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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Photo of maundythirsty
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and pretty dark maroon beer. It's almost purple. Tall, dry, cream-colored head. Smells lightly smoky with mellow malt. But it's a faint aroma.

Tastes smoky, but a mellow smoky. Has a nutty, woody, tea-like flavor. A very clean taste. Light and a little creamy. Easy-going carbonation.

Oh, that's the stuff. I'd go higher on drinkability, but the smokiness builds over the course of a bottle until it's a little distracting. Tastes like someone put a lot of thought into it.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 beveragecaptain
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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 orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 benito
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is this here a new frontier for smoked beers? One of the most drinkable beers at 10% ABV? Perhaps.

This poured a deep ruby with a short head that lingered well. Held to the light I think of cranberry juice. There's little carbonation. Aromas of barbecue and smoked meats dominate the bouquet, which also suggests lemon, honey, and, predominantly, maple syrup.

The beer itself is a joy to behold. The smoked flavors are distinct though not overwhelming--like a nice liquid jerky or well cooked piece of back bacon. As appetizing as that may sound to some, what makes this highly drinkable is its medium body (there's virtually no sign of its high ABV) and smooth texture. Indeed, if maple cured bacon grease were slightly more quaffable it might be something like this, and the carnivore deep inside my stomach approves with glee! Adding to the complexity is a nice peppery flavor as well as a slight bitterness that rests long on the tongue after each swig.

This is a challenging and wonderful beer; undoubtedly, many will be turned off by its strong flavors, and they are certainly entitled to their opinion. But, to those who enjoy the twisted temptation of smoked beers...this is a must find.

Given their medal at this year's GABF, maybe we'll be lucky enough to see FBC off this one again next autumn. Until then
I'll be happily cellaring a sixer to see what greater delicacy comes to this brew over time.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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 mentor
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Well, I picked this one up because it's a dopplebock...sure to be a pleaser. But when I opened it, I caught and unpleasant smell. Closer inspection of the bottle revealed that this is a smoked beer. Yuck. Alright, judged to style as a dopplebock smoked beer.

Pours a half finger caramel-colored head over a crystal clear reddish-brown liquid. I've never seen a beer with a royal-rich color like this before. Smells flat phenolic smoke with underlying biscuit and caramel. I think I get a little bit of bock sweetness, but only with real sarching beneath the predominant smoke character. Tastes very interesting. Yes, smokey like charred bacon, yet with a noticable sweet malty base that vies in intensity with the smoke. First impression...complex and balanced. Intriguing, despite the smoke (which is a flavor I do not favor). The malt has a munich character with some caramel, but the caramel comes across as soured. I think some smoke edge has worked into the caramel. Md body and modestly carbonated. Hop bitter and flavor is absent or hidden below the smoke. The smoke is strong, but not in your face over-bearing. I'll bet that rauchbier lovers would really dig this one, but I don't. I appreciate the complexity, but wish the bottle had been better labelled so I could have spent my $2 on something else. Half of this beer went down the drain.

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Photo of walleye
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Crosling for this. poured a dark ruby, with a medium sized off white head. aroma light malt, caramel, with very little smoke and as it warmed could get a hint of alcohol. flavor a little on th e weak side, but did get malt, chocolate alcohol, and just a touch of smoke.

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Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours solid rubied amber color with a light patchy head. Nose is nice. Big blast of smokey. Not a sweet smoke but a more solid and deep smokeyness (birch I believe is what it is). I like it. There are some dark fruits playing in the background, but I really only get hints of it. Flavor is right there with the smoke. Much like the schlenkerla smokeyness. I get notes of chocolate and fig in the background. I dig it. Feel is moderate, with a touch of syrupy slickness, and with a light carbonation.

Definately more of a Rauchbier to me than a dopplebock, but its good beer. This would be a nice one to keep around for a winter night.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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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