Wild Dog Collaborator Doppelbock
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Bock - Doppelbock
3.73 | pDev: 12.06%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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superspak from Ohio

2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled in 2007. No pop upon opening as expected. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with no head and a thin ring of lace. Minimal lace clings on the glass, with some slight streaming carbonation. Aromas of apple, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, pepper, cardboard, and earthiness. Very poor aromas here, not really much going on with very weak strength; and moderate oxidation. Taste of apple, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, light pepper, slight cardboard, and earthiness. Lingering notes of apple, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Taste is very lackluster as well; decent balance but feels very weak in robustness for a doppelbock; with slight oxidation as well. Zero carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very slick and syrupy mouthfeel that is poor. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very poor doppelbock. Very poor flavor robustness and balance; and pretty much undrinkable. I am sure age was a factor with this one. Even though I knew it was pretty old when I purchased it, I was pretty much setting myself up for disappointment with this. Drain pour.

May 24, 2013
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Gobzilla from California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a translucent orangish amber brown in color with yellow highlights and had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the molasses and caramel were noticeable on the first whiff with dark fruit notes but had hints of brown suagr.

T: the brown sugar. Flavor was more prominent on the taste alongside caramel, toffee, molasses accents and had apple notes with a touch of dark fruits.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, and slight boozy finish.

D: it was drinking a bit better than a sipper and really went well paired with a pb&j sandwich.

Feb 03, 2011
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shortysdude285 from California

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty good deep red color. No head or lacing to speak of. Could benefit from a little more carbonation. A bit light for a doppelbock; looks like an amber

S - A bit thin on the scent aside from abv. Wears its 8.3% on its sleeve

T - Tasty, but nothing to write home about

M - Mild. Weird thing to say but it tastes like a beer that gets sold in 6-packs but it's a corked and caged 750ml. I realize you can package any beer any way you want, but the special treatment on this one is a little too special.

D - Drinkability isn't bad. I've had beers I've liked more that I couldn't drink as much of.

May 08, 2010
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cosmicevan from New York

3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle.

A - Poured a deep amber cherry oak color with a thin cream colored head that dissipated quickly. Little to no bubbles rising from the top.

S - Fruitpunch. Apples, plums, grapes, mple syrup. Smells sweet and inviting and a little musty.

T - Musty flavored fruit punch with a touch of alcohol flavor. Not bad, not great. Not as thick as some doppelbocks I've had but not thin by any means. Not overly sweet and a touch musty.

M - Seems a little flat. Overall, not offensive and relatively smooth without being syrupy.

D - Might be worth a try for the flyingdog fan or the doppelbock fan if the price tag doesn't kill you. There are way better one offs to try at better prices, but these wild dogs are limited, so if you are a fan, give it a shot.

Jan 01, 2010
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Brez07 from Maine

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a stein

A: Pours orange/cherry red. Lots of visable carbonation. Minimal off white head with no lacing

S: Sweet malts with some cherry. I even detect some rye? Not sure about that, but there's some kind of bread here

T: Follows the smell except for the bread part. Tastes a little watered down, but I can excuse that given the idea behind it (open source)

M: Medium bodied with a smooth finish

D: This beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is hidden well. That being said, it doesn't really stand out compared to other dopplebocks I've had. Worth a try if you find it, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Dec 03, 2009
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Anthony1 from Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into two tulips

pours a slightly red tinted color. almost like a dark brick red color. not much head, but a sleek thin layer with a toasted break look. not much lace.

aroma is underdeveloped, not much there. needs more malt or some strong dark fruits. taste is a little lacking of doppleflavor, but still good. not very impressive overall though

Aug 19, 2009
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Hullabaloo2 from Nebraska

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Clean. Sweetness, but not estery. Munich malt?

Appearance - Deep amber/copper. Poured 1 1/2 finger widths, but dissipated to 1/4 finger width. Off white head. Very clear.

Flavor - Malt sweetness. Very clean. Subtle hint of alcohol. Mild hop flavor and bitterness on the swallow.

Mouth Feel - Light-medium body. Mild Carbonation.

Overall Impression - The alcohol is well hidden for the abv. Pretty drinkable. What's to say? I'm pleased with the hop presence, but this otherwise a mediocre beer.

Jul 31, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rusty orange with a decent cap of fluffy tan foam. Musty Belgian yeast aroma with some plum and raisin behind it. I'm wondering if any of the must came from the cork, though this was stored upright. Sort of unique for a Doppelbock. Flavors were mildly sweet upfront, the previously mentioned plum and raisin with a fairly bitter euro hop middle and finish. The body was of medium weight, and there was a boozy hint in the back, though it was fairly masked. Not the most drinkable, though I shared half the bottle. Wouldn't seek this out, but wouldn't refuse it either.

May 22, 2009
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younger35 from Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this from the Boise Coop quite some time ago. Don't know why I didn't open it till now. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy burnt orange with a half finger sized bright white head that vanishes as quickly as it appeared. A spotty cap and very thin collar is left with little lacing.
Smell- Sort of minerally from the start with a surprisingly citric hoppiness. Some Munich is noticeable but for the most part the nose is pretty weak. Caramel and perhaps even a bit of yeast and that's it.
Taste- Starts with a bit of astringent caramel malt that is lightly metallic and slightly sweet. Very toasty and bread like as well with a raw The hops are fairly assertive as well, still after at least a year. A lemon zest like kick that adds a fair amount of bitterness. A bitterness that very much seems out of place. Finishes with a bit more of that bitterness and perhaps of touch of smoke.
Mouthfeel- Medium to full feel that is somewhat syrupy with very light carbonation.
Drinkability- A fairly mediocre beer that I didn't much care for. It's a bit syrupy, hoppy and metallic. Isn't near the crispness that a lager should be and it's just weird. Not great for sure.

Apr 20, 2009
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colts9016 from Idaho

2.59/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer from mday through a BIF. When I pulled the bottle out of the box I was tickled pink.

Poured in a pokal glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A dark copper color with reddish and orange hues. There is a quarter inch light tan ring around the glass. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: The nose has a funky aroma like flowers but with a twist. There is some caramel aroma with the malt. There is not much else to get from it except a prune hint.

Taste: A bitter floral flavor with hint of caramel flavors.

Overall: The mouth feel is slightly creamy with some carbonation. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is bitter and off flavor. This is a very strange dopplebock. I have never tried such a strange flavors. Most of the dopplebocks that I have have a nice rich caramel flavor. I don't know but this isn't a dopplebock to me. This beer is interesting needless to say.

Mar 29, 2009
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marvin213 from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured surprisingly well to me. Though my experience with dopplebocks is limited, I was definitely expecting something lighter than this...this mud-brown, sediment-clouded, head-endowed gem of a pour. My initial impression of this Flying Dog special is a good one!

The smell is also satisfying. Nothing really wild and out there, but good. Now the taste: it's like a hoppy oak taste. Kinda like the smell, that's all there is to it. Though it looks on the pour like something from DFH, it lacks the complexities present in those beers. The mouthfeel is sorta disappointing. I feel like the hop, oak, etc. kinda dissolves in my mouth, and I'm left with the sort of lighter-beer experience I was expecting. Still, the oaky element leaves a sort of film on my mouth with a slight malt taste reminiscent of dates or something (I think about the Avery Fifteen). My palate isn't that well-developed, but those are the three flavors I detect: hoppy goodness, wet oak, and dates. That's prolly impossible for this brew, but this is MY review!

I think this beer's drinkability is a solid good. For the first time, I'll deem a beverage "sessionable." The more I think about it, this selection reminds me of a Red Oak (though inferior). Long before I embraced this craft beer explosion celebrated on BA, I enjoyed Greensboro's own. Whatever it is that makes this beer sweeter (again, my guess is dates), that's why it's inferior. I could put back a few with friends (drinkability up), but this peculiar sweetness prevents this beer from making my go-to list (overall quality down).

Nevertheless, I consider this Wild Dog Dopplebock a good (and sessionable) beer.

Mar 02, 2009
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blackterror from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried Flying Dog's Collaborator Dopplebock on two occasions and was pleased both times. After pouring into the glass the beer presented itself well in color and pleasant in smell. The beer has a bronze color with a slightly sweet taste. At my local bar the beer was moderately priced, $23 dollars which pours about two and half pints. Highly recommend.

Feb 12, 2009
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JoshuaCain from California

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

pours a light-ish golden brown, with a nice cream colored head. fair retention, lacing.
smells good, but doesn't quite smell like a doppelbock. faint malt with black tea, nondescript sweet fruits, alcohol tingle on a very deep whiff.
taste is again good, but not what you expect in a bottle labeled doppelbock. a nice sweet maltiness up front, but with a strong piney and earthy hop presence. a little breadiness and green apple in the middle, a bit of alcohol tingle and a dry finish.
relatively light body, but a lively feeling carbonation.
I am torn, I really like this brew, but as a doppelbock it is a disappointment. without the style in mind I would rate this much higher.
I will give drinkability a 5, because it is good, just dont expect a doppelbock like you have experienced before.

Jan 23, 2009
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mynie from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bigass bottle purchased at John's Grocery.

Nice pour into a Duvel glass. Very large head sits atop coruscating cherrywood. Nice lacing.

Smells good, though not quite what I normally expect from a doppel. Fruity nodes, mild dry hops, small hints of alcoholic yeast. You don't get the huge, chocolatley malt profile you'd expect. Still, very good.

This is one of the lightest dopples I've ever had. This is good and bad, if for no other reason than that it falls in the middle. Bad dopples are too burny, their dark malt nodes taste like burnt chocolate. Great dopples are as smooth as silk. This is an entirely different beast. Its malt is rich, crisp, and lightly fruity, with only the smallest hints of biscuit and chocolate. There's lots of complexity, but none of it is really doppelbockish: red apples, raisins, milk chocolate, dry hops, green grass. The flavor is great, but maybe a little bit too cautious for the style.

Good. Not at all what I was expecting, but good.

Jan 21, 2009
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flexabull from California

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of seanpachefddfa, thanks again!

Pours a deep amber/brown color with a little haze, and a light off white head.

Aromas are spicy, yeast like, a bit floral, with some mineral notes as well.

Taste is spicy, bright, crisp and dry. Some subtle toast, nuts, and yeast. Finish shows a lot of carbonation, and a mineral hop bite.

Mouthfeel is too carbonated for my liking. A little too prickly... not bad though.

Drinkability is pretty good. Tasty beer, that is light enough to make this one pretty easy to drink. Good beer, not great though.

Dec 22, 2008
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seanpachefddfa from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- poured a ruby red brown color with an 1/2inch off white head. The head did not last very long
smell- toasted malts some caramel and some apple.
taste- sweet toasted malts up front with a pine hop note. some nice earthy bread notes also.
mouthfeel- good carbonation body is a bit on the light side
drinkability- This is flying dogs 2nd best beer only behing the ba gonzo. The only thing that would keep me from getting this beer is the price. At 13.99 a bottle I dont think i will buy this one again. But a solid beer overall .

Dec 09, 2008
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rowew from Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Green 750, corked and caged. Label looks nice, with the Wild Dog logo in a yellowish color. Neck tag about the project, no date but I think this was only brewed once.

Appearance: It takes a rough pour to get an head, but when it does form it is tan and has decent retention. Beer is reddish brown in color, very slight haze.

Smell: Fruity, with a bit of Belgian yeast funk. As it warms there is a bit more malt aroma.

Taste: Much more fruit and much less malt than I expected from a dollelbock. It also finishes with a bit of alcohol burn.

Overall impression: Hmm .. I guess it isn't too surprising when an open source beer ends up tasting a bit like homebrew? This one is rough around the edges, and doesn't seem to match the style at all.

Nov 26, 2008
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy brownish amber. Nose is a malty sweet thing. That kind of funky edge is there as well. Flavor is that unusual sweet and funky edge. Feel is smooth and slick on liquid. Low carbonation. This is nice to drink, but it's bringing some funk that some people might not like.

Nov 08, 2008
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adamette from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked bottle exactly like the one pictured here. BOttle purchased at World Wine and Liquor in Mentor about a month ago. Poured into my clean, clear Dogfish Head pint glass.

A Cool presentation in the corked bottle with metal twist tie. Pours a very solid dopplebock look of an amber, medium brown with a generous head unless poured very carefully. Lacing on the glass as well after the head settled down, a good 2 minutes.

S Smelling a lot like Spaten Optimator (this is a high complement indeed to compare it to one of the most stellar dopplebocks out there), with malty sweetness and some grains, little hops.

T Really interesting. It has that great (I love dopplebocks) malty sweet with some grains taste without a lot of hops. I totally do not taste the rrelatively high ABV. It is hidden very well by the sweet tastes. After taste is much like the initial taste with minimal sticking in the mouth.

M Minimal sticking as mentioned, this is a moderately full beer.

D Really great for an ABV of 8.30%

Notes: Going in I knew that I liked dopplebocks but this beer pleasantly suprised me anyway. Really a great, drinkable beer. Too bad that it is just "brewed once" in a limited batch.

Nov 06, 2008
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MuenchenerKindl from Germany

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big C&C 750ml bottle to a beer glass, the liquid is a clear light brown with ok carbonation. The head is small tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok light caramel ans some light fruit notes.

The taste follows this seems to be a lighter tasting DB, some caramel taste but not roasty, and lighter fruit, pear, peach and sweet plum, note the darker fig raisin thing typical of the style. Plenty of malty goodness and lighter flavors.

The mouthfeel is thinner then most and the carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is actually very good as I like this brew and think it is quite a delicious twist on the style. Prosit MK

Sep 29, 2008
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a hazy, deep orange-reddish amber, a thin finger of light tan foam on top. No lacing outside of a few stray dots.

Aroma - bready, some light citrus at first but that fades on setup.

Taste - an opening of lightly toasted grain, followed by a warm light booziness. A nice little smack of hops on the aftertaste, pretty nice! The finish is toasty, warm, and with a dry, light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - good heaviness, lower carbonation. Makes for a good coating but ends cleanly.

Drinkability - not a style known for any hoppage, this doppel has character (and hops). Good stuff.

Sep 29, 2008
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swizzlenuts from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper with a nice thick cm head and decent retention
S: Sweet and fruity. Lemon smell as well.
T: Malty and sweet with a good citrus/lemon flavour. Not much dark flavours or hops. No alcohol. The beer seemed to get sweeter as it warmed up.
M: Okay, slightly creamy.
D: Pretty much.

Sep 06, 2008
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ThreeWiseMen from California

4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks great, foamy head, thin, faint lacing. Clear brownish red.

Smell: This beer has an aroma that you can smell from about three feet away. Oak, caramel, maple syrup, and alcohol. We're catching whiffs of fruit as well.

Taste: Tastes much like a Scottish ale - has a thin bourbon feel to it. Taste is kind of a weaker version of the smell, with a little more alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light-bodied. Mouth-coating is low; the taste doesn't hang around for too long.

Drinkability: Pretty high here. A nice abv with a very agreeable flavor. Even our friend who calls pale ales "icky" liked this one.

Jul 26, 2008
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jjayjaye from New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear rich amber color with better than a full finger foamy orange hued head that fades slowly. A nice amount of lacing left behind. The smell has a nice sweet fruity apricot fig caramel aroma. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied with substantial character, smooth and creamy yet finishes surprisingly clean, with a gentle hop aftertaste lingers nicely. A taste that i can appreciate. A big caramel over a mixed fruit and hop nature over a silky sweetness sends me. Quite drinkable. The 8.3% ABV will get you there. I highly recommend that you take the time to consider this one! Had a great time with it, but not sure it was worth $15 i paid at Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca.

Jul 25, 2008
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WesWes from New York

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby red/brown color with a 1/4" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a burnt toffee and alcohol scent along with some sweet caramel aroma and a dry lager yeast presence. It has a very woody character to it. The taste is average. It has a thin alcohol laced, burnt toffee flavor that goes down slow and warm. It's not the most complex recipe around either. It tastes like it's been barrel aged as well, which doesn't seem like a good idea with this one. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average beer at best. I love the open source beer idea, but maybe they should have found a better source.

Jul 04, 2008
Wild Dog Collaborator Doppelbock from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 72 ratings