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Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Duck-Rabbator Dopplebock is a powerfully malty German-style lager. The malty / grainy flavors so dominate this beer, it's like a whole loaf of bread in every glass! Is it a beverage or is it a meal? It's both.

Added by Georgiabeer on 06-22-2009

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4
pDev:
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Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From: Trade with jshusc, much thanks
Date: Best by 2014-05 on label
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Duck-Rabbit's doppelbock is a long-desired beer for me, and I'm grateful to jshusc for sending it my way in a recent trade. The beer is an overall better-than-average version of the style, but just by a bit. The display, aromatics, and feel of the beer are a bit off, but the taste is quite good, on par with many of the dark malt-forward German versions of the style (somewhat similar to the Miltenberger doppelbock I recently tried). Very dark and sweet caramel with a variety of other flavors mixed in, which is very satisfying. If this were locally available, I'd pick it up when available. As it's something I'd (currently) have to trade for to obtain, I'll probably just stick to locally available versions of the style.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of light tan-colored bubbles, small in size, yielding a frothy mass of foam atop the body of the beer that is short-lived, lasting less than a minute in decline to a thin ring around the body of the beer. Lacing is nonexistent. Body is a very dark amber color, with light bringing out orange-red-brown hues around the periphery of the beer. Carbonation not visible through the transparent (though dark, about 50% opaque) body.

Aroma is fairly mild, with hints of toasted bread crust, cocoa, dried dates, and a bit of diacetyl that does not detract from the beer. Overall, a bit disappointing, I was hoping for a more deep, exuberant set of scents.

Flavor is of intense toasted bread crusts, cocoa, dried black figs, prunes, and somewhat concealed ethanol. Front of palate tastes heavy, dark caramel-like sweetness, prunes and dried black figs, and a touch of slight raspberry and cocoa. Mid-palate experiences intense dark caramel-like sweetness, toasted bread crusts, a touch of cocoa, and strong prune, dried date and black fig esters, mild ethanol. Back of palate detects very dark caramel-like sweetness, toasted and slightly burnt bread crusts, ethanol, prune and dried black fig esters. Aftertaste of very dark caramel-like sweetness, heavily toasted bread, prunes, dried black figs, and light cocoa.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a mostly smooth (9/10) mouthfeel with just a touch of foaminess (1/10) that results in very slow sips of a lingering nature. Some more carbonation could be present and the beer would benefit in both aromatics and drinkability. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate, just right for the style.

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Photo of AltBock
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with the usual Duck Rabbit symbol on the front. There are two things separating this label with their other labels. This one has a gold background and the Duck Rabbit has gray ram horns coming out of its head. Off to the sides is the Government warning, brewery's address, and a notched best before date.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this southern Doppelbock was a semi hazy dark mahogany brown with a burgundy center. It was a rather interesting color. The red center was a nice touch to this beer. On top of this brew was a nice little head of foam. The initial head of foam was between 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in height and light tan in color. It had great retention that left behind a small tan film and a ton of tan sticky streaks of lace around the glass. The film on top of the beer lasted until the last drop of beer was gone.

This Doppelbock was more sweet than roasted. The first aroma that I picked up was the sweet lightly roasted malts. After the malts had their fun in the sun, in comes a pinch of caramel, a touch of milk chocolate, and a subtle whiff of black cherry. The aroma as a whole was a little too faint for my liking. If they would have pumped up the aroma just a little more, this would have been a great aroma.

While the aroma was sweet, the taste was more dry and roasted. The first taste that I found was of course the dry roasted malt. Waiting behind the malt was a pinch of milk chocolate, a drop of molasses, a dab of caramel, and a sprinkle of roasted coffee beans. After all that, this beer then finishes up with a gentle touch of roasted hops. The hops were more roasted than bitter. A little more sweetness wouldn't have hurt this beer at all.

This was a straight up medium bodied dry roasted Doppelbock. As for the aftertaste, that was filled with dry roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, a pinch of caramel, a drop of molasses, and a big bite of alcohol. At least the alcohol wasn't overpowered. Even though I could taste the alcohol, I couldn't feel it.

Not a bad Doppelbock! It had an interesting color, a sweet aroma, a dry roasted taste, and an alcoholic mouthfeel. I think this NC brewery did a good job. The aroma could have been better, but everything else was good. Would I drink another one? Yeah, I wouldn't mind another single.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 04-2014 - so it's not exactly the freshest. Ok, let's go.

Looks nice. Dark, slim and slender in my Weihenstephan glass - so far so good.

Aroma is nice and well. Rich caramel and dark chocolates that make Raul think bad things (in a good way).

Taste is where things are a bit of a letdown. (Again, age is a factor). Not immature like Hannah Montana, and not completely cooked like Kim Novak - somewhere in the middle. Taste compares to the aroma, but it's a bit flat with a Laura Flynnboyle-like mouthfeel.

General consensus is that it's aite and that Raul would like to try it fresh.

Peace!

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Darker brown with pronounced red highlights, thick three-finger light tan head that recedes to a thin layer. Little lacing to speak of.

The nose is not overpowering-sweet malts, dark chocolate, ripe fruits such as figs, dates, and cherries.

The aromas play out a little stronger on the tongue. The sweetness of the malts is balanced pretty nicely by a toasted nut flavor, along with a touch of cherry tartness.

Maybe not as big in the body as I was expecting, but still pretty good. The tartness lingers a little longer than I would like, and the carbonation is sort of middle of the road.

Overall a good beer that I would purchase again.

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Photo of meatyard
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a Celebrator glass.

Pours a pretty, clear, dark, ruby/mahogany with a 2-finger, light tan, head. Retention is decent and there is no lacing though there are many, lively carbonation streams.

The smell is sweet & roasted malt, some fruit (figs mostly) and a touch of alcohol rising out.

The taste is sweet & fruity with a touch of tobacco on the tongue that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium leaning towards thick and the early carbonation has vanished.

Drinkability: It would be better if the sweetness was toned down some but I still enjoyed it. Even though it doesn't approach a couple of German doppelbocks like Celebrator, it's a nice beer and competes at the top with American doppelbocks.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong aroma has notes of caramel and brown sugar, a fair alcohol tang. Pours a dark, somewhat hazy chestnut with a thick and fairly persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Malty, woody flavor has subtle caramel and cloves notes, alcohol bite seems a bit strong. Texture has decent body and sharp fizz, leaving a woody hop finish. Not D-R’s best, but give it a try.

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Photo of mscudder
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a globe.

A - Deep ruby hue here with a nice light-bronze head. Fair retention with good lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted coffee. Nice balance on the nose!

T - Starts with sweet caramel and heavy roast. Progresses into a dry fruity melody, closing with a strange sharp-chocolate sweetness, accompanied by black pepper.

M - Medium+ body with moderate carbonation.

O - This is a really odd doppelbock. Not a huge fan of the style, although this is better than most I have encountered. Lots going on here... I can see where the hype comes from, just not for me.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a two finger red-brown tinted head. Opaque.

Smell- Creamy bready/chocolate malt aroma. Dark fruit/sugary

Taste- A sweet malt up front, bready with bits of roasted grains. Notes of chocolate. The dark fruit from the smell also comes through in the taste with notes of plum and cherry. A light grassy flavor ends with a dry, lightly roasted finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body, syrupy, mid level carbonation.

Overall- A full flavor, full body doppelbock. Well done with the malt profile. Could be a bit less sweet, but the smoothness really comes through with this beer.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out pretty fizzy, but not yellow and thin so we're good. Dark brown with some reddish highlights. Head is tan and sizzled down pretty quick into some large and small bubble clusters.

S: Oh, so malty. This is what a doppelbock should smell like. Dark cherries, plums and raisins. Some sweet figs and a bit of spice.

T: Taste is of some very dark malts, almost bitter in a way. Dark chocolate with some sour cherries. A bit of alcohol. The bitter chocolate is pretty strong with the cherry flavor backing it up. A little off in my opinion.

M: Good crisp lager mouthfeel, but this is not what I look for in a doppelbock. Was looking for a syrupy malt bomb. It has the malt bomb but not the heavy body.

D: Not sure what style to compare this to on a drinkability level. Almost drinks like a lighter scotch ale.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a point glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep murky brown color with a one finger tan head. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of sweet caramel and some smells of dark fruits of fig and cherry. The aroma also has a decent toasted malt aroma as well as some notes of chocolate mixed within. Rounding out these smells are some notes of a grassy hop, complimenting the others nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet roasted malt flavor. The sweetness is of a caramel nature upfront with it transitioning to a more brown sugar and molasses sweetness more toward the end. The roasted malt flavor upfront is a mix of brown bread and some toasted malt tastes. Some lighter coffee flavors hit the tongue as well as a rather nice hit of dark fruit flavors more toward the middle of the taste. With a little bit of a herbal taste as well as some alcohol greeting the tongue at the end, taste an overall sweet, roasty, and warming taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather midrange. The thick body is very nice for the big sweet and roasty flavors enhancing the warming nature of the brew.

Overall –This one has nice and big sweet flavors with lots of malt. A rather tasty doppelbock that is well worth a try.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage.

Aroma is fairly sweet, with toasted malt dominance and toffee notes. There's a hint of specialty malt fruitiness, adding with a metallic note.

Flavor reveals tart cherry undertones, which usher in slightly sweet caramel malt, finishing deeply toasted and a touch harsh. Not the deepest malt character, but fairly drinkable, though the dark fruit is slightly offputting.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Fairly dark brown. When held to the light appears medium dark orange. slight tan head.
smell: sweet, and malty. A bit of chocolate. Nice, fairly simple.
taste: Much like the nose but with more happening. Dark fruits, drier than expected. Full and rich.
overall: Nice Dopple. Not a standout imo, but decent enough brew.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed vase, the beer is a auburn-highlighted brown coloring with a thin, sparse, cream colored surface coating of head. Aromas of rich toffee and caramel forward, with date, raisin, and cherry sweet and rich highlights. Roasted highlights keep the sweet reigned in, making this a very balanced nose. Flavors are roasted heavily on the forward tongue, with rich toffee, chocolate, and caramel notes. The old-world fruit characteristics are present in highlight form, and there are some earthy notes, as well. This is a tasty malt-bomb! Smooth and robust in mouth, with a slight effervesced edge to keep the drinkability up. The aftertaste is surprisingly crisp, keeping all the sweet characteristics from becoming overpowering. Smooth, slick finish with only a minimally sweet linger thanks to the carbonation. Solid brew!

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, BB date notched a April 2014, served in a Belgian snifter. Some sediment left in the bottom of the bottle even after a 'complete' pour.

A: body is dark reddish-brown with a decent tan head. Spotty lacing.

Very fruity aroma and taste, especially the latter which is also rich for style. Baked dates and some chocolate in the nose. Dried plums, dates and raisins on the tongue.

O: an exceptional dopplebock worth seeking out.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass

A - brown body with small light tan head

S - Caramel, sugar, sweet malts, some toasty notes

T - more caramel and toasty malts. Definitely a sweet beer. Some roasty bitter notes as well.

M - medium to heavy, pretty sticky

D - The booze is hidden well for the style. Pretty sweet beer but not out of line with the style. A nice beer and a solid doppelbock but not the best around.

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Photo of Jadorko
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a very normal, run of the mill light dark beer. Bit of a dark amber brown. Has a solid smell, sweet smell maybe the slightest hint of caramel apple in there. Tast was a little plain although not unenjoyable. Dark sweet almost sticky notes of some kind of syrup that I cant quite place. Finish very smooth with flavor spread throughout. Overall not a bad beer but my first try of this kind so maybe its just not my favorite style. Would try again though.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle, August 2010.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Trois Pistoles chalice. Pours a brownish caramel color out of the bottle, with barely any head rising at first. Fills the glass a deep brown, but this time, by the end of the pour...a great looking two finger frothy deep tan head. Leaves light, yet sticky laces of cream around the glass.

Aroma is light...but nice. Small notes of chocolate, tobacco, caramel, malts, and yeasts.

Flavor is good. Not the best dopplebock out, but VERY solid. Loads of dark toasted notes, more tobacco, chocolate/caramel sweetness. Medium body, medium carbonation, and medium booze warmth. A little hoppy for a DB...then again...it's super fresh and that may fade. Would be interested to see how this one ages. Tasty beer...like most Duck Rabbit beers!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice head that doesn't dissipate for a long while. The head is a small bubble foamy kind of head. The beer itself is a clear brown color, which is pretty nice looking.

The beer smell is nice and malty with various kinds of malt notes. The smell has both a caramel kind of malt note and bready note as well. The beer also has a nice floral and grassy hop note to it as well.

The beer taste is also pretty good if not for a tiny aftertaste issue. Overall, the taste i just as sweet and bready as the smell, if not more sweeter. The beer also has a slight hop bite to keep it from being too sweet. However, the beer also seems to have a weird alcohol or grass taste towards the end, which detracts from the overall beer. Other than that, the taste is fine.

The mouthfeel is very heavy (Doppelbock, duh!) and a bit thick. The beer has some carbonation but it is very little and not very noticeable. Some alcohol warmth.

Overall, an almost very good beer and worth picking up to try.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottle dating is not notched. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with nice retention that reduces to a thin cap that sticks around. Small bits of lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, biscuit, chocolate, molasses, toasted malts, dark fruits, and spicy hops. Very nice aromas here with good balance. Taste of big caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, biscuit, dark fruit, spiciness, and a bit of booze. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toasted malt, biscuit, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol has a decent presence with a decent warming on the finish. Overall a very nice and impressive doppelbock. The alcohol presence is a bit much, but overall still very enjoyable.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the 6 pack shop.

Appearance. Some bubbles, syrup style. Rich.

Smells like a dark Belgium. Very heavy. Fig/Raisins....

Tastes sweet. Definite chocolate, molasses, brown sugar. Nice flavor. Impressed.

Mouthfeel...definitely not the best part of this beer. Not much body at all. Maybe a little too much carbonation. Give this beer a nice body and they may be onto something special.

Overall. This is a onsie-twosie. Not something I would drink more than 2 of in a night. Maybe a desert beer. Give it some body, lose a little alcohol, and it could be Duck Rabbits money maker.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jared for sharing

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown with a thin head that fades to leave a light wisps 4

S - Aromas of loads of chocolate, caramel, sweet malts, light roast. Aromatic. 4.25

T - Taste is nice chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, light grain, light biscuit, pretty tasty albeit thin. 4

M - Mouthfeel is thin, watery, rather let down. 3

O - Overall this was tasty and aromatic. Still, tasty for the style. 3.75

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of CoalPorter
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - 2 fingers sticky tan/brown head rises tightly and leaves nice lacing, Color is a deep chestnut brown, almost black, with a reddish tinge

S - Brown bread and molasses, gingerbread notes, and a lightly vegetal quality underneath

T - Malt-o-riffic, Rum, raisin, and sweet toffee, with the alcohol sneaking in at the end with a little heat. The hops also show up just in the bitter finish, but this is a malt dominator.

M - very smooth and pleasant, not too sticky, broken up nicely by the level of carbonation

O - great glass for a nightcap, nice example of the style. Just one per evening I think.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy and very dark reddish brown in color with a light amount of carbonation visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raisins are present in the nose along with notes of caramel and hints of brown sugar.
T: For the most part, the taste follows the smell but has somewhat more pronounced flavors with additional hints of prunes and toffee. The faintest bits of alcohol are perceptible towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has very good drinkability for the style—it isn't bogged down with malty flavors or much in the way of alcohol.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Brick Store Pub September 11, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Deep brown body, light brown mocha cream head. Good retention. Nice appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Heavy aromas of butterscotch caramel malt and vanilla. Potency is high. Nice. 4

(Taste) Vanilla, toffee, Dark fruits, oaken caramel malts. Mild roasted finish; slightly dry. 4

(Mouthfeel) Slight prickly carbonation, mild thickness. Body is medium/heavy, alcohol presence is mild. Nice balance, could be a bit smoother.3

(Overall) Quite enjoyable. Although a bit heavy on the caramel and vanilla, I found the flavors to be enjoyable. I would recommend a thicker body and a lower carbonation or creamier texture. Still a nice beer from Duck Rabbit. 4

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery's
Duck-Rabbitor Doppelbock
3.93/5.00

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Photo of cjgator3
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brown color with mahogany hues when held up to the light. The aroma features sweet bready malts and dark fruits. The taste is dark, rich, and deliciously malty. Overall, a solid doppelbock that I enjoyed.

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