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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yespr (45508) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2009
75 cL bottle, courtesy of Theis. Pours cloudy reddish with a small white head. Mild wooden and dry caramel malt aroma, subdued sweetness and alcohol presence. Quite hoppy and subdued malty into the flavoured all the way through. Nice and easy, yet not classic doppelbock but a good twist with the US hops that shine more through than the classic continental European ones.

joergen (28177) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle, thanks to Theis for sharing. Clear orange coloured with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, rye bread and dried fruits. Sweet flavour of caramel, rye bread and hops with notes of dried fruits. Hoppy finish with notes of dried fruits.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of Theis. Pours a clear and warm amber with a small off-white head. Fat and intense aroma of pumpernickel. Quite full-bodied with loads of roasted malt and pumpernickel. Solid American hoppy finish - a lot hoppier than the German originals. But a fine example of the style. 160109

Travlr (24909) - 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.

yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2010
Bottle, 75cl corked, at RBNAG -09. A clear, copper-colored beer with a dense, off-white head. Cellar, malty sweetness, some hops and a sugary feeling in the aroma. Peppery hops blends nicely with caramel sweetness in the flavor. Nice but lacking some complexity to be really nice. Dry and full-bodied mouthfeel, finishing with a pleasant peppery hoppyness. A nice beer indeed, especially like the hops, but it lacks something to get a higher score. 091107

bhensonb (15235) - 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. It’s not sticky. It’s much like an ale with underlying chocolate malt or maybe it’s 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. It’s 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 don’t blame the beer for being denominated as a doppelbock - it’s competing in a higher style. My suggestion: adapt the recipe to ale yeast and see what results.

Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle at ØLButikken. Clear nutbrown - white head. Sweetness, roasted, nutty, light wood, chocolate, medium hoppy, grassy, light bourbon notes, ryebread, caramel, sharpness, light alcoholic. Nice smooth body. Well balanced !!!

gunnfryd (14899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 18, 2010
Bottle at RBNAG-2009. Red amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is dry, sweet, cellar, malt, hop. flavour is dry, sweet, malt, rosted, hop, cellar,citrus, caramel. Full body. Nice beer.

Ratman197 (14852) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2008
750 ml green corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, molasses, dark fruit and a hint of chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with light carbonation. Flavors of carmel, brown sugar, fig and a hint of chocolate with a smooth lingering carmel finish.

Tmoney99 (14497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured dark reddish brown color with a creamy light brown head that was mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate sweet malty and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Moderate sweet malty toasted flavor with an average smooth bitter finish of moderate duration. My expectations where not met with a sweet soft beer.

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