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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Mediator is what we call our Dopplebock. Dopplebock started out as a Lenten beer for the monks in Germany. During Lent they would forgo solid food and get all their sustenance from beer. Needless to say it was big beer with lots of unfermented dextrins. Once the public got a taste it became very popular.
We call our beer Mediator because we think that a 22 ounce bottle is probably better shared than drunk alone. It’s rich, toasty and malty, with a few plum notes on the palate and the slightest roasted character in the finish. (BG 1.075, 7%, 35 IBUs, 15 SRM)


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1580) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2015
The beer is a deep amber brown and fairly cloudy. The head is creamy and beige. Not much in the way of lacing. The aroma is rich with nutty malt sweetness. Pleasant caramel tone. Some perfumey dark fruitiness. Cherries and raspberries with plums and dates. The taste is sweet and full of more malt goodness. Nothing cloying about it though. Clean finish with light hop bitterness. Toasty, bready malt character shows off the depth of the style. Mild herbal hoppiness. Creamy, full mouthfeel. A bit low on carbonation, probably appropriate for the style. Tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7230) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours medium brown with a huge beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied roasted malt and dark friut flavor that is fairly sweet, but with a more bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1537) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw body. The aroma has a strong cotton candy smell, not bad. The taste is nice, sweet with a touch of bitter in the middle to end. The texture is sticky and thicker. A solid doppelbock.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6844) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Bomber from ABV. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium white head. A big sweet toffee and fruit nose. The flavor is big berries, toffee, very smooth big sweet malts. Leaves, earthy. Solid beer. Very flavorful and big.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Two bottles from the Made in Oregon store at PDX, the only place I found the doppelbock, unfortunately stored on a room temperature shelf, so the freshness is suspect. The first bottle seemed in decent shape and the higher alcohol and rich dark malt seemed to hold up well - little oxidation, maybe a little too high carbonation but otherwise it seemed fine. Rich chocolate and coffee malt nose with fig, plum and black cherry dark fruits, very savory. Clean fermentation profile. Sweet, chewy, medium-bodied, balanced bitterness and acidity. Medium high carbonation, lively and frothing. A dark caramalt beauty of a bock that seems straight out of Germany. Quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9910) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle with MJ. Thanks Mike! Pours a brownish orange appearance with a cream colored head. Caramel/toffee, somewhat roasty malty, somewhat fruity/plum, light chocolate aroma. Lightly nutty, toasted caramel malty, toffee, brown sugar, fairly dry, plum/fig fruity flavor. Not hard to drink at all but a bit of a disappointment.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle thanks to Jcr! This one poured clear with the a hue of dark tarnished copper with a light brown head. Nose was rich with toasted nuts, dark caramels, rich sweet bread and just a touch of coffee. Flavor was similar with a sweet rich bready malt flavor with just a touch of roasted like malts to add complexity. Medium sweet finish and really wasn’t that large of a beer by today’s standards. My only beef with this beer was that it was way overly carbonated- not infected, just over carbonated it seems which hurt the mouthfeel and the the flavor but other than that 3 or 4 swirls in the glass and it was good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eljefebrewing (7) - - MAY 2, 2013 does not count
Just had a pint of this on tap at Yeasty Beasty. It goes great with their pizza, which is excellent in it’s own right! Nice red color, full body, bursting with toasty, biscuity malt flavor. A great example of he style!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2033) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2013
22oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem Oregon. $5.49 Pours with a huge cream coloured thick and frothy head..so big i had t wait a few minutes for it to calm down., the beer itself is a amber colour. Cant smell much for the head! ,but what i do is rich caramel and chocolate! Taste is rich caramel,some toffee, coffee and cream,black plums and some small amount of grassy hop. Nice Good luxurious mouthfeel Nice beer good in fact but i was expecting more from this brewer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 5, 2013
22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery. Pours a lightly hazy, deep-dark amber color; creamy, light-tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Soft notes of toffee, caramel, and red fruits in the aroma. Medium-full body; moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation; a really nice profile in the mouth; some acidity and a jolt from the prickly CO2; plenty of toffee, caramel, and dried dark fruits; though it doesn’t quite carry the heft and depth of those top-echelon doppelbocks, this offers a damn tasty pint. Lasting finish of caramel, dried fruit, and herbal hops.


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