The Alchemist

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #31
Ranked #9,493
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Schtüpulator is a German-style Doppelbock. It was brewed with German Munich and Vienna malts, and hopped with German Hersbrucker. This beer will age beautifully at lager temperatures.
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Photo of Lucular
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can split with my wife. Aroma and flavor feature caramel malts, light floral/earthy hoppiness, toasted malt, and hints of coffee, cocoa, and dark fruits (raisins, figs). Smooth/full/creamy mouthfeel and the 8% abv is nowhere to be found. This is an incredible beer and 100% true to style. Delicious stuff.

Glad to have gotten a can to try, but I wish I had a 4-pack of these...every week for the rest of my life.

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Photo of PSanger
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Real dark malty look with an even heavier feel. I enjoyed the test but found this beer to be much to heavy. There was no benefit of having that heavy a feel as many Nick beers have this same flavor with less heaviness. Somewhat disappointed

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Photo of Gatch
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No canning date, which seems to be a common characteristic of Alchemist. Wow! This is a smoky, unique version of the style. A strong malt bill with deliciously sweet roasted malt. Drinks super soft and easy, with a slight alcohol presence in the feel/finish. Stellar!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Caramel, dark fruit, light earthy and spicy yeast/hop combination. Some brown bread in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of the toasted malt, caramel, and earthy/spicy hops. Picks up a little brown bread sweetness before finishing with lingering caramel and noble hop spiciness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky

O: A very good doppelbock, especially for an American-made version. Makes for a good sipper, as the 8% isn’t too present but is definitely there. Slightly hoppier than your standard German-made doppelbock, but lower than your standard Alchemist brew (which is a good thing in this case). Well worth checking out if you’re into lagers

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Photo of bobv
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned early fall, 2019.
Released 10 days ago after lagering in the can for a few months.
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch tan head over a medium amber to mahogany body with a bit of sticky lacing. Nose of caramel, nougat, and slight chocolate and even slighter dark fruit. Taste follows nose closely with a finish of cocoa. Very nice feel and overall, damn, what a fine take on this classic style.
Cheers to John K. for another superb offering!

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Photo of egrandfield
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass same day as I bought the beer from the brewery. Very, very good. My prior experience with this style has only included Ayinger Celebrator, which is rated top in this style. The Alchemist’s take on this is a bit more like a stout, with more notes of caramel than biscuit or plum, but I found this difference very acceptable as it added an American touch to the German style. Had I had them side by side, I would have preferred Ayinger’s, but not by that much.

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Schtüpulator from The Alchemist
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 18 ratings