Beer 390/365 – Great Lakes Doppelrock

Great Lakes Dopplerock

Style: Dopplebock

ABV: 7.8%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Very fruity for a doppelbock

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I would like to try this from the bottle.

Grade: B+

4/18/2011: Great Lakes is a very good brewery in my opinion. Almost all of their beers are what I would call “solid”, and great examples of their respective styles. You usually aren’t going to find anything really off the wall from them, but I can appreciate that. What I am trying to say is that Great Lakes is the exact opposite of a Short’s Brewing or Three Floyd’s in their approach to flavors in beer. Also apologies for the terrible picture again, but this Thursday I will be back to good pictures as I just edited about 30 photos from the Nikon..

The nose is full of malt, dark bread and toffee. The flavor to my surprise has lot of a plum/raisin/fig type thing going on. The caramel/toffee/sweet malts are there, but not as much as in the nose. Very surprising because usually I can pick up the dominant flavors in the nose, but no sign of fruit in the smell. Doppelrock also has this smokey milk type thing going on. Yes I know this is an odd description for a beer flavor, but not sure how else to put it into words. The body is a little under carbed, but still about right for the style. Overall a pretty good beer, but the milky flavor knocked it out of the A- range for me.

Picture of the day: Yup it must be tax season.

Beer 343/365 – Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock

Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock

Style: Dopplebock

ABV: 6.7%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Best dopplebock ever. So drinkable.

Will I be drinking this again: I wish it was a little less expensive, if so I would always have a 6 pack in my fridge.

Grade: A

10/17/2010: Time to start dipping into the basement for my last couple dozen beers. Might as well start with a beer that I know will be good; Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock. Ayinger might just be my favorite brewery from Germany. Ok technically its called Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying, but but I don’t speaka da schnitzel.

The smell to Celebrator is just plain awesome, sweet malt, a bit of smoke, a bit bready. Lots of different subtle flavors going on here. Even though not one of them is what I would call bold the whole ends up being greater than the sum of its parts. Caramel and smoke are leading the way in the front, while raisins, chocolate, and roasted coffee sit in the back seat but let you know they are there. There is no fighting in this car ride as all 5 of these flavors mix to make one amazing beer. Mouthfeel is almost velvety, with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and finishes slightly dry. Good stuff!

Picture of the day: CT Scan of a twinkie. I want to know who funded this haha.

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Beer 197/365 – Brauerei Hofstetten Kramme Granitbock

Style: Dopplebock

ABV: 7.3%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Pretty sweet for a dopplebock, with some cherry flavor going on.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe!

Grade: B+

5/24/2010: Every once in a while I get sucked in my a cool looking label. This was one of those times. Never having heard of this beer I decided to buy it just because of the dark/off looking artwork. Being in the graphic arts corner of the world I can respect when a brewery goes out of their way to pay a good designer to create their labels. Also this beer is from a country I have yet to sample; Austria.

The first thing I smell with Granitbock is cherries, along with some caramel, and a little booziness. The taste is a pretty typical dopplebock flavor, just a little bit sweeter with some cherries splashed in. Mouthfeel is average, with not quite enough carbonation for my tastes. Overall the taste is there, I just need a l’il mo bubblay to push it up into the A- range.

Picture of the day: Some of you may get this, some of you may not. This kids mom thought it was lesbian symbolism.

Published in: on May 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 175/365 – Stoudt’s Smooth Hoperator

Style: Dopplebock

ABV: 7.0%

Purchased at: 3 Sons Dogs ‘n Suds – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: A hoppy dopplebock, very unique

Will I be drinking this again: Depends what else is on the menu for that day

Grade: A-

5/2/2010: I am all for trying anything different as far as beer goes, which is why I picked this bottle up. I actually picked a few up, one for me, one for the girlfriend, and one for a trade. I have never had a hop infused dopplebock so why not give it a shot. Plus it gets automatic brownie points for being brewed in my home state of Pennsylvania.

Smooth Hoperator actually smells more like an IPA than anything, maybe even an Oktoberfest beer. The taste is a great combo of earthy/nutty/toasted malt, and citrus/pine hops. They combine these flavors very well, while still being able to pick out the individual ingredients. Picture a yin and yang, with one being a typical dopplebock flavor, and the other being an American IPA flavor. As advertised is a very smooth drink, and semi-creamy. If you are getting sick of the same old flavors in beer, give this one a try strictly because of how unique it is.

Picture of the day: Look! There really is a Bigfoot!

Published in: on May 2, 2010 at 9:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 128/365 – Bell’s Consecrator Dopplebock

Style: Dopplebock

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: A hint of barleywine flavor to this bad boy (strong)

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe? Depends what else I have to choose from that day

Grade: B+

3/16/2010: I am a sucker for a good dopplebock, and have yet to try Bell’s Consecrator. To be honest other than Hopslam, there aren’t any beers that Bell’s makes that I go out of my way to find. I sampled batch 9000 and it was good, but it needs some age to it.

Its weird, Consecrator has little to no smell at all… A little bit of malt and booze, but thats it. This is very sweet, a lot of molasses, dark rum type flavor (where the barleywineishness kicks in, and yes thats a word), with a decent hop profile. I’m also getting a bit of butterscotch flavor the closer I get to the bottom. A good amount of carbonation, which helps mask the alcohol just enough for it to be very drinkable.

Picture of the day: Remember fellas, ladies like a little foreplay.

Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 8:34 am  Comments (1)  
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