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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Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Bottle 750. Poured a deep amber color with a thin cream colored head. Taste is a sweet caramel. Flavors are very rich and full. Personally I enjoyed this brew a lot.

ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Bottle from Sams in Durham. Amber pour with a thin head. Complexity opens up as it warms. Citrus/piney aroma. Oily mouth-feel with flavors of hazelnuts, roast, malts, and hops.

hayduke (5616) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 26, 2008
From a 750 C&C bottle that cost $15.95 at the Northcoast Coop in Arcata, CA, this poured a slightly hazy amber with not much head. This as at cellar temperature (55 degrees) which seems about right. Drink this too cold and I think it would lose something which might explain some of the low ratings here. Big nose of floral hops and caramel malts. Slick and greasy mouthfeel. Flavors are rich and complex, and a little sweet. I liked this a lot.

NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
I’m surprised by the low ratings here, I really enjoyed this one. Nice and hoppy, as noted by GreatLibations. A bit thin on the palate but otherwise a very enjoyable beer.

cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2008
750 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a thin off white head. Very little lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is toasted malt and esters. Didn’t get any barrel aging out of this one. Medium body. A slight disappointment but worth a try if someone breaks out.

FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Well, wow this was weak. Very thin, with a bit of a caramel then bitter bite. A slight dirty / spice finish. Very weak body for the style. Once again a big bottle of epic fail from Flying Dog. It could be I’m pissed I spent $15 bucks for this.

That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Let this bitch warm up a bit. Get it? Cuz it’s flying dog? Yeah? Decent but not great and a little too watery, but it’s got that good bock maltiness and smell. Slightly dug it. Ralph Steadman might make any beer taste better though.

BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Corked 750ml Bottle. It pours a clear, dark copper with a quickly diminishing light beige head. The aroma has lots of bready qualities. Sweet caramel is very distinguishable as well. Some fruits are also noticeable, but very light. They seem to be of a darker fruit, such as a ripe plum. There are some subtle hints of alcohol. The flavour is initially of sweet, sticky caramel. Grain and some delicate dark fruit citrus flavours start to emerge. Though, the caramelly sweetness is still dominant. Towards the finish, alcohol becomes noticeable, but very subtly. Sweetness continues up until the finish in which the grains and some light bitterness starts to finally overpower the caramel. In a short amount of time, it goes from being smooth to being mildly dry. This isn’t too bad. But it’s a bit sweet for my tastes.

beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2008
750 ml bottle courtesy of a trade with Jake65. Pours a mostly clear amber with a moderate linen white head that disappeared after the first sip. Pleasant malty aroma. The flavor is lightly sweet malt with some light-moderate bitterness at the finish. Nice caramel-rich mouthfeel. In reading the description, I see this was aged in whiskey barrels - absolutely no influence detected. A nice solid doppelbock.

MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2008
[Bottle] Pour a clear caramelly color with almost no head. Subdued caramel malt aroma with some raisins. Very thin, somewhat offensive taste. Chalky, oddly bitter, pulpy, and overripe fruits. This beer is definitely showing its age.

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