Wild Dog Collaborator Doppelbock | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gueuzedude on 11-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by srrn:
Photo of srrn
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky copper brown. Smells of malts as the style indicates. Taste is hoppier than I'm used to in the style, I'd like to know which type are used it's familiar and I enjoy the bitterness, much longer finifsh than usual in the style. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and the brew lacks some carbonation. Very drinkable though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.67/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This DB disappointed with a thin, brown liquid that was almost glowing in the dark and a near absence of any head or liveliness at the pour.

Smell - The very toasted malt smell was good but I picked up too much booze.

Taste - The malt flavor was quite good and redeemed the overabundance of alcohol. A good German Doppelbock has a light alcohol character but this is just too sharp.

Mouthfeel - This is short of medium in the body with an unnatural booze sting that ruined the silkiness found in good samples of the style.

Drinkability - This was just good enough not to dump in the sink, but just barely. I would definitely not recommend or buy again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know this is supposed to be a doppelbock, but it doesn't taste like one. Still, it's a very nice beer. A 750ml bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Clear amber color with a thick tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is mostly dark fruit, with just a little malt. Likewise there's not much of a malt presence in the taste. The fruit is there, as well as a fairly pronounced hops taste. I was expecting a lot more malt than I could perceive. It was an easy beer to drink, and I will be looking for it again.

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Photo of marvin213
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- With the very soft pop of the cork, this beer pours a slightly dense amber body that is crystal clear. There is a light tan head that is very creamy and supported by a sea of tiny bubbles.

S- There is a slightly sweet note of caramel that has a dry toasted quality to it and a dry pine hop note. There is a soft nougat quality that comes through as the beer warms.

T- This beer starts with a piney hop bite followed by a soft caramel malt flavor coming through after the first few sips. There are some mellow but drier dark roasted malt flavors in the background that have a nice lagered quality to it. The finish has a nice pine hops and dry malt flavor that lingers a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a dry texture and an alcohol heat at the finish. There is a hotness to the alcohol that is clean but not fusel.

D- This beer had some nice malt flavors but as the beer warms the hops and alcohol quickly cover up the nice malt flavors. I think some age might help pull back the hops and alcohol a bit.

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Photo of pwoods
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml dark green bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an amber brown with good visibility. Kind of light for a doppelbock. 2 fingers of lightly tinted head forms and has decent retention. Nice lacing.

S: Very grainy and earthy. Some peat and wisps of smoke. A hit of aged alcohol in the back.

T/M: The peat and smoke is pretty potent for flavors that should be subtle or accents. Malts are boozy and buttery. Body is nearly full and carbonation is controlled.

D: Not a terrible brew but not the greatest doppelbock, either. An interesting take on the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Jason for sharing. I didn't know at the time of the whiskey cask and it probably contributed to the unusual aroma. Spicey malty flavour. Its malty brown, and significantly hoppy. Light brown colour, with malty foam, soapy bubbles, lacing noticed. Finishes on the malty side.

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Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Cornyness & some apricot in modest amounts

T: Slight apples & apricot with annoying cornyness & slight fruittyness up front. A bit of toffee, some cinnamon, apricots, green apples, plus leafy hops, & dryness as this warms. Finishes grainy with some apricot. Barely pulled the 3.5

MF: Medium bodied, low but noticeable carbonation, some stickyness

Drinks easy, but for $16 a 750 ml bottle this was a huge disappointment. Give a sixer of Ft Collins' Dopple any damn day!! Shame on you flying dog, don't let the door hit ya in the ass on the way to Maryland

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into the Warsteiner Stein...

A - Good head on a very clear brown body. No retention or lacing.

S - A very firm aroma, with almond notes dominating, with some anise apricot, and smoke notes. Pretty standard stuff for a dopplebock. Not bad, not life changing.

T - Muted nutty sweetness in the entry, that allows a building tobacco quality to take over at mid palate. Fruity esters fester as the beer covers the mouth. The alcohol takes over towards the swallow. The finish shows a nice balance between the bracing alcohol and the lingering tobacco quality.

M - Good body, nice and full, with a slightly silky mouthfeel.

D - This is a good Dopplebock. It's a really cool idea behind the production. That being said, this is very pricy for what you are getting. This did not strike me as an incredible example in any particular way, it did everything the way one would expect. Maybe all the suggestions made for a beer too standard?

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Photo of Beertracker
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the label: Open Source Beer Project - You are holding what we believe is the first Open Source Beer to hit the market in the United States. We started with a basic Dopplebock recipe and solicited suggestions from homebrewers on our blog. We took your comments and crafted this Doppelbock, aptly named Collaborator. The blog recipe, and label are online at opensourcebeerproject.com, if you'd like to brew some yourself!

Wild Dog Collaborator pours up with a short lived creamish-white head that tops the bright auburn body nicely. The toasty, sweet aroma has a dry, grainy edge to it with some cracker-like maltiness. There's just a hint of spiciness from the Mt. Hood finishing hops underlying the malt. Very clean, no diacetyl or DMS with a hint of fruitiness. The flavor starts off mild with some initial breadiness that carries into a bittersweet, creamy nougat, warming finish. Medium-full bodied and well attenuated. This Wild Dog offering from Flying Dog is surprisingly straight forward, yet offering some intangible complexity. Maybe it's just not quite ready to be unleashed. Here's to a fine Collaboration!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Open source beer part of the wild dog series.

A: Poured a cranberry color with a nice foamy and bubbly beige heat that was moderately lasting.

S: On the nose was a bready fresh caramel aroma with a touch of berry fruitiness.

T: The initial flavor had a sweet munich maltiness to it with some spicy higher alcohol notes (cinnamon, nutmeg). There were slight hints of dry sherry as well a soft warm toastiness and dark fruit (plums, raisins). The hopping was dry and only slightly bitter allowing the spicy alcohol and malting to shine through. The beer starts out sweet and finishes dry with some holiday spicing, brown sugar, a light woodiness and hazelnuts upon warming.

M: The carbonation was soft with a medium body and palate. The mouthful was oily, yet malty with a warming dry spicy lacing.

D: Overall a nice doppelbock with a sweet spiciness and malting making for a great holiday beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a reddish copper color with a small off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like toasted malt, raisins, caramel and apples. Taste is similar to the aroma, however there's an earthy taste noticable along with a nice bitter finish. It's more balanced than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick, creamy, and has good carbonation. Drinkability is very good. It's very smooth and seems just to glide down easily when drinking it. Not a bad dopplebock!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to score this one at Greens yesterday. I was shocked to see it up on the shelf, but I had been looking. Poured a very nice medium brown with a small tan head that quickly faded. Not alot of carbonation present and it had that class look to it. Smell was full of malts with a touch of caramel in the back. Defintly full of earthy malts and grain in the smell. The taste was very smooth, which was a little shocking as I expected it to have somewhat of a bite. A nice blended hoppiness to it in the finish was a welcome treat. Lots of earthy malts were right up front with the caramel sweetness and a tocuh of some dark fruit. Overall this was actually quite good. I was impressed with how smoothly it was blended together and it came off quite drinkable. A very nice big beer indeed. The alcohol was effortlessly blended together and really could not be found at all. I would seek this one out, especially as limited as it is, its a real treat.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of rallison
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost headless dark amber color that does not impress.

Smells mostly fruity with lots of apple - I suppose acetaldehyde. Not too much else aside from touches of caramel sweetness.

Taste is somewhat disappointing. One dimensional caramel fruitiness with a metallic quality and not much else. Just does not come together.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin. Drinkability is ok.

Not recommended. I did not enjoy this beer, and ended up drain pouring a fair amount.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish copper color, lots of head with lacing and retention.

Faint aroma of caramel and hops, nothing too strong or interesting, but the hops are the most prevalent.

Taste is immediately malty with a decent creaminess. Hops slowly creep into the taste that leaves a slight bitterness and finishes dry, bit of an alcohol taste.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Raymond69
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a small head , some lacing. Nice clear orange color.

I smell only a faint amount of hops aroma, no malt coming through.

Taste is predominantly hoppy with a hint of caramel sweetness coming through. Not exactly style specific, but I like it. I believe age will mellow this one nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium , good carbonation.

Overall I will enjoy knocking back a few of these.

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright, clear ruby red with a quick fading beige head that left nice lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, raisins, and dark ripe fruits. Also pick up a note of booze.

Tastes is much like the aroma. In fact, dead on. Plenty of sweet malts, caramel, dark ripe fruits, bread, and nutty touches. Finishes clean and sweet while allowing a bit of the booze to shine through.

Lighter mouthfeel than expected, palate warming, and moderately carbonated.

Though not as "wild" as I had hoped, I must say that I still enjoyed this Doppelbock from Flying Dog.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged, with a tag discussing how this is an "open source beer". sampled dec 31/07.

pours garnet and ruby with a small very dense tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. big bread and biscuit base. bit of caramel and toffee. lots of fruit - raisin, date, fig. touch of light citrus. definitely a bock.

taste is great. hint of toasty character. bit of dark chocolate. big biscuit malt. touch of fruity sweetness. bit of raisin and date. light alcohol. nice bock character.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low well integrated carbonation makes this one super smooth. medium body.

drinkability is great. nice balanced. great fruity character. great malt depth to keep it interesting. this is a very good doppelbock - seek it out, especially if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of jneuff
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this brew in a pint glass. The color was a nice amber/copper. Not really much going on smell wise. The taste is crisp, with a nice fullness that comes with lots of malt. The aftertaste is a bit bitter, which I enjoy. The mouthfeel is quite enjoyable. The beer is also very drinkable, not as aggressive as other Wild Dogs on the palate. But coming from a person that does drink many doppelbocks, this is an enjoyable brew in fine Wild Dog tradition.

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Wild Dog Collaborator Doppelbock from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 72 ratings