Monday, April 16, 2012

Great Lakes The Doppelrock

Hey look who's joining me via Skype! James Knott of the Better Beer Authority! This is James' first-ever Skype collab review (and really his first ever actual review since he's the moderator on his show). He sent me this bottle as part of a trade we did recently and will be the first episode of "All Ohio Beer Week" here on this channel. It's been a long time since I've had a doppelbock, and Great Lakes tends to make some solid stuff, so how would their American take on this unique German style turn out?

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (648) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 14, 2012
I received a 12oz bottle in a trade with a friend in Ohio (thanks, James!). I poured it into the tumbler he sent me.

Appearance: Seemingly opaque brown or black, but truly a dark, clear, reddish/brown/chestnut color. Forms a small, yellowish, soapy head which dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Massive malt aroma of cinnamon bread, plus a basket of dark fruits: plum, raisin, prune, and black cherry.

Taste: Until I tried "The Doppelrock," I had never experienced an American doppelbock that could be mistaken for an authentic German brew of the style. This is about as close as it gets and then some. It begins with a fine, almost subtle sweetness similar to Dr. Pepper or even a generic cola. There’s mild bitterness through the middle, but the finish is where all the flavor really comes from. A rich, borderline sticky/syrupy sensation of plum, black cherry and prune plus cinnamon raisin bread. It’s sweet but not cloying, and because this beer is brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516 you know there’s no additives or adjuncts. The only thing keeping the beer from being perfect is the ending. It’s a mostly clean and a tad dry or pasty, but otherwise - everything that comes beforehand is so good it makes up for it.

Drinkability: While "The Doppelrock" is indeed a rich beer (at times), it’s amazing how much it still drinks like the lager it is. The mouthfeel is thinner and more effervescent than you’d expect - which accounts for its overly clean finish. It goes down extremely smooth and is even quite refreshing despite the fact it’s rather hefty at 7.8% ABV. You don’t feel that density in the least bit, though. It’s not something I’d recommend sessioning, but it seems versatile enough that it doesn’t have to be saved for a special occasion.

Grade: 9/10

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