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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

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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 129
Photo of TLove
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a creamy beige head that retains nicely while draping a curtain of lace in spots

Smell: Dark fruit (dates and raisins), caramel and subtle wafts of smokey bacon

Taste: Caramel and dark fruit flavors, up front, with a hint of smoke starting to build by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruits burst in flavor but the finish is pure smokey bacon

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a somewhat creamy texture; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really a nice surprise as I have had this in my cellar for a while; the smoke is not overpowering and serves as a foil for the sweetness of the doppelbock

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden amber color with a small, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of burnt toast maltiness with some smokey qualities, like bacon.

T - A unique dopplebock with hints of maple, smoked bacon, toffee and sweet caramel.

M - It was soft and smooth with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is very different and worth a try, but it's not my favorite dopplebock.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 corby112
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to vasdef42 for sending this to me as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours a deep dark copper/chestnut brown with dark burgundy/ruby edges when held to a light source and a fizzy beige foam head that quickly fizzles away into a thin ring.

Very nice smokey aroma with hints of sweet caramel malt, chocolate, banana, clove, yeast/bread, charcoal and bacon. The smokiness if very prominent, which is always welcome, but doesn't overpower other aromas.

Smooth, rich creamy mouthfeel with a decent amount of smokiness and sweet caramel malt. There is a nice amount of spicy cloves and dark fruit notes which shine thorugh on top of the charcoal, BBQ smokiness. Hints of dark cheery, plum, raisin and fig. Sweet caramel malt accompanied by spiciness and subtle smoky flavors that are more prominent in the finish. Subtle sweet alcohol presence and slight warmth in the dry smokey finish. The high ABV is very well masked, however, making this a very drinkable beer.

Based on the aroma, I was expecting this beer to be much more smokey, but it was very well balanced with a lot of dark fruit, bready yeast, clove and banana notes.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a deep dark chestnut brown color with about an inch of creamy ecru foam. Nose and flavor consist of caramelized malt, toast on the verge of burning, some chocolate and dark fruit notes, mildly smokey. Medium in both body and carbonation with a smooth finish. Not much alcohol burn to speak of. Worth trying if you see it around.

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Photo of far333
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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 PEBKAC
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from SuperWhite92 :D

Served into a standard cupboard tumbler.

Almost an inch of nougat-colored head over a greasy brown body & amber body.

Smells of sweet charred toffee, maple bacon, & high heat. A good bit of zest that feels out of place.

Carbonation is very strong, alcohol is moderate to strong. Both are conflicting with my palate.

Taste is of burnt dark chocolate & cola. Smoke is a bit acrid, but mostly subdued by the crusty malt. A touch yeasty. A leafy bitterness that is extensive & just weighs on my buds after a few glasses.

I'm missing most of the expected bock-ish flavors I was looking forward to. The smoke doesn't taste meaty, peaty, or charred, just simply playing a monotone role underneath dominating bitterness.

I have another bottle that'll sit around for a bit. Hopefully better things to come.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A return of something new. Just my first impressions but this seems different than the dopplebock that they brewed a few years back. Pours a clear deep mahogany brown color with a light amber red hue. A fizzy white head that needed some help with the pour. Some retention but did die out altogether. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is malty with a light but distinct peaty smoked malt aroma. This is lighter versus the older version I remember. Some minor caramel, which seems more like a crystal malt thing (versus the Munich malt). Some yeasty notes that are distinct for FCB. Some light honey or molasses thing, but not distinct.

The taste is a bit more on par with style. The smoke/peat thing is there (which is not to style) but it is soft. Works well with the malty sweetness (although I would still like to see it lighter, ie personal preference). The Munich is more attentive but still some nutty and caramel notes are present. The hops are a bit much with more a bitterness and light earthy note, but would age out nicely. Some heat and a light English Barleywin-esk yeast notes with some fruity notes, esters and light phenolics. A light plum and mango in the finish that comes out more as it warms.

The body is closer to full than moderate. The fusel notes are a bit distracting and the carbonation is light but both could use a bit of time to improve. As it warms there are some oily, soy sauce notes but minor. Overall Im not a smoke/peat fan, but this seems to be an improvement on past seasonal batches.

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Photo of Rayek
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trailing Gambrinus' accurate assessment from last night's O'hoove session, another contribution from Ben the Pull Up King, I would call this a dark cola color with a modest oatmeal colored head and a goodly carpet of lace. The aroma is a solid licorice smoke with vanilla and salty chocolate. The flavor brings big ham and grape sweetnes with a undoubtable smokey background, really meaty, literally. Mid-bodied, salty, ham and sausage nicely blended into a sweet malty background for fulfilling consumption. Nice with fair drinkability for the style but as the G-Man stated, not an all day beer. Very solid brew and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at ohoove's.

A: Poured a nutty brown color with a slightly murky center and light orange coloring around the edges. Carbonation was minimal as was the lacing.

S: Smells slightly sweet, but rather smoky as well. Has a bit of a smoked, salted meat aroma to it as well.

T: Flavor emulates the smell quick accurately. A full mouth of sweet peat, slow roasted caramel malts, a liquified smoked meat. Our consesnsus: a Hickory Farms beef stick.

M: Mouthfeel is full, but pretty smooth, with a little sticky cloying flavor.

D: This would probably pair wuite well with a smoked meat at dinner time, but it's a nice cool weather brew to have on hand as well. I couldn't drink it all day, as that smoky flavor might get to me, but it was pretty good.

Liquid smoke in a beer bottle, FC Doppelbock was an interesting take on an otherwise overplayed style. Unique, but almost bordering rauchbier territory.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Haybeerman
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear chestnut brown color. Poured a 2 finger brown coarse head the at dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet roasted malts; burnt toffee, slightly smokey aroma. Bitter citrus bite and alcohol.

T: Big rich roasted malt flavors consistent with smell that lingers ahead of a sharp bitter finish. Malt and hops very well-balanced to compliment one another.

M: Light side of medium body. Carbonation nicely balanced. Smooth and slightly warming.

D: Very drinkable for the style. Smooth, balanced. 7.4 abv very tolerable.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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 sulldaddy
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring at room temp into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear mahogany with amber tinged creamy head of 1/2" that fades to an edge layer fairly quickly. Aroma is caramel and some grainy malt, fair amounts of smoke are mixed in, sausage smoke not firepit. First sip reveals and average body with slightly syrupy texture and fine rolling carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and some chocolate and roasted malt that rolls to hits of smoke. No hop presence or ABV which is impressive for this bigger beer. Very well crafted, the texture makes it a bit of a sipper, but not boozy. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with ruby-ish highlights - Nice color, but head retention could be better (though at 10% it is forgiveable - and, a few fading wisps of lacing do stick for a time).

The smell is of caramal/toffee maltiness with a subtle, well-integrated, Rauch-like smokiness that grows as it progresses.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with a touch of earthy balance. Smokiness, while not dominant or powerful, is Rauch-like. Both the Doppelbock and Rauch aspects are done nicely, and mingle well. Finishes with a sweet-ish ham/bacon-like smokiness.

It has a smooth medium body.

Alcohol is well-hidden, especially in the first half, though one bottle was plenty. A solid doppelbock with an interesting, well-done, Rauch-like smoky touch.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice mahogany deep brown with red and garnet accents when held to the light. Off white, tan head about half an inch thick, recedes to nothing more than a film. Nice rim of lacing as well.

S: Very smokey, smells like a campfire, or better, bacon cooked over a campfire. Some deep roasted malts hang back there, but this one is overpowered by smoke.

T: This is very interesting to say the least. Smoke flavors are present, nice chocolatey malt flavor in there as well. Not the typical doppelbock flavors. The caramel emerges a little later. Very malty and sweet underneath the smoke. This is an interesting take on an already complex style. The smoke really adds another layer to this beer.

M: Pretty thick creamy in the mouth, which is odd with the smoke flavor, fairly well carbonated for the ABV.

D: I wouldn't really drink anymore than the bomber of this, but it isn't bad, maybe a little more drinkable on tap, or with some barbeque.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of smoked malts, caramel, dark fruit with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is smoky and malty with sweet flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and caramel up front. There's a touch of smoked meat in the background but it's not overdone like I've experienced in other beers. There's a mild hops presence that bring some balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, good representation of style, I'm not that big of a fan of the smoked beers but this one is as good as I've had from that type. Overall, it seems to be more of a sipper than a pounder.

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Photo of JDV
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BlackForestCO. Thanks Jake!
Pours maroonish with a thin offwhite head. Smell is sweet and smoky. Like a sweet smoky bbq session. Taste is strongly smoky and rich in flavor. Somewhat of a tart, toasty and bitter finish along with some smoke, and the 10+% is hidden very well. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Pretty good smoked beer with a nice mollassesy touch.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head depletes promptly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is strongly of fruity alcohol, no smoke in evidence. Taste does come through with smoky sweetness upfront, fruitiness in the middle, and a prominent alcohol close. Mouthfeel is a bit too slickery, and drinkability is alright as well. Nowhere near what I was expecting here, could have been so much more.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Nice rich mahogany color, with a light tan head, with a low retention rate. Pretty nice lacing. Very smokey aroma, meaty, bacon and sausage, sweet malts, almost wine-like. Taste has bacon off the start, sweet malts drive it home. Caramel, nutty, the doppelbock comes in the end. Smooth mouthfeel, smokey, creamy, with a very nice carbonation level. Very nice drinkability with this one. It truly is rauchbier meets doppelbock. Delicious.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #12.

Pours a dark amber color. The smell is very malty. Overwhelmingly malty.

The taste was a nice surpise. Not too smokey as I was anticipating. A good balance of smoke, malt and a bit of citrus.

The mouthfeel is very tame for this style of beer.

The drinkability was surprising. I enjoyed it. I don't know if I would drink another one but I enjoyed this one.

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Doppelbock from The Fort Collins Brewery
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