Bavaria in Your Backyard
A Review of Doppelbock by Flying Dog Brewing Co.
Posted on 1/7/2015 by Chops
                   
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Have you ever been in a situation where you really want to like something before you experience it, but that little devil on your shoulder whispers doubt into your ear? This is exactly how I felt about Flying Dog's Doppelbock when I first saw it. I'm a big fan of Flying Dog, but I'm an even bigger fan of doppelbocks. Bocks are my brew of choice. I actively seek them out in beer stores and usually scoff at any bottle that doesn't have those magical words ''Imported From Germany'' printing on them. Bocks are a time-honored German style and German brewers craft them best. Not saying that American breweries don't craft them well on occasion, but Flying Dog is known more as a hop-forward brewery. So, you might say that I was a wee bit skeptical. Luckily for all of us, my doubts were quite unfounded.

In the glass, this beer had that classic rich brown coloration with warm reddish hues. It came with a thick and creamy tan head that had wonderful retention. So far so good. On the nose, I was greeted by that classic candied malty aroma of a good doppelbock, complete with big notes of caramel, toasted bread, and dark fruits. At this point I grinned in delight as Flying Dog had pretty much nailed the introduction. There was nothing left to do but dive in for that first taste.

It didn't take long to declare victory for American craft beer. This brew had a strong malty backbone and mirrored the aroma quite well. The caramel favor was dominant, but not aggressively so, and was complimented by toasted brown bread, dark fruits akin to dates, and hints of toffee. The hop profile was moderate and appropriately restrained, acting more as a mild spiciness. The beer had a medium body and felt rich and smooth on the palate. The finish was a tad sticky and exited with a toasty caramel aftertaste.

Overall, I must admit that Flying Dog's Doppelbock far exceeded my expectations. The brewery's reputation alone guaranteed a tasty brew, but I had no idea that this nectar would actually be able to compete with those magical concoctions from abroad. I am truly impressed and tip my drinking hat to the talented brewers at Flying Dog. It should come as no surprise that I can recommend this beer to any and all beer fans. Its stylistic accuracy will impress seasoned beer fans, while its approachable nature is perfect for novices. Furthermore, it's a great introduction to the doppelbock (double bock) style. Flying Dog has managed to bring Bavaria to us, so we definitely owe them a hearty Prost!

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