Double Vision Doppelbock
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #10
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #2,944
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 8.13%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
156
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Grand Teton Brewing Co.
 
Idaho, United States
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Notes: Our Double Vision Doppelbock is brewed with Idaho 2-Row Pale and German Munich, CaraAroma, CaraMunich and de-husked Carafa malts to an original gravity of 24 Plato (1.096 SG). The malts provide a dark leather color with ruby notes, a luxurious tan head, and a bready aroma with a hint of smoke. It is lightly spiced with Liberty hops, an American version of the noble German Hallertau Mittelfruh, and fermented with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. In the traditional manner, Double Vision is fermented cold (48 F) and lagered a full 10 weeks for smoothness. At over 8% alcohol by volume, it is a deceptively drinkable springtime warmer.
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4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2015, purchased in late 2017
Palate Contaminants: none

The look is a cloudy dark brown. Some head, but it doesn't stick around.

The main scents are molasses and fresh bread loaf. There are lesser bits of cloves and lemon. The bourbon isn't so much neat as some sort of cocktail form thereof. Could use more intensity.

Eh, I'd rather have the flavors in the taste than on the nose, and this one is fairly strong. Figs and dark rum are the first flavors. Cola. Wood from some other sort of nut tree. I wish it had a little more sweetness, but the bitterness is at an okay level.

Medium weight, not enough carbonation. Bitter grain on the back end. I can't really pick out much alcohol for it being an elevener.

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Zythophile from District of Columbia, Jul 01, 2018
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4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A complex blend of American and German malts, along with a light hopping of spice-like Hallertau hops, creates a flavor of sweet dark bread with sage. Perfect for BBQ and smoked or roasted meats. A rich and drinkable strong lager. Grab it if you see it.

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Kanjified from California, Jun 26, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 Cellar Release, cellared by me since. Dark brown with a small tan head. Sweet malty smell with a touch of oxidation and iron. Taste also super malty, but it's not heavy, very smooth, with some caramel but not to sweet. A little bit of pie spice. Spot on with the style, perfectly aged and all together delicious.

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ccrida from Oregon, Dec 11, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The beer poured a murky brown color with little visible carbonation.

Smell - The nose was a rich leathery bouquet.

Taste - my initial impression is that this doppelbock is quite nutty. Hints of cola, leather, and a touch of vanilla round out the taste. The sweet fruits come toward the back. A very slight alcohol burn is included in the finish.

Mouthfeel - This definitely hits the target on being a chewy doppelbock.

Overall- in terms of domestic doppelbocks, there are a few better.

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Photo of Impetuous
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate head with a deep brown colour. Very pretty.

Taste is multilayered dried cherries and dark chocolate and raisins. Sweet but not too much so. The alcohol adds a nice bread flavor. Proper mouthfeel for the flavors.

A very good beer.

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Impetuous from Montana, Nov 28, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with very little light transmission in the glass and a fine half finger dark khaki head with great retention and lacing, looks great.Aroma of caramel and dry malt, brown bread, dark stone fruit, raisins; very malty. Flavor is rich caramel and biscuit malt with a hint of toast, dark dried fruit; raisins, dates and figs, light notes of dark stone fruit, molasses, nuts. Finishes with big, full maltiness, just a little sweet. Very nice creamy body, excellent mouth feel. Wow, I waited a long time to pick this up and it sat around my area for a while; I bought one of the last bottles; probably half a year old. Should have picked it up sooner, this is very nice. There a bit more biscuit than normal for a double bock, giving it a bit of an old ale flavor and feel, and the depth of flavor is what I'd expect from something with a higher ABV (which is not at all noticeable here). The thick creamy body adds to the rich malt. Probably one the nicest doppelbocks I've ever had, although I think it is a bit more roasty and biscuity than traditional; not enough to move it out of the style, but adding a great complexity to it. As an old ale fan, this is as good as I can hope from a doppelbock. Kudos to the brewer and I won't miss it again when it comes out. Delicious.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Oct 17, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 year old beer with slightly above average ABV, kinda worried it might be over aged. Poured into a sidel around 40 degrees. A very nice medium tan one finger head with good retention. The color the beer is a dark brown used motor oil with some reddish brown highlights. Very nice showing

N: A serious amount of malt assaults the nose. Other aromas is toffee, caramel, bread, dark fruits, bread, molasses, and slight port aroma.

A slight port flavor, toffee, chocolate, light roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, bread, figs, and yeast.

The mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, slightly carbonated and finish last.

A very big malty brew with some girth to it. A very nice doppelbock. The age on it gave it some port notes, but that is ok.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, deep, semi-clear ruby in the light, otherwise almost black. Well-retaining fluffy head, desert mud in color, a sort of creamy, orange-brown. Didn't even hesitate to score it on appearance as highly as I did. At first, once in glass, a burst of suggestions of boozy heat. After that, more subdued by a perfect balance (though it could stand to be stronger) in aroma of dried dark fruit, toffee, and earthen hops, with hints of both biscuity and toasty malts. So sweet to the taste, makes me dream of cellared bottles to come (two others so far, though likely more on their way if they remain inexpensive at the venue I am getting them from). Purchased this particular bottle today, in fact. Molasses, licorice, dark fruit all hard to parse out due in part to booze as well as the spicy, almost perfumey nature of the hops. Roasty to smoky mainly around the finish. Expected peppery retro-olfaction imparted from alcohol. Heresy, I know, but not really that far off the mark, in terms of quality and enjoyment, as the famed Celebrator standard, though some obvious differences (changes in Celebrator's ABV notwithstanding). Full-bodied, syrupy, prickly at first, but then pure cream, very warm.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, cloudy body with minimal head and khaki lace ring around glass with good carbonation. Fruits and spices are evident in the aroma at first but then mostly I get this bit of bread and sweet malts. Beer is medium-bodied and a bit sticky, I can't pinpoint the sweetness but this beer is thick and malty and the label states burnt sugar and caramel so I'll go with that. Bit of a fuller bodied feel from bread and yet the yeast creates a smoothness that makes this an easy drinker. Bits of fruits and spices in the backend that prevent beer from cloying. A touch of smoky and hoppy dryness on finish but overall this is balanced sweet beer that is enjoyable.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Apr 12, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Albertsons. Seems light on the pour, lots of carbonation, frothy head with sticky lacing. Roast malts on the nose, and then gets deeper in taste. Mefium weight body adds to the experience, it all feels right. Not quite Celebrator, but not too far away either.

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stevoj from Idaho, Apr 09, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich aroma of baked bread, raisins, caramel. The flavor has more toffee and a hint of cocoa and roast, but dried fruits follow and then mild spicy hops balanced out the finish. Big flavors and aroma here, but the body isn't too thick (though it's heavier than many). This is a great doppel.

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tempest from New York, Mar 21, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a half liter stein a deep dark chocolate brown with a tinge of ruby,a clingy beige head atop.Dark fruit and smoke stand out most in the nose along with some baked pizza dough although that is not as big as the smoke and fruit.Tastes of prunes dipped in syrup along with deep coffee roast and caramel wich lingers.Very chewy and bready in the feel,just fantastic it compliments the beer greatly.One of the more hefty doppelbock's I have had,big thick and bready this is a damn fine beer.

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oberon from North Carolina, Mar 14, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking this at 1 year and 4 months old.
A: Deep dark brown under a creamy 2” finely bubbled light tan foam collar that produces good lace.
S: The nose is molassesy with dark sugar and dark bread.
T: Heavy dark sugar flavors, pepper, some prune in the middle with light hops on the end but this is all about dark sugary malts.
F: Creamy smooth, full body to chewy, medium low carbonation.
O: This is a big full bodied doppelbock that is sweet just short of cloying.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Apr 19, 2015
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this in a 64 oz growler I had filled at Total Wine. When I poured my first pint of this beer into a pint glass, it had a huge head with a delicious smell to it, sort of like a cinnamon bun with extra brown sugar baked on top. The first sip tasted just the same; I could barely believe how good it was. Soon afterwards, a more typical doppelbock taste settled in: dark fruit, heavy malts, toasted bread. When I had another pint the next day, it was still pretty good, but it started to go a little flat by the third day after I opened it. It still tasted great though. One of the best doppelbocks I've ever had.

As a matter of fact, editing this review years later, I would still say that this is the BEST doppelbock I've had. Ayinger Celebrator and Weihenstephaner Korbinian are also incredible beers, but they didn't have quite as delicious of flavors as this one. If you see this beer on tap anywhere at a bar, and/or available for growler fills, or in bottles, I highly, HIGHLY recommend that you buy it. It is incredibly good.

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DanielMB from South Carolina, Jun 29, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep brown with an average head and good lacing. The aroma features a lot of chocolate as well as prunes, dates, craisins, something a bit vegetal, butterscotch, dried cherry, toffee and raisins. The flavor is again dominated by a supple chocolate flavor, with lots of dark, raisinated fruits, toasted almonds, butterscotch, candied cherry, and butted toast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very supple and smooth, with a fair amount of sharp, small bubble carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding beer - rich but not sweet, inherently complex and bold, yet so easy drinking as well.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bomber from FMcD's poured into a mug.

2013 version

A - Dark black with brown overtones. A two finger fluffy off white head that retains for a good amount of time.

S - Plums, vanilla, chocolate

T - More of the same as the nose, with a smattering of cherry and nuttiness. Coffee notes. The alcohol is undetectable at 8%.

M - Creamy with just a hint of carbonation on the finish.

O - A style that I thoroughly enjoy and seem to have gotten away from in the last few years. This is a solid and recommended offering.

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Apellonious from North Carolina, Jan 01, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm enjoying this beer on Christmas Eve. Served from a magnum bottle into a tall wheat beer glass. A moderate pour about 3/4 way full produces a billowy, rich tan, three inch head which takes awhile to settle down, leaving thick strands of froth all along the sides. The beer is a dark ruby brown (upon holding it before a strong lamp. This beer is very visually appealing.

I get some unique hoppy tones in the aroma- somewhat like a very subtle celery aroma. I also detect some obvious bready aroma-flavors. The first few sips seem very chocolaty. As the tongue becomes accustomed, dark fruits, nutty tones, and molasses-like malt flavors become more apparent. I also detect a very distinct coffee taste. Some earthy bitterness and a sharp dark fruit tang lingers on the palate, but just for a short time, and the finish is quite clean.

This is an excellent lager beer- a big beer that is quite smooth and easy drinking, yet with plenty of complexity.. I bought this magnum for about 9.99 at Henessey grocery in Butte, Montana, and consider it a good buy and a perfect beer to enjoy on a festive occasion.

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Photo of beergoot
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 version

Poured out a deep, dark brown and mahogany color with a creamy, one-finger thick head. Rich malt aroma; roasted nuts and grains, toffee. Big roasted grain flavor with deep, dark fruity esters and a nifty boozy/bitter finish; hints of cocoa in the background. Heavy body, semi-sweet and smooth on the palate.

A very well-done doppelbock, combining balance and complexity superbly and creating a very tasty big lager brew. The chocolate-like background in the flavor is a real treat and gives this doppelbock a unique edge over much of the competition.

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beergoot from Colorado, Dec 19, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very billowy chocolate-milk-looking head, settles to fine bubbles lying on top of bigger bubbles beneath them...
smell is more like a dark brown ale, kind of nutty. kind of malty, some chalk....
taste is kind of sweet, but not a dopplebock sweet. this tastes nothing like a typical german dopplebock. it's slightly sweet at the finish with a bitter hop presence at the front.
at 8%, it's a decent brew, but it's not a dopple in my opinion. somebody got their recipes mixed up, I think.

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pkalix from California, Sep 16, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Pours a nutty tinted dark brown that reminds me a of the color of a nice starbucks bres. A 1.5 finger dark golden head and some substanbtial lacing. The head did not remain

S A toasty malted aroma with hints of caramel and perhaps a fruit like a plum?

T Nice, toasty, rich, malty and a hint of a sweet fruit. There is a warm flavor that reminds me this is a strong beer, but it nice and smooth

M - Thick, rich with moderately low carbonation

O - I really like this beer. To me, it tastes like a really nice dopplebock and provides the strength, richness and malt that I might expect.

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dakotaben from North Dakota, Sep 08, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown in the Duvel tulip with plenty of foam. Nicely sudsy and tangy in the mouth. Not so much aroma but a fume of alcohol and spice.

Dark raisiny and molasses flavors. Rather sweet and fruity but with a grainy edge. I can safely say this is the biggest, fattest Doppelbock I've ever had. It's quite sippable, it's just so rich it's like dessert, a caramel custard. Really, really malty with dark roasted barley and browned sugar flavors. Some slight bitterness at the end.

From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. Jan 14, 2013 brewing date according to the hang tag.

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mactrail from Washington, Aug 16, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark coffee color, no transparency what so ever, two finger toffee color head mild lacing

S- sweet malts, sweet caramel, very slight toasted toffee, light cocoa.

T-Sweet toffee that fades to dark cocoa with lingering smokey finish.

M- light syrup finishing with a sticky resin feel

O- Bold bock beer that reminds me more of a porter. not like any traditional bock that I have had with its toffee and cocoa flavors. Would be a great cold fall day warmer.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So, my ratings may seem a bit odd. I love the color and the overall beer, it's damn fine. However, it's more like a porter than a doppelbock to me. Here's why...

Color is most definitely more towards the black side of brown. Nice off tan head, somewhat thick and gooey. Nice lacing. Ok, not a bad look for a db, albeit a bit dark.

Aroma is not as sweet as most dbs that I've tried. It's roasty and rich. Toasted dark bread, some prune and hints of raisin. Not all that dry, but it ain't sweet.

Clean flavors. Nothing out of sync. That porter thing is just begging for attention. Roasted malt, baked dark chocolate, some leather and hints of green pine or grass. While not a dry beer, I doubt this would make waves in Germany. Irish might love it. The plum and raisin just don't overcome the roasts.

Which is not a bad thing. This a very nice beer, pair it with anything grilled and with tangy BBQ sauce. Still, for the style I think it misses.

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Mebuzzard from Colorado, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Double Vision pours a black color, with a small lacing head. Their is a strange sour aroma, on a crisp malty backbone. The taste was a bit boozy, had a slight sourness to it, and was rather grainy. Full flavors. Overall an interesting beer that wasn't bad, just not sure if it was for me.

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vette2006c5r from Minnesota, May 06, 2013
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4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a doppelbock in a while, and I'm looking forward to this one. 2013 vintage. Tasted 16 April 2013.

Pours very deep brown, nearly black. Light behind it reveals deep reds, and a surprising clarity. One finger of tan head, good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is a brown sugar bomb, followed by figs and plums. It's all dark and sweet, and it's excellent. An amalgam of varied, intriguing sweetnesses.

Taste is a step down from the smell, but a small one. It's similarly sweet and fruity, but it doesn't have quite the same depth or variety as the smell. Has a nice soft bitter drift in the back end, that kinda lays on top of all that sweetness.

Feel is quite pleasant. Medium-bodied, almost chewy, with a light fuzzy carbonation that stays medium-low throughout. Quite good, actually.

One of the best doppelbocks I've had, in the realm of the classic European ones, and easily surpassing even the better domestic ones. It's really clean, with no rough edges, only sweet, rich, and dark. Yum.

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zeledonia from Washington, Apr 19, 2013
Double Vision Doppelbock from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 156 ratings