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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
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3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +5%
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 -3.7%
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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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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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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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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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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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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3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +2.9%
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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3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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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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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3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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 +4.7%
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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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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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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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