Toboggan Chocolate Doppelbock | Susquehanna Brewing Company

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Toboggan Chocolate DoppelbockToboggan Chocolate Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Susquehanna Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by PennBrewer on 11-21-2013

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 7
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3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a brownish copper with a half finger of off-white head that dissipated at a fairly steady pace. The nose has mild chocolate notes. While I would not necessarily describe the body as “thin,” I would certainly say that it is not as full-bodied as other doppelbocks. The flavor profile focuses on malty sweetness, which particularly comes out as the offering warms. The alcohol is rather well hidden on this one.

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Photo of Jammyman
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: February 10, 2017... OCCASION: playing the second game of Monopoly with the family after seeing Mom in the hospital... GLASSWARE: Celebrator doppelbock... dark amber, almost mahogany body with diminutive bubbles... head is off-white, marshy, with swirls of dark spots and bubble pockets.. chocolate, caramel malts, some small citrus hints, and peat at its end... a creamy, smooth body burns with phenol at the throat... chocolate, yes, with the caramel and dough that is also toasted and bold in its assertiveness... a solid, unspectacular offering that could use more--chocolate, caramel, strength, smoothness, etc.--to solidify itself in my memory... I do like the name and the brewery, so I will try other styles of theirs; this one is a safe version of the style...

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Susquehanna Brewing Company "Toboggan"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating but marked "051116"
There is no alcohol content listed on the label although their website lists it as 8.7% with 25 IBUs

Appearance: Clear, mahogany brown body. Finger-thick head of creamy yellowed off-white foam. Both the head retention and the lacing are very good.

Aroma: Soft fruit. A hint of nuttiness, caramel, and toastiness.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests. There's some mild chocolate to it, but if you didn't already know that cocoa had been added I'd doubt you'd note it as particularly "chocolatey". As it warms however, it does become more apparent, and it takes on a kind of chocolate covered raisin character. Faint herbal hops back it, and it finishes soft and smooth with just a mild bit of sweetish malt and dark-skinned fruit lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and silky smooth.

Overall: Really quite charming. It's a bit sweetish and fruity, and thus a bit of a sipper, but at 8.7% ABV perhaps that's not a bad thing. I see it as a great beer to sit back and relax with rather than something you'd order at the bar when out with the guys. It's really quite unique, and although it's not that complex I find it intriguing. I keep a running list of fall and winter beers to pull out after holiday celebrations and get-togethers, and this will certainly be on my list for next year.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of DLSheidy
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShanePB
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of georgeblazer
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BillCheck
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skillet
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davehuebner79
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewo
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served on draught at the Holiday Inn’s Bistro in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Poured off into a Susquehanna Brewing Company pint glass, it glowed a deep, burnt caramel coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of tight creme brûlée colored foam, showing brief retention before dissipating into sparse cords of lacing. No haze or sediment was noted, but carbonation appeared to be robust. The nose was composed of cheap cereal grain, vinegar, ruddy apple cores, plastic phenols, mild residual boozy sugars, chocolate biscuit cookies, shortbread cookies, dust, metallic yeast, iceberg lettuce, toasty amber and red grain, candied almonds, soy sauce, and a somewhat roasty caramel maltiness. Comparatively, the flavoring offered mole sauce, amaretto, walnut and almond oils, phenolic clove, powdery chocolates, red cherry flesh, paeudobourbon-esque booziness, stomach acid, burnt soy sauce, raw edamame pods, oily nectary hop oil, plastic wrap, plain popcorn, sea salt, tannic amber malts, faint but cheap chocolate and caramel malt singe, and metallic cotton. The body was medium, but still felt thin as it passed across the lips. Carbonation appeared to be higher. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop were only okay, with the mouth left transiently cooled and oiled gapped between dusty wet cringe. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, this was a pleasant enough beer to drink, but we’re not quite sure why they labeled it as a “chocolate doppelbock”. It doesn’t seem to us any more chocolatey than it does a bock. Any “chocolate” flavoring, be it from the malts or additives alike, come a little too close to Nestle Quick instant powder mixed into water. Any “bock” suggestions of grain lack roast, depth, or darkness. To top things off, the feel was overly light, thinning the flavoring further. Either way, it is always a nice thing to try a new local brewery that you can’t find elsewhere. It went well with our making friends with the bartenders, and the complimentary trail mix provided for us, but was otherwise not as exciting or fulfilling as its name suggests.

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Photo of CreekyJarls
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Toboggan Chocolate Doppelbock from Susquehanna Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 57 ratings