Sierra Nevada Double DeBOCKel Beer



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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Double DEBOCKel is brewed in the style of the traditional German doppelbock but with our original Sierra Nevada spin. At the start, our Double DeBOCKel is roasty and malty; it has a rich caramel character, a light bready flavor and mild, pleasant sweetness. It has silky-smoothness resulting from along aging period at near freezing temperatures, and hides its hearty strength with modesty. Double De BOCKel is a boisterous beer that finishes clean; and in true Sierra Nevada fashion the use of a healthy dose of hops leaves the beer surprisingly dry, with nothing but a full-body warmth and a faint malty memory left behind

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ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Draft at Summit’s in Woodstock, Georgia. Appearance: Dark copper body with a thin, white head. Smell: Pale malts, grains, and a muted citrus component. Wait just a damn minute, are you telling me Sierra Nevada slipped me yet another IPA? Taste: Pale malts, a touch grainy, and having a light sweetness. Lightly citrusy hops deliver a punch of moderate bitterness. Pepper-packed booziness throughout. Tiresome, bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very light stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Waiter! Oh, waiter! Yeah, I ordered a doppelbock and got this ho-hum IPA instead. What gives?

PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Tap at Barcade: Pours a copper color with lots of clarity and a vanishing head. The aroma is sweet with toasted caramel and soft maple. The body is slick with an unbalanced flavor. Starts with stale malt notes (cardboard-like), underneath a diacetyl character, and other buttery sweet notes of maple and vanilla. Pretty boring with little depth.

hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
From Hops in Humboldt in Fortuna, CA this came a deep dark yellow with a decent white head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose of citrus hops and caramel malts, Mouthfeel is rich. Strong hops in the flavor. You can taste the alcohol in the dry bitter finish. I like this a lot and hope it hits the stores in bottles.

JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2008
Tap at Barcade. Amber pour with almost no head at all. The aroma is lightly sweet and malty with lots of pale malt character and loads of alcoholic peppery aroma as well. The flavour is really terrible. Initially a thin bodied peppery booziness that is followed by a really harsh sort of herbal bitterness. It’s very hoppy, but using some sort of high-alpha, low flavour hops. I can’t believe that SN released this crap. It’s just a high-octane booze-fest.

Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Draught - BrickStore Pub - Decatur. A dead ringer for an IIPA. Not what I would expect from a doppelbock. Hoppy, citrusy, resiny, substantial, with a great malt backbone. This one is what would happen if an IIPA had kids with a a great tippel... Truly good.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Date: 08/15/2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Summits - Woodstock

Appearance: clear amber, wispy beige head, bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with soft floral hops,
Flavor: sweet caramel candy malt flavor, lots of floral hops, light balancing bitterness with a light bitter finish,
Overall: the swetness of a bock with the hops of an ESB

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2008
on draft at Taco Mac, Crabapple location. nice deep golden color with a very thin white head. the aroma is a bit faint... some sweet malts and hops. excellent on the palate... very soft body with apricot, peach and caramel on the tip and a good punch of bitterness on the back. really soft on the sides... I really could drink this all night. So smooth. Nice bitter finish... definitely a "healthy dose of hops." I thought I was drinking a IIPA there for a minute... didn’t really feel like other doppelbocks I’ve had in the past.

jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Draft at Taco Mac. Pours a very clear copper with brown/amber/orange highlights and a very thin off-white head (awfully light in color for a doppelbock). The aroma is malty and bready - not particularly strong. The flavor is quite crisp and refreshing. The beer certainly starts malty and bready with some residual sweetness (not much for a doppelbock). The roasty notes mentioned in the commercial description are pretty much absent (is this the right beer?). At mid-palate - the hops hit. They are pretty serious: very firm bitterness with a slightly citrus touch. The light residual sweetness and light citrus note of the hops give subtle impressions of orange candy on the back of the tongue. Aftertaste is fairly balanced - malty, but also surprisingly hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a crisp bite of carbonation, but not spritzy. Overall - I liked this beer a lot, but I really fear that the server screwed up entering my order. This doesn’t look or taste like a doppelbock. The commercial description does mention the "Sierra Nevada fashion" of using a lot of hops though. And, aside from the description’s mention of roasty flavors, it tastes a lot like the description says... So here’s to hoping that this rating is in the right bucket. (I was hoping to read other reviews to see if others had a similar experience or if I really was sent the wrong beer, but I see a message that instead reads "No ratings yet, use the form to the right and be the first!" - someone else entered the beer w/out rating it...)

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