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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: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   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 Dogís most unique beer to date. Collaborator Doppelbock was created through Flying Dogís 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
IBUís: 80
Specialty Malts: 120L Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt
Hops: Warrior, Northern Brewer, Cascade
Process: Aged in used Stranahanís Colorado Whiskey barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. From my cellar. What a great beer! Nice dark gold pour with a huge head. Roasty goodness. coffee, caramel. Full of flavor!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Another whiskey aged brew. Pours old penny dark copper w/ a tall, lasting head. Reduces slowly leaving sticky snail tracks finally resting to a fluffy, spattered canopy. Strong aromas of dark malts w/ a pungent acidity. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. The texture is a bit oily and very slick. It just glides around effortlessly. A big malty backbone susstains the hive as sweet decadent darkfruit nuances dance. Blackcherry, peach, plumb, grapes, melon rind, leather, alcohol, and a touch of herb. The finish is bittered w/ peachpit that really does the job keeping me on pace. This brew is well made w/ a royal pedigre. The hops show on the finish w/ some citrus rind. This brew is very strongly flvored w/ a generous disposition. Rich and chewy w/ gummy fruit candy. Quite hopped up for a DB. Another underrated beer.

   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle at ōLButikken. Clear nutbrown - white head. Sweetness, roasted, nutty, light wood, chocolate, medium hoppy, grassy, light bourbon notes, ryebread, caramel, sharpness, light alcoholic. Nice smooth body. Well balanced !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14172) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Aromas of dark malt, minor dark fruit, and (I hope) floral or grassy hop. Brilliant ruby mahogany color (so 5 for appearance) with a beige smear for head. Almost medium in body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is amazing. Itís not sticky. Itís much like an ale with underlying chocolate malt or maybe itís just roasted caramel. Nope. Just saw the malt list. Flavor is upfront dark lager, but there is enough good hop to give it almost floral notes. Finish is pretty well balanced, though that lager sweetness is hanging around. Itís a really good drink, possibly except for a couple of imperial lagers it may be the best lager in America - which might mean it is the best dark lager in America. So go USA. And donít blame the beer for being denominated as a doppelbock - itís competing in a higher style. My suggestion: adapt the recipe to ale yeast and see what results.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2013
C&C 750 mL bottle shared by maniac at the Baltimore Late Late Summer Gathering, 9/14/13. Pours a clear dark red color with an attempt of a head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, vanilla, raisin, mild spice. The taste is bitter herbal hops, toffee, caramel, raisin, vanilla. Medium-full bodied, slight booze, nearly no carbonation. Has held up incredibly well despite its age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Transparent and magnifying copper in color with an oily galaxy dust for the head. Aroma emits a traditionally eloquent olfactory, with chestnuts, hazelnut sheafs, toasted munich malt, maple nut and honey oats holistically forming a treatise on English toffee. Flavor produces a full arrangement with chestnut chocolate characteristics. Slightly bitter underbelly meets toffee and chocolate covered wheat bran flakes. Earthy, rich, decadent toasted grain complex strums favorably along the way. Fuller bodied with flavor allusions of ABV. Hints of buttered rum reside under the melded caramel and chocolate composure, finishing with English toffee chocolate chews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
So are we rating the beer or the price tag??? I agree that the $16 that I paid was a bit steep, but does that make this any less a beer??? I think that many have forgotten the spirit surrounding the site...itís not the "value" of the beer but, rather, how the beer compares to others in its category. Clearly, this beer isnít the best in its class but it undoubtedly distinguishes itself from others less worthy. Non-aggressive aroma, burnt orange color with slight off-white head, and mildly sweet flavor make this beer above average (depending where that bar is set) but not extraordinary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle at Shoreline Beverage, Huntington, NY. Nice aroma, mainly malt, some fruit and plums, tiny bit of alcohol. Nice copper color typical to the style. Nice thick mouthfeel. Taste of caramel malts, and a candy sweetness. Leaves a slight malty sweetness on the palate. the alcohol within is relatively well hidden. Nice dopplebock, not outstanding for this category, though. Obviously, I liked it better than many of my esteemed ratebeerians, however. BTW, where is the whiskey in this?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4948) - 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.

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