Dominion Winter Brew 2002 | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RBorsato on 12-09-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Murph:
Photo of Murph
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish, dar amber color with a good sized tan head that lasts nicely. Nice fruity nose with subtle figs, anise, prunes and dark candy sugar, an excellently fruity aroma. The first tastes that hit the tongue are those of big malty sweetness which quickly develops into more complex flavors. Big dark fruit flavors of fig, grapes/grapeskin and prunes emerge. Caramel and molasses flavors are ther a bit as well through the middle and the brew finishes with a slight subtle tartness. The brew is a bit thin for the style with a medium body. It could use a bit more feeling on the tongue. As I deduct points for mouthfeel I am adding them right back on for drinkability. I usually don't neccesarily prefer dubbels as they are a bit overwhelming for my tastes with their mouthfeel and coating properties. The slight thinness of this one makes it more drinkable and a more enjoyable brew for me. A very nice winter brew

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Photo of sponberg
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of those brews that, when someone asks "What does a good winter brew smell like?" (happens all the time!!), you wish you could pull a pint out and say "This!"

Very round, malty-sweet aroma with faint hints of nutmeg. Stars with a very fruity malt flavor, true to style, with a modest, subtle nutmeg spiciness that adds a lot of depth. Darker fruit flavors (raisins, plums) join a faint whiff of alcohol towards the finish, which is sweet-ish and very satisfying. A very, very enjoyable winter brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear reddish-copper with a longstanding ivory head. It maintains a creamy collar throughout the glass, but leaves only minor spotty lace. It's perfumey aroma combines a ripe fruitiness (raisins, plum) with mildly toasted/caramelish malts. The body is medium; and it's quite smooth across the palate due in great part to its fine and moderate carbonation. The flavor reveals a luxurious, juicy malt that's bready but spotted with fruitiness; and sweet with caramelized sugars. It's exceptionally well balanced with an underlying bitterness. Lightly sweet and floral. It finishes dry with some residual rich malt and light spiciness. Quite interesting and very enjoyable. Highly drinkable. This is one of the beer that's caught my attention lately! Well worth trying.

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Photo of marc77
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown. Thin, but tight lace leaving head. Bubblegum and slight banana esters along with mellow chocolate malt, raisiny dark caramel in aroma. Molasses like, caramelized sugar from the dark Candi sugar prominent. Mild clove phenol, w/ hints of nutmeg and anise. Bready malt undertone. Slightly light in body, but crisp and dangerously light in mouthfeel. Finishes with notes of raisin and candy like sweetness. A complex Dubbel, yet light on the palate. Yet another fine and flavorful brew by Old Dominion that deserves to be bottled. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light brown with a low tan head. A great raisiney moderate spice aroma and flavor. Malt dominates this med-full bodied brew. May be a bit light and a bit candy-like in aroma and taste compared to Belgian examples but this brew is fabulous ! Between this, the Summer Wit and the Tripel, OD should brew more Belgian styles more often !!

Lowered rating from 5.0 to 4.5 based on 08/23/03 tasting with other Dubbels.

Labelled as a "Belgian Style Dubbel"

Bottled: 11/14/02
Tasted: 11/28/02

Bottled: 12/06/02
Tasted: 08/23/03

($6.29 / 6-pack)

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good. Sorry, I'm drinking this after Santa's arrival, so I may not be completely on top of the intention behind this beer.

Big, fuity-ester puff. Tastes like there's cloves or something in there. Good malty swish, hop, and alcohol profile--absoluetely a Christmas beer. Totally reminds me of something.....more like the total abandon of a Belgian Christmas hooch than an American micro Santa beer.

Very warming. Very suitable for gift giving.

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Photo of Jarod
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a red amber color in the glass. There was very little head and was gone by the time it got to the table. The aroma was of malt, bananas, spices, some fruit (raisins) and I did (I think) smell slight alcohol at the end. The taste was of malt and bananas, light hops, some what sweet as well. Not sure if I would fully call this a winter beer, but, I am not the brewer. Good beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely, bright cherry red color...head is large at first, simmers down quickly...
Aroma: Mmmmm....complex! A mix of fruit, spices, alcohol, and...what, you want more, isn't that plenty? Quite a rich and invigorating aroma, I postpone consumption to prolong my time drinking it deep into the nose...really nice!
A hot little hop invasion at first, that dips back, and afterward the flavor is dominated by juicy malt and fruity, but not bitter, hops.
A ringing, canyish finish, like cinnamon JollyRanchers...
Bottled in November 2002, could it have expired by this point, I wonder?
Has some of the character of a dubbel, if that stylistic designation is to be trusted, but not enough to really make it worth caling it a "dubbel."
Hmmm, I get it now, it is tasting more and more like a dubbel as we drink it down. But a lesser dubbel...fruitiness persists throughout, tossing further suggestions every time (cherry, melon, peach, mango, berry, grape), overall rich and tasty!
Nice, tasty brew from Dominion! I would put it in my regular rotation, if I could!
Thanks to Marc77

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Dominion Winter Brew 2002 from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 8 ratings