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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Fulminator is a twist on the latin word for lightning and the German naming method, “-ator” for naming dopple-bock beers. This is a high gravity dobble-bock style lager, it has a hefty addition of wheat for even greater body.
An extra–strength strong lager beer made with a hefty dose of malted wheat. We make our dopple-bock with premium imported “pilsnermalt,” white wheat, and dark wheat. We also incorporate the traditional step of decocting or boiling up part of the mash to increase the fermentable sugar in the wort and the mouthfeel of fermented beer. After fermentation, we lager to smooth out rough tastes, naturally carbonate, filter under conditions that maintain carbonation, and package the beer.
We have found this is the smoothest 8.5% A.B.V. beer we have ever had. A real classic big German-style beer with just a hint of aromatic and bittering hops added to balance out its’ big malt character.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
maxwelldeux (3662) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy darker amber color with a ridiculously thick head. Nose is extremely malty with a number of grains and cereal elements coming through. Taste is much the same, with just a slight hint of sweetness. Not a great beer to me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Cheap bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Nice big toffee colored pour, with a medium sticky head. Caramel, mild smoke, and loads of bready malts in the nose, more or less on point for the style. Mouthfeel not too sticky, decently lively with a semi-bitter finish. More hops and bitterness in the flavor than some versions of the style, which suits me fine for the most part. Solid effort overall but nothing I’ll race back to given how many other superior examples share the shelves.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle from Sprout’s in Eastlake: Poured an opaque muddy brown liquid that was topped with a thick pillow of head on top. Aroma is funky and not necessarily in a good way but there is evidence of whole wheat cereal and ink from a marker. The flavor is harsh upon my first sip with a strong dosage of alcohol while a overbearing sweet sugary taste of cereal malts dominates making this an interesting doppelback but the yeast in this beer has expired and has really destroyed the original tasting of this beer. Too bad this bottle doesn’t age well on the shelf because I’m sure it tasted rather good when it was fresh.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1484) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Pours murky amber with thick resilient off-white head. Whiskey notes in the aroma along with some dark marts. Molasses. Some yeasty chunks floating. Thick and chewy. Sweet but not overly so. Strong alcohol burn.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnnyJ (4356) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Draft at the brewery. Hazy yellow pour, off white head. Sweet, boozy, some wheat, and cheap grain. Tasted similar to a strong malt liqour. I don’t like it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #10. Thick and hazy brown color with a nice creamy white head. Fruity, a little banana and sweet caramel. Light toastiness, mild bitterness and rich maltiness. Not bad. (2361)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour is a darkish amber color with a large off-white head. Seems a bit light if this is indeed a doppelbock. S: A bit disappointing in terms of the intensity of the aromas. A bit of citrus and spice along with some toffee and caramel. T: Quite a bit going on in terms of the flavor. Some fairly intense banana and orange flavors along with a powerful spice component, making this almost like a spiced cider. An intense sugary sweetness doesn’t help that perception. M: The body is on the lighter side with an intense but somewhat smooth carbonation. Again, interesting for a doppelbock. D: I am still not entirely sure what to make of this beer. I liked certain aspects, but at times overwhelmingly sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Taster at the brewery in Poway. Pours a golden brown body with a thin, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lace. Aroma is fairly hoppy with a nice assortment of sweet malts and fruits. Flavor is similar with a nice bitterness throughout. Not your typical doppelbock taste. Sweet, but has a nice spicing. Finishes dry and lingers with a moderate bitterness. Palate is relatively full, but pretty slick. Overall, not a bad doppelbock. A little different than I was expecting, which was nice.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JorisPPattyn (7908) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
No head; orange beer. Orange nose, some caramel, and - nothing from the yeast? Sweet, a bit liqueurish, malts and caramel, a bit of US-hops, and then... Slick, even viscuous, no effect of the yeast. The bottle calls this Kellerbier If you please! Filtered Doppelbock sounds about right.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Brown with a fizzy head. Faint sweet malty aroma. Smooth sweet taste balanced with a mild bitterness and not even a hint of alcohol in the taste.


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