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Friday, January 11, 2013

Double Vision Doppelbock – Grand Teton Brewing



                 Double Vision Doppelbock, originally brewed in 2009, is being re-released this year as the first beer in the 2013 Cellar Reserve series.  Founded in 1988, Grand Teton Brewing is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and is celebrating by bringing back the beers that they have enjoyed the most over their 25 years of brewing. Having enjoyed every Grand Teton beer that I have tried, I look forward to each of the four releases this year.  For more information on Grand Teton Brewing, check out my earlier post on Snarling Badger.  I am also including the original press release for Double Vision Doppelbock at the end of this post.

                On to the review.  At on Beeradvocate, the previous release of Double Vision Doppelbock has a score of 93.  Over at ratebeer, it has a score of 98 overall and a 98 for style.

They Say:


                2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Grand Teton Brewing. In celebration, we’re bringing back three of our favorite styles for this year’s Cellar Reserves. Double Vision Doppelbock was first brewed in 2009 to highlight our brewery’s wonderful water. Like all the great traditional brewing towns, our home, Victor, Idaho, is in or near some of the world’s best barley- and hop-growing regions, and is distinguished by an ample supply of top-quality water.

                The 17th century Paulist monks of Munich were allowed no solid food during their twice-yearly fasts. They brewed an especially nourishing strong dark lager they called “liquid bread” and named “Holy Father” to help them through the Lenten and Advent fasts. The beer was known as a doppelbock, which signifies a strong lager. Since “bock” also means “billy goat” in German, these beers are often decorated with images of gallivanting goats. Our Double Vision label features two goats in front of a waterfall—a reminder of the importance of water to the development of the style as well as the taste of this strong lager.

                Our Double Vision Doppelbock is brewed with Idaho 2-Row Pale and German Munich, CaraAroma, CaraMunich and de-husked Carafa malts to an original gravity of 22˚ Plato. The malts provide a dark leather color with ruby notes, a luxurious tan head, and a bready aroma with a hint of smoke. It is lightly spiced with German Hallertau Tradition hops and fermented with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. In the traditional manner, Double Vision is fermented cold (48 F) and lagered a full 12 weeks for smoothness. At 8% alcohol by volume, it is a deceptively drinkable springtime warmer.

                Double Vision’s slightly burnt caramel flavor and malt sweetness make it an incredible match for game—venison, moose, duck, goose, and wild boar—especially when prepared with fruity sauces or reductions. Try it with pork and sautéed apples, roasted root vegetables, sweet sausages, ham or prosciutto. It’s wonderful with cheese and dessert, too. Pair it with an aged Gruyère, a caramel flan, or a crème brulee.

                Double Vision Dopplebock is a one time release available January 15, 2013 in 1/2 and 1/6 bbl kegs and bottle-conditioned 750 mL cases.

                Original Gravity (Plato): 22˚
                International Bitterness Units: 40
                Alcohol by Volume: 8%
                Color (Lovibond): 47˚


I Say:

                Double Vision Doppelbock pours a very dark mahogany with a thick, creamy tan head that lasted through the entire beer and left behind exquisite lacing.  The aroma is slightly bready with a hint of smoke, dark fruits (plums and raisins) and definite alcohol notes.

The flavor is sweet with caramel, a toasted dark fruit note that reminds me of grilled plums, and pleasant alcohol warmth with moderate hop bitterness.  It is smokier than expected, but a very enjoyable beer.  Double Vision is medium to full-bodied with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

                Double Vision is a great cold weather beer that you should definitely get on Monday, January 15th when it is released, I know that I will be on the lookout for it.

                That’s all for today, check back next week for another review, have a great weekend!
                Happy Drinking!


The Press Release

GRAND TETON BREWING RELEASES
DOUBLE VISION DOPPLEBOCK

VICTOR, ID – Grand Teton Brewing, known throughout the West for their exceptional craft brews, is proud to announce the release of Double Vision Doppelbock. As part of its Cellar Reserve Series, Grand Teton Brewing has been brewing bold, flavorful beers and serving them from large, beautiful bottles since March 2004. 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Grand Teton Brewing. In celebration, they’re bringing back three of their favorite styles for this year’s Cellar Reserve Series. Double Vision Doppelbock was first brewed in 2009 to highlight the brewery’s wonderful water. This January 15th, please welcome back the Double Vision to the 2013 Cellar Reserve Series.

The story behind the dopplebock style starts in the 17th century where Paulist monks of Munich were allowed no solid food during their bi-annual fasts. They brewed an especially nourishing strong dark lager they called “liquid bread” and named “Holy Father” to help them through the Lenten and Advent fasts. The beer was known as a doppelbock, which signifies a strong lager. Since “bock” also means “billy goat” in German, these beers are often decorated with images of gallivanting goats. Our Double Vision label features two goats in front of a waterfall—a reminder of the importance of water in the development of the style as well as the taste of this strong lager.

ABV: 8%
IBUs: 40
Color: 47° Lovibond
Original Gravity: 22°

Grand Teton Brewing was founded in 1988 as the first modern “micro” brewery in the state of Wyoming. Their premium microbrews include the 13x gold-medal-winning Bitch Creek ESB,the 2009 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner (American Pale Ale) Sweetgrass APA and the favorites of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; Old Faithful Ale(pale golden), Howling Wolf Weisse Bier (hefeweizen) and Teton Ale (amber). From their production facility in Victor, Idaho, Grand Teton Brewing beers are handcrafted from only thefinest ingredients, including locally-grown grains and pure Teton mountain spring water.

Grand Teton Brewing is a green company utilizing environmentally conscious and sustainable practices whenever possible. Grand Teton Brewing is also the inventor of the modern glass growler, which is estimated to save a significant bottles and cans from entering the ecosystem every year. Discriminating beer drinkers can find their favorite Grand TetonBrewing brews on tap and in bottles throughout California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas,Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota,Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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