Twice As Nice Doppelbock
Hi-Wire Brewing

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #27
Ranked #8,779
4.08 | pDev: 7.84%
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Twice As Nice DoppelbockTwice As Nice Doppelbock
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Photo of Sabtos
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a khaki film leaving long stalactites of lace.

This has a good froth lifting the medium-full body that features light toast, grape, banana bread and a hint of savory grilled kielbasa finishing tingly semi-dry with some heat.

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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/14/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with some auburn hues; very small off-white head that fades leaving solid bubbly retention and solid lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of caramel, toffee and cherries. Mild hints of vanilla. The flavors basically follow the nose, but are a bit bolder. More caramel and toffee leading the way. Subtle hints of vanilla and chocolate or cocoa. Some cherries and black cherries in the mix. Some oak flavors even though this beer isn't barrel-aged or anything like that. Decent bitterness. It's not that sweet. Strong malt backbone. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation to active carbonation. It's smooth and almost creamy.

This is a nice brew. It's a nice "Americanized version" of the style. It's bold and slightly rich. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/31/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough/crusts, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough/crusts, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough/crusts, toasted biscuit, chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, herbal, pepper, roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, a mildly increasing warmth of 10% after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Doppelbock! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Tastes like a Schwazbier/Doppelbock hybrid, but I believe that was the intention. A little more bitter, drying, and roasty than I expected. Extremely rich Vienna/Munich malt complexity; well restrained fruitiness and balancing noble hops. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit too sweet, but above average mouthfeel and looks keeps it in the style. Always cloying on malts. Not very complex, sweetness covers for abv. Worth a sample.

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Photo of smitbo7
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time tasting a Hi-Wire brew. This dopplebock black beer is delicious. Malty, sweet, nutty on the palette. Definite pickup if you like this style of beer.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz single bottle with a date of 11/14/17 on it. Hopefully that's the born on date, and not the best by date. Poured into a Guinness pint glass, black with brown highlights, a half finger head that sizzles quickly to a thin rim of lace. Smells is of plum, chocolate, malted grains and a touch of heat. The taste is right line, with the dark fruit, chocolate, and nuttiness on the forefront. Just a touch of drying heat on the finish. A very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, the carbonation level is low. I'll be honest, I am a fan of doppelbocks, going back to the Sam Adams Double Bock (pre-imperial) days. This a tasty, if strong, offering that I wouldn't mind finding another 4 pack of.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish brown color with a 1/4" head that falls to some spotty bubbles.

Smell: bread, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: big malt base here with a dark bread flavor. Add some dark fruit sweetness, a hint of chocolate, and a drop of molasses, Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Long lasting aftertaste with this beer.

Overall: a great tasting doppelbock that is satisfying. Slow sipping but filling.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the growler via The Growler Stop in a snifter. This nice dopple pours a
deep mahogany/dark cola red tinged brown with a modest head of white foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin light pool, and spotty lacing. Nose of strong booze, figs,
dates, and sweet malts. Flavors hit it nicely with dark brown sugar touched breaded
malts mixed with a touch of chocolate malt and dark fruit notes of figs, dates, and raisins
with a warming booze finish. Excellent mouth feel, smooth, finishes warm and lightly clean
with traces of brown sugars, and a whisper of herbal hops with low carbonation.

Overall it is nice for a big beer with an appreciable finish.

Would have it again if available.


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Photo of Buck89
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A moderately hazy chestnut brown color with a thin tan head. The foam left quickly, leaving just a few wispy caps. Rich malty aromas with cherries, pumpernickel bread, toast, and some floral notes. The bready malt was front and center on the first sip. Some coffee and floral notes as well. Full-bodied and chewy, but not overly sweet. A slight warming on the finish, alerting me to the high ABV. A great sipper.

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Photo of mntlover
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep dark brown with some deep red highlights around the edge when held to the light. Small darker tan head falls quick to ringed scum.

Aroma is malty, chewy bready fruit cakes like aroma smells like a meal with a pinch spice almost licorice like and a touch of coco powder.

Taste is big malty chewy some deep caramel notes and dark fruits with notes of chocolate. Finish has a spice like kick that may be hops keeping it from being cloying. For me seems maltier then some German versions but finding that a good thing. Had last year at brewery,this year in bottles and I am enjoying it glad they made it again and distributed it.

Mouthfeel is huge medium approaching full, seems to lighten in the finish some. Carbonation is very smooth.

Overall like it a lot, hope its available ever year. Can see this being one seasonal I buy annually. Keep up the good work HI-Wire nice to see a good version of this great style locally.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/31/15 from notes....pours very dark brown with some reddish hints and a light ring of tan foam. Chocolate malted nose but light. Hearty malt taste, cherries some with astringent notes. The 10 abc is noted. Smooth mouthfeel. A sipper.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming nothing. No lacing.

S- Toasty aroma of dark bread and weizen-like yeast. There's also a bit of an iron-like metallic note that's not pleasing. There's also a substantial alcohol presence.

T- Roasty with some bitterness, booze and more of that metallic characteristic but not as much as in the nose. Everything together ends up tasting a bit medicinal. All things considered, the ABV is hidden decently well. Hint of sweetness.

M- Sharp from the alcohol with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This beer's pretty off-kilter. Not a full-on boozy mess but approaching the threshold. Also not the worst Dopple I've had but, again, not too far off.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: This is a dense but bright beer pouring deep chestnut under a moderately persistent 1” light tan foam collar.

S: Kettle sugars, hints of chocolate, dark dried fruit.

T: Big rich malts, alcohol, traces of butterscotch, fig, bread crust, spice, anise. Some prune or plum. Has a light to moderate sweetness that dries out somewhat by the finish. Malt is above average, hop bitterness low to moderate, hop flavor low to none.

F: Very smooth, medium full to full body, medium low carbonation, moderate alcohol warming.

O: A nice big doppelbock that is easy to drink.

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Twice As Nice Doppelbock from Hi-Wire Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 45 ratings