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 Dogs most unique beer to date. Collaborator Doppelbock was created through Flying Dogs 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
IBUs: 80
Specialty Malts: 120L Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt
Hops: Warrior, Northern Brewer, Cascade
Process: Aged in used Stranahans Colorado Whiskey barrels

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3128) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle at Shoreline Beverage, Huntington, NY. Nice aroma, mainly malt, some fruit and plums, tiny bit of alcohol. Nice copper color typical to the style. Nice thick mouthfeel. Taste of caramel malts, and a candy sweetness. Leaves a slight malty sweetness on the palate. the alcohol within is relatively well hidden. Nice dopplebock, not outstanding for this category, though. Obviously, I liked it better than many of my esteemed ratebeerians, however. BTW, where is the whiskey in this?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (5060) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Not sure who brought this to the after party of the tasting, but I believe it was one of our local distributors. Thanks! Copper color with a thin head. Sweet grain and caramelly aroma. Very light flavor that primarily reminded me of a grain silo or feed mill store. Not bad by any stretch, but seemed more like a darkened version of a pale lager, not a doppelbock. Ive had Stranahans whiskey, too, and I did not pick up any whiskey or oak notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Created a mild aroma of toasted malt and a background of nuts. Appearance is a honey or tea color with a small formation of head on top. The flavor is what you could expect from an imported German doppelbock style and drinks smoothly with notes of toffee and caramel malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Dark amber with a light white hea. Musty seet fruity aroma and flavor. Dry, light alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Dark copper color, decent foam. Nose is kinda sweet dark malts, some alcohol. flavor is a little off putting, large amount of malt flavors as expected, some fruit, a little to much alcohol kinda tart. just doesnt feel like this ever completly came together

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
burgundy with a medium fluffy head. deep malt flavors and aromas with a light wood spiciness. sweet clean finish. a little bland, could use a little more depth to the flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
bottle from holiday. Copper red with a fizzy white head. Caramel aroma and taste with wheat bread and toffee notes very little noticeable whiskey on the back end and some alcoholic warmth. I was wanting more whiskey, vanilla, and oak taste, but it wasnt there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11968) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2008
Thanks Jason for sharing. I didnt know at the time of the whiskey cask and it probably contributed to the unusual aroma. Spicey malty flavour. Its malty brown, and significantly hoppy. Light brown colour, with malty foam, soapy bubbles, lacing noticed. Finishes on the malty side.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (7628) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky, unclean. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic, slightly metallic. Very simple (and Americanized) aroma, and unfortunately pretty unclean and metallic in the finish. Unpleasant. Cant recommend it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Big Bottle. Aroma was well musty something or another. Just didnt get much of anything on the nose from this one. Amber body with off white head. Flavor of spice and a sugar sweetener that wasnt overbarring. Flavor of a thin cough syrup. Apple sipcey aftertaste on palate this is one of the stangest brews Ive had so far odd.

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