Doppelbock | The Fort Collins Brewery

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The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by GilGarp on 03-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 86
Reviews by mcallister:
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a dark, attractive brown in color with a big, creamy tan head that left tons of lacing.

Smell – I don’t get much smoke here as suggested by the label. The malts though are nice and easy, more like a Bock than a DB. True to the style the nose is very simple.

Taste – Oh Lawdy does this thing come alive at the taste. First off the lack of smoke from the nose, well here it is in spades. The smoke is exactly like that of a Rauchbier which is one of my favorite styles. These malts had to be dried over a beechwood open flame. The Bambergians would be proud.

Mouthfeel – This is a big beer, at least medium if not more, and incredibly smooth in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – There will be some who will retch at the smallest taste of this beer. I have seen people convulse after a swig of smoked beer. But I’m telling you if you are a fan of Doppelbock and enjoy a good, meaty, German Rauchbier than this is heaven.

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Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rauchator Dopplebock pours from the bottle a deep garnet cola color with bright streaks of ruby coming out when held up to the light. A nice half inch bone white head sits atop the brew. Aromas of rich caramelly, raisiny malts. Fairly sweet with a touch of chocolate and molasses. Underneath lies a lovely smokehouse aroma that conjures up thoughts of fine smoked gouda and various smoked meats.

First sip brings an intricate blending of sweet caramel and chocolatey malts enhanced by a robust smokiness that rolls across the mouth like a dense fog. Rich and malty throughout with hints of raisins, dark fruits and a touch of molasses. The smoke really brings this dopplebock to the next level. An extremely tasty brew. It's good to see a US brewer using some smoked malts...hopefully more will follow suit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tantalizing maltiness that keeps me coming back to the glass sip after sip. Extremely drinkable...I'm having a hard time beliving this is 10%. I would love a 750 of this anytime. A definite winner if you like smoked beers and a wonderful introduction to Fort Collins Brewing. Thanks to Crosling for sending this one my way!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby red-brown with a frothy light brown head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is a little sweet caramel and a ton of meaty smoke. It's a big charcoal BBQ. I love the smell of a good rauchbier.

The flavor is some sweet caramel malts with a lightly bitter meaty smoke finish. The aftertaste is a little on the sweet side. The alcohol is very well hidden. It's medium bodied and smooth, low carbonation and slightly watery with a sticky sweetness.

Overall, a fine smoked beer - very Schlenkerla-esque. It's a little on the sweet side, I'd prefer a little more bitterness.

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Photo of mkrass
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.
A: Brilliant dark chestnut with a ½” off-white to tan head that disappears to nothing.
S: Spice and kettle sugars, light grains, fresh bread.
T: Very rich and malty with spicy grain flavors, bread, kettle sugars, and grain.
F: Very clean and smooth, medium full body, medium low carbonation, warming.
O: Fairly sweet but just short of cloying, slightly hot, but pleasant to drink.

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Photo of far333
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel colored with brown ochre highglights, a soda-like head of foam settles out quickly.

Rich aroma of cocoa and raisin, some fig and caramel.

Rich flavor of caramel and brown sugar, toffee and cocoa. Some smokiness rides along. Mild bitterness, fairly balanced, but tending toward sweet.

Even mouthfeel, low carbonation, a bit slick.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ft. Collins- Doppelbock

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Deep amber and mahogany brown with no head. Little to no carbonation.
S- Smokey sweet caramel malt.
T- Sweet with a smokey/ syrupy malt. Earthy hops, mild nut (walnut, chestnut) flavor.
M- Sweet and flat. Low to no carbonation.

Overall- Lackluster. Possibly a flat keg on tap?! Higher carbonation would kick up the flavor a bit.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled, this beer pours from a 650ml bottle into a globe shaped glass. It has a striking dark redish brown color with great clarity. The head leaves this beer quickly but a ring remains around the glass.

The aroma is sweet and smokey with a hint of spice. Cherry and apple wood with a bit of alcohol in the nose.

Flavor is rich and malty with a definate smoked wood taste lingering after each sip. Roasted malt and smoke blend nicely together and the latter is not overpowering as it sometimes can be (Z lager) in Fort Collins' beers.

Mouthfeel is really nice with smooth full-bodied feel and low carbonation. This is certainly a beer that is enjoyed best at cellar temperature.

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Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and clear scarlet amber topped with an enduring buttered froth.
Fragrant of caramelized pork fat and nougat. But make no mistake, the smoke reigns supreme.
Into the mouth, it's all caramel with faint fruit notions of dried dates. It dries immediately. Then it's all autumn campfires and maple-cured bacon and conflagurated leaves. The smoke maintains a balance between earthy and bright. It exits with lingering embers, a phantom of carob, and residual puffy burnt brown-sugared marshmallows.
For a relative monster, alcohol is entirely absent from the taste profile. It's thick, yes, and almost like an eis'd version of their Z Lager. But this could be managed in succession without any difficulties.
There's not much for subtlety here. It's a very basic (albeit big) bock laid with a shroud of smoke. But, shit, if it works....

Kudos on this.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's 6-Pack. Poured into my Sam Adams glass, it's a murky red-brown.

Like most smoke/rauch beers, the aroma and flavor is dominated by the woody smoke, almost peat-like. There's also a note of raisin and molasses in the smell, and both carry over into the taste with a touch of pepper and clove. The body is surprisingly easy to drink for a 10% beer, but the smoke is a bit much. Worth a try if you like smoke.

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Photo of russpowell
4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This year's offering, thank you Coal Train Liquors!

Pours a reddish chestnut with 1 finger of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Smokey (alder &oak) & bready

T: Smokey (bacon), licorice, & rich caramel up front. Some herbal hops blend with praline sweetness smokey oak in the back of the throat, once this warms. Finishes warming with cakey notes, a bit of brown sugar, dryness & loads of caramel sweetness, a bit of smokeyness & a hint of leafy hops

MF: Chewy & sticky with low carbonation & perfect balance.

Not quite as good as last years, still a great dopplebock!

I could drink this stuff all day ( if I took naps). This is the stuff of which I'm thinking sustained the German monks back in the day (top fermented most likely then)!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber, with a finger or so of light tan colored head. Retains with a thinnish look, that leaves some light fizzy lacing behind. The aroma is very smokey to start, but luckily doesn't overpower the other notes of butterscoth, cocoa, bread, spice, and fruit.

The taste is sweet and chewy with malt. Breads and caramel. Good bit of dark fruit and spice as well. Some additional spicy hop bitterness runs through this as well, drying out the backend pretty well. That same smoked malt presence is here as well, but it a bit softer and more subdued than it was in the aroma, spreading out nicely in the mouth. Bitterness and smoke linger in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, with a prickly carbonation that fills the mouth, lending this a crisp sharpness. And this stuff is 10%? Really? Beyond a little warmth on the lips, I'm not really getting any of the ABV.

The smokiness of this was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. Complex chewy malt charcter and really solid drinkibility for the size as well. Good stuff.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer not knowing what it was.

I knew that I loved their Spring Bock, so one good Bock deserves another, eh?


When I poured this guy, I saw the word 'rauch' on the side of the bottle. Indeed, as I licked the top of the now-empty bottle, I even tasted a little bit of that bacon-bits taste I associate with rauchbier. I wasn't too worried about it, after all, St. Victorious is supposed to have a little bit of rauchmalz in it, and that is a fantastic beer, right? Then I read the bottle and realized I was in for a world of something (hurt? I don't really like Rauchbiers, after all).

But let's break this baby down:

Appearance: It pours a beautiful ruby-red with a wonderful off-white head that quickly collapsed into small islands atop the beer -- all of them warring for my attention.

Smell: The smell is of candied ham and sweet malts. A wonderful blend, a wonderful sensation.

Taste: Sure, it tastes like pork. But, wow, what an experience! Perhaps I like this beer because lately I've been something of a vegetarian? But, seriously, the full-on rich dopplebock sweetness pairs wonderfully with the smokey BBQ taste of the rauch. I think the alcohol helps cut the meaty-ness, which is great.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, not too thin -- this beer manages to hover between having a really HUGE mouthfeel that can be truly astounding in some Doppelbocks and the pleasant crispness that I associate with most German/German-inspired beers. Usually when a beer treads this middle ground, it falls flat on its face, but this bad-boy manages to really capitalize on the best of both worlds.

Drinkability: Well, it's a rauchbier and I am enjoying it! That should say something! I'm enjoying this beer with some baked spiced brie and it is wonderful! The basil, rosemary, oregano, and hot pepper all compliment the rich taste this beer has to offer. Totally unexpected and totally delicious.

So, here is my question: why is it that Colorado, of all places, manages to grab onto continental European brewing traditions and place an unusual American twist on them in the same way that the rest of the country is doing it with British brews? You'd think that Penn. or Wisconsin would have that honour . . .

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of njmoons
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall pretty good. Slightly off balance on the malt side for me. Needed some more bitterness, and crisper bock finish.

On the other hand it was pretty good.

Appearance: Nice dark brown, slightly see through. Decent head which held up.

Smell: Malty, very malty with some heavy fruit plum/cherry.

Taste: Heavy malt flavor dominate the beer. Not too sweet though. I enjoyed the malt, but would have liked a little crisper/bitter end.

Mouthfeel: Moderatley heavy, very nice

Drinkability: For a malt blast at over 10% alcohol, it went down easy. I wouldn't drink more than one at a sitting, but that is not what a Doppel is for.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle acquired from Northertimber As an extra in a tread, to a tall glass mug. The Liquid is a deep clear auburn with very good carbonation. The Head is an exceptional 2 fingers, of white and leave nice lace.

The smell is smoked nuts, and some sweet fruit notes.

The taste is a most Stein worthy smoky sweet malt flavor. This brew is a true work of art. But not for everyone. The Smoky flavor is great, not as strong as some Konig Rausch beirs from Bamburg but defiantly noticabe. This beer is also quite complex with flavors of nuts and dark fruit. The more I drink the more I like this one

The mouthfeel is spot of just wonderfull to feel it roll over the tounge and flow down my throat. The body is just less then full and the carbonation is excellent adding to the enjoyment ad very satisfying feeling.

The drinkablity is hight for a rauch beer as the smoky flavor is not one to knock to out. I really like this beer. To bad I only wave 1 left. Thank you Northertimber.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks goes out to VinnieVanGogh for sharing this treat with me.

A- Pours a darker amber color with hints of brown hues to it. One finger tan head shows light retention overall. Some light streaks of lace on the sides of the beer tend to fall back into the beer with each sip.

S- Front of the aroma has a nice darker fruit presence with raisins, fig, and dates coming through. A toasted toffee ending in the front bring forth a caramel malt hint leading the backend. A good amount of smoke comes up in the back giving off more of a smoked meat than campfire ash tone to the ending of the nose.

T- Beer starts off with some light toffee malts mixing with darker fruits. At the end of the darker fruits starts a build-up of a smoke taste. This starts off light at first and comes back in the ending with a bacon like flavor. Middle of the beer has a clean caramel malt taste that from what I can tell makes up the entire body. Some light maple notes in the front of the backhalf of the beer with darker fruits coming back around and the smoke like I said before becoming more of a front flavor with hints of bacon to it. Alcohol was not a issue with the flavor being in the backing of the profile for the entire beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Darker fruits, light toffee/caramel malts, and hint of smoke left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, bacon galore, hints of darker fruit and maple, clean caramel malt base. Flavors were very well balanced for what the intended style was (being smoked of course). No off flavors at all when drinking the beer. Medium-high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- Sign me up for a bottle or two of this stuff. I wasn't quite sure what I was in store for when we poured this and it was a great surprise. I loved the smoke to this one and think it added the much needed flavor to the beer. Alcohol is high on this which limits the beer in terms of drinkability...although you couldn't taste the huge ABV. A nice doppelbock which I can't wait to try out again!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed form a 22 oz bomber in a pint glass. This FINE dopple pours a muddled cloudy brownish amber with a tight beaded foam layer that slowly dissipates to a thin layer and thick ring with sudsy lacing. Nose of fresh bread crust, chocolate malts, dark cherries, heavy date aromas, and strong sweet malts. Flavors of brown sugar and mild chocolate malts to the front and sides dominate and then gives way to a fresh bready malt flavor with a dark pie cherry aftertaste that is neither sour nor unpleasant. Back has notes of tobacco, strong alcohol warmth, and yellow raisins. Alcohol is well hidden for such a beast of a brew.

This is the most complex dopplebock I have had to date. As it warms I could pick out more and more flavors. EXCELLENT. A new FAV.

Thick syrupy mouth feel and moderate carbonation makes this one a sure winner. One of the style I have ever had. FANTASTIC. Will purchase more when available.


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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, deep crimson red with a sandy-tan 1 finger head that was littered with macro-bubbles and looked like bubblewrap. Retention was short, lapsing to a foamy and patchy layering on top while leaving a sticky and splotchy web lacing behind. Visible carbonation was faint.

S: The nose yielded a nice soft smoked peat and smoked maltiness of dry toasted caramel. An earthy bitterness with light touches of scorched dry molasses also lingered about.

T: smoked peat with a moderate showing of smoked caramel, dry, with some smoked dried fruit. A boozy nature is evident of dry burbon barrel woodiness along with a earthy bitterness. The lacing and fade finds a well linger of smoked malt but only for a brief while.

M: oily, with a medium viscosity along with a touch of carbonation. Warming, with a dry alcohol spiciness and smokiness teases the tongue for a brief moment before fading.

D: A decent drinking smoky bock beer, dry spicy alcohol nature, moderately strong overall by nature.

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Photo of TLove
2.82/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

HUGE alcohol at 10.2% ABV, which I definately did not realize until about 3/4 of the way through this. Ooops.

A solid, smoked doppelbock. Intense smoked flavor come out in the malt body, with some burnt caramel and burnt roast in the body. A bit sticky and not as smooth as I was hoping for, but there was not as much of a body as one would expect for a "double smoked doppelbock" with the alcohol content as this was.

Not much of a hop character. The brewers were definately going for smooth and drinkable, which this was, however, the aftertaste was quite revolting.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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