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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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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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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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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Clear reddish brown with a white, one-finger, sea foam looking head. Lacing is clumpy.

S – Strong aroma of sweet caramel malt. Undertones of molasses and toffee. Again, this smells really sweet.

T – Taste matches the nose. Plenty of sweetness from the caramel malt, but manages to not be cloying. Slightest hint of earthy hops in the finish. Not very complex, and kind of boring on the tongue after a while. Slightest hint of booze in the mid palate.

M – Pretty much perfect for the flavor profile; medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Thankfully no syrupy feel with all that sweetness, and it drinks like a beer.

O – Hard to really say much more about this one. A solid enough double bock, but nothing that would make me really remember this or rush out to buy it again.

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

Poured chilled in tulip glass

A: dark copper/amber; nice gentle beadstream of carbonation; thin but creamy head; decent lacing
S: malty aroma; very heavy on the caramelized side of things.
T: the ABV is perfect, but it is rather simple for a double bock; caramel, toasted grains; a touch of honey and lemon in the aftertaste

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Photo of Phelps
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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 StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a boozed up malt bomb here. pours a bright clear copper color with a small just off white head. smells like german malts and a candy sweetness. the sugars are less intense in the taste, but the malts are diverse, earthy, thick, and lasting. hard to place this one exactly, similar to one of the troegs bock beers out there, maybe like a lesser version of the troegenator even. feel is fine, average carbonation and a bigger than medium body. really cool artwork on the bottle and well priced for an 8% brew. i wouldnt want more than one of these, but im glad i tried this.

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Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark brassy amber, sufficient head

SMELL: Broth, treacle, chicory, dark bread, clean, spicy alcohol, yeast, nutty, mineral

TASTE: Creamy, full bodied, malt sweetness, cocoa powder, bread crust, herbal hop, nutty grain, grassy, clean semi-dry finish

Tasty even if it does not show off that much depth. Very clean and almost too easy to drink for an 8.0% brew. Well done.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.99 for a 12 oz bottle.

A: nice copper colored beer, good creamy head
S: full traditional nose, deep roasted malt, as good as some of the best
T: not as full as nose but very good roasted malt and well-balanced hops, could use a bit more grainy body
M: well-balanced and very drinkable, a bit thin in body compared to nose

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single from "Lifesource" Salem. $1.99 Pours a clear light brown,small light tan head..goes fast leaves loads of lace. Aroma is a lot moe subdued than i expected what there is is of course caramel malts and raisins Smooth toasty,caramel,fudge maltiness in the taste, rather simple and no real depth, has alcohol present in the end. Pretty thin for the style on the palate. Overall not impressed..this seems to me like maybe a regular dark bock not a dopplebock

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip pint. Bottling date 11.02.11.

Look- If I was rating the label, this one would be a solid 4.5. They've updated the label since the profile picture was taken, and it's now got a rather elaborate multicolor metallic copper and black label featuring one angry-looking goat and a flame motif. Very cool.

Anyways, on to the beer! This one pours the expected clear brown with a couple fingers of eggshell head that fell within a minute or so. The lacing is intricate, but sparse, and I can spot a few lazy bubbles winding their way to the surface. All in all, it's pretty average.

Smell- Fresh rye bread. That's about it. It's clean and actually pretty appealing, but extremely one-dimensional. Agitation brings out touches of yeast and alcohol. It's not bad by any means, but a hint of spice or something would add a lot to this one.

Taste- Tastes a lot like it smells, but sweeter. Toasted grains, light caramel malt, and something faintly nutty. Once again... rye bread. The alcohol is actually quite well hidden, but it's far too sweet for my liking and the sweet biscuity is only a few shades shy of sickening. Inoffensive to the point of being bland, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a modest touch of carbonation. Crisp-ish at first, with a fairly clean finish and mild warming feeling after the sip. Pretty middle-of-the-road.

Overall- It's a solid beer, but a bit pricey for what you get and not terribly interesting. I probably wouldn't pick it up again, though I may recommend it to a friend that's not generally into darker beer but wants to try one.

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Photo of azdback
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very light brown, clear color. Few carbonation bubbles lead to a small, half finger head that is very light brown itself and thin. Lace appears to not want anything to do with this beer.

Smell is lightly roast malts and yeast. Sweet smelling, light coffee and chocolate smells and maybe just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is not like the smell so much. It drinks more like a Scotch Ale. Very sweet and medium roast malts. Honey and wheat. No alcohol can be detected from the taste.

Mouth is silky or creamy with round carbonation. Body is medium with an average wet finish.

Overall this wasn't bad but it didn't fit it's style IMO. I really think it tasted more like a Scotch/Scottish/Wee Heavy than a Doppelbock but not a bad choice if you get the chance. Thanks to Rim Liquor for this one.

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

Wasatch Brew Pub
The Devastator Double Bock

Pours a orange/amber color with tan soapy foam. Aroma is very malty, with caramel and honey undertones. In the taste, some toffee, caramel, brown sugar, but not too sweet. Balanced with little hint of alcohol. Smooth, medium bodied feel. Overall, a tasty and deceivingly strong bock, too much could prove devastating.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12Oz poured into pint
A- Pours muddy brown, very murky. hardly any head at all. This is a really dank looking beer.
S- Dark malts, caramel, and even some dark fruits. Really sweet and sugary.
T- This reminds me of a quadrupel. Its very caramelized and has lots of raisin and brown sugar tastes. Extremely sugary sweet. It blends well and is very tasty.
M- This beer is very carbonated. Very creamy mouthfeel. Leaves my tongue somewhat sticky and dry.
O- This is a very interesting beer, not what I expected at all. Its more of a tripel or Quad then any other style of beer. This beer has a big feel to it and is definitely a sipper. A very enjoyable beer if your in the mood for something this crazy.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A. Dark amber with almost no head and no lace.

S. I'm struggling to find any aroma coming off this beer. I'm hardly getting anything apart from a faint whiff of caramel.

T. Given that there smell was so non-existent, the taste is surprisingly strong, but not exactly what I was expecting. Much more toffee and caramel than is usual, and some oxidised sherry-like notes which are quite pleasant to my palate, but shouldn't be in a doppelbock. A faint hint of bitterness in the finish.

M. Medium bodied and very little carbonation.

O. A pleasant enough beer to drink but not a great doppelbock. They've got the malt-forward aspect right but it's a bit on the sweet side, and there's definitely an old ale character to it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oddly watery mouthfeel and light body for the style. Burnt raisin toast flavors. Not much of the wheat flavors. More dark caramel and a slight bitterness in the finish. Seems to have that spoiled fruit flavor that makes me think of Old Ales rather than the Doppelbock.

Handsome dark amber in the glass. Fragrant with some dark fruit in the nose. The odd perfumey flavor with an earthy aftertaste is not one I care for at all.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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 drpimento
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Served at a good temperature and with an average sized light tan head and a bit of lace. Color was a clear dark amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, solvents. Flavor is sweet on top, then like nose and some carbonic tang. Body is ok, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, but with the lingering solvent sweet thing. The label is a little weird with the "Big Love from the Land of Zion". Doubt i'll be having another.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is very malt as is expected. I get some toffee and bread notes, as well as some vinous notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of toffee and a little bread, as well as some grape-like fruit notes that mix very well with the malt. The alcohol is detectable but not overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice doppelbock.

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Photo of crossovert
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Born on: 03/24/11.

It pours a lighter reddish brown with a foamy off-white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

Smell is weaker and more like a brown ale than a doppelbock.

The flavor is also more reminiscent of an ale than a lager. It is roasty and chocolatey, far too much to be considered a doppebock.

It is an okay american dark lager.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally discovered at Sydney's in New Orleans Memorial Day Weekend. Poured into a plastic cup and savored overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River. So this one's a sentimental favorite.
Poured next into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass on Labor Day for reviewing. Something about Devastators and holidays.

Appearance: mommy, why is the big ram tearing up the Capitol and the Houses of Parliament? Amber color with a half finger head that gets ram-butted out rather quickly.

Smell: Malt, caramel, bready

Taste: Mmm, nice. Wish I was back in New Orleans. Malt and caramel pop in with pecans. Kinda reminds me of an Imperial Russian Stout rather than a doppelbock lager. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: medium; decent carbonation

Overall: A different kinda doppelbock, one that I really enjoy. I originally bought it for the cool label, but the taste and alcohol gives you a nice buzz. Happy Labor Day, y'all.

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Photo of xuptygm
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funny label of a ram destroying the Us capital building and English Parliament Building. Dark brown bottle, twist top. Stamp on bottle reads: BORN: 06/08/11.

Pours very nicely with a small head which goes away quickly. Caramel in color with a light cloudiness. Smells distinctly of caramel and malt.

Tastes sweeter than other double bock's I've had but this is a good thing. The sweetness is a mellow caramel flavor which goes nicely with the very smooth mouth feel. It warms the mouth and has little carbonation which I like. Ok, the mouth-feel is awesome-- smooth, mellow, warming, not thick like a stout but thick enough to compliment the caramel flavors.
Alcohol is indiscernible.

This is a "big" beer which I think holds its own against any other in the style. I could drink this all year long, but am looking forward to a few of these in the fall. Another great point to make was that this was a relatively inexpensive beer, especially for what you get. I will definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tom for grabbing this one for me. Born on date 7/6/11. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured the translucent medium brown of coca-cola with just a thin ring of just off-white head had a moderate amount of retention and no lacing. There were a lot of bubbles that clung to the side of glass but didn't feel very effervescent across the tongue.

The aroma was solidly malty, as expected for the style and the beer didn't have the noticeable alcohol scent that a lot of the style do. The beer started out with some grainy malts on the tongue, then transitioned into a fair bit of sweetness in the middle and just a tinge of hops on the (surprisingly dry) finish.

The body wasn't as full as I like for the style, but that kinda helped drinkability. The beer was pretty smooth and went down pretty easily. Overall, a solid example of the style. I wouldn't mind having more of these, and if it were local to me it would be a semi-regular for me. Worth trying when you get the chance.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
3.61 out of 5 based on 492 ratings.
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