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Free State Invigorator Doppel Bock

Free State Invigorator Doppel Bock
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 28   ABV: -
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This is a very strong , German style lager. The word doppel literally means double, but it’s not really a "double" strength bock beer. It is stronger than a regular bock though and also heavier and more full bodied. The high alcohol content gives a warm fullness to the flavor and accents the somewhat sweet character of the beer. The Doppel is started with a base of Pilsen malt. It is colored and flavored by caravienne, caramunich and special B malts. A large portion of Munich malt is used for its distinctly German flavor and aroma as well as a little aromatic malt. Finally there is some carapils to add to the full body. The doppel is also flavored with moderate amounts of Yakima perle and German Hallertau hops to balance the malty sweetness. Though the IBU level is pretty high, almost that of Copperhead, this is not a hoppy beer. It’s just that it takes a lot of hops to balance out such a malty beer.
Doppel Bocks are of German descent, having first been brewed by monks near Munich at the monastery of the order of St. Francis of Paula in the 1780’s. They named their beer "Salvator" (savior) and started at least two traditions that still remain today. The first is Salvator Doppel Bock which is still brewed by Paulaner-Salvator-Thomasbräu, one of Munich’s largest breweries and the direct descendant of the old monastic brewery. The second is the tradition of finishing the names of Doppel Bocks withe the suffix -ator. Others who have followed this tradition include Triumphator, Optimator, Maximator, Animator and of course our own Invigorator Doppel Bock. O.G. - 18.9ºP/1.075
Hops - German Tettnanger


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours a translucent amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma of toffee, toasted malt and soft pretzels. Flavor of dark fruits, pretzels, cherries and toasted sweet malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7014) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains and bread with a hint of cookie. Flavor has similar notes of sweet grain and bread that finishes smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2309) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2011
at brewpub This pours deep amber with a fine white head and has a sweet & vinous nose full of raisin and dried plum scents. Initially tastes sweet and full-bodied, but as the flavour develops the sweetness is balanced by a nutty hop character, lots of malt, a hint of roastiness and a dry alcoholic bite. The finish is dry and gently bitter

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3712) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2011
On tap at brewpub. Comes clear copper with a nice biege head. Aroma of malt, sugar and dark fruit. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, fruit and a bit of alcohol. A bit of hops at the finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2526) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Taster @ the brewpub. Color is completely clean copper. Aroma is lightly fruity and earthy German lager yeast, that only that combination can bring. Taste is clean and lightly earthy. Fine stuff for a doppelbock but a bit boring at the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. The body was deep copper with a light khaki head. The aroma was sweet bread with apples. Perfume is in this one. The taste is sweet caramel and almonds. Nicely balanced with just enough sweetness. Obvious alcohol, but it is still a pleasure to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3297) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Glass from a growler graciously shared with me by csbosox. Pour is clear ruby brown with a tan head. Aroma of caramel sweetness, some grainy hay. Taste is caramel maltiness, sharp sweetness, with hop bitterness in the finish. Grass and dirty straw throughout. Palate is thin to medium, easy drinking, though still quite a bit of flavor. Overall nice beer. Super cool of you stop by and offer me a glass of this Chris.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours a clear, deep orange with a dense, creamy, off-white head that laces nicely. The nose is a sweet, malty brown sugar and raisin. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied with a lightly metallic feel on the tongue, transitioning to a fairly dry and mildly astringent finish. Sweet malty raisin and caramel with a hint of alcohol at the finish. A solid Doppelbock but it’s probably not one that I’m inclined to order again. My opinion is probably tainted by the fact that I drank a Paulaner Salvator and Sprecher Doppel the night before sampling this one, but I just wasn’t blown away by this one.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomciccateri (1021) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 24, 2007
On draught at the brewpub, pours a clear dark amber with a slight head. Malty aroma, medium body, slightly heavy mouthfeel. Rich but clean big malty flavor, slightly sweet malty flavor balance. Very subtle hop bitterness. Slightly rough/coarse finish. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 25, 2006
On tap.
Pours a clear deep copper with thin white head that quickly recedes. A ring of bubbles remains and leaves some clumps of lace on the sides of the glass. Infuriatingly faint aroma reveals hints of the caramel malt but refuses to give up any other information. Flavor is big, rich, bready and sweet as if drinking melted caramel squares, as one would expect of the style. There is also a distinct ale-like dried-fruit character that does not fit the style. Thick, chewy sticky palate. Not bad, really, but not as crisp and clean as a bock should be.


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