Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail "21" - Anniversary DoppelbockFull Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released Fall 2008 to celebrate Full Sail's 21st 'birthday'.

Added by Todd on 09-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer # 12 ampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11. Meticulously taken care of, stored in my refrigerator for 3 years, gladly pulled this out to share with the crew.

Medium brown body, slightly off-white head, some visible effervescence, fairly quick dissipation with some nice lacing legs. Malt forward, raisins and brown sugar, not burnt, hops pretty well obscured by malt bill. Taste is malty, a bit of breadiness to dry out the palate with a wee bit of grassy hops on the backend, the stone fruits re raisins, plums were pretty subtle on the tastebuds, certain mellowed out a bit over time. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, dry finish, minimal stickiness. Not sure if the might have been past its prime, re assertive flavor profile, but this was certainly tasty, just what you'd expect from John Harris, one of PNW's most respected brewers.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typing in another old review. Poured from the bottle a medium brown color with a smattering of light brown foam on top. Aromas of malt, brown sugar and milk chocolate. On the palate, this one has a fairly thick mouthfeel, with sticky toffee, brown sugar, chocolate and caramel.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old notes.

A: The pour is a dark amber color, definitely some brown notes and a finger of tan head.

S: Pretty much what you expect from a doppelbock with notes of dark fruits such as raisins and plums, cola, and toasted bread. Maybe a touch of molasses and brown sugar.

T: Sweet brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. Bread and toasted malt with a touch of roast. Some plums and raisins, perhaps some cherries as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty decent example of a doppelbock, especially for one brewed by an American brewery.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This had been in my fridge for about 2 years...pretty darn cold too.

Pours a murky, nutty, mahogany brown. Looks really nice, but the head isn't all there. Perhaps due to coldness or age.

Aroma doesn't quite feel full. Nutty, sweet, caramel..a bit of a tootsie roll type deal.

The flavors are nice. The combo and blend of the caramel, nut, cocoa and some herbals is quite impressive. The flavors are full, smooth and not overpowering. There's some orchard fruits in the background, perhaps overripe apples.

Feel is creamy yet the alcohol provides a good bite to mix things up a bit.
A nice beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, two-finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Nose is caramel. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet toffee and caramel, hops balance but stay in background. 22oz gift bottle from Tigard, OR.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Our pints are raised for seeing another year of Full Sail. Gratz!

Crackling light tan head drops slowly to a thin lace. Crystal-clear tawny color. Spicy hop and alcohol in the nose with some browned toasted malt ... the alcohol actually comes through a bit more than the usual Doppelbock, but certainly not a problem. Full bodied and really smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. The toasted malt seems clean, though it pushed a mild rustic character of brown bread, toasted husk and faint caramel throughout. Hops are tame with a pleasant, balancing bitterness and some deeply embedded herbal/spicy flavors. Quick breath of alcohol shows its 8-percent ABV, but stays clean sip after sip. The finish points toward dry with a slight puckering, toasted husk and last fume of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Needless to say, this is quite the malt bomb. A solid rendition of the style, enjoyable all around, and any beer geek in the know has probably already jumped on this release. And so should you.

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Photo of tpd975
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light sort of flat brown hue. Small tan head no retention or lace.

S: Aromas of pan darkened brown sugar, caramel, and roasted malt.

T: Simple sweet malt flavors mostly caramel but ample amounts of brown sugar and slightly nutty toffee. Very mild chocolate notes with a dash of spice and dark fruit.

M: Medium in body, malty sweet from start to finish. A bit dry in the finish.

D: Pretty good. A solid brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Congratulations to Full Sail for 21 years! Their anniversary Dopplebock shows a lot of maturity and character. But not all is sugar cubes and simplicity... or is it?

The beer opens with a beautiful aroma, chocked full of sweet, toasty malts- molassas, sweet breads, stone fruits, light rum-like alcohols, and fruitcake. Delicate, yet complex the aromas are quite seductive.

Dark mohogany, rusty brown, and ruby help to describe the color. A mild haze keeps the light out. A short-lived dainty head falls on the beer and struggles to retain or lace- somewhat uncharacteristic for a Dopple.

The sweet, sweet taste of toffee, caramel, and confection set the stage for the beer. The fruitcake flavors are coupled with light toast, bread crusts, and the meaty-savory-melanoidin rich flavors that define Dopplebocks. Figs, dates, grapes, and raisons begin the fruity complexity (not in an estery way, but in the way that dark Munich malts provide). No hop flavor, and only enough bittering to keep the beer palatable and enjoyable. Light on alcohol flavor.

The beer is efforvescent, bubbly, and airy up front but after the carbonation escapes, the beer falls quite sweet and heavy on the tongue and palate. Never reaching the true malty-dry target, the beer seems a bit heavy and syrupy in the end.

The 21st birthday beer is a fine Dopplebock but it lacks the depth and dry-malty flavor and feel of authentic German varieties. Though it's a very sweet and shallow version, it's quite tasty and enjoyable for the malt lovers out there. Thanks BrewsB4Shrews!

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Photo of kels
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to colts9016 for throwing this one in my box!

Beer pours a nice, rich, ruddy brown. It is pretty much opaque with a 1 finger soapy toast-colored head. Bits of slippery lace stick to the walls of the glass before sliding back into the faded-to-foamy-skim head.

Not a ton of aroma off this beer. I get a little bit of the sweet and bready malts, and little hint of something metallic.

Big taste in this doppelbock! There's a ton of malt that's caramelly and toasty at the same time. The hops come through nicely and are slightly citrusy, slightly appley. The taste is definitely grainy that reminds me a little of rye. Alcohol comes through a little stronger than expected, warming this beer up. Beer is full of well-carbonated fizziness. There's a good amount of stickiness left on the palate after the drink, and the heavy breadiness hangs around pleasantly. Pretty drinkable. Not overwhelmingly amazing, but still quite tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a rocky head that leaves a polka dot pattern scattered across the pint glass

Smell: Brown bread, spice cake, figs, golden raisins and treacle

Taste: Treacly sweetness, up front, with an interesting range of flavors developing by mid-palate, including grenadine syrup, tea, fig, wintergreen and an herbal bitterness; after the swallow, the flavors balance out well, though the finish is clearly inclined toward the sweet

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied and slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A year of aging has reduced the hoppy influence that others noted was pushing this off style; it is now drinking beautifully and is an nuanced a doppelbock as I have tasted; the only thing that is holding the score back is the syrupy mouthfeel

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Photo of iD9
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a cognac snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours nice and smooth building a very small head which quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing, and slight carbonation is evident. Nice, clear red hues throughout the beer. It looks solid, reminds me of Hemp Ale a little bit though not quiet as rich.

Smell: You can smell the malts up front. Short of that nothing remarkable.

Taste: A good solid beer. Roasted malts up front with a little bit of sweetness. A touch of bitterness at the end but you really have to look for it. Not much to say about this.

Mouthfeel: Reminds me of Kilian's Irish Red. Medium body, nothing terribly noteable.

Drinkability: Good drinkability but nothing groundbreaking. Pretty standard stuff.

Overall, a good beer but nothing earth shattering. It has its good notes for sure. I'm not terribly familiar with this style so maybe I'm just missing something?

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark red/brown color, but the head is pretty thin, even pouring straight down. You can see a lot of bubbles rising through the beer. Doesn't leave much lacing at all. Looks alright, but not too exiting. The smell is really nutty and grainy. Sugary, almost burnt, chocolatey, but really grainy, almost a bit grapey and fruity, maybe it's just the smell of the skin, thanks to the way they cooked the grains. The taste is good, very similar. Like nuts, sugar coated nuts, roasted sugar coated nuts. Very syrupy, with a note of chocolate, some roastiness in the finish. Still very grainy, like eating slightly spicy oatmeal, there is some hop spiciness to it as well. Interesting. Good body, thick and syrupy, very sticky, which I really like, but it might be just a little to sticky. The carbonation is nice and mild, a little tingle as it goes down. I like it. I also liked drinking this quite a bit. The ABV isn't too high, and it drinks quicker than you'd expect. I could definitely see myself drinking this again, though there are better doppelbocks out there.

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Photo of JasonA
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent carmel, prolly a little lighter than expected. Light carb, though sticky with islands.

Smells medium malty, maybe a bit boozy, esp for only 8%. Maybe some raisin, but the malt is up front, especially for color. Something sweet, not sure.

Wow, smooth. Wonder if its from my aging. Crazy is the carb almost taste like a nitrous seed.

Some bitter, but boy do I have to look for it. Light, yet amazingly malty. As a side note, it is going great with my whole wheat grilled cheese (cheddar/gryere). Slight tear with the ABV sense with this.

Would like another one. Not crazy special, but very good for the style.

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Photo of corby112
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep dark copper/chestnut brown color with mahogany edged when held to a light source. 2 finger off-beige frothy head that quickly dissolves into a thin ring and cap that last throughout.

Roasty nutty caramel malt aroma with hints of spicy pepper and cloves, hops, bready yeast and chocolate. The roatiness is prominent but not overpowering like a coffee beer. The cloves and caramel malt flavors balance things out nicely.

Smooth caramel malt body with a nice spicy clove presence. Hints of chocolate, bready yeast, banana, nut, toffee, roasty malts and sight hops. Alcohol very well masked making this a complex easy drinking dopplebock. The clove spiciness is very strong slightly overpowering the other flavors.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty good.

Appearance- dark brown color, reddish tint, translucent

Smell- sweet, toffee

Taste- toffee, caramel

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good, I would probably drink it again. I also bought one to age. I will drink that one in a few years.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber-brown color. Small creamy off-white head soon becomes a heavy film.

Smell: Somewhat sweet aroma of cake-like bread, figs, and caramel.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts! Has a bit of sweetness, but not as much as in the aroma, and it is balanced out by some milk-coffee bitterness. Finishes out with a bit of hops. There's something else here that I can't quite put my finger on. No big hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and medium-bodied, with some very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for this type of beer; the 8% ABV is hard to notice.

Not what I'd typically consider a doppelbock, but this is a pretty enjoyable beer! And never thought I'd find a beer of this style "refreshing" while I'm sweating in my 80-degree apartment.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MASPuros for this one. 22oz. bomber served in a pilsner glass. Poured a dark copper with a finger of light tan head. Malty aroma, caramel comes out as it warms. Also a fair amount of American hops in the nose. Medium to full bodied. There is plenty of malt here, but you don't get the malt complexity of a good German dopplebock. Some sweetness. Hop bitterness makes it a very American take on the style.

Don't go into this beer expecting German Dopplebock, or you will be disappointed. Just enjoy it as a good beer. It has more in common with an old ale to me.

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Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear deeply red colored beer with a small tan colored head. Near the brown spectrum but this light enough I'm calling this red.

Smells sweet and fruity with lots of fig and dried fruit aromas. Herbal and grassy hops but this is quite a fruity beer. Candied almond scent but this isn't really a nutty smelling Bock.

Starts out sweet candied hay? How else to describe sweet and grassy? Sweet and herbal with a grape flavor and some pineapple. One extra hard to ID flavor here, Guava!

Mouthfeel is full.

Very drinkable for a doppelbock. Lots of subtle flavors with this one rather than the usual "malt and nuts" flavor plan. Don't recommend many Bocks but I can recommend this one.

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Photo of fbinla
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a nice slightly off white head. Smells of caramel/toffee and something else i can't quite put my finger on.

Nice syrupy, jammy body not overwhelming, with tastes of malty, caramel, strawberry or maybe cherry then the bitterness kicks in to keeping it under control.

Good beer, i drank it today and it's hot outside very hot, really it's perfect for a fall day.

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Photo of Oahu
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

220z Bottle from Lee's here in Vegas. Having spoken with the Full Sail guys a couple of time and enjoying their beer thoroughly, I was excited to try their take on a doppelbock. Very different stuff.

A) Like Root Beer Candy with the sun shining through on a clear day. Mighty fine in appearance. Carbonation popping up from below recalls many a fish tank memory.

S) Caramelly, Piney, Chocolatey(?). Smells hoppier than my idea of a Doppelbock. Citrus(?)

T) Very different from what I expected here. This beer does not have the fully loaded wall o' malt hammer blast I expected from the smell and the style. Hints of cola and marmolade.

M) Watery. Me personally, I don't think this is a bad thing though. If you're a mouthfeel guy (is there such a thing?) this is not your beer.

D) I never thought A DB could be a session beer, this, however, would do mighty fine. I could happily drink 20 of these.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from breity awhile back. Thanks, man! Just now getting to this bottle.

Poured into my pilsner glass a deep tawny color with a huge off-white head. Nice ruby tint to this. Very pretty beer. Smells of caramel malts, bread, plum, and earthy tones. Decent.

Mouthfeel is really weak on this. I was sorely disappointed. Very wet and slick. This was just too slippery of a drink. No crispness to this at all. Flavor was very malty and bready. Sweet toasted sugar throughout. Finishes slightly sour like sourdough. Well-done.

Drinkability was fine enough. I just didn't dig the mouth on this one. Overall, a fine beer though. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear reddish copper with a large sienna frothy head.

S - Metallic notes, sweet caramel, a bit of earthy aromas, a touch of white pepper.

T - Sweet and bitter caramel flavor that melds into a coffee and cocoa flavor. There is a bitter chicory in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, thick bodied, a little refreshing.

D - It is intense. Bold flavors, strong smells. It is by no means bad, but it is a force to be reckoned with. A beer to be reckoned with is not one that is drinkable. Drinkability suggests a certain ease of consumption. Drinking this isn't the hardest thing I have ever done, but it isn't a trivial task. That said, I enjoy it.

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Photo of Rayek
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper, with a small red tinged head and active carbonation. Very nice clarity. Head retention is good and substantial lace is left behind.

S: Heavy toffee and pepper, with a hint of citrus and a touch of alcohol.

T: Bittersweet toffee up front that's aided by a bit of caramel. Bitterness comes on with a strong pepper bite that doesn't overpower the sweetness of the malts. Finishes warm, with a lingering toffee flavor.

M: Medium body is both silky and syrupy. Carbonation level is right on.

D: I liked this doppel a lot. Very nice drinking on a cold spring day. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours muddied brown cola, white or near white small head. Leaves to ring. Some soapy lacing.

S - Mild breadiness, maybe honey.

T - Medium malt intensity, somewhat mildly breaddy. Sweetness finishes somwhat dry.

M - Medium body, middle of the road feel.

D - Very drinkable, very non offensive.

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Photo of maskednegator
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper, white head.
Smell: Shortbread, honey
Taste: Honey, cherries, caramel, crackers, dates. Spice and pine in finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, astringent.
Drinkability: Pretty good. No trouble finishing the bomber, and the sweetness does not linger on the palate.
Verdict: Pretty darn tasty for the dollar. $3.50 @ bevmo.

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