Doppelbock | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of murraymj
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

big thanks to mikey and someone else (kim?) for giving me two opportunities to try this outstandingly bold brew.

this brew pours a dark crimson with clear cherry highlights. the surface is dusted with foam brulee and encircled by a dense border of randomly air-peppered cream. the color here evokes warmth and size, the head screams density. more lacing would be nice, but i'm not really the visual whore that most BAs are.

aroma is extremely rich, honey smoked ham comes to mind almost immediately. still, an element of brown sugar-spiked prune puree balances the smokiness with a rich malty essence. finally, a note of dark chocolate-enrobed black cherries dwells once the initial profile has been accepted by my senses.

first sip is full of charred wood yet finishes rich with caramel and seedy fig pulp. even without breathing, the smokiness seeps into my nostrils, taste buds, and stimulates a physical taste sensation. a bit of spicy cinnamon and white pepper follow through in the finish. bitterness fades quickly and lives up to the cleanliness of a well-rounded lager.

for 10%, this beer is insanely drinkable for smokeheads. i think the fruity malt character assists here, and the beer is going down alot quicker than a 10% double ipa would. even the body is essentially perfect... perhaps the beer could be complimented nicely by a bit more thickness, but carbonation is spot-on and i think at this point i'm just fishing for flaws.

overall, a masterfully conceived beer and one that eclipses even the master of smoked beers across the atlantic. the best beer i've had in 07 so far.. and lucky me- i got to have it twice! fucking a!

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous deep amber brown - the color of warm scotch in front of a blazing fire. Head was rocky, huge, complex, and left big fat chunks of lace down the side. Aroma was strong malt, alcohol, salami skin (stole that from another BA review, but it's perfectly apt - thanks for not getting mad!) and woodsmoke. Flavor was the same - the smoke didn't overpower the beer; rather, it was a wonderful complement. Even a little on the sweet side (the smoke, I mean - of course the beer was going to be sweet!). Very rich mouthfeel, and went down FAR too fast at 10% ABV. I had to take this beer in stages - and force myself to do so at that! This beer is one of the all time best I've had - unique, exciting, flavorful, and superb in almost every aspect. Even the alcohol is hidden very well in the flavor for being 10%.

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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 Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours from Growler a clear reddish brown with a huge tannish head of foam that is very long lasting. Near the end of my first glass, there's still a solid layer and it has some nice lacing. Beautiful looking beer in the glass.

The smell is of caramel malt with some smoke and chocolate and a bit of vanilla.

The taste is malty but not too sweet and has some smoke, dark fruit(fig mostly) some dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla and...this is with my drinking it directly out of the fridge so I'm going to let it warm up some and see what happens.

While I'm waiting for it to warm, I have to say at this point, for being 10%abv, it is *very* well hidden. I get just the slightest bit of warming after the swallow and that's it. Pretty impressive.

Ok, it's warmed up some now and I get some more smoke(just the right amount, imho) and more malt and more chocolate and overall, this is one fine smooth drinker. I could see myself sipping on it all day long but...I'm going to cap it and save the rest for tomorrow.

Bottom line: I liked last year's version but thought the smoke was overpowering the other flavours. This batch, I think, brings out the best in *all* the flavours and for that, FCB, I salute you. I can't wait to try a bottle and see how it compares. I highly recommend you try this DB if you see it in your area!

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Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Greeneagle
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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 ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, is it one of the best dopplebocks I've had in ages? Before I tell you that, we need to go over a few things.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with ruby hues around the edge and a khaki-colored head.

Smell: A malty caramel aroma with a delicate, yet meaty, smokiness pervades the nose. Also, there's some light, fruity notes hidden just beneath the smokescreen.

Taste: A healthy dose of caramel malt starts the flavor crisscrossed by the earnest, ever-present smokiness. The dark fruitiness is more expressive in the flavor, showing up as plums and raisins. Hints of brown sugar and chocolate, too. Gorgeous. That's a gorgeous taste they've got there.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Gentle carbonation and a reasonably creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A supremely enjoyable, well-balanced beer. I really wish I could get a six-pack, listen to some Pinback and get my picture taken with the bottle. And how!

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce (355ml) bottle. Recommended by Nick at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO: $1.99 minus the 10% mixed sixer discount Liquor Max gives. Great price for such a huge beer. When Nick found out I love malt, he said, "You'll love this."

Pours a reddish dark-amber under a two-finger light tan head that settles into a rocky froth, with very sticky lacing. Huge caramel malt smell, with figs on toasted rye bread. Slight back note of pine and citrus hops. The smoke smell is there, though not dominant: hickory smoked ham and burned sugar. Really rich and complex aroma. Exceptional. The taste is not the usual malty-sweetness you might expect from a D-B, but a bit more sour and smokey. Wow! How unexpectedly delightful. Strong roasted malt bitterness that lasts and lasts, giving way gradually to a metallic hop-note with pepper and clove. The bitter finish completely masks the alcohol on the palate, but there's a warming sensation in the back of the throat as I swallow. Rich, full, thick, round mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation that is really terrific.

Perilously drinkable. This will sneak up and kick your butt. If I didn't know this was 10%, I never would have guessed it.

Overall, I am impressed. Not as smokey as a rauchbier, not as sweet as a regular D-B, this beer is the best of both.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. No dating on the bottle or label. Cola colored body that is mostly clear. About a one-finger light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no real lacing.

Nutty, roasted malt aroma with just a hint of toffee and caramel.

Really nice flavor that follows the aroma very closely, but is much richer. Solid toasted malt flavor and a good hint of chocolate. A little sweet but not cloying.

Smooth mouthfeel that goes down easy; very drinkable. Very good dopplebock.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When held up to the light the is beer shows a brilliantly clear, deep, ruby red color that otherwise sits a drab, dark amber-brown color in my tulip glass. The head starts out at three fingers thick, and slowly recede to a crown of light tan colored froth that never disappears entirely. The aroma is certainly smoky, but there are some other notes underneath the dominant smoke character. A touch of caramel-like sweetness, a hint of bready malt and perhaps even a touch of caramelized raisins are all at least subtly noticeable. But really this beers aroma is all about the smoke, but I would not say that it is over the top in any way.

The beer is fairly sweet up front, though not in a sticky, sugary way, instead it is the type of rich sweetness that is quite appropriate for a Doppelbock. Malty sweet driven notes are quite bread-like at times (if you can imagine that); I get notes of caramel, large Maillard malt by-products and browned rustic bread crust. Of course there are smoke flavors here too, but they are note nearly as pronounced as the aroma would have suggested. It infuses a smoky back drop to all of the rich, typical Doppelbock flavors; adding a bit more complexity to an already complexly malty brew. This is quite good. I could easily drink a few pints of this, which might be a bit dangerous. In the end this is quite tasty and gone way too fast.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle. Fort Collins Dopplebock pours out a dark ruby color with a light brown head. I didn't realize this was a smoked dopplebock when I opened it, so I was a bit taken back by the smoked salami aroma. Besides the smoke, there is some malty caramel in the aroma. Lots of smoky flavor, which is the way I like it, but not so much as to be one dimensional. Hints of chocolate and caramel. No sign of alcohol. No way this is really 10% abv. Great drinkability. Who knew liquid meat could be so refreshing?

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Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oxymoron for this one!

A: Pours a reddish amber color with a 1/2 finger off-white head that settles to a ring around the liquid and leaves a touch of lacing.

S: Beef Jerky smokiness mixed with a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Caramel and candied date sweetness with a wonderful smoked meat flavor. Maybe a touch of raisins as well. The flavor is not hugely complex, but is overall an enjoyable interplay of flavors.

M: Somewhat creamy with just enough richness while being far from heavy. Alcohol is not present at all. 10%? I pegged this as no more than 8%. Nice!

D: Very good given the high ABV especially.

Highly recommended. One of the most enjoyable smoke beers I have had. This one especially grew on my as I got closer to finishing the bottle.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, fig, date, wood smoke, tobacco, nuttiness, and smoke/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt and yeast fruitiness; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, fig, date, wood smoke, tobacco, nuttiness, and smoke/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, nuttiness, raisin, fig, date, wood smoke, tobacco, and smoke/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and yeast fruitiness; with zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible smoked doppelbock! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and yeast fruitiness; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Beertron
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge fan of Doppels, so I couldn't resist the urge to try a double (!?!) smoked version.

A - One inch of head on a pretty vigorous pour. Creamy orange-tinted head with thick, thick lacing and decent retention. Dark, clear brew with a red-orange tint noticeable only when held to light (or maybe the tint was the light -- I'm not sure).

S - This simply reeks of blackstrap molasses. (I was surprised when looking through the reviews for this sucker that only one person mentioned that. He looked like and older fella and maybe that's why -- not a lot folks from my generation probably even know what blackstrap molasses is.) You can certainly smell the smoke too but, after a few samples now, I've learned that the smokiness is most apparent when its cold. As is warms up, the molasses comes in with his suitcases and boxes, unpacks, and calls this beer home. There's a few other things going on too. There's a hint of orange rind somewhere in there and there's a prominent scent of malted milk powder. This has some strong scents of cured Italian pork sausages and I'm guessing it would pair famously with them. Finally, there's just a faint light scent of spice in the background, like a soft nutmeg/clove combination. It's not so different than acetone, so I'm guessing this to be the alcohol coming through. At 10%, it's amazing that the alcohol is buried this deeply. Man oh man. This is, hands down, the best-smelling beer I've ever had in my life. With each that I've had, I've taken twice as many sniffs as I have swigs.

T - Holy crap, there's a lot going on in this beer!! First, there's the expected smoky malt flavors. Then, there's the cured/hardwood-smoked meat flavors (heavily umami if that means anything to you). Next, there's the burnt sugar impurities (brown sugar, molasses, sorghum syrup). There's a toffee component which led me to decipher some nuttiness (is this known as self-awareness??), black walnuts to be specific. Lastly, there's a tinge of black cherry hidden inside, giving the smallest hint of the alcohol. That you can barely taste the alcohol in this is mind-numbing ('ll drink more than you probably should and freeze up the brain activities). I'm boosting my taste rating up a .5 notch solely based on the complexity of this beer.

M - This is strikingly smooth. Considering the numerous and complex flavors in this brew, I'd expect more of a roller coaster of flavors but, no, it's just nice and smooth with a long lingering finish. It's not as thick as the nose leads you to believe but this is far from water. It has a syrupy quality.

D - This is pretty dang heavy stuff, in terms of both flavor and alcohol. A person probably shouldn't drink a lot of these in one sitting, but it's so damn good that you probably will drink till unconscious and awake with a axe-splitter (and it will have been worth it).

Food - Pair with cured meats, seared steaks, wild mushrooms, beef-based sauces (esp. with a sweet component), darker non-chocolate cakes, cider-braised pork (or a whole host of pork products), and peanut butter. Avoid anything that doesn't have a strong umami flavor. Here's a dish I'd make specifically for this beer: Seared NY Strip with applewood-smoked bacon and mushroom ragout, roasted garlic-wilted spinach, quinoa and maple veal glace de viande.

This beer is amazing. I'm happy that I took the chance on this "import."

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Photo of roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle that I acquired as an extra in a trade with Walken (thanks!) into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a beautiful clear ruby red with some orange hints to it. A one and a half inch off-white head forms on top and eventually settles down to a centimeter thick cap that retains very well. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of caramel malts and the usual smoked meat, next day campfire smell typical of rauchmalt. It's not intense like a Schlenkerla, but it's very pleasant.

Taste is initially caramelly with a bit of dark fruit, though that is beneath the smoked flavors. More present is the smoked ham. In the finish the smoke dissipates a bit and more dark fruit comes out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an insanely creamy texture. Goes down easy.

This really surprised me as a great Rauchbier. The smoke is not completely dominant like it sometimes tends to be, but rather it adds to and compliments the usual caramel and dark fruit characteristics of the Doppelbock style. Good stuff.

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Photo of Rayek
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep cherrywood, with minimal carbonation and very nice clarity. Soapy tan head doesn't stick very long and only leaves bits and pieces of lace. This is definitely the beer's weak spot.

S: Things get much, much better here. Toffee, molasses, smoke, black cherries and pepper all intermingle in perfect harmony.

T: Bittersweet overall, with toffee and molasses flavors out front. The smoked malt comes on quickly to quell the sweetness, followed by a pepper bitterness that's aided by the beer's alcohol. Finishes with a bittersweet toffee flavor.

M: Medium-heavy body is syrupy and thick. Carbonation starts out on the high side, but quickly settles.

D: A very nice local doppel. I'm really glad I picked this up. An excellent last stop on my 2009 doppelbock tour.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of maltlikker
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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