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BEER INFO

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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

BEER STATS
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175
Ratings:
505
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 -21.8%
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 +2.2%
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 +26.5%
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 -15.2%
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 -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 WastingFreetime
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a standard amber transparent color, initial foamy head that vanishes like a mirage without any lacing unfortunately...
Smells like pecans, just like another astute BA already pointed out. Also I get a vague honeyed smoke scent off this one. Odd. Its almost as if it couldn't decide on whether to be a rauchbier or a doppelbock. Hides the ABV perfectly and has pretty decent body, texture, but the flavor is much weaker than the nose hinted at. The shortest finish on any craft beer I have ever tasted, and in this case that is a bad thing because the sweet malt that is there is quite delicious, just a total mismatch to what the nose is telling me, is all.

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Photo of jdense
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer #3 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Medium brown cloudy body, minimal effervescence almost still, little if any head resulted in no lacing. Caramel malts in the nose and wet cardboard, ugh. No plum/prune/raisin esters, a bit of burnt brown sugar, not much in the way of flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watery, no stickiness. No go, won't do this again. On the low end of the tasting scoring. IMHO, not very good.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange color beer with an average size head which quickly dissipated. It smelled of burnt caramel, brown sugar, honey, yeast. It tasted of wheat, honey, tea, yeast, toffee and some malt. Can't taste the alcohol , generally this can be good or bad, in this case it is bad because the beer just seem slightly flat with a weird aftertaste. Doesn't stay true to its style.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

648th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilner
12oz
Born on: Can't read it.

App- A mix of colors of light amber/red/light brown. Unique color. One finger of head, no cling. A layer of pond bubbles.

Smell- A little caramel, a little spice, a little malty.

Taste- It's got the right base of flavors just very light and a bit bland. I think its a product of the enviornment for Utah and not having a large flavor profile to sell more.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

Drink- Average Dopplebock and I was expecting it, not too suprised. Nice to try for a state not known for beer

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

Poured from a bottle into a mug/stein.

Look - sort of a deep, medium brown with about two fingers worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - sweet and malty with maybe just a hint of some spices. Hops are not very present.

Taste and mouthfeel - a little bit warming and very noticeable are the malts, but it's not terribly worty-tasting either. Only a slight "alcoholic" taste, not bad for the abv. Just a little bitter or biting on the finish and aftertaste. Texture is a bit warming and just slightly on the creamier side.

Overall - a pretty decent brew, but not very intriguing in terms of its taste.

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Photo of kevo237
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Initially, this had a great head and was a very good looking beer. This is all changed within a minute or so as the beer completely lost its head and looked like iced tea. On the nose, I got plenty smoked meat, smoked ham even.

Taste was of pecans and roasted nuts. Tasted much sweeter than a normal double bock. Almost seemed like it was a straight up pecan beer. Mouthfeel was decent. Lost some carbonation as I kept drinking. Overall, not impressed. Was a slightly below average double bock that was too sweet and didn't keep carbonation long enough. The alcohol was not detectable, which was a good thing, in my opinion.

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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 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 Derek
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born 02 07 11

A: Hazy copper, off-white head, thin ring of retention, leaves a bit of leg.

S: Floral & steelie grass in the aroma, hints of dark fruit & bread.

T: A light sponge-toffee sweetness with a restrained bitterness for balance. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden. Floral & slightly herbal, golden raisins and hints of treacle & nut. Flavours are subtle; I expect a little more from a big doppel. It's very well-crafted, but the domestic malts are apparent (American pale as the base?), making it difficult to compete with a continental brew.

M: Slight residual sweetness with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: An easy drinker for its weight, but it doesn't make me lust for more.

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Photo of champ103
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brown color. Nearly opaque. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt for sure. Moldy wood and cooked veggies. I can't get anything else.
T: Sweet malt. Lightly toasted. Some grainy flavors. Slightly astringent, and some cooked veggies that follows the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though on the lighter and watery side. Not something I am coming back to.

Sub oar in any regard. Not a DoppleBock, and not all that enjoyable. Not something I would recommend.

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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 obrike
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A buddy of mind bought a sixer at Specs in Austin and was kind enough to share.

Appearance was nice. A dark iced-tea look with a decent white head...spotty lacing.

This is odd. I'm getting not much scent at all...if anything, a bit of bmc adjunct...not a good sign.

Taste was an improvement over the smell, but still, for a doppelbock, a bit weaker than I am used to. A slight, sweet malt, a hint of dark fruits, but quite buried. Certainly not a top choice for the style.

Quite easy to drink for an 8.0, but still, no real need to as there are a multitude of better choices in this style.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.39/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked this beer up at the down town Spec's a week or so ago. This brewer is new to Texas, and I always have a soft spot for a DoppelBock. Let's se what Utah thinks a DoppelBock tastes like:

Appearance: Pours a very clear dark brown color with very little of the Red highlights that you would expect for a DoppelBock of this hue. The head was going fast, and was disappearing as fast as I aggressively poured the beer. After a minute, the beer was quite still looking. There is no lacing at all, but I wasn't really expecting any. At least the beer isn't cloudy, but it doesn't look much like a Bock.

Aroma: The aroma was clean...WAY too clean. There are no melanoidins in here at all, like they didn't even put any of the actual malt in the grain bill. I wasn't expecting a triple decoction, but it would be nice to have some...like they at least tried to hit the style. There is some dark caramel malt in there, and reserved hops like there should be, but it is coming across more like an amped up Vienna that may have some adjuncts in there to be able to achieve the 8% ABV. I am not impressed so far, and Bocks are my favorite style. This beer is missing a heck of a lot of complexity on the malt side to be a real player in this style.

Taste: The flavor tries to make up for the lack of complexity by giving you sweetness to coat the palate and that's about it. The beer is quite cloyingly sweet in that it leaves a burnt toffee flavor to linger on the back of the palate for what seems like forever after the sip. The body is medium to full with low carbonation, so the beer has a bit of a hard time making it over the tongue to the belly, so it kindof oozes its way down. The hops might have been forgotten in this beer. I am not one to over hop beers, but this one doesn't give you any hop character at all in the flavor or the finish.

Opinion: Well, if you read my review, you would know that this beer disappointed me. I am really critical of this style as this is what I primarily brew and drink, but I regularly drink the classic examples. I live in Texas, where the origin of this mis-guided "Bock" characterization has occurred, so I am no stranger to drinking a Brown Lager that has the words "Bock" printed on the side of the bottle. You don't typically find that with a brewer that will print "Double Bock" on the bottle, but that is what you have with this beer. It is the same Americanized "version" of the Bock style, but the alcohol is cranked up a bit, so I guess they printed Double on the side. I will stick to my Weihenstephaner Korbinian and leave this on the shelves for someone who just wants a quick buzz with no real Bock flavor.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear auburn-brown. Rich head, decent lace.

S: Sweet and malty.

T: Deep caramel and dark malts. Alcohol flavor a factor. Tight bitter on the finish with an aspirin-like astringency. This weird aftertaste is one of the things I notice to be pretty consistent in Wasatch brews.

M: Rich. Dry finish. Medicinal.

D: Good with the exception of that weird aftertaste. Some room for improvement here.

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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 zhanson88
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Squatters location in the SLC airport. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Devastator Double Bock pours a clear ruby color with copper highlights. About a finger of white head forms. Lacing and retention are decent.

Smell: I get a lot of maltiness and caramel right off the bat. Also, some floral and grassy aromas and a light spiciness. Not bad.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma, only much stronger. There really is a ton of caramel in the taste, and the slight spiciness from the hops really balances it out nicely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and smooth drinking. I really like this beer. Simple, solid flavors that are really pleasing. Definitely my favorite of the 3 beers I had while waiting for my flight.

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Photo of isualum12
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: cooper to dark....great looking
smell: not that overpowering. has some butterscotch smell to it.
Taste: sweat, but rich
mouthful: Is great. It has a slight carbonization to it but really rolls in the mouth well.
Drinkablity- I think it is nice. I enjoy it.

I am struggling to describe tonight...I guess my mind is just not with it but let me say this...

I really enjoyed this beer and it was very tasty. I would really enjoy this as a premeal beer or perhaps with some pork.

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Photo of Glibber
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, not much of a head to speak of. Dark amber color with nice clarity and carbination. Not very aromatic, slight hops.
Decent taste, nutty, malts, not too overpowering for 8% alcohol. For the lack of head, the mouthfeel is pleasing and suprisingly carbinated. I think the drinkability is very good- although you need to be carefull due to the alcohol content.

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Photo of MikeThompson
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Utah with family for the holidays and like to check out local beers. I bought this at the State liquor store for about $9 a six pack. I do like the cheesy logo.

Poured a dark brown with a light head. Smelled a little funky, almost slightly reminiscent of garbage, but mostly consistent with a Doppelbock.

The taste was better. It was dominated by a chewy malt flavor, although weaker than most. Nice sweetness, very subtle hops. Once again though, a little funky. I bought a Celebrator to compare back to back, and although the Devastator is a good first-approximation, it is no substitute for a great doppelbock.

Mouthfeel was carbonated and not as thick as I expected for the style.

Drinkability is good, and this is evidenced by all of the drunk Utah hipsters raving about this beer. I though it was alright.

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