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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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of MisterClean
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber from Bev Mo. I also had this on tap in July at Full Sail.

A - Dark auburn to brown, mocha head, dissipates quick, exposing light lacing.

S - Clove, cinnamon, malt, and lots of autumn type flavors in the smell. Overall, this is the model of a doppelbock.

T - Caramel, honey, cinnamon, and autumn type malts (possibly heavy munich and vienna).

M - Hardly any hops, but none needed as the malt bill is very subtle, yet highly drinkable. No alcohol either, excellent for an 8%.

D - Ideal doppelbock, nails BJCP guidelines. Great for fall. Good thing I shared with others as this bomber is 8%.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to the kind trader who sent me this bottle. I had been mulling over whether to order some and I am glad I got a chance to try it first, as it really sealed the deal for me. Served chilled and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 10/28/2008.

The pour was the best I have seen for this style hands down, and I have tried the best of the best lately. Rich and dark in color, there was a nice hazelnut brown color that was immediately evident. Very dark and nearly opaque, though there was some level of clarity to it that allowed the light to bounce off of it and showcase some nice reddish tints around the side. The head rose up to a height of around three inches and literally just held there for what seemed like the rest of the night, all the while dropping tons of lace all the way down the sides of the glass. Simply outstanding look to this one.

The aroma was very, very rich. Lots of deep malted sugar. Tons of caramel and thick earthy notes just rippling through this. It just had that heavy feeling to it throughout the session, really very well done I have to admit. This carried over wonderfully into the flavor. Smooth, soothing, just a wonderful exploration of the senses. Deep caramel malts were the main show on this one. Huge notes of thick, almost candied sugar notes, with all evidence of the alcohol laid to rest and nowhere to be found. Rich, creamy, and smooth, this was by far the thickest, and fullest dopplebock I have ever run across in my life. It was like a dessert, so filling and ridiculously full. I do not even know what else I can say about this one, I was blown away. I could not stop drinking it, just so rich.

Again, I am done with this one, it was wonderful and I will be getting more ASAP. I am not sure what it was about this, but wow, this was just an incredibly flavorful and satisfying beer. I would recommend this one to anyone.

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Photo of SanBeeriegan
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark brown lager, clear and smooth.
S- Hints of malt with a strong nose of grain.
T- Smooth and sweet, with great taste of malt and Barley.
D- Goes down smooth and easy.

Well I came back from a trip to Germany and had many a marzen, dunkel, and double bock. This is an American rendition of of the German classic.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
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 JasonA
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Buebie
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce brown bomber into an oversized snifter.
Nice looking 2 finger white fluffy head sits atop the brew off a semi rigerous pour. Color on this is spectaculer, a transparent redish mahogony with some chill haze.
Bubbly white retention with very thick globby lace that streaks down into thin spotty drapes.

This thing smells so good, each wiff brings in a new smell.
There are some floral purfumy hops, a grape wine like aroma, dense and thick moist bread, cream cheese, roasted grains, sweet malts, caramel, apples, man this is fruity and bready in aroma.
It smells quite sweet.

Its sweet up front with a good doseage of honey like flavors, slowly become more fruity and bready. Its no Chimay as far as wine grape flavors go. Its more of a welche's grape juice. Some darker fruit as well with hints of figs and plums weighing down the fruityness.
Grassy hops balance things out after the swallow and add a touch of bittering. There is a touch of chocolate on the tip of my tounge, but just a bit. Maybe some chocolate grains?
This is definatly a sipper with its strong sweet flavors and the higher abv.

I really enjoyed this one.


Bottle pulled from the cellar

Semi rigorous pour produces a cola fizzed head of about an inch. Settling fairly quick and leaving a thin cap and generous collar.
Color remaining the same.
Aroma has changed quite a bit and for the better. Much more caramel malt goodness, touch of bready aromas. Resembles a good barley wine without the hops.
Only a faint distant vinous aroma now, almost all of it gone. Something reminiscent of pecan pie.
Mouhfeel is pretty smooth, carbonation seems mia. Starting out sweet with malts and now a blsting of bitters. Bitters take leave as quickly as they came around and make way for malt sweetness and a bit of leafy hop flavors.
Not sure what or why on the bitters, but they were not pleasant.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thank you toby, lnba BIF

A: beautiful beer, dark as night with a light off white head that sticks around

S: not too robust but good pleasant malty toast but very light, nothing crazy

T: very very very smooth, amazingly so. its not so robust and crazy that you are over whelmed with flavor but the balance of malt and toast and hops is epic

M/D its a bit light, bu the drinkability... well damn, amazing, i cold drink this all day every day... amazing

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horsebrass the other day.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is attractive, with some very nice caramel, chocolate and cherry. The flavors replicate the nose, except there's a creamy butter toffee component on the finish that I'm really loving. The beer is moderatly sweet, but has just enough underlying hops to keep the beer from becoming heavy or tiring. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and the abv. is very well disguised. This is one of the most drinkable domestic dopplebocks I can ever recall trying. I'm trying to remember a better, but at least at this moment, nothing comes to mind. This is pretty impressive.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet, malty, very slight toffee, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, with some toffee/spice. Medium body, smooth, slightly bitter/dry finish. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, I like it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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 100floods
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally found an excuse to use my Spaten big ass mug I got from Toronado during Oktoberfest.

This poured a dark amber, no head, no lacing. It kinda lightens up when you put it in the light (duh). It's not very thick. The body is thin, a light hint of a syrup texture that goes really well to the sweet malty taste I can't seem to get enough of. Big caramel flavors and happening and there's a decent amount of carbonation, but not too much. It's done right. I could be wrong, but there seems to be a slight alcohol aspect too. I'm sure that wasn't intentional. I seem to taste it a lot with this kind of beer.

Can't say I've had many german (or german style) beers. I usually dont go for them, I'm super glad when I do. This may be American, but it tastes very authentic.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail is 21 years old. I've been 21 for 18 years. I've had two Full Sail beers now. I have some catching up to do.
(Sent by msubulldog25, King of Portland!)

Pours out a glassy brown/garnet color with modest off-white head. Simple, with the color being especially entrancing.

Uber-malty aroma. Even a root beer smell, though pulling a rich toffee and fresh butter-cream essence along. Alcohol comes in and give a warming, glowing essence. Reminds me of a Scotch ale.

Flavor is wonderful and very, very malty. Gooey candy-like sweetness; rich chocolate cake-batter; nutty; hints of vanilla and toffee; alcohol is present enough for a nice warm glow, but polite otherwise. Grape bubble-gum middle and end through to the finish, where chocolate and caramel also reside.

Texture is slick and buttery, yet plenty lively thanks to medium carbonation. Dry, with a slight tartness in the finish, causing a mild pucker inside the mouth.

This could easily pass for a Scotch Ale. But I can believe in the doppelbock thing too. Whatever it is, it's very good. Full Sail's "epic and glorious" birthday has been appropriately commemorated.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is full of malty and has a rich melanoidin character, with a touch of toast. Deep brick red amber with a small beige head. Flavor is malty, like toast with a slight figgy fruit character. Bitterness just balances the malt, while still being malt forward and not overly sweet. lingering dark caramel in the aftertaste. Chewy and rich, but balanced and drinkable. Very nice.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes:

Pours an effervescent caramel with 1 finger of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Bready, spices & brown sugar, plus pears

T: Brown bread, rye, orchard fruit & a touch of white pepper up front. Pears, a bit of booze & some honey as this warms. Finishes dry, bready & a touch grainy

MF: Chewy, with creamy carbonation & some nice fruittyness

Drinks great for the style, although a bit ragged on the edges, but a nice dopple for the money $4 a 22 oz bomber.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep caramel brown with slightly offwhite head

caramel, apples, another fruit or two, and faint spice notes

caramel malt upfront, slight apple notes, slight clovey/ molasses spice notes (very subtle) and a semi dry finish

medium bodied, good malty notes without being too sugary, good, lengthy finish, no where near the weight of an 8% ABV beer

a good, solid doppelbock/ good malty notes with a very subtle yet lasting finish. at the first sip or two I thought it lacked structure, but with every other sip it lingers for and grows on you. One of the better interpretations of a classic german beer, and for 3.99 why not?

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Photo of SickBrew
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 22oz bomber from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA and poured this anniversary brew into my favorite pilz glass. The brew poured with about a finger of tan head that dissipated fairly fast. Color is a reddish brown and quite similar an amber ale. Nose is richly malty, sweet, fruity and slightly alcoholic with little or no hop aromas. Flavor is decidedly malts and rich. Flavors are crisp, clean and slightly fruity - like good prunes. Mouthfeel is medium to full and the c02 is moderately low. This is a good doppelbock and a great way to celebrate (Celebrator) 21 years of brewing.


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Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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 cswhitehorse
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 21 was a lovely looking brew that was dark brown with a lovely 1-2 finger foam head. It had a solid, dense looking tight foam head with tight bubbles clinging to the sides of the last. It looked similar on the outsides to glass of milk.

The aroma was definitely a malt dominated smell. Also had some sugars emanating. The taste was real smooth and was a sugar malt bomb. Maybe a little lighter than the gold standard but still a great taste. In the mouth it was semi chewy and had a little bit of bitterness on the finish. Overall I was very pleased with the offering and the price was ridiculous for the return. Buy if you can.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. 12/16/08.

Pours a deep ruby-mahogany color with about two fingers of beige head. The head dropped and left slight lacing. Aroma is loaded with sweet malt, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of floral hops.

Taste starts with loads of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, roasted nut. Very rich flavors. That's followed by subtle bitter herbal hops. Slight alcohol in the taste, as it warms it becomes more noticeable.

Feel is very nice. Thick and smooth. Creamy and almost chewy. Full=bodied with low-carbonation. It doesn't feel too heavy either, making it pretty drinkable.

Overall, very good. VERY affordable too (<$4). For a 22 oz beer, especially an anniversary type, that's pretty cool.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 CHSLBrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured, in its entirety, into a big mug. Looks tasty!

A-A beautifully clear copper-colored beer. A nice tan head flirts with the rim of the mug before it reduces to a thin layer.

S-Big on the malts, with toasty and sweetish bready aromas. A bit of nuttiness comes through with just a touch of chocolate.

T-Robust, big malts with sweet caramelly flavors, perhaps a slight toast, and a smooth alcohol flavor. Hop character is appropriately absent, with bitterness also kept to a low level.

M-Medium-full body with a pretty high carbonation level, which enhances the feel and overall experience of this beer. Very smooth with an almost creamy appeal.

D-A very drinkable brew. Pleasant and complex, yet smooth and easy to drink, this beer showcases the style.

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Photo of BarleyMine
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this in a snifter and it poured a surprisingly clear, dark amber with a decent head as was the lacing. Smells of malts and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet and malty with slight molasses notes and a very minimal, but nice bitey finish. The mouthfeel is great, smooth and thick with great carbonation. This is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy crimson, smallish beige head.

Big, bold fruit in the nose, bright and buoyant, cherries and berries...caramel malt tones, as well. Large and fierce. Love it.

Tasting it: There's the malt, the grain, big and chewy. Nice, full, rich, clean, well-balanced. Doesn't really get where I want a great doppelbock to go, but it's pretty damn good.

Lovely stuff. But, for a great doppelbock, a bit richer and sweeter, I think. This is a nice, dry, even-handed version. Which is good. But...not great.
A nice lager, and a good way to celebrate 21 years!

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