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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Bottle shared by DYCSoccer 17. Lighter doppel - light orange with frothy head. Gassy, effervescent aroma; lightly fruity and syrupy. Smooth, lightly malty and perfumey flavor, maple syrup and a low roasty bitterness. Very clean with moderate malt complexity.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3674) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
750mL bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Grassy, metallic hoppy lagerish aromas present. Perhaps some DMS is in there as well. Lightly fruity and lightly spicy. Aroma is extremely faint and very weak. Disappointing. Transparent copper-amber body that has an attractive creamy khaki-colored head. Good lacing. Lightly sweet, caramel malty start. Becomes more metallic and lager-like in the middle. FInishes with some grassy hop flavors. Easy-drinking beer, but it is pretty boring. This beer is named "Collaboration" because apparently the brewers collaborated with amateur brewers to develop the recipe. Heres some collaboration--dont put a boring, average beer in a corked and caged champagne bottle and peddle it for $16 a fucking bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2008
Big bottle from Spokane. Moderate frothy head on red amber or copper. Surprisingly quiet aroma, somwhat like a quiet maibock. Wheres the malt and chocolate? HIgh alcohol and hops. Not sure who the collaborators were but this tastes more like a high octane Maibock than a Dopplebock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pour is clear light amber with a thin white head...smell is sweet and caramelly,..taste is sweet with those same flavors but a light hoppy finish...thin...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8952) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Bottle. Bronze beer with a nice light tan head. Sweet malt, spice, earth and light noble hop aroma. Sweet caramel malt, with light noble hop backing of earth and light spice. Medium bodied. Very drinkable. Lingering caramel, earth, light noble hops. Not as sweet as expected frpm reading reviews, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14737) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Aromas of dark malt, minor dark fruit, and (I hope) floral or grassy hop. Brilliant ruby mahogany color (so 5 for appearance) with a beige smear for head. Almost medium in body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is amazing. Its not sticky. Its much like an ale with underlying chocolate malt or maybe its just roasted caramel. Nope. Just saw the malt list. Flavor is upfront dark lager, but there is enough good hop to give it almost floral notes. Finish is pretty well balanced, though that lager sweetness is hanging around. Its a really good drink, possibly except for a couple of imperial lagers it may be the best lager in America - which might mean it is the best dark lager in America. So go USA. And dont blame the beer for being denominated as a doppelbock - its competing in a higher style. My suggestion: adapt the recipe to ale yeast and see what results.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 12, 2008
Let me begin by saying, Im not impressed. $16 for a mediocre beer is not acceptable by any means. 750 ml green bottle. Points off right there for a green bottle. What? Did you guys ride the short bus to school? Havent you heard that green bottles allow for skunking? Or, did you miss that day in brewing school? Anyway, barely a pop when the cork was removed. Poured out a light, clear, brown color, with a minimal tan head. Aromas are fairly nondescript. Some sweet notes, a little wildflower honey, some hops. Exceptionally clear. Flavors are of sweet malts, slightly roasty, slightly yeasty too. Medium mouthfeel, thin and sweet. Finishes sweet & malty. A mediocre beer at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2573) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Thin sloppy head of varying sized bubbles. Light carbonation. Malty aroma with some light raisin notes and caramel. Color is a deep reddish orange. Medium bodied. Light alcohol presence. Lots more malts in the flavor with only a little bit of sweetness. Many times dopplebocks come off as being sickly sweet to me but this one is not like that. Late heat from the alcohol. More caramel and earthy/herbal flavors. Finishes hot and very herbal. Lots of parsley and some other mild herbs. Decent but not worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4162) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
750 ml bottle from Bottle Barn; Nose is sweet caramel, vanilla, yeast, and toffee; clear copper with a small off-white head; flavor has caramel, toffee, vanilla, on otherwards just as it smells, but with a minor bitter note that combines with some light smoky sweetness in the finish! Cant taste any whiskey barrels except for the light vanilla notes!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3038) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 5, 2008
750ml bottle from Tops in Tempe. The pour was deep amber to copper in color. Thin 1/2 cm head, decent retention, weak lacing. The aroma was fruity with some dark malts, some grass. Flavor followed the aroma, darker malts, some lighter fruits, light choco, some grass. Finishes a bit acidic squeeky with some astringency, bitterness detectable (hops) in there. The mouthfeel was moderate for the style, far from a sticky malty doppelbock, but yet not that outstanding in any shape or form, not crisp and clean enough. Nice experience, but beyond that, just not a great beer (yet again) from FD.

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