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%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
113
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours bright, deep copper with a foamy head with nice retention power.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, sweet fruitiness a touch of spicy hops and some alcohol.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with sweet, almost boozy, alcohol. A touch of bready yeast comes through as it warms. An earthy, fruity bitterness gives it some balance, though it remains sweet through the finish.

Medium-to-full-bodied, it could use a bit more heft for the abv, but it stays together well enough.

Drinkability pretty good for abv, even though it does show, but too sweet for too much. A nice one to warm up with.

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Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, yeast, hint of hop, slight pale malt, hint of nut, and slight alcohol. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of roasted malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend, but just lacking that essential bock character to be in the top echelon.

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

This is the new Wasatch beer. It has replaced the Wasatch Pale Ale, I am a little bummed about that, but...

Pours a super clean/clear dark golden brownish color, nice carbonation, small fizzy off-white head, very minimal sticky lacing. The nose is very malty, slight vanilla/sweetness, some spices, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet at first sip, spicy, and lots of caramel. The alcohol is hidden very very well, just a slight warming effect. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, it's no where near a Celebrator, but it is nice, very drinkable. Also, I would consider this brew, more of an hyped-up amber ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is malts, dark breads, a touch of sweetness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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 Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A smooth, but quick pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a fairly clear, red tinged, full amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, light cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma is certainly malt focused, but also has an off-putting cabbage note to it. Lightly concentrated malt aromatics (light for a Doppelbock), toasty malt aromas, sweet caramelized malt sugars and even a touch of raisin character is noticeable. Somehow the aroma just seems a bit jarring; that sort of cabbage note really gets in the way of things for me.

Sweet tasting and not overly rich, the sweetness is actually fairly clean compared to the richness of most Doppelbocks and it seems to accentuate atypical, fruity notes of raisins and berries. A touch of lightly astringent, darker malt notes add some sharpness towards the finish and there is touch of cabbage character that lingers on in the finish. This is pretty well carbonated as it can taste fizzy at times, though I think the lighter body contributes to this as well. This seems to lack the deep richness that I like to find in the best examples of this style. I would never have guessed this was 8%abv, it seems a bit lighter than this.

This is not a bad beer, it just doesn't quite have enough richness and malt complexity for me. Because of this it is a bit disappointing, though the slight off-notes don't help things either.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz as an Extra in a recent trade with Wasatch.. Big Thanks.. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Aggressive pour produced a 3" head that finally laid down sheets of lacing in the last 3/4". Crystal clear amber brew... not as dark as most.

Malts are caramel and low chocolate... pretty clean smelling but there are notes of yeasty fruitiness... sorta a husky graininess throughout... nose could use a little bit more malt complexity.

Flavor is quite a bit better than the nose.. bready and light toffee with touches of brown sugar.. a little chocolate with an earthy presence throughout... not getting alot of alcohol, but it is there... brew shows alot more complexity as it warms.. but still could use a better malt profile. Body may be on the light side, but the sweetness and earthiness make up for a few shortcomings. Very drinkable for sure.

No doubt, I would buy this beer if I had it available to me... it may not be a strict doppelbock.. but a damn nice beer none the less. Another big thanks to John.. I feel sorta privileged to be one of the first reviewers of Devastator.

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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 Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Salt Lake City Airport Squatters Location

Clear red colored beer with a small tan colored head that doesn't last long at all.

Smell is sweet and herbal with a distinct coffee scent. Floral with no hint of the common Soy Sauce defect. Hop level isn't noticeably noticeable if you know what I mean.

Sweet and a bit smoky and that is about it. This is a little dry for the style and the alcohol level isn't apparent at all. Kind of boring though no defects, just ho hum sort of beer.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about really. Main claim to fame would be decently strong beer from Mormon Country.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours from the 12oz bottle a clear amber with about a 1" head of foam that recedes quickly but it has some good lacing after the pour.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, caramel malt, grain, and a touch of chocolate. It also has an "earthy" nose to it.

The taste is of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt(it's light), caramel malt, and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is pretty light and it finishes slightly sweet, watery, and again, some alcohol. I think the alcohol is just too invasive in this brew and prevents me from appreciating the actual flavours which come across as too light. I *do* think that they have a base here that can be worked on/tweaked and it *could* be a nice sipping brew but, imho, they aren't there yet.

Thanks again John for giving me a chance to taste this one.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant chestnut tinted amber under a soapy 1” cream colored foam collar that provides good lace. S: Banana, malt, kettle sugars. T: Malty, lightly sweet, dark bread crust, banana, a touch of toffee. F: Creamy smooth, medium full body and medium carbonation. O: A good, easy to drink doppelbock.

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

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