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Great Lakes The DoppelrockGreat Lakes The Doppelrock

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of zimm421
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark brown with a nice reddish hue. Has a nice tan head that leaves good lacing.

The aroma consists of great caramel and toffee scents, but isn't overly impressive. I was expecting a bit more from the nose. The flavor starts out slightly bitter, but eventually moves onto a very sweet taste, that again contains the caramel and toffee flavors. The alcohol is present in the flavor, but fits in well with the character. The tastes are fairly well balanced, and definitely not overly bitter.

The mouthfeel is creamy with an average amount of carbonation, and each sip leaves a slight film in your mouth. Medium-bodied. This is very drinkable, as it goes down smoothly, and the balance makes it enjoyable to drink. Glad I picked this up, will definitely enjoy finishing them off.

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Photo of output01x
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mug from tap at the Great Lakes brewpub.

A 2-finger bubbly cream-colored head spilled over the rim, but soon diminished. Body is nearly black with shades of blood-red. Excellent lacing.

Notes of caramelized malt and honey are present. A little more of a bouquet would have been appreciated, however.

Caramelized malt and a little bit of hops are immediately noticed along with spices I can't quite pinpoint. A little nuttiness and dark fruit are also there. A slight alcohol warmth is noticed near the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel is creamy but not syrupy. It coats your mouth well but does not overpower. Lighter body for the style.

Drinkability is very good for a doppelbock as this is one refreshing brew.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer. The head was not as thick as I would have preferred and the scent was a little lacking. Great complexity in the flavor with an excellent mouthfeel that makes this as drinkable as a Bock.

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Photo of suspect
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Dark maroon in color, clear. Aggressive pour leads to a huge growing 3 finger head that topples over just a bit. Lacing is thick and mighty.

S: Smells of big sweet sugary malts with alcohol and dark molasses mixed in for good measure. Not much hop presence but I didn't expect there to be with this style of beer and the abv pushing 8%. Not a huge nose but certainly not absent.

T: Follows the nose with a much more delicious mix of the delicious malt mixtures. This style certainly calls for it to be a bit of a meal in a glass and this one doesn't disappoint. Big dark fruits, huge sugary backbone and enough abv to kick your teeth.

M: Big bodied, creamy feel, plenty of carbonation.

O: A very good dopplebock. Every time I have this style of beer I'm pleasantly surprised. I think I'm too hop-forward with my beer styles lately. This one is a keeper.

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Photo of avaccani
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep ruby red. Fire red under light. Has a tan 1 finger head that dissapates into a thin that laces the whole way down. Looks like an amazing beer.

S - Sweet caramel malt, some general grainy notes. Nice and malty

T - First thing I get is some coffee like flavor, then the sweeter caramel malt starts shining through. This packs a big punch of German malt. There is enough hops to prevent it from being cloying sweet, but I can't detect any in the way of flavor. A tad boozy on the finish or I'd of rated this a 4.5.

M - Suprisingly full bodied. It is creamy on the palate yet finishes without coating the mouth too much. Very impressed.

O - I'd like this year round. It is a great Dopplebock. If your lucky enough to snag this, you won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes Spring 2012. I've been wanting to put this into my BA log for a while now. Finally getting around to it.

12 oz brown bottle with 2 guitarists shredding some sort of rock riff on a live stage. I've played guitar for probably 15 years and this label appeals to me. Poured into a standard 12 oz tall like mug.

A - deep amber reddish brown. Chestnut looking color. Head isn't large at all but did last longer than I expected and formed a tight ring of lace leaving a touch of stick here and there.

S - malt.. Malt.. And more malts. Sweet aromas of cinnamon bread and dark fruits. A real breadiness to it. Sweet malts galore. Delicious aroma.

T - a really good malt flavored brew here. Lots of sweet malt, bread, hints of cinnamon spice, an abundance of more dark malts paired with some dark fruit. Plum, raison, sweet prunes, and a dark cherry. Sweet liquid bread with a lot going on.

M - rich mouthfeel but surprisingly thicker than what I expected going in. GLBC always have good texture but I was worried that their thinner liquid style may not line up for a doopelrock and while its not as thick as some it still has excellent coating and texture. Very drinkable without being too rich.

O - the closest American made doppelbock to the original German versions I've ever had. I didn't see this brew in 2013, and I hope it's not completely gone. Very underrated and under appreciated doppelbock. GLBC make a lot of great ales, but I don't think any American brewery does lagers like they do. Lagers are forgotten in today's beer universe, but I'm telling you right now, this as is all GLBC lagers some of the best on the planet. If this is released again grab it and try it. It's a top notch doppelbock.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 5/29/2012 - so just missed that. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass.

Dark auburn liquid with a fine creamy beige collar and slick. Pasty even lacing, fine fast running legs.

Very rich bready aromatics suffused with melanoidins. Hints of tobacco, cocoa, coffee, bread crusts, and dark brown sugar.

Low fruity esters on the palate along with dark fruit and dense malt. The melanoidins come through again with rich toasted bready flavors. Alcohol is a bit strong in the finish.

Medium-bodied and well carbonated.

Dense full flavor is quite satisfying, though not as complex as the best examples of the style. Excellent none-the-less.

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Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Doppelrock looked like a raisin... until backlighting revealed all the many majestic colours that actually encompass it. The fact that literal transparency is still preserved despite the deep tone makes the claim that this was brewed according to a purity law all the more believable. Impaired retention is somewhat understandable given the strength.

If this is your first time smelling a doppelbock, I know of few better examples to be greeted by. The thing they call "melanoidins" is a distinct characteristic of Munich and Vienna malts that resembles browned bread crusts. Viscous molasses, dark fruit paste (prune, red grape) and crumbs of chocolate make up the remainder of the welcoming committee.

You know a bock is sufficiently malty when you're first instinct upon sipping it is to chew. The taste of melanoidins - that of rich, toasty, browned bread crusts - is indeed chewy, if not crunchy. A strong wave of alcohol washes it out in the finish, however, supplanting the sweet (and somewhat smoky) maltiness with some pretty high-octane fruity esters.

The palate becomes a battle grounds of competing tastes and textures: brown sugar-like sweetness kicks things off, followed by the crunchy toast of browned malts, which is quickly axed by an earthy, bitter hoppiness, which is eventually set aflame by a bomb of fruity, fusel alcohol vapors. When all is said and done, you want another sip.

I get the reference, but 'The Doppelrock' has to be the cheesiest name in all of American craft brewing. Notwithstanding, it's a hell of a beer. And Great Lakes is a hell of a brewery - I expected nothing less than for them to masterfully capture the characteristics of the style and deliver on a rich, gratifying lager. Indeed, that's exactly what they did.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single from Chevy Chase, best by 15 June 2011.

A beautiful deep reddish brown with mahogany highlights, there's a dense, light brown head that recedes to a disk leaving some lace. The nose is solid. A blend of a minty, spicy German hops, a heavily caramelized Vienna malt character, rich, bready along with brown sugar as well as some dark fruit and even a hint of bitter chocolate. Great stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of dark caramel, and hop bitterness. Earthy, minty and spicy and decidedly German, the hop character is fresh and assertive. Very well balanced with a rich, melanoidin malt character, there's flavors of raisin bread, brown sugar and dark caramel and even a little bit of nuttiness. Drying on the finish with an earthy, hopppy bitterness, I can't say I can pick out the chocolate that I can smell. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels mildly creamy on the palate and is really really enjoyable. Overall, this isn't the best dopplebock, but good lord, is it a good one.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get ready for more adventures from the Clearance Singles Cooler!

Looks darker brown with reddish highlights around the edges. Very small sand colored head that turns into a film of froth without much lacing. However, I cannot fault this smaller head because my bottle is 2 months past best by date... Not very hazy at all for a doppelbock... Still has plenty of good delicious malt bomb-ey smell that also includes some raisin in the mix. And the taste is much of the same, but the interesting thing is that the clearance shelf has cold-aged some intriguing leathery and damp tobacco leaves flavors into the mix along with the typical caramel toffee malt deliciousness with the only flaw being a fairly middle sized wallop of booziness that makes the overall taste a bit more like a higher ABV Wee Heavy than a Doppelbock. Body is large enough to match the large flavors, in fact almost too thick, yet smooth enough in texture to mitigate the way that a thick body can sometimes get annoying.

It is worth noting that this is the first time that I have ever tasted a Doppelbock (other than Samiclaus, of course) that evolves into something delicious and interesting when tasted 2 months beyond its best by date stamp. Usually old Doppelbocks just taste stale and horrible to my tongue, so this is very unusual in that regard!

Now I shall have to find a fresh bottle next year when it rolls around to determine a starting point from which it changed.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Rich malty aromatics in the forefront. Hints of dark bread, caramel, toasty aromatics. Flowery and spicy hop notes to balance. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Deep ruby colored pour with a rich batter-like head.

Flavor: More rich malty character. Toast like and doughy bread quality is dominant. Earthy hop character provides a nice counterpoint. Finish is dry and slightly hoppy. Balance is decidedly malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. Slightly creamy. Nice alcohol warmth on the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A very drinkable, very flavorful dopplebock. Carbonation was a bit on the high side which I think is what made the bitterness seem sharp. Still, malty without being too sweet or making you feel full. Well done.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Toffee brown color with no head or lacing to speak of, golden color at the rim. Complex nose of maple syrup, port soaked plums, dark ref fruits - currant and cherry and some sweet sherry. Mouth mirrors alot of the nose with a touch more of oxidized sherry, hazelnut and finishes with a warming alcohol, midly hoppy finish. Received this beer as an extra and was thoroughly enjoying.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber ruby brownish red body with a light speckled khaki head. Aroma has figs/rasisins, with a touch of green apple. Big caramel malts with a nicey artisinal bread layer. Flavor is sweet upfront with the malt profile flexing it's girth, a great example of another well brewed lager from Great Lakes. A bit of herbal hops to balance things out but the booze is really well hidden. More caramel dark fruits like raisins/plums/ and some green apple tartness make up the backbone of the flavor profile. Medium bodied mouthfeel even keeled carbonation with a touch of sticky residual sugars but not cloyingly so. Overall impression is this beer will be popular across the board by both beer geeks and newbies to the craft beer realm very solid welcomed addition to Great Lakes lineup of beers.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a russet brown with a finger head of light tan. As it drops, leaves lots of lacing.

Aromas of malt and light chocolate

Flavors of sweet caramel malt, cocoa, and earthy hop bitterness. But emphasis is on the malt.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy malt, good level of carbonation.

A very good doppelbok. All the right flavor components. Going to enjoy draining this growler.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear mahogany color with a finger and a half of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Smells slightly sweet and malty. Hints of dark fruit, nuts, and caramel.

Taste: A bit sweet with hints of nuts, perhaps almonds, and dark fruit. There is some grain and a hint of caramel. The finish is bitter and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, delicate carbonation and a finish that is slightly slick.

Overall: I thought this was a nice representation of the style. The hints of fruit and nuts in the taste were very welcome. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 6/27/11.
A: Deep brown, 1/3" head.
S: Molasses, cocoa, toasted malt.
T: Molasses, toasty, rich malt characters. A good hops balance is present as well.
M: Very pleasant. Smooth, balanced.
O: Another very solid beer from Great Lakes. I need to try more of this style.

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Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this new offering from what I consider the best brewery in the U.S.

A-Red mahogany colored...nice creamy tan head on top..

S-Very rich and malty...some sweat cocoa...light caramel..

T-Nice and malty....sweet and kind of bready with a dusting of sweet cocoa...

M-Full...rich...drinkable...low hopping which is how I like my doppels but a slight hint of booziness on the finish keeps the high malt load in check..

O-I'm impressed. About what I expected. Falls a little short of the top german doppels but a well done American version I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/16/10

A:Pours a see thru Amber/Red color with a fingers worth of that falls slowly, nice
lacing is left down the glass

S:Nose is a little muted with some carmalized malts coming thru, figs and dry fruit are
also pick up slightly.

T:Very nice, smooth up front and in the middle with the carmalized malts. The backend
is dominated by a sweet taste of grapes and dry fruit that lingers around the palate.

M:Body is not what you would expect as the style would expect but fits the bill nicely.
Sweet fruits and slight tartness linger on the tongue, leaving a little stickiness hanging

D:Score is all around on this one, does not represent the style well but is actually really tasty and easy to drink. Fruits and sweetness dominate this one and make it pleasurable. GL definitely hit something different with one.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint. Disclaimer: this one is a few months past her Best By date.

A: Pours a gorgeous ruby brown color, man is this good looking. Two fingers of some of the softest tan head I've seen. Lacing absolutely eats up the sides of the glass. This is a great looking brew.

S: Caramel malt, bready yeast, some mild sweet chocolate on the nose. Can't wait to try it.

T: Caramel, roasted biscuit, sweet bready malts, and some light chocolate wash over the palate. A very pleasing roasty, sweet finish. Age certainly hasn't hurt this one too badly, though I recall it being less cloying fresh. Still, this tastes great.

M: It sits on the palate nicely. Creamy, smooth, and well-balanced. Carbonation is spot on.

O: Doppelrock is a damn fine brew. A wonderful display for the style. Light and complex, this one gives you wave after wave of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, and roast goodness, while retaining a lightness and sessionability that Great Lakes seems to have mastered in most of its brews. Enjoy this one!

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Photo of fmccormi
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a stemless wineglass (one of those new Heady Topper-branded stemless glasses, actually). Freshness date of June 2, 2012 printed in white ink in the bottom-right part of the label (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 06/2/12 9448AE”).

Appearance (3.5): Half a finger of tight, dark-tan foam rises on top of a clear, deep ruby-amber body, with just some simple, sudsy spots on the sides—not particularly lacy.

Smell (4.0): Bit of molasses, light bitter chocolate character, and earthy. It smells a bit like warm, moist feed or silage—anyone who grew up with cows around probably knows what I’m talking about. Not “hay” in a bretty way, but warm, most, sweet and earthy in a feed / grain way. Nice and warm. Some mild, grassy hops to balance.

Taste (4.0): Following the nose in some ways, with a mild but distinctly roasty note accompanying that sweet, rich barley flavor. It’s kind of like bran flakes warmed up with brown sugar. Earthy, grassy hops lead the finish: it rounds out the palate with a very earthy, slightly grassy bitterness that adds a nice, very “Old World” feel to the body. The lager yeast is there in the flavor, but it doesn’t leave any chalky or metallic notes like it sometimes does. No ABV detected on the palate. Very nice.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Great mouthfeel, moderate carbonation that is lush and filling but never prickly. The body is on the full side of medium and somewhat viscous, but still manages to keep a drying finish. Combination of hops and alcohol maybe, but it works. Very drinkable.

Overall (4.0): I really enjoy this doppelbock. It really is like liquid bread in a lot of ways, and that’s what I dig about it. I don’t go for all that many malt-centric beers, but this one’s a keeper in my book.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rye colored deep bronze and mahagony. Fast moving head with good bubbling.

The aroma makes me think of a toasted malt Spring. Very toasted, even lightly roasted bread and biscuit malts mixed with a soft earthy hop aroma.

The taste from start to finish is sweet toasted malt. Mixed in with that is biscuits, mountain grass, and a little warm yet subtle booze.

Very well malted Dopplebock btaht makes me want to want ROCK with the flavor and feeling of this brew.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (best by 06/01/11) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Deep copper-orange-brown color with a light tan head. Foam was 1/4" on pouring, but died down to a thin skin across the top and a ring around the edge. Strands and sheets of lacing noted here and there. The color is quite nice.

Smell: Good and deep caramel malt, not much else though.

Taste: Roasted malt up front with a hint of char (a bit wood-like), then moving into caramel sweetness. Bitter finish (not too strong) that lingers for a bit at the end. Nice and tasty with this simple and balanced profile.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a juicy and chewy mouthfeel. Sticks to the teeth a bit.

Drinkability: This one went very fast - highly drinkable on it own, and went quite well with a meal (ravioli). I could easily see having another although by the end of the glass I'm starting to notice that higher ABV since the beer was finished rather quickly. Overall very easy to drink and a bit dangerous with how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: A darker shade of amber red with a decent sized tan head that has good retention. Nice lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of caramel and bready, toasty malts. Hints of coffee and maybe some dark fruit sweetness?

Taste: Very malt forward with lots of caramel and toasty bread. Dark fruits blend with the malt to create a nice sweetness that is not overbearing. A slight hint of earthy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and somewhat chewy.

Overall: A pretty good version of a doppelbock from Great Lakes.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
7.8% ABV, Best served at 55°F, Enjoy by 06/01/11
[Reviewed 06-10-11 - from notes]

A - Gorgeous brunette, this clear beer pours with a dense tan head with decent retention but little lace.

S - The amped-up aroma is pumpin' with well-tuned caramel and toast malt notes with balanced earthy hop aromas singing back-ups.

T - Heavily malty but well-balanced, this brew is certainly in tune. The caramel and toast malt base groove resonates throughout while earthy hop riffs chug over the top.

M - High notes of carbonation explode on the tongue while the medium-full body lasts throughout the performance. A dry hoppy bitter encore finishes out.

O - Rockin' but a little too hoppy for my taste concerning doppelbocks. Warm, lingering alcohol booze isn't infectious but nicely done for a good spring beer.

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

64oz growler
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It pours copper with an inch and a half of beige head.

S - I get a lot a caramel and earthy aromas.

T - I get some burnt toffee as the main flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel

O - Another quality offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark reddish amber in color with some visibility (not clear though) and a half finger of off white head that quickly settles.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malt, dark fruit and some brown sugar with a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: Caramel, sweet bready malt, sweet raisin and fig, hints of brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall: I don't drink too many doppelbocks, but this is very enjoyable (not on the level of Celebrator). I will finish the rest of the 4 pack with no issue whatsoever.

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