Pontificator | Church Street Brewing Company

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Church Street Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by falloutsnow on 02-01-2014

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: rich, dark malts, sweet, toffee, chocolate, slight herbal notes. Subtle sweet roasted malt nose. reddish brown black hue, mostly opaque, tan head refined ring of lace. Medium body. 18 IBUs

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Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and floral notes. Sweet malty taste with toffee and caramel. A mild bitter bite.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a very complex Dopplebock, but still very nice for $10 a six pack.
Pours rich brownish ruby with a small off white head.
The aroma is caramel malts and dark fruit and a very faint cocoa.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts a slight roastiness and a ton of dark fruit. The yeast is slightly fruity, but still fairly clean. Very nice beer.
The mouthfeel is fairly thick, but not overly syrupy.
Overall, this isn't the best beer I've had in the style, but you can't beat the price. I'll definitely try it again.

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Photo of AuntBea
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, alcohol, hint of roasted malt, hint of caramel malt, slight yeast, and wood. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, alcohol, hint of roasted malt, hint of caramel malt, slight yeast, hint of hop, slight smoke, and wood. Overall, weak appearance, but good body, blend, feel, and complexity.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was my wife's final beer of the evening during a recent trip to Church St in which we were pairing beer and grilled cheeses. My wife wanted something sweet to end things on so I suggested this since she had tried, at some point or another, all of the other styles available on the menu and wanted something different. My review is based on a couple mouthfeels that I received, once early on while the beer was still fairly cold, and once later on once it had warmed a bit (this is actually always the case when I review a beer that my wife ordered).

This beer pours a copper, leaning heavily toward dark brown, hue that is a bit hard to see through but seems to be clear. Carbonation is low and there is a soft red undertone glow to the color of the beer. The head is virtually non-existent and there is no retention whatsoever. The color of the head seems to be white or off white but it is hard to tell. 3.5/5 The aroma is moderately strong and is very, very sweet, as expected. There is virtually no hop profile here and the malt present as sweet Hawaiian bread, caramelized grains, and toffee, with a bit of raspberries, strawberries, and cherry cough syrup (cherry tends to come across as artificial when it is in foods or beverages to both my wife and I, regardless of whether or not it is actually artificial). 3.75/5 The flavor profile is ultra sweet but not cloying and is moderately strong. As before, the malt presents as sweet Hawaiian bread and caramel grains with a bit of toffee backing it up. There is a fairly strong cherry profile along with a bit of orange peel/essential oils that makes things a bit interesting. There is a minor citrusy hop profile that comes through but it is more of an undertone than anything. Bitterness is next to non-existent. 3.75/5 This is a medium-full bodied beer that has faint carbonation and is very slick and mouthcoating while also being a bit warming on the tongue. The warming could be the alcohol here but it is hard to tell since the ABV is necessarily all that high. The mouthfeel disappears from the tongue quite quickly but is very sweet, slick, and moderately strong while it does last. 4/5 This is a good doppelbock that is as sweet as expected and acted as a good dessert beer for my wife. I tend to view doppelbocks as more of a situational beer for myself and this one is no exception. Definitely well crafted though. 3.75/5

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Riosj68
4.64/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaxOhle
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pstam87
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DraftDaddy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lattydaddy07
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gotek
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of SCZ
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler at Mundelein Brewfest 2014.

Heading to the good folks at Church Street to finally try out their doppelbock. It pours a clear midnight sienna topped by a finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, mild pumpernickel, light barley, a hint of cocoa powder, and a distinct vein of green apple. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light dark fruits (mostly fig) and a stronger green apple character. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a nice doppelbock, though the fruity character is just too off-putting for me to truly enjoy things here.

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Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the brewery today. $5 for a 10 oz. serving. They tout this as a winter warmer as well as a doppelbock.

Dark ruby color - almost purple, it looks more like a wine than a beer. 1-finger white head that lasts awhile and leaves good lacing on the glass.

Nice fruity and malty smell.

Caramel sweetness with a lot of dark fruit flavors - mostly plums, grapes and dark cherries. Very subtle hop bitterness at just 18 IBU's, and finishes with a bit of warming alcohol.

Pretty full bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a decent winter brew that uses dark fruits rather than a lot of spices to liven things up.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Pontificator from Church Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 23 ratings