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 SickBrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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 bkilpatr
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Floydster
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from BevMo for less than four dollars, cool label, poured into my Aventinus weizen glass, medium to dark reddish brown body, small beige head that was pretty fomay, minimal retention and lacing, smell is mostly made up of brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, nuttiness, and caramel, taste was not much different than the aroma other than milk chocolate component it had in the finish, starts off sweeter, then fades into lots of toasted malt, finish is slightly sweet, mouthfeel is slightly roasted and sweeet, medium bodied, could use some more carbonation, booze were hidden very well, pretty easy to drink for its style, would like to drink again in a year or so and see how it evolves

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Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Nice presentation.

Poured a deeper and slightly hazy amber - almost brownish- color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of strong toasted nuts, caramel, and lighter roastiness. Tastes of caramel, nuts, toasty, chocolate, and I was getting a little burnt brown sugar. Alcohol content well hidden.

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

21 anniversary doppelbock from a 22 ounce bottle.

Dark brown-amber, huge tan head and fair amount of lacings. Dark roast malts, minor citrus-orange hops, some oak, burnt caramel. Alcohol is a bit obvious.
A bitter / sour finish. Unusual beer.
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability is not that good due to the 8% abv.
Not very like any doppelbock I've had but don't let that deter you from giving this a try.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear ruby brown with a minimal off-white head that quickyl turns into a ring of bubbles. Aroma of cereal, roasty malt, brown sugar, straw, with toffee. Nice malty doppel with the strong Noble hop as advertised. A little thin for the style, but still very nice.

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Photo of riored4v
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Tan, 1.5 finger head. Slightly cloudy. Nice brown, dark amber color.

Smell was sweet and malty. Nutty, sugary and a hint of raisins.

Taste had a smokey/roasted flavor up front. Mild alcohol heat. Nice and mild finishing bitterness. Good amounts of caramel malts. Slightly nutty along with bitter chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel was medium body. Good carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability was good. Slight heat prevents it from being a sessionable beer.

Overally a pretty tasty offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of BarleyMine
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 fctoaster
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured from a chilled 22oz bottle into a large (~750mL) mug. Put a good bit of distance between the bottle and the mug, didn't see much head forming at first, then wham! overflow- novice mistake, and an oz or to lost to the carpet. I hope the grey shag enjoyed it. Head is an off-white foam, dissipated slowly, leaving lots of lacing and small clumps of head at the end. A deep amber color- very clear after a successful decanting.

Smell- Being sick greatly reduces my ability to smell this beer. What I can pick out is a sugary sweetness- I suppose it is still a young brew, so some residual sugar is expected to remain until bottle conditioning extends further. Also a hint of... well I can't actually decide what it is. It reminds me of the smell of freshly poured champagne- maybe it's just the carbonation cutting through the mucus... If I were smelling this blind I would expect to drink a much liker beer, definitely not an 8% dopplebock.

Taste- Immediate sweetness on the tongue, almost like raw sugar- again, may be the scent preventing me from tasting the more complex flavors. The sweetness is followed immediately by a subtle bitter note, nothing harsh or overbearing- the floral equivalent of taste. A long draw leaves a mellow yet obvious alcohol aftertaste, almost metallic- are these fusel alcohols or just the illness?

Mouthfeel- Lively on the tongue: Light, carbonated, not as viscous or thick as others I've had of the style. Probably due more to age than anything else.

Drinkability- The kick after the swallow, slows the pace a little, but the lightness and sweetness balance that out. Could easily drink a few too many of these is a few too many minutes; the drinkability surpasses the alcohol. I would imagine that with a little more time the sweetness would mellow out a bit and a more caramelized character would develop. But for now, this is an drinker, not a sipper.

Expect a re-taste when a couple months and the illness have passed.

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Photo of ccrida
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in my large St. Feuillien goblet, 21 is a dark ruddy chestnut with an exceptionally creamy tan head that leaves heavy, foam lace. The etching on the glass keeps a lively head through the last glass that forms a thick island in the middle.

Smell is dark malts, fruity, like a BSDA, with a strong punch of earthy, herbal hops.

Taste is very rich, fruity, zesty citric hops, almost like a barleywine, apricots and caramel. A pretty good big beer, it seems a little outside the lines of most dobblebocks.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium-light body.

Drinkability is pretty high, it's tasty and goes down easily. Still, it's on the sweeter, stronger side, and not something I can have a second bottle of in one sitting! Another value priced brew from a good local brewery that I'm always happy to support, I'll have to pick up another few of them for aging, it should hold up while for at least a year or so I'd guess.

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

Picked this up at Texas Liquor in Carlsbad, California at $4.99 for 22 ounce. Pours a dark, opaque brown black. Copious amounts of cappuccino head swirl about in my Sam Adams Boston Lager pint glass. Oaky malt, toasted brioche and caramel dominate the nose. Lots of caramel in the taste as well, with some toffee and chocolate. I was impressed with all of the flavor blending seemlessly.

Congrats to Full Sail on 21 years and to many more!

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

22oz bomber purchased at the Bottle Barn. Clear copper with a 1/2 finger beige head, fair retention. Sweet caramel--almost toffee notes--toasty malts, light brown sugar and the typical lager yeast background with only a hint of alcohol noted in the aroma. Flavor was a little drier than the aroma led on, and had more toast and less sweet malts. Other than that, the flavor follows the aroma with no surprises. Alcohol is masked pretty well. Bitterness peaked around a 2 in the slightly earthy finish. Low carbonation with a medium full body. Good interpretation of a doppelbock. 8-4-8-4-15

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Photo of beermebeerman
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall not a bad beer:

Appearance: Pours a golden amber to brown. Started with a 2 finger head, but dissipates too quickly.

Smell: Bready, slightly yeasty. Notes of caramel and roasted malts.

Taste: Starts with hops and caramel malts, then melds into a biscuity, roasted and slightly bitter finish. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Not too much carbonation.

I likes. Not the best, doesn't compare to double dead guy, but not bad. I'd drink a few pints if the price was right.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An intriguing brew from a solid brewery. This one pours a lovely chocolate brown color with ruby tones. A slight off white head nestles on top. The aromas are pretty good with malts right up front. Very doppelbock-esqe. I do get a faint floral hoppiness, not present in most dopplelbocks. The flavor is pretty good. Definitive maltiness with breadiness, strong sweetness, and even some very faint chocolate tones. What is really odd for the style is the hoppiness. Both in bitterness and in taste I get a ton of hops. It isn't like a DIPA or even an IPA for that matter, but there is a hop prevalence. This isn't necessarily a bad thing for the hop head trying to dabble in lagers, but just doesn't fit the style that well. I do like the hoppiness, however it may be a bit more than what i wanted. The mouthfeel is strong. Not too heavy and not too light for a doppelbock.

In the end, this is a solid beer. It is definitely not your average doppelbock. It provides some hoppiness not present in its German counterparts. This is what makes American beers great. The variation on a style. What makes this beer great is the hoppiness. Unfortunately I feel that the hoppiness is too much to make this an iconical brew. At 4 bucks a pop, it is a pretty cheap bomber. This does bump it up on the drinkability scale a touch. Overall its definitely worth a try, but there are some others I would pick up first.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a thick, three-finger thick, creamy tan colored head. The beer is a deeply red stained, dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, red / cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malty with a sweet, toffee-like, almost malt syrup like, toasty malt and a big brown sugar coated biscuit notes. This is definitely quite rich and at times makes me think of dried figs and caramelized raisins. As the beer warms a touch of hop aromatics become noticeable with both a light herbal note as well as a touch of hop fruitiness.

Somewhat thick and viscous as it hits my tongue, the beer retains the chewy malt body throughout, though it is not on the heavy side for a Doppelbock. The beer is somewhat sweet, though it is not a simple, sugary sweetness, but is instead a nice malty, toasty, caramelized sweetness. There is a touch of warming alcohol to the finish as well as a hint of spicy hops and a light bitterness. Malty flavors of toffee, concentrated Maillard browning flavors, brown sugar, . There is a soft, lightly balancing hop character here that provides a touch of spicy herbal notes to the flavor. This gets a bit more balanced between the dominant malt character and the hop notes as it warms up.

Definitely a solid Doppelbock; I like the rich maltiness here, though it could perhaps use a touch more richness. Actually 6 months of age might to wonders for this beer, but I am definitely enjoying this right now.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogany amber into a pint glass. Head doesn't linger and lacing is minimal. In fact the carbonation surrenders to a near flatness half way through the glass.

A bit nondescript on the nose. Malts and alcohol are present, but the brew is otherwise a bit loose and scattered. Definite hop notes help out.

Taste is likewise a bit off key. Nice malt flavor initiates, yet doesn't offer a convincing close. Somewhat light in body for the style, this brew has a decent feel and drink and reminds me of a fortified amber.

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Photo of 100floods
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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 John_M
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/05/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. 2008 bottling. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown colored pour. Semi bubbly 1/2 inch head on the pour. Head fades reasonably fast and leaves little lace.

Smell- Very light scent. Deep dark malt, smokey, almost Rauchbier like at times. Smells a tad salty.

Taste- A bit laid back for an 8% beer. Smooth with dark chocolate flavors, a touch of alcohol as well. Malt is lightly burnt, but not super heavy. Hops come into play a bit more than expected.

Mouthfeel- Mid range to lower carbonation level. Light hoppy bitter aftertaste as well as a touch of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Decent output from Full Sail. I've had better one off's from them. Definitely no Celebrator, but still worth trying. Better than average.

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

I'm a huge fan of doppelbocks and Full Sail...so this can't miss, right?
Pours a pretty typical medium brown with copper/red highlights. It's not so dark that light doesn't make it through, and it's not overly murky. The head's minimal, although lacing is present as you work your way down.
This doppel really relies on a sweet malty caramel/brown sugar flavor above all other things. I'm not really getting much raisin, chocolate, or many other characteristics notable in the style. It's patterned more along the lines of Salvator, which relies on sweet caramel and molasses. There is a little bit of hop bitterness, and the finish is nice and clean. There's a hint of sulphur that comes through here and there, though.
I split a bottle of this and it was certainly an easy drinker that was gone before I knew it. The alcohol's almost non-existant.

Kind of one-dimensional, but it's highly quaffable. Tastes like a fortified version of their "Limited" lager offerings, but it's missing the depth that most of my favorites have.

It might make a good introduction to the style for people who aren't used to it, but I really don't think it can touch any of the Bavarian offerings I've had. It's too one-dimensional.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In celebration of 'twenty-onederful years of beery goodness' (cute...), this is Full Sail's big, bad birthday brew. A 22 oz. bottle, emptied unceremoniously to a good ol' pint glass (at least it's a Full Sail one). Like the labeling on this one, with its eye-catching '21' boldly across the front and the 'safety seal' strapped across the cap.

A: Beautiful pour: a lofty head of the densest vanilla cream, nears two-fingers in height and fades slowly. Very pretty lace that sticks in frothy bands. Held to light, this is perfectly clear and relatively free of carbonation. Color is a warm and rich sienna orange-brown with a reddish tinge.

S: Aroma is a sweet maltiness, gently scented with citrus fruit and spice. Faint, green/pungent hops. Pleasant, not particularly lasting nor memorable.

T: A boldly-hopped rendition of a traditionally malty-sweet style. This is thick with baked bread, crisp apples, a squeeze of orange and plenty of spice. Cocoa powder and a little toffee. Tangy hops, a leafy greenness that punches through the sweeter graininess. Tasty and interesting.

M: Not syrupy but certainly fills the mouth; a medium feel in the first couple sips deepens to a creamy blanket. Modest carbonation but a spicy zing.

D: Far from your 'by the book' German dopplebock; sweetness is married nicely with a careful dose of Northwest hopping. It works well and is an apt reminder of the skill and creativity of this venerable Oregon brewery. Not my favorite dopplebock, but an intriguing interpretation and one worth seeking out for a try. Cheers and congrats, Full Sail!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
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 bitterthebetter
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.8 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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