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Brooklynator Doppelbock

Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Doppelbock
Brooklyn, New York USA


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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In German, Munich is "Munchen", or "place of the monks." While Belgium is now better known for monastic brewing, many of Germanyís great breweries have monastic origins. During the forty days of Lent leading up to Easter, the monks fasted, allowing themselves no solid food. They developed doppelbock, a beer style solid enough to get them through their fasting period. Names for German doppelbocks always use the suffix "-ator", so weíve followed suit. Brooklynator Doppelbock is brewed in the classic style, often referred to as "liquid bread." Itís brewed from 100% German malts and hops and fermented cold with a Bavarian lager yeast. It has a bready, toffee-like aroma, crisp, moderate bitterness, a silky slightly sweet center and a long bready finish. The monks fasted, but you donít have to. Brooklynator Doppelbock is great with pork dishes, venison, duck, sausages, earthy beans, mushrooms, and full-flavored cheeses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2008
(Draught) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of molasses, raisins, nuts, caramel, and roastiness. Flavor of dark fruit, toasted bread, toffee, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11726) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(draft) Small beige head atop crystal clear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some cinnamon/anise. Taste is sweet, caramel, raisin, chocolate, light cinnamon, alcohol warming. Smooth, low carbonation, medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2008
On tap. Poured a deeper orangish/brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toffee, nuts, with some light chocoloate and roastiness. Tastes of toffee, caramel, light chocolate, and all around malty. Light lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2008
On tap at Pizza Plant. Smell the malt, see the dark brown. Sweet, carmel, but mellows. Mocha head, lace. Fresh. Above average carbonation. Easy drinking, some hop at end. Clean crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2008
Growler from Whole Foods Bowery. Deep brown amber beer, creamy tan head. Aroma is rich and sweet. Very clean and malty with lots of sweet toasted caramel character over dates and figs. Lightly earthy throughout but with lots of malty sweetness. Balanced though, with a good richness, but still well-attenuated and very clean. A touch of smokiness and brown sugar throughout. Some rye bread character as well. I think this is underrated... really tasty, IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8293) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2008
Draft @ RFD. Cola brown, mostly clear but dark. Peppery sharp flavor up front, spicy and sweet and with a light alcohol tingle as well, but then it quickly settles out into more of a sweet cola, chocolate, light toast, light smoke character, with some plum and black cherries and some dry oak as well. Texture is sharp and biting up front, smoother and oily on the back. Thereís something strange in this beer that I canít quite place, I donít hate it and I donít love it, Iím just not sure what it is. It seems almost like one of those 10-11% imperial stouts where you never really feel or tastes the alcohol but thereís a thin butane like character than your palate picks up to signal the high octane.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Earthy, leafy hoppiness spices up the bready caramel maltiness of this clean and perhaps too lean Doppelbock.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear mahogany.
-For a doppelbock, this drinks like a regular Dunkler Bock.
-The aroma has some quirky notes which arenít that appealing.
-The body is silky and well rounded, yet does not create the comfort and wealth I associate with the style.
-The bready finish is pleasant, but not compelling enough to have me quickly return for another sip.

On tap at The Great Lost Bear, ME.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Draught sample. Pours brown with a creamy white head. Smells nutty with touches of sweet malt and spice. tsets of chocolate, nutty, spice, some nice malty undertones. Very enjoyable with my steak dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2008
On tap @ Mr Goodbar, Buffalo NY. Pours a reddish brown with little head. Aroma is sweet caramelized malts, toffee, fruity. Taate is fruity upfront with sweetness to follow. Some caramel-toffee flavor at the end. Almost too sweet for me & possibly not robust enough. Seems well rounded & alcohol is hidden quite well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2008
Objectively speaking: Excellent strong dark lager from Brooklyn.
I like: More fruitiness than most with dates and figs complexity on top of juicy blackberries. Juicy and toasty at the same time and not without a whisper of smoky roast. Clean and rich. Satisfying round, yet well carbonated body.
I dislike: There is not much I dislike in this one. Itís just a very well-done, beefier, darker, bolder doppelbock and hard to get tired of.

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