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Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative
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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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3.61
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Photo of ZBowden
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours clear dark Amber with very small head and low head retention, nose of bready bready malts practically no hop detection definite grain and heavy malts. Thick mouthfeel with a sweet bready taste that gets more savory afterwards, great beer, the sales associate that helped me described this beer as "the beer shiner wants to be".

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Sampled this evening on 11/1/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Pours a deep reddish-mahogany in color with a thin beige head. A decent amount of sticky lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is very pleasant and is of caramel malts, brown sugar and dark fruit. The taste is even better with some toffee, and the dark fruits (dates, raisins, plums) sweetness coming through but not overly sweet. Goes down easy with no bitterness at all. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation for this style of brew. Overall, really liked this one.

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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 10/23/14 near bottom edge of bottle. Rec'd as a gift from little sis Tami.

A: Clear mahogany, lightish, with 1-finger beige frothy head with good retention and a nice line of lacing around the top of the pour. (4)

S: Strong toasted caramel malt aroma with light herbal. earthy hops, no yeast character, some bready maltiness and date/raisin aromas (3.75)

T: Great flavor, very toasty and pretty sweet but very smooth and drinkable despite the high ABV. Medium caramel and toffee flavors dominate but allow some date, raisin, and prune flavors to poke through. Medium sweetness but not cloying, leaves a pleasant bready, honey graham cracker taste. Minimal hopping with light-medium bitterness. No real yeast character and the alcohol is well hidden. (4.25)

M: Slightly sticky feel, medium-full body, with light-medium carbonation. (3.75)

O: I enjoyed this beer, and I didn't have too high of hopes after trying Polygamy Porter last night. Devastator is a much better crafter beer -- nice toasty caramel sweetness that brings a good kick of maltiness without being cloying. SMooth and drinkable, even at 8%. Great job.

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Photo of Weisseguy1
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Held to the light, cola colored. A sliver of head remains after pouring.
S. Classic malt lager smell
T. Tastes of malt, slightly boozy, raisin
M. Strong malt backbone, washes down clean leaving a bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue somewhat bubbly
O. Overall this beer was a pleasant surprise. I decided to try it because it was almost sold out at the local specs. But there could have been another reason for that. After I got home I noticed my receipt, they only charged me 1.25 for a six pack. Who knows why this was the last one on the shelf but I am glad I tried it. I don't dorm to many craft lagers but this one I would purchase again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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 WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Devastator is just that if one tries to session. Having this in Park City during our vacation. The 8% abv makes it a toughy....but it was quite flavorful beer. There was hints of caramel and molasses in the taste with a backdrop of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full body with good carbonation. Overall this was a solid offering from Wasatch.

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Photo of mousemeyer
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great drinker. Excellent at high altitude! Warm amber color. Strong, clean taste on the palate. Minimal hop taste, but subtle and invites exploration. Pairs with most everything. Should be exported outside Utah. Sucks at tap abv. Head does not last long enough. Question choice in yeast.

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Photo of Oso-Polar
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed as a doppelbock because the name and label identify it as a "double bock lager." I dig the label art. 8.0% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a mixed 6er at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Cost was $1.69 USD. "Enjoy by 01/20/14." Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its current 82 rating.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of creamy beige colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. Lacks frothiness. Should have a softer complexion. Consistency is decent. Head retention is below average - maybe one minute at best. Inconsistent uneven lacing forms on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a very dark nontransparent amber-brown. Quasitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's within style conventions for a doppelbock. It'snot unique or special, but there are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Has some nice unexpected fruity notes: jammy cherry/raspberry and dark currant fruitcake. Caramel. Dark malts. Some walnut. Plenty of malty sweetness. Amber malts. Maybe a hint of raisin. A pleasantly fruity aroma for a doppelbock. Average in strength.

No yeast character or hop character is detectable. There's some subdued alcohol warmth, but it's not a boozy or hot aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Fruitskin. Caramelized cherry, fresh fig, and gooey raisin notes. Fruitcake. Quite jammy. Caramel. Dark malts. Amber malts. Definitely on the sweet side - a bit too far so for my tastes. A bit bready. Some toffee. A bit of plump grape. Vague nuttiness throughout. The fruits dominate, but I'm not sure that focus is the right one. For a doppelbock, I expect more of a malt emphasis.

The balance isn't great, nor is the build gestalt. It has some loose cohesion. Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy. It's decently layered, I guess.

Shallow depth of flavour for the style. Above average flavour intensity. Average duration of flavour.

The grape is off-putting and it's way too cakey a build. Not as malty or bready as the style demands. Roast and chocolate notes are sorely missed. I'm not big on the flavour profile. The fruitiness doesn't always seem natural, and is sometimes syrupy or extract-y. This is not the meal in glass that a doppelbock should be.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Adequately carbonated. Chewy and sticky. Smooth and wet. A bit smacky. Okay thickness and body. A bit too warm in terms of alcohol. Gooey. Okay presence on the palate. Unrefreshing. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile, but it suits it okay.

Not oily, gushed, boozy, astringent, or rough.

Dr: I'll finish the glass with some effort. It's not the most drinkable doppelbock out there, largely because the sweetness becomes a bit much and the quality is quite limited. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, nor would I get it again. I don't think aging would fix this. This is fairly mundane for a doppelbock, which is why it gets an average rating. There's little here that's remarkable, let alone unique or special. Not really worth trying unless you're a hardcore doppelbock enthusiast. The price is decent for the quality. ABV could be hidden better.

C

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Photo of spoony
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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 artoolemomo
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up about 2 fingers of head which doesn't have much retention. The head is off-white with hints of beige while the body is a maroon/dark amber that glows a medium to dark amber with maroon around the edges. No lacing left as of yet.

Nose- From the glass, I get faint hints of caramel. The bottle gives up conspicuous notes of caramel that has cinnamon around the edges. After some vigorous swirling, the beer only shows some burnt caramel and burnt raisin.

Taste- Sweet malt strikes first- caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, molasses, and hints of raisins. There seems to be a spiciness on the finish that is close to the cinnamon of the nose. Some heat as well. The cinnamon of the flavor profile approaches the heat of red hots candy. There is a lot of presence but balance seems to be lacking. At points, the malt bill seems to point toward burnt bread and burnt raisins. Starts to mellow but the burnt nature of the malt bill seems to take over the finish. I can understand how some might enjoy this beer but it's not for me. A just above average beer at the moment.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with a good amount of syrup to the texture. They could perhaps dial back the carbonation a little bit.

Drinkability- The heat does fade after a few minutes but the flavor profile is an obstacle for me. Price is not bad.

Overall- Matches the heavy malt bill of most doppelbocks but lacks the integration of some of the better ones and is definitely not in the same class as Ayinger. If you like doppelbocks, then give it a try. If not, you can pass.

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: caramel brown in color, 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: rich and deep caramel

Taste: deep caramel, brown sugar, slight chocolate

Mouthfeel: rich and heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet

Overall:A solid doppelbock that is dangerously drinkable. This one is good and sweet but not overly complex. I will pick this up again at some point.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber almost brown, clean pour with 2 fingers of head with nice retention. smells malty sweet, caramel, molasses, mild cocoa, sweet nutty notes of pecans/walnuts, raisins. flavor-wise, it is very similar to the aromas.. very nutty, sweet and malty with a nice sugary kick towards the back end. for the abv, it drinks fairly easy with a creamy mouthfeel, medium body, and moderate amount of carbonation.

this is a pretty nice offering, and the first beer i've had from this brewery. i wouldn't mind seeing what they're capable of with other styles.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown/mahogany color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is bready and of a darker fruit aroma. The darker fruits are mainly of raisin and prune but have some cherry in there as well. With these aromas there is also a light boozy smell of a more rum like aroma.

Taste – The taste begins bready and sweet with a whole lot of dark fruit flavors upfront. Raisin and prune are the most prevalent of the sweet with some lighter caramel and toffee flavor coming to the tongue more toward the middle. Along with the sweet, so too comes some flavors of a light spice and some yeast as well. Toward the end a boozy flavor develops on the tongue leaving a sweet and warming feel to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are good for the slightly sweeter and fruity flavors of the brew as well as the lighter boozy flavors.

Overall - .A sweeter and rather pleasantly fruity tasting dopplebock. It was rather enjoyable overall and one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of zeff80
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and slightly fruity.

T - Good malty flavor with a sweet caramel and toffee flavor. Some sweet fruits, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. Medium bodied lager.

O - This is a good dopplebock. My first Wasatch brew was a good choice.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear crimson-copper color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Retention is pretty short-lived but the lacing is nice.

Nose is sweet caramel and light toast, maybe some toffee in here too. Smells pretty good, full flavored and lets the malts do their thing.

Taste has a candy-esque sweetness supplemented by slightly burnt caramel and toast. Alcohol is well hidden up front but flashes a slight sting on the finish. Mouthfeel is modest for a doppel and the carbonation is fine-bubbled. I don’t really like the near-burnt bready alcohol finish, it is a little acrid. It’s a passable doppel, but it might be awhile until I grab a sixer of this at the store.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #40 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Doppelbocks. Bleh. I rarely find one that I like. That being said, I may not even know what a doppelbock is supposed to taste like anymore.

This brew is nice and malty with a slight sweet tone to it that is smooth. Really smooth. And I think that is what the definition of this beer is: smooth. I really don't have much to say beyond that really.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- pours a dark copper color with a hint of brown. White minimal head goes fast and just clings to the sides of the glass

Ar- biscuity malt, caramel, toffee, overall it smells sweet

T- very malty and sweet with some plum and other dark fruit notes and some caramel.

M- bubbly with medium body, it's a bit sticky too. This beer has a really smooth finish

O- My first shot at a double bock and this was really enjoyable. Will be trying more in the future.

O-

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Photo of warnerry
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock has a very thin, almost nonexistent, off-white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, honey color. There is a little lacing left behind. The aroma is subtle, but one can detect sweet, rich malt and candy or fruit. The flavor is of over-ripe fruit, pecan shells, rich barley malt, some chocolate, and syrupy sugar. It's a little bitter, but not particularly so. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and The Devastator finishes smooth, sweet, and mellow. A little bit of the alcohol burn shows up on the back half. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

RJT

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Photo of morimech
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a clear brown color in my pilsner glass. A large head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Nice amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Rather timid aroma for an 8% ABV beer. Some bready malt and mild spice.

I can taste some caramel, bitter chocolate, and dark bread. Small alcohol presence and a little warmth in the finish.

Thin for the style and definately for a beer with this ABV. Carbonation is nice.

Unremarkable beer. Nothing wrong with that but I feel no need to visit this beer again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear deep amber color. Just over a finger of beige frothy head. Retention is poor and only a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Big toastiness. Moderate amounts of caramel, raisin, and plum. Brown sugar and nuttiness underneath.

3.5 T: Again lots of toastiness. Caramel, raisin, and nuttiness next. Plum and brown sugar to round thing off. Lightly boozy.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasant creaminess.

3.5 D: Tasty beer, but pretty standard doppelbock.

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Photo of bmwats
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed bock.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving a thick blanket of foam. Substantial beer ring lacing.

S: White bread... not really much else.

T: Syrupy thick malt, with maple syrup, and unsweetened chocolate.

M: Thick and cloying, high alcohol character, with a slightly dry and pungent finish.

D: Sipping brew.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, with a solid head and lots o' lacing. Nose is basic and not so exceptional. Flavor is thick, syrupy and full characterized by malt and a cloying sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first beer I've had from Utah and I was very surprised they had something this strong. I was on vacation in the Black Hills and found this on the menu at Stonewalls in Rapid City. Nice.

It's a clear, tannish red with a small amount of foam. The aroma was plum and caramel. The taste was rasin, canelope, more on the earthy side. The taste and body seemed a tad thin for the style, sepecially for an 8% brew. After finishing the glass, I might debate it isn't really 8%, since I didn't really feel the alcohol. I would probably have this again. I mostly chose it because it was one of the few items on the menu I haven't tried yet.

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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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