokiness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice doppelbock. A bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a cola colored caramel. Rich, malty notes with a dark chocolate undertone. There's a bite to this that cuts across some of the sweetness. Malty without being heavy.

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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 allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint, this is a deep ruby-red beer, clear, without any head, or even a layer of foamy film across the top. The color is nice, thought. Nice malty nose, somewhat bready with a small bit of caramel. The caramel component is a bit stronger in the taste, edging out the more German malts. Bitterness is low, putting this on the sweet end of the style--but not cloying. Clean, yeast-wise.

Decent example of a dopplebock. But there's nothing special enough here to warrant a second purchase.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber to near brown with generous tan head.

Nose is somewhat faint, malty.

On the palate this dopplebock comes across as a "dopplebock light". Unlike most Utah beers, this one is not within the 3.2% limit, but they seemed to have matched the lack of flavor profile that is so common in Utah beers.

Malt is lighter, faint caramel, some berry syrup flavors, maple, and a short finish.

Body is surprisingly light.

Not a good example of this style.

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Photo of koopa
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a fairly translucent deep brown with orange red folds. The crown is 1 finger, off white (buttery), shows moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Ruby red candied fruit, strong notes of caramel, and some toasted grain.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with lots of fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Taste is too bad to want to drink more than a 12oz bottle if you can get through that.

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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 donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a large white head. Good retention and two huge, thick lace rings. The bottle has a small orange sticker on the back that says "unlawful to remove." Utah is so weird.

Smells mainly of sweet caramel malt with some light floral hop. I also picked up some tobacco and the smell of a freshly vacuumed carpet.

Tastes more like a high alcohol amber than a dopplebock. Thin, very sweet caramel with some leafy hop bitterness at the end. Despite obvious alcoholic citrus taste Devastator is very light for a dbock. Trades heavy complexity for light drinkability. And that's ok.

via colts9016

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber in color, with a large, dense white head, which retains very well. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Lots of caramel, sweet vinous alcohol, and some bread malts.

Taste: Opens with lots of toasted malts and caramel, as the taste progresses, the caramel lingers on, with the sweetness intensifying. Towards the end of the taste, there is an earthy, nutty note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Price: $1.89
Purchased: May 2, 2015
Consumed: May 12, 2015
Misc.: Enjoy by Aug. 23, 2015

Poured a reddish, brown, amber semi-clear color with four fingers of khaki tan, frothy head that immediately started dissipating. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled booziness right up front, followed by caramel, plum, roasty malts, honey nuts, toffee and dark red apple. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was slightly better than the nose, coming in with rich, creamy, roasty malts, caramel, roasty nuts, plum and very light chocolate. The 8 percent ABV is hidden. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This beer really grew on me. Maybe I just enjoy the style, but I was really digging it. Wish I had more than one. (Overall - 4.00)

4.05 | 91 | A-

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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 NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasatch- Devastator

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Golden amber brown with a thick head. Good lacing down the glass.
S- Thick molasses malt and a touch of spices.
T- Thick and sweet molasses malt, bits of pepper and clove spices apear. Big malty tarlike finish.
M- Super thick and sweet. Slightly spicy and finishing off dry with a small bite of alcohol.

Overall- A very easily drinkable Doppelbock.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another treat sent to me by Wasatch. Thank you John.

The Devastator Double Bock Ale (uh, lager?) has a translucent body that is a cross between red and orange. The tan head does little in the way of retention and lacing.

The aroma is earthy and nutty, featuring some bread and toasted malts.

If the appearance and aroma weren't enough of an indication, this is not a dark doppelbock. It's more of the "amber doppel" type of beer. Grainy, whole wheat bread is a big flavor, along with toasted malts. Beneath that are some nutty characteristics and some sweet toffee. There is a little bit of bitterness in the finish.

Smooth body with enough heft and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

That 8% alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor. I drank this one like a much smaller beer, I can see how it could have devastating effects over the course of the night. I only have one bottle though, so that was not a problem for me. Pretty good beer though.

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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 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 Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with great clarity. A fingernail of khaki colored head obverse three quarters of the top. The aroma is comprised of dark malt,chocolate,and sourdough bread. The flavor is chocolate,dark malt,with a bit of a sourdough component. The mouth is moderately carbonated and smooth.

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Photo of spoony
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (best by January 20, 2014) into a nonic.

A-An aggressive pour produces almost a finger of short-lived tan foam. The foam drops immediately and leaves no lacing. The brew is pretty light for the style with nice clarity and a copper-hued, walnut brown color.

S-I get a touch of earthy tobacco, along with a good dose of sweetness in the form of overripe fruit, and dark caramel. There is also a bit of nutty, toasted bread and roasted barley. Pretty simple and shallow.

T-The taste is also somewhat earthy and sweet up front with a nutty flavor like peanuts on the finish. The alcohol comes through in a strange, sort-of fruity and zesty flavor. Very little bitterness.

M-The feel is light to medium body for the style with a semi-crisp carbonation. It is drinkable.

O-This is a pretty simple brew. I kept waiting for more complexity or depth, but each sip stayed fairly uninspired. There were hints of greatness with the tobacco and ripe, dark fruits of the smell, but those faded quickly as the brew warmed. I could have used more cocoa or deeper fruit flavors. Ho-hum.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a warm chestnut color with ruby highlights. Head is a tight tan foam. Stick is good on the glass, but there's not as much retention as I'd hoped. Nose is quite herbal from the hops, with biscuit and toffee sweetness as well. Definitely sweet over bitter.

The flavor is also sweet, leading with some toffee and caramel notes. Also a hint of roasted barley and maybe some smoked malt as well. Finish is super dry, helped along by the herbal hops - a little tobacco, but otherwise not too exciting. Mouthfeel is light to medium for a general lager beer, but way to light for a doppelbock.

While I appreciate the complexities and the little things that jump outside the doppelbock realm, this beer is severely lacking in oomph for the style. Not a bad beer to have purchased and enjoyed - don't get me wrong - but this is not a doppelbock, so adjust your expectations. This is a good lager beer with some subtle flavor notes, but generally speaking just a little too sweet and light-bodied.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 24 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown amber, some reddish hues. Not much head, and what there is fades fast. No lacing that I can see.

Smell is sugary, sugary, sugary. Brown sugar, molasses, any other kind you like. Not overpowering, but mostly one-dimensional. Some dark fruit, plums and figs. It's sweet, and could definitely do with some more complexity, but I like it.

Taste is also fairly sweet, but with less depth, less fruit. Drifts into a moderately bitter finish. Tastes fine, but it's shallow.

Medium-bodied, slick on the tongue. Medium-low carbonation. Works fine.

A solid, definitely above-average doppelbock. I like it; its main faults are that it doesn't measure up to the best in depth and complexity. But it's tasty.

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Photo of SebD
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep brown color to it with some amber hues. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of caramel, butterscotch, some nuttiness, toasty malts and sweet dark fruit in the back.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a loads of sweet caramel, nuttiness, toasty/buiscuity malts and sweet dark fruit (mainly raisins and plums).

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Enjoyable Doppelbock.

Serving type: Can

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance : a cream soda/root beer colored body, topped by a 2 finger head - off white in color and leaving flicks of lacing behind. Opacity is about 30%.

Aroma : lots of toasted malt, roasted dry grains, a slight alcohol smell and slight bubble gum. A faint fruity note of banana and raisin is also detectable. Overall it smells like a strong Bock.

Taste : this is actually really good. Deep, heavy, roasted malts, charred raisin, banana peel, some burnt yet delicious alcohol, with an exceptionally dry finish.

Mouthfeel : very full bodied yet not too thick, it just swarms and fills the palate. It's really an excellent feel. It ends nice and dry. Breaths are almost like cotton.

Overall : time to invest in a six pack. Probably the best Doppelbock I've had to date, and by far the best Wasatch beer I've tried.

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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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