The Virgilator
Deschutes Brewery

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German Doppelbock
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4.1 | pDev: 0%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 2
Photo of Mordath
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this during my recent trip to Bend, at the Deschutes brewery as part of a sampler. Sweet but not cloying, aftertaste of cloves and honey. Lighter color than I usually go for, but full bodied and very drinkable. It was one of my favorites of the group, which included (in no particular order):

Hop Trial (Strong amber)
Hop in the Dark (Dark IPA)
Streaking the Quad
Belgian IPA
Pinot Doc Holliday

Unfortunately they were out of the Bourbon Barrel Black IPA...

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blurb from Deschutes: "This Dopplebock was designed to quell the massive thirst of a mythical and mischievous beast named Virgil who hailed from faraway eastern lands. Legend has it that when soothed by the soft malt character Munich malt provides, Virgil exclaimed, "The Deutschland can't touch this," and went into a life of servitude. Try it for yourself, but beware the calming effects!"

Clear brick red. Orange highlights. No lacing remains once the head goes away.

Cherry and artificial 'fruit punch' esters, slightly tropical. Alcohol is present in the aroma.

Low carbonation and thick fruity goodness. Again, cherries, tropical and fruit punch elements. Blind, I might mistake this for a trippel. Malt profile is big and has full mouthfeel. The malt/grain presense reminds me of a rye, pumpernickle, or other dark grain. Spicy alcohol, and a tad cloying.

A good sipper, but I couldn't do a pint of this one! I wouldn't mind seeing this more often. I had Deschutes Lavanator years ago, not sure if this is the same recipe, could be...cant be sure.

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The Virgilator from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2 ratings