Meet the Cellar Master and Doppelbock Tasting Notes

Before we get to the latest tasting notes, let me take a moment to introduce myself:

My name is Reid Stratton, and I am the Cellar Master at Grand Teton Brewing Company. Let me clarify, however, that I actually only spend about 5% of my working time on Cellar Master duties. Most of the time I am your average brewer. That means I make wort, clean tanks, drop yeast, clean lines, dry hop beers, clean the floor, and clean some more. I’ll spend some time in a later post letting you know what exactly a Cellar Master does (besides blogging about beer).

When I’m not at work I spend a lot of time baking (my former profession), cooking, homebrewing, and playing with my two cats (who will eat spent grains if I leave any around). Of course, living at the base of the Tetons means I also spend a lot of time skiing, hiking, camping, and generally being outdoors.
That’s enough about me. Let’s get to the beer!

Double Vision Doppelbock
8% Alcohol by Volume
Bottled February 2009

Original Description:

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 24 Plato (1.096 SG). 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 Liberty hops, an American version of the noble German Hallertau Mittelfruh, 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 10 weeks for smoothness. At over 8% alcohol by volume, it is a deceptively drinkable springtime warmer.

Tasting Notes from March 2010:

Double Vision slides into the glass a very dark chocolate brown, but when held to the light turns into a beautiful ruby red, clear as crystal and very alluring. A thin, tan head makes a brief appearance but quickly fades from the glass. The aroma is slight, with a whiff of roasted malt and a touch of alcohol.

The flavor unfolds slowly. It reminds me of watching the ensemble cast of some great tragedy–dark and delicious, but with no single part playing the lead. Bitter chocolate, light sherry, dark, sweetened fruits and burnt toast all make a brief, yet touching appearance. The finish is very warming, with a thick, sticky mouthfeel that dries out pleasantly thanks to a bit of tannin and lively carbonation. A square of milk chocolate melts on your tongue as you swallow the final sip.

Cellar Master Says: Double Vision is aging beautifully. Drink it now if you wish for a bold experience, or wait another year if you want to see an even smoother, more eloquent beer.

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