Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock Lager It’s been an evening of decisions. First, do we order pizza or just cheesy bread (to Mr. Ben the cheesy bread at Papa Johns is pizza. Saves me money). Second, what brew to have to have with the pizza and help whittle down the 55. Third, decide how I feel about Mr. Ben proclaiming that Mrs. Dan is Number One Boss and that I’m only Number Two Boss. I can’t decide if I’m proud of him for being so perceptive at age 6 to know who’s really in charge or disappointed in him for selling out and siding with the enemy.
Well I can’t call her the enemy really, but I have to admit that in some ways there is a constant battle between the sexes and at some point in your life you have to choose sides. Staying neutral is not an option because it just makes both sides mad at you. The first two decisions were fairly easy: cheesy bread from Papa Johns and some Thomas Creek Dopplebock Lager to go with it. I bought this brew as a mix your own 6 from a local store sometime in the past year. No clue as to where though.
I generally like all of Thomas Creek’s brews. They also brew for a other labels so they seem to know their stuff. I’ve also been impressed with their brewers when I talk with them at beer festivals.
This is a nice dark brown, roasty, toasty chocolatety, coffee kind of brew. More malty than hoppy. I found the hops on the finish more than at the start. There is a sweet taste at the start that is tempered by the dryness of the roasty toasty stuff. The aroma is definitely the chocolate malts with a hint of coffee.
I found on wikipedia a brief history of Doppelbock and found it is a double bock (even someone like me with no German experience could figure that out). It traditionally it is high in alcohol content (7-12%), malty and sweet. It was known as “liquid bread” to the monks who first brewed it. If you haven’t noticed Thomas Creek calls it Dopplebock rather than the German Doppelbock.
Thomas Creek’s version is 6.25% so it’s a bit lower octane than the monks would have produced. So you have a battle of some sweetness which I guess you could label as figs (like the center of a Fig Newton) and some roasted chocolate malts and some dryness that in some parts of the mouth (like the pulpy stuff in a pecan shell that dries your mouth out). I’m torn to say whether or not a slight nutty flavor could be described as pecan or not. I typically like darker brews but without a lot of jammy sweetness nor with hoppy bitterness or dryness (especially when they show up together).
This brew is drinkable and being lower in alcohol you could afford to drink two at the company picnic and not embarrass yourself. It went pretty good with the cheesy bread too. I haven’t had many doppelbocks to compare to it so I would weigh it simply on whether I like it rather than saying it’s a good or bad example of a dopplebock (doppelbock… whatever). I would like it better if it didn’t have the lingering dry finish. I prefer to have this with food to clear that out.
I would buy this one in a build-your-own-6 because I occasionally want a beer like this. It would take me a month to drink a six. But I think I might buy another after I finish the 55 since this one has been around since at least March. Thomas Creek uses pretty good ingredients so I think they have a pretty good shelf life.
So, back to the decision making. Is Mr. Ben very smart or a traitor. I’ll go with very smart. Besides, Mrs. Dan might read this and Boss Number Two doesn’t want to get fired. From: Greenville, South Carolina Brewery: Thomas Creek