Invigorator Doppelbock | Free State Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This doppel is started with a base of Pilsen malt. It is colored and flavored by caravienne, caramunich and special-B malts. A large portion of Munich malt is used for its distinctly German flavor and aroma, as well as a little aromatic malt. Finally, there is some carapils to add to the full body. It is also flavored with moderate amounts of Yakima Perle and German Hallertau hops to balance the malty sweetness. Though the IBU level is pretty high, this is not a hoppy beer. It's just that it takes a lot of hops to balance out such a malty beer. (O.G. 20.5P/1082. Hops - 46 IBUs)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2001

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Thirstygoat
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kguyty
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Groenebeor
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear mahogany with a small head that leaves moderate lacing.

The nose is seduced with smells of bread, caramel, bread crusts, chocolate, and no hops.

The tongue is seduced and quickly bedded with beautiful caramel notes, burnt sugar, spicy alcohol, crusty, chewy sourdough, sweet malt, and crackers.

Mouthfeel is creamy, thick, yet quite thin? Not sure how to describe. It's clearly a lager, but it's thicker. Perhaps that's the lager carbonation coming through a thicker beer.

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Photo of TylerDYoung
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with good thick head. A bit lighter in color than I would think a doppelbock should be, hence the mark to 3.5
Nice lacing.
Malty aroma, some caramel and wet hay. Sweet. A bit sticky. Some very faint spice comes into play too.
Malty flavor. Sweet, some caramel. I like the bits of spicy hops that keeps this from becoming a malt bomb. makes it easier to drink. This residual malt I usually don't like in malt-bombs is tempered here.
Clean finish. Nice drinking.

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Photo of Goliath
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one inch light tan head on top. Great retention and some good lacing.

The aroma is typical Free State. Almost nothing going on but a bit of indistinct sweet malt.

The mouth livens up a bit, but is less than expected. A light grainy flavor, with some nutty and bready aspects is the base for this beer. A big sweet caramel crashes into the palate here and there. A very slightly booziness at times is apparent as well. Not quite what I'm looking for in a doppelbock.

The mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and is rather syrupy with lower carbonation. I like a thicker mouthfeel, but this was too syrupy.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor was ok but unimpressive. Really one of the less impressive doppelbocks I've run into.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby with chestnut highlights, head is a light tan with that settles into a thin cover of lace that tries to cling to the side of my Duvel tulip.

Smells like a delicious loaf of artisan bread with hints of roasted chestnuts and a little bit of apple-like sweetness. The taste is a beautiful balance of rich nutty bread-like flavor that is matched by a slight hallertau hop bite that brings the swallow to a crisp conclusion. Carbonation is moderate, mouth feel is rich and clean.

This is a great dopplebock, there is nothing that I would change about it. I look forward to it's release every year. The alcohol is completely hidden, so take care with your moderation, this one will sneak up on you.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a 10oz glass. A burgandy/brown color with a tan, foamy, two-finger head that left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and floral hops.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a burnt toast maltiness. There was also a hint of caramel.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good version of a dopplebock. A nice representation of the style.

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Photo of jazappi
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: On tap pour into a mug.

Appearance: Dark reddish, half a finger width of head, some lacing that went away fairly quickly.

Aroma: Had a very deep, almost chocolate smell, I am not sure I am explaining correctly, but this is for reference.

Taste: I was very happy with the taste of this doppelbock. It was good from the first sip to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not much carbination.Very full body.

Overall: Not my favorite Free State Beer. But I would get it again. See my other reviews to find out my favorite Free State Beer.

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Invigorator Doppelbock from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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