Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch The Devastator Double BockWasatch The Devastator Double Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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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
Ratings:
510
Reviews:
176
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
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14
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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 SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 agreenman19
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickMunford
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 Noelito76
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 wisrarebeer
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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 stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light reddish-brown in color with a tan head that fades into a good stripe around the glass. Smells of toasted malts with an undercurrent of grain, tea leaves and caramel. Tastes bitter sweet up front followed by a decent hit of alcohol heat. Some vinegary notes and light fruits exist. Seems a bit unbalanced at first, but as it warms it really starts to get going. Has a medium mouth-feel and might be a little thin bodied, but I wouldn't pass up trying this one again if I had the chance.

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Blind "re-review" 3.4.15.

Cans were prominently displayed with plenty of "craft" marketing rhetoric on the labels.

Reddish-brown with a tan head that lasts. Quite obviously malty with backing notes of cinnamon to the nose. Soft to the palate and not as aggressive as the verbiage would have you believe. This is not a bad thing. Getting caramel, persimmon and brown bread as I go. Tasty and well-made despite itself.

Finding I like it better on the second try.

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Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 Zbeetleman
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Beer21
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CampusCrew
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark brown, not ebony, slight retention, no lacing

smell: lots of fruit aroma, maybe raisins

taste: mild for a dopplebock. probably closer to a bock, maye a little stonger.

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied.

drinkability: was not impressed and seemed to be a weak beer for it's style.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
3.62 out of 5 based on 510 ratings.
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