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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argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2008
(750ml bottle) Small off-white head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, light chocolate, earthy, herb. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some smoke, light apricot. Medium body. No sign of the barrel aging (not sure this is a bad thing, just figured it to be something worth commenting on).

ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Courtesy of argo0. Clear dark amber body with a small beige head. The nose is sweet and fruity with cherry/berry, toffee, caramel and herbal hops. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with raisins, toffee, herbs, caramel and band-aid. Medium/full body is rough with moderate carbonation.

kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a clear, bright ruby-brown color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Dusty, earthy hops, and candy sugar in the aroma; a bit watery at the edges. Medium mouthfeel: slightly watery, caramel and dried fruits; vegetal character (green, stalky, and overripe); not a very good doppelbock. Medium finish: sugar and some dried fruits; weak effort.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 In short: Basic but effective Dopplebock. Nothing great, nothing bad. Decent beer.
How: Bottle, fresh. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Clear amber body with a short-lived beige head
In long: Toasted crusty bread, plenty of not-so-tasty caramel, grapes and other fruits suitable for breakfast juice. Enough hopping for a proper balance. I seem to have liked it more than my buddies at the tasting session. However I should point out that this was the last bottle of a long tasting session and by that time beers start to taste 0.3 point higher and girls start to look 30 pounds lighter.

BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
So are we rating the beer or the price tag??? I agree that the $16 that I paid was a bit steep, but does that make this any less a beer??? I think that many have forgotten the spirit surrounding the’s not the "value" of the beer but, rather, how the beer compares to others in its category. Clearly, this beer isn’t the best in its class but it undoubtedly distinguishes itself from others less worthy. Non-aggressive aroma, burnt orange color with slight off-white head, and mildly sweet flavor make this beer above average (depending where that bar is set) but not extraordinary.

Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Thanks again TikiE. Poures a light reddish color with little to no offwhite head. Aroma is very soft, carbonation is clean. This beer does not taste like 8.3 %. The end is somewhat complex. 11.99$.

TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Good, but a little bit pricy! Pours a ruby color with a delicious full head. A blast of flavor that is clever and complex. I would definitly get this beer again if it wasnt $12!

beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
Pours a clear ruby color with a thin offwhite head. Average aroma of malt and fruits, the flavor is also average and has also the malt and fruits combo. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is gentle. The malt needs some complexity and richness.

MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Candied fruitiness wades in subtle toasted maltiness before green, wooden hops surmount the quiet grain bill with an important wave of bitterness. This Doppelbock is not really to style and overly expensive, but it nonetheless remains a drinkable strong lager.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A film of foam floats atop the clean pale amber.
-Fruitiness is redolent of dried cranberries or cherries.
-Some black bean character comes from the grain bill.
-Alcohol barely heats up the back end.
-The malts are really not well developed for the style.
-If you add the cost of the beer into the mix, this becomes an outrageous robbery of a beer. At this price, you expect a veritable masterpiece, and this is eons away from one.


Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Objectively speaking: A rather untight doppelbock.
I like: Gentle toastiness, albeit very light. Bright and shiny orange looks. Fruity. Earthy/leafy concluding hops. Limited alcohol presence. Clean.
I dislike: 15-20$ price tag. Misplaced soft tartness and orange notes. Biting carbonation. Loose cerealic maltiness. Generic caramel.

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