A true German-style treat: this doppelbock is extremely full-bodied and malty-sweet. This is an Award-winning recipe.
Specialty malts: chocolate malt, Caramunich®
Featured hops: Northern Brewer
O.G. = 1.088
F.G. = 1.025
Approximately 8.3% ABV
Approximately 308 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallons
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I brewed the mini mash and since I do not have lagering capability yet, I went with the kolsch yeast strain and did half an alcohol boost to get it nearly to 9%. 2 weeks in primary, 4 weeks in secondary all at around 63 degrees. then another two weeks in keg at around 32 degrees. at first, had a bit of an overwhelming chocolate finish, but after another week, OH BOY, it smoothed out nice. even with the kolsch yeast, I surmise this is one of the better doppelbocks I have had. I would def brew this again, but in the fall or winter months next time.
Mmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmmmm. Couldn't be more pleased with this recipe kit! If I didn't possess restraint, these bottles would go, and I mean fast. At the end of the brew, I came up short on water; consequently, the OG came in at 1.104. Yikes, I thought; way over the specs--this is going to be a malt bomb. But with 3000 ml of starter yeast (two vials) and a 52 degree cellar (though I did allow it to start fermenting at room temp--68--before hauling it into the cellar), she actively fermented for 17 days. Then two days at 68 for a diacetyl rest, and then into the secondary where she lagered at 36 degrees in a spare fridge for four months. FG 1.015! Sweet, but dry enough. Full bodied. Nice variation of flavor as it warms in the glass. MALTY goodness, though tonight I was surprised to taste a distinct bitterness. Don't know where that came from, but it was pleasing. Lots of work and patience, yes, but I too would very much like to brew this again. For now, however, I'm going to savor what I have. And share with dear friends, of course. (Oh, I brewed with LME.)
Very tasty beer with nice foamy head. Slightly stronger in taste and alcohol than a Schartzbier. Benefits from a three week or longer conditioning. This is a good overall dark beer and one that I'll always keep onhand for myself, saving the Coors Light for the non-enlightened guests. TAP in SW Texas
OG 1.085, FG 1.027 with a wonderful flavor and finish. This is a very very good dopplebock. My father-in-law finally tried this and has fallen in love with it (even my MIL, who doesn't drink beer at all stated she did like this one). I really believe that this brew may end up bringing my FIL into the homebrewing world as he's now excited to brew my next batch with me... bonding over brewing... just doesn't get any better than that!
Absolutely love this beer. Every one who tried it loves it. Super sweet and chocolate taste. Would highly recommend. Need a way to cold store though. Make sure you can do it. This beer is very malt and high in alcohol. Tastes delicious. All my alcoholic friends say make more please.