Deviator Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Deviator Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel AgedDeviator Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cameron’s Deviator Doppelbock Barrel Aged is a unique brew that is based on our previous award-winning Doppelbock releases. Doppelbocks are Teutonic-inspired dark lagers that feature imported German malt and were served by the Bavarian monks during times of fasting as “liquid bread.” This version of Cameron’s Deviator Doppelbock has been aged for six months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. This process lends to a smooth, toasted vanilla notes, layered upon the complex malty body.

Added by liamt07 on 08-04-2012

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Molson2000:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Skaterdude97
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - 5 | black with a red tint, a cream coloured head that sticks around

Smell - 5 | vanilla, milk chocolate, cherry, raisins, prunes, nuts

Taste - 5 | milk chocolate, cherry, vanilla, cherry, raisins, nuts, coffee bitterness on the finnish

Feel - 5 | medium-plus body with a creamy character.

Overall - 5

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, and a good take on the '-ator' terminology for the doppelbock style. More spring-time brew, and it's still fucking snowing outside in May - good thing about this one's er, warmth, then, eh?

This beer pours a clear, I think, dark orange-brick brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and damned-near creamy beige head, which leaves some broad drooping flag lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of sharp Bourbon barrel notes - astringent toasted wooden staves, boozy vanilla, spicy rye and gritty corn - over a grainy pale malt, dry oily nuttiness, buttery toffee, raisin Baba cake, a touch of over-sugared coffee, and faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more malty up front - big boozy fruitcake, port wine, a stocky pale graininess, toffee-ensconced salty nuts, reduced brown sugar, with a sort of lessening Bourbon character in the warm vanilla, besotted oaken wood, and muddled rye maltiness.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, just an initially hollow frothiness, the body surprisingly on the weak side of medium weight, and smooth in a tamped down, restricted sort of manner. It finishes well off-dry, the Bourbon-tinted, fruity caramelized malt still up for it, but you can see the cracks in its demeanor imminently forming.

A stand-up brew, to be sure, with lots going on from the Kentucky-sourced barrel, and everything a good doppelbock should exhibit underneath. Yet somehow I'm starting to suspect a certain diminishing effect of the wood, one I've seen before - in the vein of the classic Thinner story, i.e. the more I drink this, the more I feel the wood cutting into the very body and soul of the good and hearty central nature of the base beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown coloured with attractive mocha coloured lace. Bourbon aroma for sure. Mouth puckering combination of sweetness and sourness. A decent barrel effort but not a great one, not worth the high cost. Would have been better in smaller cheaper bottle for people to try.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - Poured a really dark brown colour almost black, one finger of beige head

Smell - Vanilla, oak, bourbon, smells like the barrel

Taste - Dark malts, lots of vanilla and oak, the barrel really comes through

Overall - Good to try and something I may visit again

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Photo of beergorrilla
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DougT
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter from the "vintage 2012 rated at 8.4 percent".
This rather nice doppel pours a rich dark muddled brown with dark cola highlights
that sits upon a nice head of light tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin light
pool, and shows subtle light lacing. Nose of brown sugars, vanilla, light breaded aromas,
and a subtle bourbon note. Flavors hit the right notes with brown sugars and DARK breaded
malts mingling with bourbon, vanilla, and barrel on the rear. Nice mouth feel; full body, medium
light carbonation, and a warm and boozy finish.

Overall this is a solid brew that is lightly enhanced with bourbon aging.



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Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shanny_koenig
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and some small lacing. Aroma of strong bourbon notes with some woody notes. Taste is also dominated by strong bourbon notes with light vanilla notes and some dry oak notes. Finish is quite dry with light residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not sure if the base beer is that great bit the bourbon notes are quite interesting.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured a medium to dark brown and settled black. Half a finger of light brown head formed and quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Bourbon and sweet vanilla are dominant. Very sweet overall nose with the barrel present and the base beer completely hidden.

T - A big bourbon presence with some oaky flavours up front. The base beer is present in the palate, adding toffee and dark caramel flavours. Some sweet vanilla is present throughout. The overall flavour profile doesn't do much for me as the base beer and the barrel don't integrate well at all. Very sweet.

M - Light body. Extremely watery. Very light carbonation. The mouthfeel completely ruins this beer. The overall palate is not bad, but the thin body really kills the beer overall.

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Photo of CurtisD
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown filtered with a ruby tinge, no apparent carbonation, 4 fingers of light tan brown head, fades like a boiling pot of macaroni.

S: Vanilla, butter, oak bourbon woodiness, alcohol, whiskey, vanilla ice cream, snow.

T: Vanilla, butter, vanilla ice cream, oaken woodiness, dark toasted malts, coffee, Kailua, rich and deep flavours.

M: Thick woody body, medium highly foamy carbonation leaving a smooth but thick rich feel.

O: What a great beer, a great invention. I eventually had lost my taste for doppelbocks, but this one restores it due to the oak aging. I just want to keep sipping it.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of a mixed pack

Appearance – Hazy brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, booze, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/molasses, and some faint chocolate. There is also some dark fruits and a bit of the boozy barrel notes.

Overall – At first I thought this beer needed a little more sweetness.. but it actually seems about right. Its got some fairly bold flavours but isn't too cloying like other big beers are. A pretty solid brew that is worth picking up; especially if you like wood aged beers. (although there isn't a ton of barrel flavour in this brew)

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at C'est What, into a tulip.

Dark brown, with some clarity at the edges. Beige head, but it's transient with little to no lacing. Nose has some bourbon, toasted oak, dark fruits/berries and some mild chocolate character. Taste has moderate amounts of bourbon, some oak, vanilla, dark fruit flavours. Lots of dark bread character too, and a bit of red apple. Slight chocolate notes again. Light bitterness, medium feel but feels slightly watered down. A good beer, but not much of an improvement on the original.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from a sampler pack picked up at the LCBO; served slightly chilled. Glad to see that Cameron's is starting to include some of their more eclectic brews in these mix packs, including the stellar RPA - not that their Dark 266 or Lager are by any means bad. I just like being able to try new beers.

Pours a dark, blackish-mahogany colour with some burgundy highlights, topped with one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured head that wilts away quickly. A narrow collar and wispy film at the surface are the only remnants. Notes of bourbon and oak are immediately noticeable on the nose, with additional hints of vanilla, caramelized sugar, cherries and charred wood. Thumbs up so far.

My first impression - not bad at all, but the dominance of the bourbon stops this from being very bock-like. This beast is all about the malts, with big notes of caramelized sugar, raisins, fruitcake and toasted nuts. The barrel features work their way in next, offering up notes of vanilla, charred oak and spicy bourbon. Some boozy heat in the finish ties the profile up, with oak and bourbon lingering into the aftertaste. Medium in body, with fairly light carbonation that gently prickles the palate. Definitely a sipper, and a little too sweet to be something I'd want more than a glass of per night.

Final Grade: 3.82, a B+. Cameron's Bourbon Barrel-Aged Deviator makes for an enjoyable quaff, although those looking for a traditional doppelbock may be a little put off by both the barrel-aged notes and the rather thin body. As someone who has never tried the unaltered base beer, I don't really mind this version, but it's not something I'd be likely to seek out in the future. Worth a spin, especially if you're a bourbon fan, but as someone who has been on a bit of a bock bent lately I'll probably stick with more orthodox examples for the foreseeable future.

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4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BeerQuebec
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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