Boulevard Smokestack Series: Seeyoulator Doppelbock

RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Doppelbock was first brewed in Munich around 1700 by the monks of Saint Francis of Paula, to sustain them through the Lenten fast. They called their full-bodied brew Salvator. Today it is customary to pay homage to the good brothers by giving doppelbocks names ending in -ator. Our version bids a fond aufwiedersehen to tradition, charting a flight path into bold new territory. Medium amber in color, it offers a heady, estery banana aroma. Rich maltiness predominates, with cedar aging lending just a hint of spice to the finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2009
nice amber pour with a thick creamy almost tan head. aroma is woody and fruity. Some sweet bready malt as well. Flavour is again, somewhat fruity, banana is there. smooth maltiness, hint of woody bitterness balances the finish. Alc is well blended and the beer finishes smooth. Another success for Boulevard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Clear, amber color, good head, looks nice. Cedar dominates the aroma along with alcohol and a hint of malt. The flavor has a woodiness followed by a hint of fruit but mostly malty grains. This was an interesting beer but I am quite sure I would pick something else if I were looking for a doppelbock specifically. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-12-2009 04:05:17

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
bottle. breaking in a nice large snifter that i found at salvation army with this beer. have to say i was happier to find the glass than ive been in a while. it probably holds 20 ounces. and fits my hand well.pours a seedy marroon with a smoke stained white head. that is thick. the entire 750 fit into my new glass. love it. 30oz snifter is my new love. sweet port like nose with some banana. unique flavor, the cedar is prominent to me. brings a strong dry spice that kicks the crap out of the sweet malt. some christmas cookie spice flavors that come out in this later. the bitter cedar is overpowering what i like in a dopplebock. i need to not look at this as a dopplebock, and just take it as its own creature. light banana, alcohol dry biting finish, anise/cinnamon pepper notes, toffee undertones and strong cedar like a wet fire. some bubblegum comes out as it warms. tobacco, thats what ive been trying to figure out. this has a strong tobacco flavor. fuck i miss tobacco. lemon orange tobacco and toffee. interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Hey, and unfiltered doppelbock - sweet - pours a cloudy dark copper, froth head that settles to a lasting film of foam - aroma of toffee, raisin, date, some warming spices, bananas foster - cedar sits way in the back of that, adding a nice earthiness - fairly creamy texture - medium body - the flavor is very sweet, but it is a clean sweetness - no stickiness, so its more bearable - there is a bit of toffee and light estery character - a bit of toasted malt - some acidity/astringency - cedar comes through in the finish, along with a spicy bite and a touch of alcohol - the cedar doesnt really add much to the flavor - in fact, at certain times, it leaves an "Im sucking on a popsicle stick" taste in my mouth - it does add a layer of character that this beer sorely needs, but not in a very positive way - its okay, I guess, but I will echo mj here and state that this beer is really missing something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2009
bottle. hazelnut hazy pour with thick frothy off white ehad. nice aroma of dark fruits, sweet caramel, toffee and flowers. great body. moderate richness. woody, earthy aftertaste. caramel and toffe give way to piney dry bitterness. warming. very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2009
On tap (and Ive also had one out of the barrel, unfiltered) at the brewery. I could leave my rating at "wow, thats nice" but it wouldnt do justice. Sweet, great mouthfeel, and malty like the day is long. Well balanced all around. All that, and what a great name to pay tribute to the -ator part of dopplebock tradition! Nicely done. This is one Ill wait around for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle pours a slightly opaque burgundy with a fine-bubbled tan head. Nose is malt-driven with sweetened caramel, toffee, dessert crackers/cookies and some plum or grape skin as well. Body is medium, texture is for the most part smooth and filmy with a small but noticeable astringent bite, nothing severe enough to dampen the experience but to be honest theres a lot that seems to be missing from this beer - richness/body most importantly, but also depth and complexity... it just tastes like the recipe wasnt developed enough. Simple, on the sweet side but not overwhelmingly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7511) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of orange, alcohol, cinnamon, hints of evergreen needles and smoke. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. It sounded great on paper, but unfortunately its just "pretty good" in practice. The cedar is light, a more minor point than hoped. Its well-balanced for the style (which is often too sweet), but perhaps a little *too* attenuated in the finish...comes off as a bit pointy and rough-edged rather than rich, smooth, or elegant. In the end its a nice brew and easier to drink than the majority of its ilk, but its just not wowing me in any respects.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Special tasting, bottle 7 of 10, batch 1-2009. Thanks to the gang at the KC beer bloggers Brew Day 3.0! As the label will soon read, this is a stretch of the traditional doppelbock style in just about every way. Pours a coppery brown with an off-white head. Malty aroma hides the ABV and the cedar aroma is also very tough to pick up. The light cedar aging comes through at both the start (piney, evergreen boughs) and finish (sap/syrup). The abv - ~8% - makes a late entrance just as the malts and hops begin to mellow the woody flavors and dries out the finish nicely. This will definitely deserve a re-rate once I can get my hands on a few bottles and taste them on their own!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (6123) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Looks like I get first rating on this one. Pours tawny bronze with a dense soapy light tan head. The aroma has toasted biscuity malt and some spiciness and is quite dry for the style. There is just a touch of woodiness and the beer is a bit rustic and rough for the style ~ and that suits my tastes just fine. Medium / full body that is on the rough side with some gentle sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with heavily toasted toasted malt and there are some definite cedar traits showing. The wood does a good job of counter-balancing the sweetness of the malt. There also seems to be some spicy hops and a bit of dry breadiness. The finish has a bit of abv heat that is pleasant and warming and some medicinal traits that work for what this beer is. This is very dry dry for a doppelbock and is a very nice unique take on the style. This once again shows why I love Boulevards beers.

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