Fish Tale Detonator Doppelbock Lager | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Detonator Doppelbock LagerFish Tale Detonator Doppelbock Lager

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 74
Photo of daveytheformer
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a fluffy mocha tan head that fades to some lacing.

Smells like brown sugar, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and caramel malt.

Tastes follow suit. Has a nice silky chocolate flavor as it's going down. Also a very mild alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little creamy. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall is really good and probably one of if not the best Fish Tale beer I've had.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adding this one from the old notebooks, circa 2001 in Seattle.

After spending 10 bucks a bottle on the Leviathan and Poseidons, it was refreshing to pick this one up for about 2 bucks. Poured a reddish brown color with a light beige head. Aromas of booze, oak, chocolate and dark malt. Tastes like it smells, boozy, with oak, whiskey and sweet, dark malt. An excellent beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

So here we have a Doppelbock that has been aged in wine barrels for a few months--and a big one at that, coming in at 10-percent abv.

Dark brown with garnet highlights, good clarity present if you put it up to the light. Fat three fingers of bubbly, rocky head sports a cappuccino-like lacing on the glass. Heavy hand of toasted grain in the nose with some aromas of malt sweetness, oaky vanilla and melanoidins. Smooth with a lush and creamy, full body and a moderate level of carbonation. A very complex character; big toasted bread flavors, hint of roasted malt, suggestions of chocolate cake, subtle oak with a vanilla backing and a pleasing herbal hop. Maltiness does not go the way of cloying at all as the oak, hop bitterness and mildly warming and spicy alcohol perfectly balance this beer.

Wow, a workout for the taste buds, as there is a lot going on in this beer. Oaking a Doppelbock works very well, and is certainly worth the beer hunt for the beer geeks.

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Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2008 bottle purchased recently at Whidbey Beer Works. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly translucent black, with a slight reddish tint, and had just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was very malty and sweet with a hint of dark stone fruits. On the tongue, those malts are foremost, with some of the fruit showing up and a slight smoky-peaty finish.

The body was full and rich, bordering on heavy. Drinkability was very good, but 1 22oz bottle was enough for one sitting. Overall, a very nice example of the style, worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the one and only Jazz Hands McGay (aka younger35) for this one...I probably beat him at something so that's why he sent it my way. Thanks man!

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner glass. 2008 vintage.

Pours a dark ruby with a fairly quick two fingered light khaki colored head. Minimal amounts of spiderweb lacing hold on to the sides of the glass here and there with a fair amount of bubbles racing to the top. Smell is rich with sweet malts; caramel and molasses. Some fig and raisins tickle the nose as well. Underneath all the sweetness is a bit of leather, tobacco leaves, and booze as well. Pretty complex aroma fo shizzle, I'm liking it. For some reason the taste falls a bit short of the smell. The leather flavor really dominates witha touch of vanilla and warming alcohol. Midway some chalky caramel emerges on the tongue with a bit of roasted nutiness as well. Aftertaste is somewhat smokey with some sprinkled brown sugar. Body is a bit light for the style, still smooth, just lacking the creaminess I enjoy that typically comes along with Doppelbocks. Carbonation is light and fluffy. Not a bad Doppelbock, but not earth shattering either. Worth a shot, but Autumnal Fire and Celebrator will still be my top brews in this category. Thanks again're still a pansy

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Photo of daledeee
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a single bottle I thought I would try.

It pours a very dark brown with an off white head of medium height. It leave a lace around the top, and over it too. The nose is very nice with roasted malt, very roasted almost burnt possibly coffee.

Taste is very dark as well almost like a stout. Lots of malt, bitter coffee, some hop bitterness in the finish. The mouth feel is very smooth. This is a very nice beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy, murky, deep leather brown colour - it really matches my couch. It has a decent amount of thick, puffy light tan head, that takes its time settling, and leaves a fair bit of lacing around the glass. It smells of strong floral and a little citrus hops, as well as bready, roasted malt, and bitter chocolate. The taste is soft roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, with some minor sour black fruit and a mild herbaceousness. The body is nice and hefty for a lager, with a mild carbonation, that renders a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The finish is off-dry, a little malty and smoky. The elevated alcohol is well-hidden, making this a very easy and enjoyable slow or fast sipper.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured black color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet caramel malt aroma. Medium to full body. Medium spicy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to tpd975 for this brew off my Wants as part of the BA Fantasy League!

Pours dark brown with a thin head. Smell is a combo of sweet, malt, and bread. Tastes the same as the smell which makes it true to style. Mouthfeel is smooth but you can detect a bit of the ABV on the way down. A quality doppelback which will stay on my Wants.


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Photo of dnichols
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a capped 500 ml bomber into a pint glass.

A: It poured a dark black body with ruby tints when back lit. As it finished the last half inch had a dark cola appearance. It had a healthy two finger head that lingered for a while before falling to a thin even cover over the liquid. There were leggy and thin strands of lacing that fell into the liquid.

S: It had a sweet dark roasted and smoky profile with an under current of rich sweet caramel and fruity syrups. R

T: It was dominated early by sweet dark roasted malts, and creamy thick caramel accented by smoky nut flavors. It then hit the mid lounge with lots of dark fruits (raisins, bing cherries and ripe sweet plums). It finished as sweet as it started. The alcohol was hidden behind the sweet smokey flavors.
It was medium to full bodied, chewy and it had moderate carbonation. It finished warm and sweet with a syrupy thickness that lingered on in the aftertaste.

D: It was a nice and drinkable bock from a brewery that is hit and miss. This one hit but it is a sipper and a one and out beer. It's too rich and sweet for a long session.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up today at the Coop for about $8... 2008 vintage poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" head bubbly head dies back relatively quickly... leaves some lace... the brew is deeeep walnut brown very clear dark ruby highlites when held to a light.

rich maltiness... very toasty.. and a significant amount of chocolate.. smells very clean.

big malty out of the gate.. rich but lacking depth mid palate.. has a little sour twang/vinous quality.. a little of prune furitiness.... flavor falls off after this... finish is a little acidic.. sorta like coffee.

body is on the light side for the style... and the carbonation may be a touch high.

I wanted to like this one more... especially for the price tag.. but it just sorta falls flat for my tastes... it seems too scattered and not enough focus on the rich maltiness of a well made dopplebock.


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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, brown sugar & some booze as this warms.

T: Cakeyness, brown sugar, a bit of brown bread & a bit of roasty malt up front, a bit out of place for the style. Brown bread, a touch of peppery rye?? as this warms, plus a bit of astringency. Finishes with roasted grain, toffee, a touch of treacle & a bit of dryness. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Chewy, moderate carbonation, the astringency/roasty malt kind of messes up the balance for me

Drinks pretty good, I could do a couple with some BBQ, smoked ham or liebekuchen. That roasty/astrigent flavor prevents this one from hitting a home run. I'd happily drink this again though

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a rocky head that leads some shards of lace

Smell: Rich caramel aromas with burnt brown sugar, dates and figs and the vaguest hint of smoke

Taste: Opens with a rich dark malty caramel flavor that moves in a raisiny direction by mid-palate with smokey undertones; after the swallow, the flavor blends together like German Chocolate Cake in a bottle

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has a lot of fine elements

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to canucklehead for sending me this for CanBIF4!

Pours a clear dark brownish red, very nice looking, huge and thick light tan head forms, very dense, drops some lace spots and settles to a thin layer. Smell is nice, rich dark malts, figs, toffee, sweet fruit, cherries, lightly metallic, brown sugar, very clean aroma, a bit woody, nice. Taste is similar, lots of dark sugars, caramel, fruit, a bit herbal in the finish, some cherry and wood, very nice, alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth. Nice doppelbock, not too sweet, lots of character and very clean. I like this stuff. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of froghop
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a thin tan head, good lacing.

smell of malt, some cocoa, a touch of caramel, and roasted nuts.

taste of dark chocolate, malt, and some sweet caramel, there is a slight roastiness to it, and it ends a little dry with some bitterness.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Doppelbock from Fish Brewing poured a dark amber color with not much of a foam head with very little lacing.

The aroma was roasted malts with a sweet brown sugar smell. It was smooth and malty all the way through with a tiny chocolate overtone. It was moderately carbonated. It was a decent offering but a little overpriced in my humble opinion.

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Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at tasting I believe courtesy of Humulone_Red.
Pours a dark chocolately brown with a malty and lightly alcoholic smell. Taste is chocolate and caramel like malt. Smooth, creamy, caramel with a medium body. Decent beer, but nothing special stylewise

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Photo of irishevans
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark almost wooden color, film of a head with a runny lace. the nose has strong caramel tones, and maybe a chocolate milk scent. the taste is pretty bland in the begining, but about half-way through the caramel comes in and stays till the end, as for the mouth feel, it starts off creamy and malty and gives way to a more crisp and an almost sweet finish. it downs easy, and has a modest warming feel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a deep burgundy/brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some very subtle banana bread notes. Taste is dominated by some sweet malt with some caramel and toffee notes. Full body with limited filtration with some good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. While I very much enjoyed this beer and usually I am not too stuck on style adherence, I thought this beer was slightly too sweet and missing some of the classic doppelbock ester.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22-oz. brown bottle poured into tall slim mug. No dating, but at 8.5% ABV, I'm not overly concerned.

Appearance: root beer brown with reddish tints and a beige creamy head. The head totally dies after a moment with just a bit of lacing remaining. Carbonation is running up the sides of my glass.

Smell: sweet candied fruits of figs, plums and raisins along with definite alcohol. Sweet brown sugar rounds out the profile of what could be a Christmas cake.

Taste: the flavors closely mimic the scents with candy sweet plums and raisins, brown sugar and alcohol. A taste of licorice is in the background. The hops come through at the finish attempting some balance.

Mouthfeel: slightly overcarbonated, full bodied syrupy qualities make for a rich tasting brew. Hops actually linger too long at the finish for a rather bitter sensation on the tongue.

Drinkability: the alcohol and lingering hop finish are the only issues keeping me from enjoying more than one bomber, otherwise a pretty decent dopplebock.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, nearly blackened blood black with a sliver of amber at the bottom. Great capping that lasts and lasts of densely firm, creamy lightly tanned foam. Actually, it hardly ever moved even while being consumed. Started at about a chubby finger high to reside to a pinky height always present. Tons of lacing in patchy sheeting and some densely populated spotting. Great looking Doppelbock!

Aroma is a bit soft and hesitant to let loose with any real guff of Doppelbockyness. Slight toasted breadyness, old raisins, maple, cocoa, and a peculiar dryness of smokey grasses or grains.

Taste isn't as malty rich as I would like to see out of a Doppelbock. It starts out more like a beefy brown ale with some dryish breads and grains, cocoa as well puffs about within the mid ranges, some light vanilla, maple, and fruityness touches off the finishing back end with a partial raisin and fig ascent, but is quite short and uncomplexing.

Body is a bit short of medium with more of a drying sense of breads and grains then of rich chewy, gooey, fruity, malts. Again, seems more like a beefy brown ale.

So, even though this didn't quite live up to what I like out of a Doppelbock, I quite liked it; if it were a brown ale(style wise and being a bit strict and beer snobby here) would be solid. Other than the style seeming off to me, I'd drink a bunch of this no problem. The numbers reflect more of how I felt with the style not matching. The label says its a Doppelbock so...reviewed as so.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours brownish with a thick tan head that descends to a bubbly cover.

The smell is of cocoa and wood.

The taste is of cocoa/chocolate - mildly roasted - with dark fruitiness and spicy, woody notes. Very dry finish. Not complex, but a nice taste nevertheless.

It has a creamy, medium body.

This is easy-to-drink with the alcohol well-covered. It has enough taste and smoothness to keep it going.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing!

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Photo of ablaze
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber poured a deep brown with a ruby hue. Soft creamy coffee head with clingy lacing.

Woody sherry scent, with some light milk chocolate creeping in.

Short lived hit of spicy alcohol followed by a pronounced oak base mingled with a smoky and sweet chocolate. Taste carries over to a mellow, tasty malt with some mild grapefruity hops. Sticky, lingering finish. Reminds me of a light chocolate brownie with some nutmeg on top, while I'm sitting next to a small fire in some peaty backwoods. The sweetness is noticeable and definitely makes this a dessert sipper.

Texture is quite creamy with some thickness and viscosity that turns your tongue and cheek a bit daft. It can make this brew a bit over the top.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. Very nice for the fall, and I am going to consider picking up a couple of these for thanksgiving next month. However, it is quite sweet (I thought it wasn't too bad at first but now it's like I'm eating a whole pumpkin pie!), but tasty and luscious.

This is a fun one so go for it. This is my first try at Fish Tale and so far not bad.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

pours a very dark brown, with some red when held to the light. The tan head was a couple fingers thick and a cap remains even now as I approach the bottom of the glass. Spotty lacing here and there.

Nose isn't as complex or strong as some, but has a nice roasted aroma with quite a bit of brown sugar and a little dark fruit. Alcohol hidden pretty well at first but is pretty boozy by the time I'm half way through the warming glass.

Alcohol is immediately more noticeable in the flavor, but remains pretty subdued for the strength. More fruit is noted here and with the alcohol I'm reminded a bit of port. There's some char/smokiness I didn't notice in the aroma and pleasant bitterness - it could use a little more, as this is perhaps a little too sweet. Finish is drying and sort of spicy. Good effort.

Carbonation is light and mouthfeel is pretty thin, but I think that has actually helped the extremely high drinkability.

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Photo of ohmybock
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to find some of this beer recently in Gainesville, FL (Ward's). The aroma smells somewhat like a porter and lets you know there will be some dark malt flavors to come. The flavor has a blast of dry chocolate malt up front, but with a lingering pleasant and smooth maltiness along with other dark malt flavors. My first thought was that it tasted like a porter, but yet there is a definite lager quality at the same time. (If nothing else, I would call this beer a porter brewed with lager yeast.) This American-take on the dopplebock style doesn't have the German-stereotypical bock maltiness that usually only comes from a long (decoction) mash. There's too much chocolate/dark malt flavor compared to most German examples of the style, yet this is still a decent brew. I would never mistake this for a German-brewed bock, but it is quite good for what it is. This is sort of a crossover beer that would appeal to some German bock drinkers as well as porter drinkers. Check this one out and see what you think!

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Fish Tale Detonator Doppelbock Lager from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 74 ratings