Pioneer Doublebock | Connecticut Valley Brewing

15 Ratings

Brewed by:
Connecticut Valley Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ppoitras on 05-17-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ppoitras for the trading mojo...

Pours a nice dark ruby brown into my Celebrator glass. Head rises a bit with a moderate pour and quickly settles in. Aroma is moderately rich and sweet with nothing jumping out at me but the caramelly sweetness.

Sweetness hits the palate with a toffee-like sweetness that is quickly scrubbed with some carbonation. Ushers in a deep and tongue twisting sweetness that rounds to a deep drying bitterness that really is one of the highlights of this brew. Leaves the palate a bit dry with hints of sweet and wanting more.

Quite the nice drinker here. I may be in for it if they keep going down like this...

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Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ppoitras for this growler. Drank nearly a week ago, review from notes.

Poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a rich mahogany that's too dark for much clarity. Over a finger worth of slightly rocky head that holds nicely. Some sticky patches of lacing.

S: A nice alcoholic line throughout the malts. Not overpowering. Loads of hearth bread aroma with nuts, buttery caramel, and light chocolate. A nice crisp floral hop aroma right behind everything.

T/M: Malts are very robust. More of the bread and nutty side with a much more pronounced buttery caramel, light chocolate, and a velvety toffee flavor and texture. Body is full but not overly heavy and has a nice smoothness...almost reminds me of an oatmeal stout. Alcohol lends plenty of warmth in the beginning and continues to beef up through the finish.

D: Tasty and relatively drinkable. I'll probably have 2-3 glasses for dinner but I doubt I can finish this whole thing in one night.

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Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ppoitras for hooking me up with this one in Growling at the Moon.

A-Deep mahogany copper with a thick, fluffy tan head that reduced to a thin film that left decent lacing.

S-Looking for some bourbon I found none....but it does posess a good dose of caramel malty sweetness....not much else.

T-OH! There is the bourbon....this is a blend of regular dopple and and a barrel aged version. Nice initial blast of oak, vanilla and alcohol. This is followed by a quick wave of caramel sweet malt and finishes off with a fairly aggressive hop bite and a bit of cocoa...very complex, very nice!

M-Medium body with a nice smoothness. Good carbonation leads to nice feel.

D-I wasnt so sure about this before I cracked the growler. I am not a big lager fan but I do like dopplebocks and bourbon so I did have some hope. Well, I was rewarded...this is some seriously good stuff! A very nice beer to sit and enjoy for sure.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a few pints of this on tap at the Hyland Brewery... Said bourbon-barrel aged on their menu. Pours a deep, clear mahogany, with little carbonation within. Head is thin and off-white, though really just a rim-job. A little lacing is left along the edges of the glass. Nose is a bit on the light side for the style, with malty caramel sweetness coming through. Little, if any, hops or bourbon evident in the aroma. Body was a solid medium, and the passage over the tongue went fairly smoothly.

Hits the palate with a pleasing malt sweetness; caramel and toffee stand out nicely. Initially served a bit too cold, the malts come forth better as the bier warms. Floral hops balance the malt well, leaving a tasty trail down the gullet. Again, as it warms the flavor is much improved. A hint of bourbon and also brown sugar come out at this point. The 8.5% abv is well hidden in this one, so care is required, as they can go down easily.


overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of gumper2
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color , there was a slight head which faded away .The smell had a slight hop aroma not overally strong but pleasant. The taste was indeed sweet with a very nice malty tone to it. There was a present of a alcohol taste as I was half way thourgh the pint. The alcohol taste wasn't overwelming but something that was noticable.Although the hop smell was noticed the hop bitterness was not present as the maltiness took over.Overall a very fine beer that was enjoyed and leaving me to want to try another.

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Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this one via ppoitras...
Appears an amber brown with a small off-white head that quickly fades.
Smell brown sugar, flowery, malty like, toffee, cocoa, and almost like I stuck my head over the malt boil during the brew.
Taste is of the same aromas...perhaps slightly better with a mild vanilla note. Gets better as it warms up releasing more sugary malt notes.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin but a decent cocoa in the finish.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Venom for the growler ...

A- Deep mahogany brown with a decent clarity, thin lacing sticks a bit.

S- Super malty, lots of depth ... melanoidins? Faint alcohol and herbal hop in the nose. Ghost like bourbon with trace vanilla.

T- Faint oak character throughout, warming alcohol is laid back. Malt sweetness has a hidden layer of vanilla until the brew warms up. Just enough bitterness to cut the sweetness a bit. Nice toasted character, very flavorful all around.

M- Really creamy on the palate with a slick feeling on the tongue, mild carbonation.

D- I could sip this one all day long ... very tasty.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a dandy Pioneer Doppelbock vessel, a tallish, tapered snifter.
Dark russet brown, with rising carbonation, and a decent head, dark cocoa, ...

Invigorating aroma, richly malty, molasses and anise, brown sugar, almost syrupy, quite nice.

Tastin' it...dark, sweet, thick, rich, very significant mouthfeel, lays large on the palate, ominous and delicious at once...Comes at you full-force, then lays back and rests after delivering it's sweet promise.
Roasty, toasty, spicy on the finish...full-bodied...a devilish doppel. Lasts long in the mouth...a definite sipper, and an ideal candidate for after-dinner imbibing, or nightcap closer. Surprisingly easy to slide past the tonsils, it oozes decadence and deliciousness.
Most excellent.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Pete!

Pours a deep ruby, almost brown color. Head retention is minimal. Aroma is heavy heavy chocolate malts. Taste is good, malty, some alcohol wamrth, slightly vinous. Mouthfeel is appropriate, full and round. One of the best dopplebocks I've had.

Thanks again Pete!

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Photo of meathookjones
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a growler sent by ppoitras. Dark brown with barely a head even after the second and third glasses were poured rather hard. Not much in the way of lacing. Aroma is roasty malts with a good bit of sweet caramel. Hints of the oak come through in the nose. Big caramelly sweetness upon first sip with a touch of chocolate and an underlying roastiness. The small hints of oak and bourbon that come through play well with the of elements. Slight bourbon sweet finish. Interesting twist on the style. Mouthfeel was medium, slick and went down very smoothly. Not flat or anything that would explain the lack of head. Drinkability was great, I went through the growler like it was nothing. Didn’t realize it was 9% while drinking it but definitely felt smacked up after I was done.

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Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler. Pours a dark brown color with a full head that falls fast, but leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of dark malts - caramel, chocolate, and a nuttyness. The flavor is much the same. Lots of dark malts, roasted, chocolate, caramel. Tasty. Mouthfeel is pretty moderate. I would like it to be a little thicker. Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently the only way to obtain this brew is via ppoitras distribution out of MA. Picked this up in a trade that has yet to completed (as of today, my box is still with UPS). Thank you, Pete, for the opportunity.

Dark opaque brown with some red highlights, no head, just a tiny ring of bubbles. Nose is rather tame, some slight malt notes and hints of the barrel, but nothing dominating. Taste starts with a licorice and molasses malty taste that quickly segues into the bourbon barrel bath of alcohol. Tasty. Not as mature as, say, Insanity, but still solid. Strong finish. Mouthfeel is medium, this doppel could be a bit fuller. Despite any shortcomings, this is a quaffable brew. Aged and in a bottle, I'm guessing this will be outstanding. Now, I've got to get my hands on one of their ciders.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ppoitras for sharing this brew with me. It seems to have survived the journey well, no oxidation and maybe a touch of a loss in the carbonation. An aggressive pour yields a small ivory head that falls very quickly to a small, thin ring over the head. The color is mahoganey, a nice rubied brown if you will.

The nose is nice, with sweet caramel, roasted nutty notes and a slight butteryness. This is my second glass, and I know letting it warm changes the character. I will let it warm and get back to it. As it warms, I get more roasted notes and a touch of brown sugar sweetness as well. The sweet bourbon comes through more in the nose now as well.

The flavor is nice, with good roasted notes that moce into an almost chocolate-like flavor. The caramel sweetness carries through with a slight butteryness, giving it a slight toffee flavor as well. I like it. I don't get a whole lot of the bouron from the barrel ageing. I get just a touch of vanilla and oakyness.

The feel is a light moderate with a light carbonation. I wouldl ike a touch more thickness.

This is definately a good beer. I can only tell that it is 8.5% by the warming I get in my ears and face. That is always the first sign of alcohol doing its work on me. I think that everything works very well together in this beer. My only real bone to pick is the slight lack of body. Very good brew, and thanks again Pete.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gift from a fine gentlemen, PPoitras. Thanks for the chance Pete.
Pours a really depp chestnut and mahogany color with a ecru head that develops lushly on the pour but settles down to almost nothing.
Aroma of some sweet malt caramel and just a hint of peaty/whiskey hit. Some brown sugar and even maple syrup tones as well.
Flavor is full of sugary, dark sweet notes, with some darker fruits emerging as it warms. Towards the back of the palate the alcholic tannin and slightly smoky/peaty notes just cut through the sweetness enough to not have a cloying sweet overdose.
Mouthfeel is sweet and powefully alcoholic as you would expect for style. Barrel agin adds some additional smoky and subtly unique notes. My advice would be to barrel age all of it and see how good it could turn out.
Drinkability is excellent, really represents the style well and the barrel aging adds just enough uniqueness to be memorable.
Thanks again Pete for a unique beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the launch party of Pioneer's Barrel-aged Double Bock. According to Tim, co-brewer, 50% of the brew was aged in a bourbon barrel, and then blended back with unaged brew to create the final product.

Presented with a 1/2" tan head over the translucent chestnut brew. Head fades quickly to minimal edge bubble coverage, not unexpected for the style. Aroma is sweet malt and whiskey. Taste is incredibly well-balanced for the style, with the sweetness countered by the barrel and bourbon flavors quite well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent for the style, and kept me coming back for more. Not going to be bottled for awhile, so on-tap at the brewery and growlers is your only hope...

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Pioneer Doublebock from Connecticut Valley Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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