Doppelbock | The Fort Collins Brewery

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3.89 w/ 130 ratings

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GilGarp on 03-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of falloutsnow
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a US pint glass

The Fort Collins Doppelbock is a fairly massive version of the style at 10% ABV. It relies heavily on smoked grains and intense malt sweetness to distinguish itself on the palate. What it sacrifices, though, are the distinct dried, dark fruits that are prominent in others of the style and that I find enjoyable. The result is an aroma that is fairly underwhelming and a good, though somewhat confused taste profile (if you're trying to showcase heavy malts in a beer, why smoke the hell out of them and mask out so much else?). The high alcohol content also does not lend itself well to the bomber format; this would be better in smaller bottles to pour a single glass.

The beer pours out a tall head of small and medium sized bubbles, but the result is still a rather dense, light tan froth. This settles over two to three minutes to a thick ring and thin cap atop the body. The receding head leaves behind some, but not much, lacing. The body itself is a dark red-brown amber color away from light, a very nice blood red-hued gem color when near the lamp. Body is transparent, though quite deep and dark in color, and I'm unable to make out any active carbonation.

The beer's dominant aroma is of smoked malt, with a fairly dense sweetness and noticeable roasted character behind it. I don't really detect any of the typical dried fruit or dessert bread scents I normally associate with this style, making it a bit one-dimensional.

Opens, taste-wise, on the tip of the tongue with dark sweetness from brown, toasted, and caramel malts. Moderately strong smoked malt flavors emerge from mid-front to middle of the tongue and persist throughout rest of tasting. Middle and early back of tongue also give me a bit of brown sugar sweetness with some raisin puree. Over the course of the beer, I also note a hint of chocolate. Back of the tongue picks up some ethanol, though at 10% ABV, I was expecting to notice more. Aftertaste is primarily of subdued smoked malt with a bit of residual sweetness. Not bad, not sure how much I enjoy the smokiness taking up most of the tasting-space in a traditionally malt-forward and dried fruit style, but this is still above average.

This doppelbock's body is medium-heavy to heavy with a medium amount of carbonation, make this pleasurably foam up on the palate, yielding a pillowy mouthfeel. Fairly obvious feeling of alcohol "heat" in the nostrils and gentle burn on tongue, though, detracts a bit from the beer's qualities and feel.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber in a Sam Adams Pint glass

A- Clear, but very dark amber brown color. A one finger whitish head with mixed bubbles and little retention.

S- Holy crap. A TON of caramel, dark and light and extremely sugary. A lot of dark fruit as well like figs. Super dank smelling beer. Awesome stuff.

T- A slight bitterness up front followed by a huge caramel body. Smoked caramel with some bitter dark fruits in the body of this beer. A pretty roasy grain quality to this beer but its dominated by the crazy caramel profile. Alcohol is hidden extremel well. I would have never guessed 10.2.

M- This beer is thick and very heavy. Leaves you with a sticky mouth feel. A nice bit of carbonation. No alcohol taste but after a whole bomber, I sure took note of that 10.2 which I had no idea of while drinking it.

O- This is killer Doppelbock. It has a super thick mouth feel which I personally like. A strong caramelized flavor. Inexpensive ($6.50) for a 10%+ beer is unheard of. I recommend this if you enjoy a good ol Doppelbock.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. A smoked dopplebock, but the website and bottle don't say anything about it's ingredients or specifics.

Pours out to a beautifully clear deep amber with garnet accents, forming a nice creamy tan head with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is on the milder side of medium (~2 carbs). The aroma is really nice...definitely smoked. Strong smoked presence that would even rival Schlenkerla's offerings. Green leafy hop presence, which is odd for a dopplebock. The mouthfeel is very soft with a dense rich, near syrupy body. Luxuriant. Wow. The taste is great. Plenty of smoke up front followed by a big rich malt body with some caramel and overripe fruit. mild bitterness. The only off-flavor is a touch of floral soapiness that is coming from the hops. Nicely balanced. Alcohol is very well disguised. The bottle doesn't give ABV, but I am very hard pressed to believe this is 10.2% as is noted here. That would be pretty high for any dopplebock. It tastes more like 8-8.5%.

This is a really nice beer. Loose the late addition hops and it would be even better. The late addition hops kinda cover up the smoke a bit and give it an odd leafy sourness. Overall though, it's really good.

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off white head on a slightly hazy, amber brown body.

S - A dark, sugary aroma of toffee and brown sugar with a hint of smoke.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with red apple. Some toffee and more dark fruit in the middle. Finishes with sweet toffee and an almost medicinal cherry note as well as a hint of smoke that lingers on the palate.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Too sweet and lacking the smooth character that I would like to see in this style. There some complexity, but it isn't entirely pleasant and the flabby malt character kills the drinkability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger rapidly dissipating head on a garnet with fusia hue body. Decent lacing

S: roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, coffee

T: The sweetness that was forboded in the flavor. Very spicey and malty. Molasses, and cola notes as well.

M: relatively thick. Moderate to high carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: This one is very sweet initially which takes some time to get used too. Once you do it is more bareable.

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Photo of FATC1TY
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A smoky sweet ale that's balanced heavily toward malt- this non-descript beer shares a balance and malty richness that resembled authentic and well made Dopplebocks, but it's simplified malt profile, unusual smokiness, and sugary taste and feel causes it to steer away from what classic versions do well.

The beer opens with a rusty color of ruby and bronze with dark brown under tones. The vividly clear beer forms a part-froath, part-creamy head that falters under the sweetness a little sooner that I wanted, also with less lacing and structure than those that I am used to.

Toffee and molasses start to give me the deep malt flavor than makes Dopplebocks worthwhile. But the smoky aroma rise and take the beer into another direction- somewhat enticing and distracting at the same time. With no dark grain derived fruitiness or depth of malt aroma, the beer seems more of a Smoked Beer than a Dopplebock.

Flavor fare similarly as the smoky sweet flavor seems more like barbecue than that of deeply malted Dopplebocks that are full of malt character and doesn't rely on the heavy smoke flavors that this beer displays. Burnt toffee, and peanut brittle offer little reprieve from the one-dimensional taste of the malt sweetness and smoke.

Medium-full in body, the beer's carbonation releases very early and causes the beer to weigh heavy on the tongue and palate. Lack of dryness and elevated residuawl sweetness causes a cola-like filt to develop on the mouth with a tacky sensation that negates any well-developed finish. The beer seems to linger indefinately with sugary malt textures.

As long as the smoky sweetness appeals to you and the long linger of sweetness is acceptable, I think that this beer is a worthwhile Dopplebock-inspired American smoked beer with Amber Ale proportions and imperialized malt character. For me, it's not a good comparable to the classy Dopplebocks of Germany.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 3 oz sampler in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado, at Fort Collins Brewing's tasting room. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and decent retention for the ABV. Colour is a caramel-copper with tinges of amber.

Sm: Caramel heavy, with lots of malt, and some nuts. The aroma is moderately strong.

T: Caramel, nuts, and a bad alcohol-laden nutty finish. It's simple for the style and badly built. Imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but coarse on the finish. Not complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Not real drinkable. It doesn't hide its high ABV well. I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of murraymj
5/5  rDev +28.5%

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 tito42
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery in a half-pint pilsner.

A: Deep ruby with a tan head, nice lacing and retention. "Pretty."

S: Malts, spicy alcohol, and olives.

T: Malt forward, smoky and toasted in flavor. Earthy hops. The green olive flavor in the nose is also present in taste.

M: Creamy, full-bodied, with a nice hops bitterness at the finish.

O: Masks ABV well, this is a good doppelbock. It was very enjoyable trying this at the brewery. Just down the street from O'Dell, this place was hopping in anticipation of GABF 2011 next weekend.

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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 robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to LusciousJackson for this one.

poured cold to a founder's brewing company goblet a deep dark bourbon amber / brown with a thin, short lasting head leaving spotty lace to the rim after each sip.

aroma of boiling molasses, earthy hops, buttery brown sugars and caramel.

earthy hops blended with molasses way up in front. brown sugars, vanilla bean, dark cherries, raisins and dark fruits.

medium carbonation, big bodied, thick and creamy. hops presence, but sweet nonetheless.

drinkable - yep.

i had the barrel licked doppelbock a couple nights ago - wish i'd have had them side by side. these are great brews.

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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 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 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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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -6.9%
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 +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 corby112
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -9.3%
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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Doppelbock from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 71.5% out of 100 with 130 ratings
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