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:
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Added by Reidrover on 03-22-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by ablaze:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Black as night with a terrific head that went down slowly and laced the glass, leaving “lave pits” of foam on top.

Smell – Severely burnt malt picks up most of the aroma here, although hard molasses and sugar are present. The nose is malty and full.

Taste – This one has a strong burnt flavor to it. There’s some yeasty bread which is burnt, too. I can pick up some burnt molasses, and there are some chocolate and cherry flavors as well, which are also burnt.

Mouthfeel – Very flat and medium bodied with a slight sense of alcohol.

Drinkability – I won’t have any trouble getting this one down. It is creamy smooth, highly palatable, and even refreshing. I could almost chug this bottle, which I guess would explain the Detonator name.

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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 Jason
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date. “Aged in Oak” on the bottle.

Appearance: Nearly black in appearance, the foamy head stops at about a half inch and stays … amazing.

Smell: Whoa! Hints of smoke, mild charred wood and steely sweet malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick with a long and drawn out smoothness in the back. Charred wood flavours come flailing first with a barrage of drying woody notes. Subtle smokiness moves in with a wave of alcohol, it warms the mouth and leaves the palate with a charred flavour. The sweetness in the back end get to the palate.

Notes: If it were not for the oak aged character this beer would be sickly sweet, even still this brew stays on the sweet side and the flavours don’t seem to meld too well together.

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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 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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Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark one, almost opaque dark chocolate brown with a creamy and nicely persistent 1/4 inch head of foam. Good dripping laces. Deep and sweetly malty aroma, brown sugar and maple. Excellent mouthfeel, soft and velvety with low carbonation and a thick lingering malt impression that magnifies the flavors noted in the aroma. A slight bit of fruit mid mouth, then a smoky roastiness rises out. Hops are non-assertive. The alcohol (8%) is decently hidden in this drinkable Doppelbock. Strays toward over-sweetness, would make a good chilly Autumn brew.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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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 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 cokes
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark rust and barely translucent, teeting right on opaque. The head exists momentarily as a skimming of beige.
Nose of mentholated cherries and plum brandy, touched by a sour oak note.
Begins with an arid, parched roastedness. The dryness is immediated deposed by a dark fruit swarm. Blackberries, overripe cherries and prunes. A harsh, grainy astringency lingers throughout. Alcohol rears up towards the close, and joins a sour, woodiness contributed by the oak. Tannic and vinous on the linger.
Medium bodied and oily, with too much feel given by the booze quotient and too little from the actual malt load. It crosses the mouth all too similar to some sort of brandy-based concoction.
It stops just short of being a chore to drink, but there are many far superior examples. A lot was attempted here, but precious little of it was actually successful. I'd like to try this off the oak, just to get a baseline.

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

Thanks Presario for sending me, so I could make my flight with but the single carry on bag. Seeing Pootz had this, I felt no guilt in consuming my bottle by myself today. I have found several samples of this style I have enjoyed. A tasty drinkable dark brown and reddish highlights concoction, with an acceptable amount of sourness. The cask characteristics added to complexity of taste.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of dirtylou and Blackie, shared with expatsteve and myself over an impromptu doppelbock session.

Pour: dark, clear ruby/mahogany with a smallish khaki head.

Nose: roasted toffee malt, caramel sweetness, hint of nutty/spiced notes.

Taste: caramel/toffee bock malts, earthy peat, bitter hops/booze and a bit of spice in the finish.

Feel: smooth, thin body, velvety crisp carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: an interesting, spicy doppel with a unique hops presence. Not exactly traditional, but a fun addition to the line-up nonetheless.

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

12oz bottle, overpriced at Woodman's West, split with Blackie, expatsteve, and golden2wenty1 during a recent doppelbock session

appearance: poured into a 2006 great taste tasting glass...dark garnet body, bubbly dark beige/khaki head

smell: strong dark fruit, red apple, very earthy tones throughout, well toasted malt structure

taste: the first thing i noticed was a well placed smoky nature, very earthy, light woody notes, more boozy than the troegenator, touch of licorice, light metallic hop presence, toated malt. I like it

mouthfeel: rich and full

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of Elemental
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours very nice. Nice deep brown color. The aroma is slightly smocky with some nice hop undertones. It taste is very big and malty with carmel hints and a very bitter finish. To me it tastes like a mix between a dopplebock and a barley wine. Very hoppy and spicy like a barley wine and sweet and big like a dopplebock. It definately has a large amount of smokiness that could be tamed down. Overall a very interesting brew!

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

Appearance – Dark with ruby red tones reminding me of mahogany. A small amount of tan head is produced which holds reasonably well and leaves no lacing

Smell – Some dark fruits, licorice, and brown sugar arise. It is sweet. This one smells of dark rich malts big time.

Taste – I get a lot of roasted malt and wood flavors off the bat. This is accompanied by some sweetness and alcohol. I really taste raisins as well. It’s very malty and rich. Quite good all in all.

Mouthfeel – Almost chewy. Its very thick and not much carbonation is there. Nice.

Drinkability – Not bad. It’s almost overwhelming sometimes but it was hard to drink.

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

I typically haven't been a big fan of this style, but this beer went some distance toward changing my opinion.

It poured with an almost opaque cola colour and a frothy, two-finger head. It smelled mainly of chocolatey roasted malt, though there were some smoky and vinous aromas too.

The taste starts smoky before the chocolate kicks in — nice and smooth, not bitter. The ending is malty and grainy, but again it's nice and subtle. A smooth and drinkable beer that doesn't show its high ABV.

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Photo of elricorico
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a very dark brown, and appears black in the glass. A half centimeter of tan head formed, and faded back to a ring and some pools within a minute. Looks appetizing.

Smell is quite a mixture. Lots of roasted aromas, toasted coffee bean, a hint of bitter chocolate. Mixed in is a touch of black licorice. Fruitiness, consisting of raisin and cherry. Quite nice.

A big old malt bomb here. Sweet licorice and dark fruit. A nearly syrupy taste. Alcohol makes its presence known in the finish, with a mix of bitter and burning liquor. There is a burnt malt flavour that holds on as an aftertaste. Interesting flavours, but I find it a bit too "in your face".

The mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy thick. Carbonation is low and doesn't seem to cut through the heavy body. I never thought I'd say that a lager is too heavy in mouthfeel, but here we are.

Worth trying if dopplebocks are your thing. I could see myself revisiting on a cold winter day, but this isn't going to be a common purchase for me.

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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 CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazed amber, maroon and brown. Light bti fairly dense tan head kicks of a little bit of lace.
Aroma of caramel malt and a fresh fruit hit with some oaky wooden notes jumping in and out.
Flavor is dark caramel malt with cassis undertones and a slightly burnt hot chocolate note. Some dark bread and resiny hop notes are also present.
Mouthfeel was really alive but not too heavy. Oak aging comes out in a very mellow form.
Drinkability was solid. Small group needs to take a look at some kind of restirctions. Go Tirget.


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Photo of waldowin
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark caramel, with a finger-thick light tan head that faded to just a ring. The beer is almost opaque in the center, with just a hint of ruby working its way through in the light.

It smells of bananas, caramel, and cinnamon, a nice rich smell.

It tastes of bananas, caramel, oak, and a hint of bourbon in the finish. Not terribly complex, and very smooth. Much smoother than I'd expected even from a dopplebock.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, thick, and full, with little carbonation. The alcohol is completely hidden in the malts.

This is a solid beer, but a bit thick and sweet to drink that much of in one go. A good dessert beer, maybe, but not something you'll drink more than one bottle of at a time.

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

appearance: The khaki colored head recedes to a ring around the glass and a chunky island of bubbles on the surface. The beer is a clear, chestnut brown in color.

smell: At first I find notes of nutshell and wood. There is a moderate, tosaty malt sweetness, and a light touch of hazelnut chocolate creme. Light noble type hop aroma.

mouthfeel: Just above medium in carbonation, and lighter in body

taste: I find a toasted, nutty malt flavor upfront with a touch of toffee candy. The light sweetness is balanced with a moderate hop flavor and subtle bitterness. In the dry finish there is a light roasted flavor. Not deep in character but soundly made.

drinkability: The alcohol is pretty invisible, and this seems like a nice attempt at the widely ranging style

My contribution to a doppelbock tasting held with the three BAs below, and fourth in the lineup.

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

“Well all righty then”, a “Dopplebock”, don’t seem to drink nor find many domestic Dopplebocks, but this one should be a “Hoot”!

As deep as mahogany gets before it becomes brown color on the pour, the head unconscionable in size, spumous in texture, a light chocolate in color, as it evanesces, a silky sheet of lace is left behind to guard the glass. Hints of oak, molasses like, light toasted grains, sweetly malt, fresh an appealing, with a thick malt sweet start, the top is middling in feel. Finish scrumptious in its hop spicy bite, the acidity pertinent to the style, quite dry and the sweetness carries to the “light belly warming” and somewhat alcohol bitter end. A decent beer if a bit to sweet, but not enough to ruin it for me.

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

This beer pours a brown, almost black color with hints of ruby. Has a tight off white head. Aroma is sweet toffee with a fruitty undercurrant. Taste is sweet toffee malt, no perceptable hops. Some oak aftertase, oak provides some tannic balance to the brew. Hint of smoke in the taste. Nice thick body, moderate to low carbonation. Excellent drinkability, the alcohol is well hidden so you better not have too many.

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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