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Wasatch The Devastator Double BockWasatch The Devastator Double Bock

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Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by alexgash on 12-23-2007

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Photo of seaoflament
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for the opportunity to try this brew.

Pours a clear, brown with ruby edges and a good inch of foam.

Clean lager yeast allows for some toast malts to shine through initially. A bit of a seltzer water aroma. Once the beer is in the glass it opens up some nutty malts, soft chocolate overtones, and a slightly grainy aroma. Earthy with some spicy hops hide in the background. A little mint upfront as well. Caramel and toast try to peak thorough every now and again. A very tame version of the dopplebock variety, you really have to put your nose in there and search for some of the traditional characteristics.

Toasted malts with some caramel, toffee, and soft chocolate notes. Apparent alcohol in the finish warms the back of the throat. Malt flavors almost come off as roasted, with a toasted bitterness. Dry grainy flavor in the middle. A little too harsh in the finish. Not enough maltiness, sweetness, or flavor in this beer. Finishes semi-dry so any sweetness or malt flavor is washed away. Astringent grain flavors.

Medium-low carbonation but, at least at first, it doesn't feel smooth on the palate.

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Photo of deanhead
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant amber colored bock beer poured a nice voluminous head, which dissipated to virtually nothing. A clean lace did find it's way down the glass. The lace was very consistent finding it's way to the last drop.
Aroma was assertively fruity and slightly bready baguette like in nature
Taste was bready, nice malt back bone, slightly sweet . Very well balanced lager. It's dead on for the style and at 8% abv makes for a pretty big beer.
Medium bodied, with a slick Mouthfeel.
Overall Drinkability- This is a really nice beer. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys bock beer. Style is dead on.

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Photo of JoBoTo
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L- Nice, even, brown, with hazel hints. Small head disappearing after ~20 seconds. No lacing.

S- Nutty brown, with hops after notes. Slight coffee, sweetness.

M- Good amount of carbonation, with heavy body, and tongue tingle is medium dying with more drinks.

T- Nutty. Alcohol is prominent. Good overall flavor.

D- Was surprised to find an 8% in SLC, but decided to try the Mormon radical. Has a picture of a ram and the Mormon temple on the label. Something that could be kept in the fridge for those wanting a change every now and then. Wasn't undesirable, but not a must have.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed the other night during a BA outage...

devastator? shipped by blackie. thanks, i guess?

appearance: poured into an imperial pint, clear amber-copper body, fluffy beige cap with little retention

smell: earthy and musty , caramel

taste: sugar snap peas? bland caramel, cloying sweetness. not a good doppelbock

mouthfeel: medium body, overly sweet

drinkability: ok

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Photo of Patrick999
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had from the bottle at the Park City brewpub.

A - Poured into a Squatters IPA glass, it had a deep pruney appearance, big nice-looking head for a doppelbock.

S - Big and raisin-y, cinnamon-sugar, like a pastry at a bakery.

T - Raisins encrusted with sugar, this was a sweet brew - too sweet to my palate, I could not find anything to dry it out.

F - Seemed to combine a heavy body with heavy carbonation.

D - Out of all the beers in Utah I tried, this was the most difficult to drink. It wasn't *bad* by any stretch, it's just that the sweetness and the fizzy heft conspired to really bog me down here. I finished it, but just barely....I had the second half of the bottle in lieu of dessert.

This concludes my tour of Utah beer.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark coffee color with a firm but thin light tan head and great lacing. The aroma is a deep coffee malt and peat, deep and edible. The first mouthful reveals a medium bodied tangy medley of coffee smoke and apple malt. This is almost a porter, quite drinkable but there is a bit of alcohol presence enough to avoid guzzling. Some grassy notes. Smoothly carbonated, very unique, highly recommended.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to colts9016 for this bottle.

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsener.

A = Clear reddish amber, very small off white head that dissipated very quickly, no lacing.

S = Light caramel notes but those are pushed aside by an almost astringent bitterness uncovered when swirled, once that subsides however, we are back to the bitter-sweet cocoa smells I normally associate with a doppelbock.

T = Caramel, cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, light floral tastes at midpalate and lasting into the finish. Alcohol is a little too noticeable.

M = Medium-light bodied, too much carbonation sting. A little too light and bubbly for my tastes.

D = This is a decent beer and I could definitely see enjoying a couple of these at a beer garden, but I think it is pretty squarely average for the style.

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Photo of Buebie
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from Wasatch, thanks for this extra John.

Poured from a brown bottle with no freshness date, into a Sam Adams turbulator.
Poures transparent, a darker ruby brown with hints of orange. 1 finger of white bubbly head adorns the glass, receeding to a colar of retention and a few bubble islands. Lace is thin and slipper, not leaving much on the walls of the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a mixture of grains, brown sugar, toffee, a faint wiff of chocolate, buttery nutty caramel rolls.

Starts out with a real roasty grain flavor and lots of carmalised sugars, with a touch of fermented dark fruits. Heating up at the swallow and lingering warmth provides a nice touch. Caramel and roasted grains hang around for the linger as does a touch of chocolate. Somthing spicie lingering as well, might it be rye? Or hops? I'm not sure really.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with carbonation. A slickness on the pallete, not thick, but just right.
Finishing with many lingering flavors and a nice clean crisp finish.

This is delicious. Highly recommend getting yourself some of this.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Beernoisseur
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my snifter from 12 oz bottle

This is a very malt forward brew. Dark, Orangey brown, with a thin white head. Little lacing.

There is coffee on the nose, with grains and dusty metal. The flavor is a lot the same, with the sweetness of the malts way out front. There's a little tartness on the finish.

At 8.0% you can feel the warming all the way down. Very thick mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

I wouldn't want to put away too many of these, but it's good for what it is.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 akorsak
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wasatch for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The doppelbock is an amber color, a share or two lighter than the glass bottle it was packaged in. It looks more like tea (more brown than orange) and sits reasonably still. The ale is fairly translucent as well, offfering a good view of the objects on the other side of the glass. A finger or so of head is clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is malty sweet, livened with an aroma that can be best described as fresh warm bread. Lots of nuttiness and sweet malts abound, very filling.

T: The lagerbier is bold and abrasive, warming as it goes down. Toasted grains, bready and full with raisins and refined molasses adding sweetness. The concentrated malts take on a dark fruity finish, sweet and sugary with an abundance of booze behind it. A pleasing American doppelbock.

M: The mouthfeel is full, thick with bready malts; you can practically chew your way through the beer.

D: The beer tastes bigger than it is, deceiving in its innocuous strength. Not the best doppelbock around, but I'm pleased with it.

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Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rich deep mahogany color with a beautiful reddish hue. There was a one finger head that dissipated to a quarter inch line. There is effervesce coming from the bottom of the beer.

Nose: A rich roasted malt nose, with a nuttiness, caramel, molasses, some phenol, and alcohol. There are hints of esters and raisins.

Taste: A deep intense malt rushes at your palate like a linebacker going for the the quarterback. There is a nice caramel, molasses, raisins, and some smokiness. There are notes of wood, nuts and some esters.

Overall: A very malt concentrated beer with some other nice flavors to accompany it. The mouth feel has a nice alcohol warming to it. The finish is sweet inciting you to keep drinking.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before I get started...my first beer review after my recent move to Utah, and its fitting enough to be a Utah beer, secondly, this could be one of the coolest labels ever, temple square on fire! Style points right there.

Purchased at the State Liquor Store in Vernal, as a single.
Twist off 12oz bottle.

A: Nice brown color, excellent red/brown when held to the light. About half an inch worth of cream colored head with lots of tiny bubbles. Fairly decent lacing all around.

S: earthy, caramel, tons and tons of sweet malt in this one. not really a whole lot else going on though.

T: this is a malt bomb, wow, tons of rich heavy chocolate and caramel flavors are in this one, slight boozey kick at the end. there are some nice molasses flavors in there as well. not much for a hop kick, but that was somewhat expected. what is there for the hops is piney and clean, but pushed way to the background.

M: thick and creamy, this one coats the mouth and is quite heavy, all around a thick, malty beer. slightly warming alcohol note as well. rather clean finish. does stick nicely to the lips.

D: I wouldn't hit this one all night, but I will go back and grab some more to keep on hand. Really a good example of the style, and a solid beer all around. Especially the label. Ramfireytemplesquareawesomeness.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thank you goes to TheManiacalOne for this one.
I opened the bottle and poured into a 20oz pub glass. The color was beautiful, a rich, malty caramel. The head dissipated moderately fast into a thin layer.
This beer poured a rich caramel color. About an inch head that retained through most of the beer, decent lacing. The smell is rich with malt, caramel, and possibly a hit of chocolate. The taste is quite good. It's sweet and spicy - this is my first double bock so I have nothing to compare it too. Mouthfeel was decent in character, not too light and not too heavy. For my first double bock - it was highly enjoyable, I could see myself settling down to this for an evening.

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Photo of JoeCeez
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Wasatch, thanks John!

App: clear chestnut brown with ruby edges, a one fingered tan head that leaves good lacing down the side of the glass

S: Roasty caramelized malts, some fruitiness, a little toffee, some alcohol, a hint of spicy and floral hops

T: a fairly complex brew, theres a chocolaty nuttiness that I really like and the caramalized roastiness and dried fruit sweetness gives this a cola like flavor, a dark almost pumpernickle like breadiness and a slightly off vegetal note, not super clean in the finish makes this almost ale-like

M: medium body, smooth and crisp carbonation

D: good drinkability alcohol is barely noticable, I could easily drink a few more.

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Photo of blackie
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my Allagash glass, decent khaki head tops a darker amber, almost brown beer, recedes to a coating layer

s: rainier cherries and red apple upfront with a hefty toffee-cookie malt base, a little clove and banana that really comes out as it warms, hops light and spicy, booze present and sharp, quite nice

m: carbonation on the low side of medium and a touch fizzy, medium-full body

t: good sweetish malt and tree fruit structure, but just a bit on the bland side to really make much of an impression, but a good flavor with sugary toffee and an underlying toasted note, baked red apple, a touch buttery in the middle, light spicy hop flavor, and mild bitterness

d: abv not a problem, could handle a couple but it's surely a creeper

single bottle from a state liquor in slc while on business, brought back to va

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish-brown color. The head is one fluffy inch in height, and recedes very slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. The taste is very malty. It is full of caramel and nuts. It tastes more like a big brown ale than a doppelbock. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could drink again.

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Photo of Greggy
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a rocky-fluffy head over a beautiful amber/brown body. The body has no sediment present. As the head recedes, it leaves some lacing.

S- Very big on the dark fruits in the nose department. There is also a rum like component as well as burnt caramel and even a deep down coffee note. A bit of alcohol can also be felt in the nose.

T- Right off the bat I'm greeted with a very viscous sweetness filled with cinnamon spice, rum, anise, as well as an astringent finish.

M- Alcohol can be felt on this one. It is warming but is just a bit over the top. The initial sweetness on the palette is a bit aggressive as well.

D- Overall, this was a monster. It was very big on alcohol and very strong. I don't know if I would have this again. The doppelbocks I enjoy tend to be better with less alcohol. Go figure.

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Photo of mentor
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by breity, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a half finger tan head over a clear mahogenied-amber liquid. Smells toasted malt, munich malty, caramel, dry dusty, sour/iron hoppy, earthy hops.

Tastes wet malty sweet of toast, caramel, vienna chalk. Almost biscuity with a Liberty hop tinge. Hop flavor is blackberry, as if they used Northern Brewer. Clean alcohol flavor with noticable alcohol sting. Some cherry sour and mild hop bitterness. Hops and alcohol blend nicely and serve to provide an almost sun-baked drift-woody dry finish. Without this, the beer could have been sticky. Some tannin in the aftertaste is a bit of a detraction. Md body with some dextrins. Modest carbonation and decent drinkability.

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Wasatch, cheers John! Review based on notes

Pours orange/caramel with 2 fingers of beige head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bready & spicy (cinnamon & brown sugar) with toasty malt & a bit of booze as this warms

T: Doughy, with some cinnamon, leafy & herbal hops, plus dryness, cakeyness & brown sugar up front. More cakeyness, dryness & pecans as this warms. Finishes dry with a nice caramel sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & a bit of stickyness & chewyness once this is warmer

Drinks easy the ABV is well disguised, the dryness detracts a bit . A very good dopple IMO

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Photo of bort11
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one.

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang fluted tulip. Thin tan head that quickly recedes. Not a lot of lacing involved. Color is a dark but clear caramel reddish brown. Very pretty color to look at.

Smell has a strong caramel malt flavor, with a bit of bananas and cloves. Taste is a lot like a cola, sweet and caramelized. Flavor blossoms as it warms up. More dark fruits and a peppery spice become apparent.

Mouthfeel is a thin creamy texture. Great to try something new.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, caramelized malts, spices, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and spicy with flavors of lager yeast, caramel, dark fruit. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild alcohol sting. There's a hint of a hop presence that tries to exert itself but doesn't quite seem to come through. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer overall, but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- deep bronze brew, 1 finger of off white head that holds decent enough, not much lace but silky

S- caramel, malty

T- toasted malts, dark and dried fruits, caramel, malty

M- medium and smooth

D- great drinkability for a dopple bock, but mouthfeel is a bit thin for style, one of Wasatchs' better brews, worth a try

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Photo of Goldorak
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a bottle at the Bayou in SLC.

Appearance: Dark ruby/crimson brew, with a thin head with little clumpy islands in the center of my glass.

Smell: Dark caramel malts well balanced out by a firm alcoholic nose.

Taste: Carbonation is vivid and prickly, taste is quite similar to the smell, with the caramel just enough in the forefront to subdue the alcohol heat, which in turn brings all the flavors together. After drinking that many low ABV Beers, the mouthfeel on this one was quite powerful and I enjoyed it a lot.

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