In the last few weeks, I’ve had a couple of doppelbocks tweaked by creativity: Seeyoulater, a cedar-aged offering from Boulevard Brewing Company; and Perkulator, a coffee doppelbock from Dark Horse Brewing Company.
Both were good beers, enjoyable, tasty.
But the tannic cedar twang of the former detracted a bit from the base beer, and the coffee of the latter (though creamy and tasty) was simply too coffee: it was a pint of cold coffee and covered up the doppelbockness completely.
Both twists on the style thinned the mouthfeel (and the perception of alcohol), offered some differently-styled tannic qualities and pulled away from what I love about a good doppelbock: the bold, rich, bready malt-boom of deliciousness.
Put some coffee in a stout if you wish. The flavors meld just so. And barrel-aging is delightful on many beer styles. But give me a doppelbock–straight up.