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Flying Dog Wild Dog Collaborator Doppelbock

Formerly brewed at Flying Dog Brewery
Style: Doppelbock
Frederick, Maryland USA


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
It may seem like we say this every time we release a Wild Dog beer, but our newest brew really is Flying Dog’s most unique beer to date. Collaborator Doppelbock was created through Flying Dog’s Open Source Beer Project, which gave amateur brewers a chance to give our brewing team recommendations and feedback on the everything from the grain, hops and yeast to the brewing process itself. We combined your feedback and created a unique Doppelbock recipe to brew up and release.

Collaborator has a full body with a sweet malt profile and a slight roast character. The complete recipe and printable labels are available for download at www.OpenSourceBeerProject.com. We want to thank everyone who contributed to creating this beer, it truly was a collaboration.

Original Gravity: 1.093
IBU’s: 80
Specialty Malts: 120L Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt
Hops: Warrior, Northern Brewer, Cascade
Process: Aged in used Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 This was a very good doppelbock. Nice dark golden color, very malty, hints of brandy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Poured a dark amber color and had the smell of sweet hops. Smooth on the palate, but somewhat bland in flavor. A little bit of spice flavor but not too overpowering. Drinkable, but not a outstanding beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle from Wade’s Wines in Westlake Village, CA. From the ratings, you’d think this one was lacking, but I didn’t find that the case. It was very drinkable with a nice maltiness to it and limited bitterness. Octoberfest is right around the corner, and this one was great with a brat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color, with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel. Flavor is similar, sweet, lots of caramel, chewy, but there is a lack of carbonation that leaves the beer a little flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Bottle 750. Poured a deep amber color with a thin cream colored head. Taste is a sweet caramel. Flavors are very rich and full. Personally I enjoyed this brew a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Bottle from Sams in Durham. Amber pour with a thin head. Complexity opens up as it warms. Citrus/piney aroma. Oily mouth-feel with flavors of hazelnuts, roast, malts, and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3919) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 26, 2008
From a 750 C&C bottle that cost $15.95 at the Northcoast Coop in Arcata, CA, this poured a slightly hazy amber with not much head. This as at cellar temperature (55 degrees) which seems about right. Drink this too cold and I think it would lose something which might explain some of the low ratings here. Big nose of floral hops and caramel malts. Slick and greasy mouthfeel. Flavors are rich and complex, and a little sweet. I liked this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
I’m surprised by the low ratings here, I really enjoyed this one. Nice and hoppy, as noted by GreatLibations. A bit thin on the palate but otherwise a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2008
750 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a thin off white head. Very little lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is toasted malt and esters. Didn’t get any barrel aging out of this one. Medium body. A slight disappointment but worth a try if someone breaks out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Well, wow this was weak. Very thin, with a bit of a caramel then bitter bite. A slight dirty / spice finish. Very weak body for the style. Once again a big bottle of epic fail from Flying Dog. It could be I’m pissed I spent $15 bucks for this.

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