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

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

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
9.21%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
For Trade:
1
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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 JoshuaCain
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep mahogany brown with a nice pillowy cream colored head. nice retention and good lacing.
aroma is very faint, sweet malt and earth. a little nuttiness and raisin in the back.
tastes a bit better than it smells. the expected big malts up front with a little cocoa and dates in the back. a very dry finish with a pronounced grassy hop aftertaste.
mouthfeel is fairly thick, with decent carbonation, pretty enjoyable.
drinkability is quite good, since it was cheap.
overall not great as a doppelbock, but a nice easy-to-drink dark lager in general.

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Photo of Buebie
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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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 davidw987
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bev Mo

The beer was a reasnably good product as you would expect from Full Sail. The product was fresher than most German bocks available in my area. The northwest hop influence was noticeable, but restrained in deference to the style. The malt profile was more along the lines of a bock than a dopplebock, but was still a pleasant sweetness.

Considering the freshness and the availabiltiy, I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber for $5 at Alvey's Four Firkins. This was a very drinkable beer, but by no means a true-to-style doppelbock. It seems to have been fermented too dry and clean, leaving little flavor beyond the hops aftertaste. While the hops leave nice spicy finish, this beer is all finish, it never starts. There's barely any aroma. Really, this just tastes like a dry dark lager with a decent kick of hops.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade!

Pours brown with a tan/off-white head that thins and stays. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with earthy spicing in the back.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with earthy/floral notes in the back. A light roast comes in as it progresses. A touch of warming alcohol shows in the balanced finish.

It reaches full-bodied with a lager smoothness appropriate for the style.

Drinks well, especially for the abv. A nice, balanced, interpretation of the style. Doesn't quite have the rich maltiness that some classic interpretations have, but a nice hop balance makes up for it, making it a very nice American interpretation of the style (though hops stay in the traditional type for the style). A very good job here! Thanks again, John!

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Photo of morebeergood
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bomber at the Albertson's grocery store in Magnolia WA for $3.99. Poured into two glasses. Extremely weak brown color, almost see through. Smelled a bit like molasses. Taste was just average, with nothing really standing out. I thought this beer was very watery also, with almost no backbone I expected from a doppelbock. Drank this while eating some cheese, and I liked the cheese more. What a letdown.

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

Picked up a bomber at Healthy Spirits yesterday on Dave's recommendation. Chilled and poured into my brand new Moonlight pint glass

A: Deep crimson, crystal clear, with a light brown head that shrinks from being an inch thick to a disk rather soon while leaving some lacing.

S: Rather underwhelming with some bready malt up front. Behind it is some caramel and nutty aromas that complement the initially disappointing aroma. Clean but not very exciting

T: Opens up with a pretty solid bready alt flavor that's well-complimented with some caramel sweetness and some fruity character as well - figs, nuts and a mild hint of banana. Finishes dry but with some complex sweetness

M: A little light in body but carbonation is good and the finish, adequate

D: All told, a solid offering, fairly easy to drink

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut hues with a lasting thick white head. Leaves nice lacing.

S: Not as full on as others in the style. Malty, toffee notes.

T: Very balanced doppelbock. Perhaps a tad too hoppy, but some like it hot, no? I prefer the maltier versions, but this tastes delicious nonetheless.

M: The 21st (amendment?) goes down smoothly, and it feels most excellent on the palate. Carbonation is just right.

D: Very high due to the taste and mouthfeel. 8% ABV is around the norm for the style and meshes well with the ease with which this brew goes down the gullet.

In short, a most excellent doppelbock! I hope Full Sail adds this to their line-up as it ranks up there with the very best Germans originals.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Caramel brown color with 1.5 fingers' worth of head. Very enticing scotch-like appearance (well, except the bubbles). Beautiful shade of beer.

S: Brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits, toffee.

T: Caramel and toffee start off, working their way into dark fruits and brown sugar, ending with a toasted malt finish. Very rich and complex taste, something to savor in each moment.

M: Medium bodied, with light carbonation (could use some improvement on that front).

D: I'll make sure to pick up another bomber before they're gone. Good stuff.

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

pours a dark amber maple syrup color which gets muddy from the yeast sludge. it*s cap is off white, vigorous and short lived.

the aroma is grainy and malty sweet with notes of chocolate, fruit (berries?)and caramel.

lots of malt and barley in the flavor profile though it is not nearly as sweet as i had expected... very soft and well mannered. toasted nuts, caramel, floral alcohol and light chocolate show up before a spicy peppery kick on the clean finish. definite yeasty character in the aftertaste. medium bodied though fairly creamy... easy to put a few away and not notice the abv%.

nothing really jumps out...
7/3/7/4/15/3.6

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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.

Prost

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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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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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