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Double Vision Doppelbock | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Double Vision DoppelbockDouble Vision Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bitterbill on 03-20-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
143
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
12.38%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 143
Photo of clickpush
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Liter bottle into wide mouth glass. Bottle opens w/o so much as a hiss, but presents a lively beer. Pretty brown body w/ large brown/orange head. Head starts big but recedes quickly. Leaves smattering of lacing and thin halo. No visible carbonation.

Nose: Big caramel & salt butter smell. Fruity, rich, and something of a fatty content. Attractive but scary at the same time.

Mouth: Big rich flavors, raw grain, chocolate, dried pitted fruit, mocha coffee. Very complex flavors, delicious. There is an odd first-flavor, super sweet compared to the rest of the flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit flabby - not much concentration around the mouth. Overall, nice flavors though too strong (IMO) for a whole liter.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste is much the same with a slight coffee flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown where a minimum of light shines through. Moderate head that dies to a single layer of minute bubbles, leaving a minimal amount of spotty lace.

Chalky, powedered cocoa aroma.

This is a rich beer, both in body and flavor. Lots of darker chocolate flavors. It's a chewy beer with a touch of alcohol oiliness. There's a much higher level of bitterness than most d-bocks. I like this because it provides balance, but it makes it closer to a mildly hoppy porter.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Served in a 16oz pint glass, this doppel comes near black with ruby brown highlights. Off-white, half finger head with fair retention. Decent, streaky lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Sweet, malty aroma. Bready. Caramelized sugar. Faint nuttiness.

Taste - Lightly toasted malt character upfront; brown sugar sweetness gives way to a big nutty profile, then finishes with faint chocolate. Ghostly traces of coffee can be detected well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate, soft carbonation. Sticky. Goes down smooth with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - This is a solid example of a doppelbock, that it came from an American brewery is encouraging. It's a malt forward beer, but the overall impression is of a fairly balanced brew. Huge nutty character is somewhat remeniscent of Fat Tire; had I been told this were a New Belgium brew, I wouldn't have second guessed it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of tan head on a dark brown body. Looks great.
The aroma is wonderful: burnt and roasted malt and caramel.
The taste is dark and complex. Burnt wood and mild lemon bitterness rounded out by caramel sweetness.
The texture is smooth, just short of creamy with moderate carbonation.
A excellent drink.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

12 oz. sample bottle - "Not for Retail" -

Pours hazed dark brown with a thin lasting light brown head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of sweet dark malt, dark fruit (prune/plum), toffee. It has a rich maltiness with a touch of earthiness. Wonderfully aromatic.

The taste is very sweet upfront - malty - with anise, chocolate, sweetened prunes, toffee. A slight hint of roast mixes in, with a touch of earthy bitterness that balances enough of the sweetness that it is not cloying in the finish. Some alcoholic warmth shows.

Full-bodied, a bit thickish, but with an oily, malty smoothness.

A sweeter (though with some balance) doppelbock. A nice, malty, warming sipper.

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

Jorge got this as a birthday present from his boss. Split between a couple of mugs.

Appearance: Looks kinda like root beer, especially in this mug. Appears to be just tootsie roll brown at first, but shows a lot more red in the light. Head starts out tall, tight, and creamy, but then thins out and descends to a creamy halo. Head is light brown in color. Gorgeous notch-like lacing. Decent retention. Looks very thick for a doppelbock.

Smell: Chocolate mousse and dark chocolate. Sweet leafy hops peak through, but don't even come close to balancing the strength of the malts. Smoke comes out more as it warms. Some sweet, alcoholic, molasses-like stuff also makes an appearance.

Taste: Dark chocolate, some dark fruits, spices and maybe pepper, lots of malt. Malted milk balls? Yeah, for sure. Pretty tasty. Finishes dry and a little spicy.

Mouthfeel: Maybe the thickest doppelbock I've had. Creamy and smooth. Finishes dry and spicy. Pretty low carbonation. A little sticky. I like the creaminess, but I think I'd prefer something a little thinner and drier to tell the truth. Some more leafy hops would be nice as well. Still, quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: A creamy, full, chocolaty, doppelbock. This would make a delicious dessert. I'd prefer something a little lighter and more traditional, but this was still damn good. Thanks Jorge!

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Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Compliments of barleywinefiend
Brewed with glacial spring water according to the Reinheitsgebot, hopped with Liberty and fermented with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. Bottle conditioned, 8% ABV. 18 IBU.
Served at cellar temp in a pilsner glass.

Deep mahogany colored with caramel highlights and a giant two finger head of frothy dimpled thick foam that lingers long.

Rich and inviting aroma of cocoa and darkly roasted bread. Hints of raisin and smoke. Rich flavor of darkly roasted malt, dark crusty bread, raisins, cocoa, espresso bitterness, leather and smoke notes.

Silky and luscious mouthfeel, very smooth. Full and creamy, slight warming of the cheeks.

Tremendous beer, very rich and tasty. Many thanks for sending this one my way Josh.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this with mothman last night!

Poured with a 1.5 finger rich tan head that dissipated at a medium rate. The beer itself is a deep red amber color that is hard to see through.

Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, and hints of chocolate and caramel.

Taste consist of roasted malts, chocolate, a slight alcohol taste, and caramel. Leaves a nice roasted malt chocolate after taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Medium to low carbonation.

Easy to drink, the alcohol is covered up very well. If you drink the whole 1 quart 1.8 fluid oz bottle, you will most likely be a bit tipsy. Overall a great beer, recommended.

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Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown bottle with a vintage date on the label.

Massive head, lots of stickage on the glass. A shade away from full on black. Smells like a bakery, bready all around with a ton of malt sweetness ... not cloying though. Clean alcohol and faint herbal hop on the nose as well. A malt bomb and very clean at that, faint ripe dark fruit and a slow warming alcohol in the middle. So many levels of maltiness, very complex. Perfectly balanced for the style and pretty drinkable for its size. This is a special beer ...

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Photo of JamesMN
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: So dark it is basically black in color but not cloudy at all. Thin cap of foamy light tan head.

Aroma: Brown sugar, raisins, caramel, and just a hint of dark malt.

Taste: Starts with rich caramel and amber malt flavor and then paints the palate with roasted malt flavor about before the finish. Some hints of dark fruit and liquorish as well that are reminiscent of the Russian Imperial Stout style. Don't taste any of the 8% ABV and it almost seems like a low number based on how robust the flavor is in this beer. The balance in the flavor is really remarkable. The sometimes overly sweet malt flavor of this style is counteracted by the roasted flavor and light bitterness from the hops. The finish is clean and the aftertaste is a harmonious mixture of caramel and roastyness.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body but very full feeling. Somewhat aggressive carbonation but mostly unnoticeable. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Pleasantly surprised with the quality in the flavors of this brew. Double Vision by Grand Teton is a great example of how versatile the Doppelbock style can be. Would I drink it again? Yes, it makes a great dessert beer.

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Photo of harrymel
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to crack one, just because.

Pours a nice dark coffee brown with no translucency and a solid sheet of candy toffee foam. Smells of graham, toasted malts, cola, brown sugar, toasted pecans and some bits of sugarcane. Flavor follows suit with good thick caramel, graham cracker, figs and raisins, and a good dose of turbinado. Full bodied with loose, soft carbonation and a semi dry finish. Nice beer, glad I bought so many when I discovered this thing three years ago.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 10oz snifter

Appearance: Dark mahogany beer; the bar's pretty dark, but I still can't really see through this even when held up to the light. A medium cream-colored head soon fades to a thick, persistent ring

Smell: Vibrant, pretty aromas of sweet caramel malts, toffee, and a good dose of dark fruit. Rich and inviting.

Taste: Tons of dark fruit, sweet toffee/caramel, and a wonderful hint of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, almost luscious

Drinkability: Could get you in trouble pretty quick.

Conclusion: Tried this at Sycamore; it was their happy-hour special. Glad I did; this is a beautiful dopplebock, one I'd definitely drink again if I saw it.

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Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Massive 34 OZ flip top bottle of beer, 2009 vintage.

Clear dark brown colored beer with a good light brown colored head. Extremely dark for the style.

Smells strongly of chocolate, like chocolate soda levels of chocolate. Nuts under the chocolate, but this is just plainly a very chocolate scented beer.

Sweet with a big chocolate flavor and a slight hit of hops, but only in passing. Slight melon flavor that was not expected. Mild bitterness but this is a chocolate beer.

Pure velvet mouthfeel here, no better bock.

Interesting beer, a little too sweet for my taste but about the most chocolate flavored beer I know.

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Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of beergoot
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown enough to be opaque with a thick, tan head.

Toasty, bready aroma with complex dried fruits and chocolate. I'm suprised at how good this smells.

Flavor is quite sweet, which could be toned down just a touch for drinkability but true to style. Bready, a touch of honeydew mid-palate, juicy raisin and rich malt sweetness, just the right amount of alcohol presence.

An excellent beer full of rich flavors and nuances.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Bottled 12/27/2012
Glass: Ayinger doppelbock glass

Grand Teton's Double Vision is a fine example of the doppelbock style, though with a stronger emphasis on roasted and chocolate malts than what its Germanic forebears typically developed. The caramel, roast, and chocolate flavors are in fairly equal balance, with the lead flavor depending on where upon the palate the sip is currently resting. Truly one of the better doppelbock offerings by a US brewery, definitely one to seek out and try if you enjoy the style.

Pours a 2.5cm head of dense, small-bubbled, tan foam that lasts about 1.5 minutes as it finally succumbs to a full descent, ending up as a thin dusting of wispy foam atop the body. Lacing is quite good, of fairly complex webs and patterns that line the walls of the glass. The body is a very dark brown hue, opaque, with light bringing out deep ruby hues. Carbonation is not visible though the body.

Aroma is a fairly balanced interplay between caramel and chocolate scents, with chocolate and roasted barley slightly edging out the latter. Toasted hazelnut and smoke aromas are faint, but also present if one searches for them (these become a bit more noticeable as the beer warms).

An excellent balance between heavy toasted and roasted malt, the interplay between caramel and chocolate is masterfully done. Front of palate features rich caramel sweetness with a bit of dried fig and dried leaves (likely from hops), which adds some depth. Mid-palate is of rich caramel, somewhat syrupy chocolate, hazelnut paste, slight raisin and dried figs, hints of roasted coffee beans, and mild dried leaves (German hops). Back of palate is nuttier, somewhat bitter, and features a stronger caramel over chocolate flavor. Aftertaste is primarily of roasted malt, some subtle smoke,

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, leading to a slightly foamy, but mostly creamy mouthfeel. Closes quite dry with fairly strong stickiness lingering on the palate, likely due to the remaining sugars in the beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying this huge bottle with ThePeskyDingo

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy tan head. After a few minutes, it settles to a thin layer, built up around the edges of the glass. Leaves some splattered lace.

Color is dark ruby/copper.

Aroma is of a lot of malts. Dark chocolate, alcohol, licorice, molasses, and dark dried fruits. Very rich.

Taste: First thing I thought of was a stout. This beer was dark and thick. Dark chocolate and alcohol both very present, but the alcohol isn't overpowering (which is nice). After the beer goes down, I notice a smokey malts flavor. Dark dried fruits shine through as well. Wood-type flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Is very creamy, but has a touch of alcohol consistantly present. Leaves an amazing aftertaste. Kinda of woody/boozy/chocolatey.

Overall, I really enjoyed this doppelbock. Had a lot of rich flavor and the alcohol seemed to be just right. I highly recommend this 1 quart 1.8 fluid oz bottle. But, share it with a friend like me.

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Double Vision Doppelbock from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
4.2 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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