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Phillips Instigator Doppelbock

Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Doppelbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Full body and toasted flavours hide the higher levels of alcohol, and the rich aromas and deep hue add to the complexity of this doppelbock! This time when you open your big mouth, you'll be able to finish what you started.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (2236) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Rating #803 - December 3, 2013 - Beer 3 from the Phillips Snowcase Dark brown pour with a tan head that fades fairly slowly. Mild-medium carbonation. Aroma is almonds, roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt sweetness leading to a dry, yet balanced finish. Malty sweetness lingers on the pallet leaving you yearning for the waitress to bring another. Awesome fall/winter brew that didn’t quite make up the german style bock beer, but was a delicious strong amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
Pours a clear, mahogany. Aroma is sweet, cereal malts and caramel. Flavour has some toasted malts, little bit of fruity characteristics and finishes on a bitter note. Lacks complexity and body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alanthebeerguy (213) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
Limited edition 2013. Pours deep amber, smallish head. Smells of malts, grains, undertones of sweet fruit and a metallic smell. Taste is malty, little sweet, slight hop on the finish. Has a warming characteristic. Just OK. Hard to tell that it is 8.5% alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
341ml brown bottle from the Snowcase Advent Calendar. 2013 edition. Dark orange pour, a little hazy, small soapy ring of whitish foam on top. Nose has grain/toasty malt and caramel. Taste has bread, grain, caramel. Light finish with some grainy notes. Medium body. Overall, falls a bit short - finishes too weak for me, would have liked a little less dryness to be honest. Certainly not a bad beer, just a bit passive for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
Pours a clear deep amber with ruby highlites. Has a small off white head and little lace. Aroma of toast, rich malts, light fruity dark plum esters and melanoidins. Taste is toast, caramel, dark dried fruits, bit of fruity crisp hop flavor, rich malts and a semi dry finish. Overall a nice refreshing bock that’s deceivingly easy to drink given the high abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
Snowcase calendar day 3! Pours a clear brown with a small long lasting dull white head that leaves bits of lace. Aroma is rich maltiness, significant melanoidins, toast, and low fruit esters(plum/prune). Taste is rich maltiness, toasty, good presence of melanoidins, light chocolate, low hop bitterness, and faint alcohol. Overall malt dominant, moderately sweet and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12675) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle - 2013 Holiday Edition - Dark malty , grains and bit of booze. Deep clear amber with a thin beige head. Dark toasted sweet malts with some grains. A nice beer but nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear medium red amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nutty, sugary, light to moderate hoppy. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration, chocolate note. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130223]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Pours a clear amber with a beige head. Lovely intense caramel aroma. Rich body, again massive caramel malts combined with flowery hops. Maybe lacks a little of that good pumpernickel feel that you find in the best German Bocks. Quite some alcohol in the finish. 230213

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle at Alex. Clear orange-red coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of bread. Sweet flavour of caramel, bread and dried fruits with notes of hops. Sweet finish.

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