Doppelbock | Fordham Brewing Company

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Fordham Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark & rich with a big beer taste, Doppelbock is an exceptionally smooth, full-bodied dark lager with a bold character that is sure to brighten your spirits.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very dark brown color. The head was a cream color, the retention and lacing are minimal. The smell of the beer had a slight roasted aroma along some earthy yeast and hop aromas. The taste of this beer had some caramel notes as well as the subtle grassy and roasted flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry carbonation to it. Overall the beer is good, I would like it to be a little fuller in body. It's a good brew though and glad I tried it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My man, local in-person trader, Tone77 brought this by for me and I see that his review will be right below mine. Many thanks!

From the bottle: "Dark & rich with a big beer taste, Doppelbock is an exceptionally smooth, full-bodied dark lager with a bold character that is sure to brighten your spirits. Doppelbock is brewed with strict adherence to the Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516."

I got a finger of fizzy, mocha-brown head from my pour, but alack and alas, it did not hold up for very long. Color was a deep dark-brown with ruby/garnet highlights. Nose was rich and malty, very caramel and chocolate. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was initially hot, followed by a rich caramel flavor that I began to doubt my sanity at having begun the day with this one. Warming, it took on more of a toffee/molasses flavor. The heat remained evident on the finish and I was beginning to contemplate lying back down after this. Proceed with caution at your own risk!

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some sweetness. Taste is also big on malts, bready, some caramel, alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for a quality beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and brown with a slight tawny collar and a skim of fine bubbles coating the surface. Grainy aroma with notes of caramel sweetness. Low bitterness up front with significant sweetness and a hint of hops in the background. Full bodied and decent texture. Overall it's pretty good.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label says 8.4% and bottled on 11/14/11. It has some of the traditional dark fruit and caramel malt aroma, with a licorice edge. But the flavor is a little more American and clean, with toffee and a little cocoa barley over a hint of cherry. As the beer warms, I taste some higher alcohols, but otherwise this is a fine stab at the doppelbock style. I'd drink it alongside a Spaten Optimator any day (though this has more body.

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Photo of djbow
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium dark reddish brown with 1-1/2 finger head of tight off white quickly dissipating bubbles. Some lacing and minimal alcohol legs.

S - Sweet malty caramel flavor with a slightly tart finish and an alcohol kick.

T - Malty, sweet, with caramel, prunes, spices and figs.

M - Medium carbonation, with a medium-thin body. Could be a bit fuller.

O - This no Ayinger Celebrator but it is a decent representation of the style. Annapolis is my hangout and I do like the Ram's Head and Fordam beer. Give this one a try at the brew pub in December on tap if you are in town. It is better than its bottled version.

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Photo of RappAttack
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark brown with a fading head

s: smells of caramel and kinda bready

T: pretty much the same caramel out front fallowed by some bready stuff

M: decent carbonation med body

O: not to bad but i have had much better ones, got this free on a trip to the brewery i would not bya sixer

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a moderate brown color with a thin head and not too much in the way of lacing. The nose carries some light caramel malt and a bit of bread. Quite tame. The flavor is really quite blend with none of the deep maltiness I expect from a good doppelbock. Medium body with adequate carbonation. Nothing special here.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimpled glass. Deep dark brown coloured body with a slightly ruby tinted body and a nice sized, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, metal, nuts, cherries and some nice subdued oak. Full-bodied; Robust malty and nutty flavours come through with some raisins and pit fruits along with a touch of metal near the end. Aftertaste is rather sweet, with some bitter malt and nuts. Overall, a good dopplebock, more on the sweet side, but the alcohol comes through and some nutty flavours dominate at the tailend. Perfect after a cold day of riding.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown with a white head that dissipates slowly. No lacing.
S - Very sweet chocolate. Hint of coffee. Tinge of sourness. Slight yeasty smell.
T - Sweet malty with no hop presence. Touch of alcohol. Dark fruity flavors, hint of banana, slight grassy finish. Very "green"
MF - Syrupy and pretty thick. Mild carbonation. Hint of warmth.
DB - Could have a couple without issue.

A solid beer but nothing particularly special, no drive to revisit this.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a crystal mug this beer pours a mahogany red with a off white head which dissipates rather fast leaving some lacing in the glass.
The smell does not tell me to much of what to expect.
The taste is quite interesting. Malty sweet, some fruit like prune at the front, but immediately kept in check by some hops. Towards the end the bitterness increases and leaves a bittersweet aftertaste. I would characterize this beer aaa medium bodied, the alcohol well hidden. Also I am not necessary a fan of Doppelbock, I did like this beer. It is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night with redish hues hard to judge cap as is gone rather quickly.

S: Rich sweet maltyness with traces of molasses.

T: Light hop in the back front is full of heavy malts and some licorish notes.

M: Full bodied and warming, smooth.

D: Very, makes one appreciate the purity laws of 1516, Reinheitsgebot.

Does go very well with a bit of Chocolate !

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed on my droid.

Pours near black with reddish hue. One finger of foam dissipates quickly. Aroma is malty, sweet, caramel.

Flavor is a bit boozy, heavy on the dark crystal malts. Thin bodied. Not a huge fan of doppelbocks in general, and this one doesn't do much to change that. Could use a thicker consistency to improve mouthfeel. Overall decent but not great.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good doppelbock with a remarkable price-quality ratio.

Presentation: 12 oz brown screw cap bottle. Black and white front label with a positive negative composition dominated by the Fordham tail with the branding in red and yellow transitions. Back offers a short narrative with a description of the brew, brewing intent and adherence to the Reinheitsgebot. Displays a semi erased printed bottling date (11/03/??) Shows Alc. by Vol. (8.0%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Ruby brown pour, with a short lived head, minimal surface memory and lacing.

S - Sweetnesss with a final sour touch, with almost a hint of soy.

T - Malty, sweet, with a characteristic doppelbock sourness. Touches of fruitiness in the form of prunes and figs. Caramel and a touch of spice.

M - Medium body and carbonation, with a slightly thicker finish.

D - Nice doppelbock, it is a fair drink.

Notes: Maybe I am a bit biased towards the style, meaning that it really is not something that I typically look out for. This one with an amazing price/quality ratio was a nice pick all things considered and surely is something handy for lovers of the style.

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Photo of Thur123
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a super hazy chocolate red color with little khaki colored head. The smell is spicy with just a bit of a banana like wheat base. The smell also includes a bit of sweetness.

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The flavor is malt with a sharp kind of spiciness, but the spices are mellow, not really heating in any way. There is a good roasted malt character at the end. Overall this is better than the first bottle I opened in the 4-pack, which for some reason smelled like a lambic gone bad. This one shows a less sweet side to the style which isn't bad. Tea...tea is a flavor in this i can spot as well.

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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark mahogany with no head. It smelled like sour cherry and sweet soy and some brown sugar, with a bit of earthy pumpernickel. It tasted like dark molasses and brown sugar and sweet soy sauce, with some sour cherry and pumpernickel. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this didn't have a good smell. The taste was better, but not great due to the strange soy and cherry elements. It had good body, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. I had no problem finishing the bottle, but I wouldn't highly recommend it, and probably won't ever try it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown that borders on blsck at certain angles. The half-finger foamy head dies away quickly, leaving little-to-no lacing behind. The aroma is laden with molasses, malts, a hint of chocolate, and an overriding sweetness. A tinge of sourness comes through as well. The taste brings this sourness out, but quickly pushes it aside in favor of that malty sweetness these bocks are known for. The chocolate and molasses from the nose are transmogrified slightly into a brown-sugary flavor, with a deep hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. The moderate body with a hint of slickness makes for a palatable and drinkable brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $4.50 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours up a walnut-hued, dark brown body circled with a thin ring of ivory-colored bubbles.

Smell: Roasty nose smelling of chicory mingled with a touch of booze and notes of dark fruit and sweet-scented syrup.

Taste: First roasty, then toasty, then in comes a sweet saturation of treacle and caramel with a lesser hint of molasses and coffee. A few drops of juiced prunes. Bite of spicy, zesty hops with a modicum of bitterness. Sweetish, roasty finish with a final hint of fruit, and, just when you think you're out, a sip of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, yet the mouthfeel remains a tad sticky.

Drinkability: Acceptable! Fairly drinkable even considering the alcohol content. A decent doppelbock of the darker variety.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a hard time getting this one, the bartender didn't understand me and I almost got a different beer until I pointed. It poured a VERY black with a very light scummy head and no lacing.

The aroma was a light smokeyness with little else. The taste was the same light smoke with roasted grain.

The mouth was light with slight bitterness, I liked this not too smokey, very good.

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Photo of gramatton
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got in a trade from tatoodkelt.

Pours a deep dark brown, verging on black, with burgundy notes. 1 finger creamy tan head that fades fast leaving lots of offwhite lacing.

Smells so malty, slight hint of alcohol to me. But very very malty, no hint of hops at all.

Very malty sweet taste.A bit pruny, very very sweet with only a hint of alcohol, but you can tell its there. It's a very sweet beer, most people wouldn't like it, but its ok. Its almost cloyingly sweet.

Very thick mouthfeel, slick and oily almost. Goes right with the sweetness. The minimal carbonation contributes to the slickness.

Drinkablility is eh. I wouldn't have more than one at a time though. Alcohol doesn't affect much, its the almost cloying sweetness and heaviness that drives the drinkablility down.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/23/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Dark brown with ruby highlights, about a half finger tan head that disappeared quick. Some lacing.

S- As others have mentioned it was a little weak in the nose. Dark fruits and caramel was about all I got.

T- Same as the smell but with a stronger presence. Some smoky notes at the finish as well. The sweetness defintely hangs around.

M- Light to medium bodied, not as thick as I expected or the taste suggests.

D- Very smooth but I probably wouldnt have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of deereless
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A dark brown to burgundy color, almost carbonation free, looks thin - 2.75, S: The nose is full of dark cherries and plums, lots of thick sweet aromas that reminds me of a fruit cake, a noticeable hint of smoke as well, slight graininess - 4.00, T: Very sweet almost syrupy flavor, pureed cherries, there is also a faint citrus taste and some earthy hop bite to the palate, malt dominates adding a breadiness to the beer - 3.50, M: Medium bodied and creamy - 3.50, D: A little too sweet to push it far into the realms of drinkability, but not a bad beer overall - 3.00

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Photo of MaltistLupulist
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a four-pack of this to replace my stepfather's Spaten Optimator which I had ravaged whilst house- and turtle-sitting.

Poured into a wide-mouth glass. Appearance is a murky, translucent ruby/copper with virtually no head. What initially appears to be some faint lacing has no staying power, and after a few moments only the naked liquid remains. At first I couldn't help but think that my drink looked kind of ugly, especially with some miserable strands of would-be foam floating on the surface, but once I put it up to the light and assessed it closely, it looked respectable enough.

Upon first whiff I detect a vague fruity sweetness of a minimally processed variety, but this quickly fades. I was hoping to identify these scents more precisely, but as early as the second attempt at doing so I was left with a seemingly odorless beverage. That first whiff didn't seem like much at the time, but in frustrating retrospect gave me all I had to work with, and seemed relatively intense.

These early foibles are somewhat excused upon my first taste: raisins, currants, and prunes to a pleasing if somewhat timid degree (I wouldn't mind a more assertively fruity profile) with some molasses and noticeable though far from offensive alcohol, particularly in the finish. Not an especially complex or smooth brew; the flavor scores points (relative to the aroma) just for showing up, but is abrasively sweet, almost as if a sachetful or three of Domino were stirred into a glass of prune juice.

Mouthfeel is a bit forgettable: light-to-medium bodied, minimal carbonation. As another reviewer mentioned, it's rather watery and if you're the kind of drinker who prefers your beer to coat your mouth, you'll be left feeling a bit cheated. I'm doubtful that this one meets the "meal in a glass" criterion for the style.

Sweetness notwithstanding, drinkability is conversely quite high.

A decent enough interpretation of the style, although next time I think I'll just reach for another Optimator.

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Photo of RobH
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

pre-review note: I drank this one immediately after finishing a Samuel Adams Imperial Series Imperial Stout.

A: Clear dark brown. Thin head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Sweet malts on the nose. Inviting thus far.

T&M: After the SA Imperial Stout, I sensed no alcohol and only the sweet dark malts. The mouth feel was surpisingly not too thin as expected from the looks of the pour compared with the SA Imperial Stout. All in all a surprisingly good tasting beer, albiet very sweet on the palate, which may not appeal to all beer drinkers.

D: I'd say it's a good example of a doppelbock that is more sweet malt forward than an alcohol bomb as some import Doppelbocks can be. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this dopplebock out of a 12 oz. twisty. I've walked on stranger worlds than this one, but not many. It's a nice deep born with great ruby highlights and a thick tan head. Head fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Aroma of burnt sassafras, spiced figs, some nice bready notes. Taste is warm with alcohol laced prunes, some nice fruitcake spice in the middle, interesting but not deep or complex. Finishes warm and dry, then lingers for a bit.

Not a huge body, almost thin at first but it becomes substantial as it passes over the tongue. It's drinkable yes.

Easy to enjoy without having to think too much about it. There's not a lot going on but there doesn't need to be. I think it's a decent example of this style.

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