Tag Archives: Doppelbock

173. Capital Brewing Autumnal Fire

This is another from my beer trade and not something you can find in the North East. Capital Brewery is located in Wisconsin and brews German style beers with lots of lagers and in this case a doppelbock. Autumnal Fire is a limited release beer brewed in the fall. Beer has a great fall color to it very similar yo most Octoberfest beers, clear not cloudy and a solid light tan head. Aroma is of dark fruit, raisin and maybe a bit of caramel from the malts. Taste has lots of malt, maybe a little vanilla and just a touch of hops. A good beer and different than most others I have been drinking in the past couple of months.
Alcohol Content:
 7.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Capital Brewing
Brewers Description: A blazing rich beer, this is a doppelbock based on an Octoberfest personality. Warm and intriguing, the perfect “Brandy Snifter” beer.

126. Smuttynose S’muttonator

I may have mentioned before how much I enjoy Smuttynose beer and this is no exception. I have one more Smuttynose Big Beer series in the fridge and after this one I am very much looking forward to it. Whatever you think a “Big Beer” should be this is probably it; high alcohol content, complex flavor, great color, thick head with great retention – this beer has it all. There are a few Smuttynose brews that I have not tried yet and I will be on the look out for them as they truly do brew great beer. If you are at a store that sells Smuttynose trying to decide what to buy, grab a Smuttynose you will not be disappointed.
Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Smuttynose
Brewers Description: As the name implies, a doppelbock (double bock) is a very malty German lager beer. Typically quite sweet with some roasted malt undertones, doppelbocks range in color from deep amber to nearly black and are normally associated with the winter season. Traditionally, German brewers have used the suffix “-ator” in naming their doppelbock beers; we have, too. S’muttonator is a tasty mixture of German ingredients & good ol’ fashioned New England tenaciousness. Our brewers take 30 hours to brew a single batch of this traditional Double Bock. Take your time & enjoy its rich, malty & deceptively smooth flavor.

46. Samuel Adams Double Bock

Bought a 4-pack of Sam Adams Imperial Series and this is the only one that I had not tried before. Nice dark color with the right amount of carbonation and a nice head that lasts. This is a very sweet beer with lots of caramel flavoring but also has a high alcohol content which makes this more of a sipping beer. If you choose to have this with a meal I would recommend a good steak – would not go well with pizza, burgers, etc.
Pros: Full of flavor
Cons: Slight alcohol burn
Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
Calories: 323
IBU (Bitterness): 40
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Intense and warming, a meal in a bottle. One cannot help but appreciate Samuel Adams® Double Bock’s huge malt character.  We use an enormous amount of malt, half a pound per bottle, to brew this intensely rich lager.  Its deep brown-ruby color is all made in the kettle, no black malt is used, resulting in a rich sweetness that is free of the rough taste of burnt malt.  All that remains is the velvet smooth flavor and mouth feel of the two-row malt. Samuel Adams Double Bock’s intense malt character is balanced with a subtle piney, citrus hop note from the Noble hops.