Flying Dog Wild Dog Collaborator Doppelbock

Formerly brewed at Flying Dog Brewery
Style: Doppelbock
Frederick, Maryland USA


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
It may seem like we say this every time we release a Wild Dog beer, but our newest brew really is Flying Dog’s most unique beer to date. Collaborator Doppelbock was created through Flying Dog’s Open Source Beer Project, which gave amateur brewers a chance to give our brewing team recommendations and feedback on the everything from the grain, hops and yeast to the brewing process itself. We combined your feedback and created a unique Doppelbock recipe to brew up and release.

Collaborator has a full body with a sweet malt profile and a slight roast character. The complete recipe and printable labels are available for download at We want to thank everyone who contributed to creating this beer, it truly was a collaboration.

Original Gravity: 1.093
IBU’s: 80
Specialty Malts: 120L Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt
Hops: Warrior, Northern Brewer, Cascade
Process: Aged in used Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels

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MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
[ bottle ][ 1.5oz ][ @Tasting ][ $ ? ][ schnapps flute ][ 12.20.15 ]
hazy plum, thin white ring. Date and raisin up front, age shows in thinness. Light caramel front palate, thin leafy notes, 10yr leafy oxidation with sticky sweet end. No glaring errors, just foresty age.

nimbleprop (9048) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2015
750ml bottle pours an oily brown with no head. Nose has dates, caramel, some booze, a little port. Flavor falls off, as you would expect from a 10 year old bottle, booze, a little caramel, paperbag. Someone at the DC tasting described this as having tripped on a wet log and fallen fast first into moss. Oily finish.

radagast83 (8705) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2015
From a 750ml bottle. Poured a light murky ruby brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was lots of caramel, sweet aged malt notes, lack of hop character here. Light herbal character, with a touch of roasted malts in there - pretty tasty. Aged pretty well in my opinion.

solidfunk (9797) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Very musky tasting. Lots of caramelized malt and some dark chocolate. A little roast. Pours amber without much head. Light sweet finish. Definitely some oxidation in here - it’s pretty old. Bottle

Iphonephan (7515) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
From a 75 cl bottle at the Ratebeer Dec 22 gathering 2015. Pours a clear mahogany with an scant off white head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of dank oak and grass.

GenDV138 (7964) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle at the DC December Gathering #2. Clear amber with beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, booze, caramel, brown sugar. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, booze, brown sugar. Medium body with a dry and syrupy finish.

Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2013
C&C 750 mL bottle shared by maniac at the Baltimore Late Late Summer Gathering, 9/14/13. Pours a clear dark red color with an attempt of a head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, vanilla, raisin, mild spice. The taste is bitter herbal hops, toffee, caramel, raisin, vanilla. Medium-full bodied, slight booze, nearly no carbonation. Has held up incredibly well despite its age.

Travlr (26948) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Drake, thanks very much! Slightly hazy amber brown color, tiny white edge head. Aroma of toffee, butterscotch, caramel candy. Taste is peppery caramel with a toasty burnt edge. Inching closer to a barleywine, but this one has survived pretty well.

superspak (6379) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled in 2007. No pop upon opening as expected. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with no head and a thin ring of lace. Minimal lace clings on the glass, with some slight streaming carbonation. Aromas of apple, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, pepper, cardboard, and earthiness. Very poor aromas here, not really much going on with very weak strength; and moderate oxidation. Taste of apple, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, light pepper, slight cardboard, and earthiness. Lingering notes of apple, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Taste is very lackluster as well; decent balance but feels very weak in robustness for a doppelbock; with slight oxidation as well. Zero carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very slick and syrupy mouthfeel that is poor. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very poor doppelbock. Very poor flavor robustness and balance; and pretty much undrinkable. I am sure age was a factor with this one. Even though I knew it was pretty old when I purchased it, I was pretty much setting myself up for disappointment with this. Drain pour.

Bricktop86 (956) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - APR 6, 2012
Doesn’t taste much like a dopplebock but this is still a solid beer with the definitive flying dog style

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