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Sierra Nevada Double DeBOCKel Beer

Sierra Nevada Double DeBOCKel Beer
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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Double DEBOCKel is brewed in the style of the traditional German doppelbock but with our original Sierra Nevada spin. At the start, our Double DeBOCKel is roasty and malty; it has a rich caramel character, a light bready flavor and mild, pleasant sweetness. It has silky-smoothness resulting from along aging period at near freezing temperatures, and hides its hearty strength with modesty. Double De BOCKel is a boisterous beer that finishes clean; and in true Sierra Nevada fashion the use of a healthy dose of hops leaves the beer surprisingly dry, with nothing but a full-body warmth and a faint malty memory left behind

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mechtly (1) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008 does not count
I have only found this beer on draft. Superb aroma, nice caramel color, and a slight bready adn outstanding tasty flavor from first sip to after the last sip. Have 1 or several and feel the flavor burst.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Draught - BrickStore Pub - Decatur. A dead ringer for an IIPA. Not what I would expect from a doppelbock. Hoppy, citrusy, resiny, substantial, with a great malt backbone. This one is what would happen if an IIPA had kids with a a great tippel... Truly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2008
This brew was amazingly drinkable despite it’s fat malt kankle legs. True to SN style there was a defined hop profile yet still mild. It reminded me of a baby bigfoot. Excellent stuff and well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2008
on draft at Taco Mac, Crabapple location. nice deep golden color with a very thin white head. the aroma is a bit faint... some sweet malts and hops. excellent on the palate... very soft body with apricot, peach and caramel on the tip and a good punch of bitterness on the back. really soft on the sides... I really could drink this all night. So smooth. Nice bitter finish... definitely a "healthy dose of hops." I thought I was drinking a IIPA there for a minute... didn’t really feel like other doppelbocks I’ve had in the past.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alassio (89) - USA - OCT 17, 2008
Draft at Malt House in Madison, and very well cared for. Has a slightly amber tinge to the blonde doppelbock beauty. At 9.5% the syrupy malt richness helps buffer the potency, but it is the big hop kick that makes this really dynamic. The heavy juicyness of the rich, clean, well-powered malt go head to head with the nice, big hops, and herbal, licorice, sugarplum things start dancing around as they battle it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2008
I think this is better than the ratings indicate, and the ratings would have been better if it had not been called a double bock. It’s more of a double Sierra Pale ... Strong, malty, hoppy, good body, great bitter finish. But it has nothing in common with a double bock except alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4948) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
From Hops in Humboldt in Fortuna, CA this came a deep dark yellow with a decent white head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose of citrus hops and caramel malts, Mouthfeel is rich. Strong hops in the flavor. You can taste the alcohol in the dry bitter finish. I like this a lot and hope it hits the stores in bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2009
Had some on draft at the Pony Bar in NYC. Good beer this. Pours a copper-red with a fine white head. Nice malty aroma with earthy notes. Flavor is crisp with notes of caramel and a nice malt backbone. Finishes clean and slightly warming from the ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Draft at Taco Mac. Pours a very clear copper with brown/amber/orange highlights and a very thin off-white head (awfully light in color for a doppelbock). The aroma is malty and bready - not particularly strong. The flavor is quite crisp and refreshing. The beer certainly starts malty and bready with some residual sweetness (not much for a doppelbock). The roasty notes mentioned in the commercial description are pretty much absent (is this the right beer?). At mid-palate - the hops hit. They are pretty serious: very firm bitterness with a slightly citrus touch. The light residual sweetness and light citrus note of the hops give subtle impressions of orange candy on the back of the tongue. Aftertaste is fairly balanced - malty, but also surprisingly hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a crisp bite of carbonation, but not spritzy. Overall - I liked this beer a lot, but I really fear that the server screwed up entering my order. This doesn’t look or taste like a doppelbock. The commercial description does mention the "Sierra Nevada fashion" of using a lot of hops though. And, aside from the description’s mention of roasty flavors, it tastes a lot like the description says... So here’s to hoping that this rating is in the right bucket. (I was hoping to read other reviews to see if others had a similar experience or if I really was sent the wrong beer, but I see a message that instead reads "No ratings yet, use the form to the right and be the first!" - someone else entered the beer w/out rating it...)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
on tap- poured a clear brown hue with a thin white head that had someretention.Sweet caramel aroma with a hint of warming alcohol. Flavor ssemed to showcase the alcholic content of this brew as well as brown sugar and caramel notes. Finish was smooth.

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