751: Deep Water Dopplebock Lager

751 - Deep Water Dopplebock LagerName: Deep Water Dopplebock Lager
Brewery: Thomas Creek Brewery
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Greenville, South Carolina
Style: Dopplebock
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.00%
First Brewed: 1999
Price: NA (We got this beer in a trade with Ashley Bower. This beer is apparently rare. Thanks, Ashley!!!)

Tasting Notes
This beer pours a creamy tan head that laces the glass. It is a traditional dopplebock mahogany color that glows around the edges. A sweet malt aroma leads to a rich roast flavor with hints of cocoa and coffee and a substantial malty background.

Ricky’s Thoughts

We haven’t reviewed a beer in quite some time… But we are back, at least for tonight, for another review. This bottle came to us from a beer trade with Ashley Bower, and while I know nothing about this brewery, I love this style. They are usually quite sweet and have a nice malty character to them. I am excited to try this. It doesn’t have the best review on BeerAdvocate… But I trust their reviews less and less with every beer I drink. I am also hungry, so this will most likely serve as my dinner. Enough about me. Let’s drink!

In the Glass: The beer has a nice thin tan head and leaves a lovely sticky lace in the glass. The beer itself is quite dark, but a dark brown more than black. As I swirl this around in my glass, the lace just hangs on the side of the glass. I can’t wait to taste this.

I will admit, as I was walking into the office, I did smell the beer. It smells incredible and I got a TON of chocolate malt flavors on the nose. Let’s see if that continues now that I am sitting down and focused on the quality of this beer.

Nose: Yep. There is a ton of candied sugar and chocolate notes as I smell this beer. The ABV isn’t that high, but I am spoiled when it comes to a high ABV beer. I want something that is big, thick and boozy. This one, while 7% ABV, is something I could drink 6 of before going to bed. Of course, I don’t tend to drink the same beer twice. I hope this tastes as good as it smells.

Flavor: Better. It tastes better than it smells. It tastes WAY better than it smells. Holy crap, that is good. Ashley, why didn’t you tell me how good this beer was? This is just a basic beer that is a part of their normal lineup. A beer with this much flavor, unless coming from a big brand brewery, should be limited. If you can get your hands on this, do. It’s great!

There is a nice smokey character that I am getting at first, then the sweetness takes over and i am hit with a ton of sweet malty flavors. I bet this would be a great food beer. Not sure what foods I would pair it with, but I am willing try!

Mouthfeel: There is more carbonation than I wanted/expected, but it doesn’t change my overall experience with the beer. The sweetness that I didn’t really expect is really pleasing my palate. I also haven’t had a good beer in a few days. Yesterday was a whiskey day. I had a rough day at work and had a shot at dinner, and then 3 or 4 before bed. I actually can’t tell you the last beer I drank.

The burp on this is nice, too. This might sound weird… But the burp tasted like dark chocolate. Yummy, right?

Aftertaste: It just hit me… Tootsie Rolls. Have you ever had a Tootsie Roll or a Tootsie Pop? That flavor you get, say 5 to 10 minutes after you finish the candy… That is what I am tasting here. The longer this sits on my palate the more of that flavor I get. Funny… Someone at work today was standing by my desk eating a Tootsie Pop. I could smell the chocolate from a mile away.

This is a great beer, and I am sad this is the only beer from Thomas Creek Brewery on the list. I would love to try more from them. SO good! Thanks again, Ashley.

Deep Water Dopplebock Lager – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

It’s been a while since we reviewed a beer. I’m not even sure when we did or what was the last one. Oh well. We are back at it again! We also have a normal schedule for our podcasts now. Yay! We have deemed Thursday nights “Pizza, growler, and podcast night”. Part of the reasoning for this is because the Whole Foods by us has a special on pizza and growlers on Thursdays. But… the podcast probably won’t be posted on Thursdays, although we will be doing them then. I have to edit them, so expect to see them up each weekend sometime.

Anyway (apparently I say that a lot in person and in writing), back to tonight’s beer. This one is a doppelbock, but I have never heard of this brewery before. It’s a very dark beer, almost as dark as a porter or stout. But I can see some light coming through it that shows that it’s just a very dark brown, not quite black. It had some head when Ricky poured it in the glass, but that went away pretty quickly. It looks kind of thick, thicker than most doppelbocks I have had, from what I remember. It smells good to me. It smells like bread, and it also has a nice nutty smell to it that makes me just want to sit and sniff it all day. I hope it tastes as good as it smells. Let’s find out!

I can taste that nutty taste right away. I like it. And it’s kind of unusual. To me this beer tastes richer than most doppelbocks. The nutty taste is there, for sure, but it’s just a really good, rich flavor. It’s also thicker than I remember most doppelbocks I have had being. I actually like it a lot. Ricky just sent me a link for it on BeerAdvocate. It’s a South Carolina brewery, so it must have come from a trade. Bummer! I’d definitely drink this one again. I have some people (and breweries) to visit in that area, so maybe one of these days I’ll get a chance to. For those of you in that area, I’d highly recommend it if you can get it.

Rating: 4/5

750 bottles of beer on the wall…

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