Exposinator Doppelbock - Naked Dove Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 1 | Show All Ratings:
3.69/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This beer was served on draft at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a generic snifter showing ruby amber coloring. It sported a half finger tall head of eggnog colored bubbles, showing decent retention, and leaving specks of lacing around the glass as it went. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be highly active. The aroma gave rich and roasty caramels, sweet potato starchiness, plum and red cherry fruitiness, brandy and cane sugar sweetness, hard mineral water, baked apple pie warmth, cinnamon and black pepper, earth, and red grapes. Our first impression was that the flavoring had a nice malty base, but didn’t give that depth of roast and near-smokiness that we’ve come to expect for the style. As we sipped, the taste opened with soft metallics, light corny adjuncts, caramel and muddy paler malts, faint wheat, wet straw, dried grass, powdered vitamins, dried grape skin, and cellar muskiness. The middle peaked with syrupy brown sugars, lemon rind bite, green strawberries, salt water, distant booze, and the softest buttery warmth. The end came with bitterly toasted sesame seeds, raw barley, corn flour, musty dustiness, seafood meatiness, dill, adjuncty metallics, plastic bitters, and fusel booze. The aftertaste breathed of mineral, faint booziness, caramel and barley toast, toffee sweetness, white sugar, toasted wheat breadiness, light butters, and cleaner, crisper pales and browns. The body was medium, and the carbonation was active. The feel was soft, with nice slurp, smack, and finishing pop. The cream and froth to the sip was lesser. The mouth was left foamy and coated however, melting into a soft pucker and heavily wet salivation. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its nice malty base in the nose and the taste. The sweetness and bitterness came together hand in hand, affording refreshment and ease of drinkability. The depth of the malts was a bit light, as we first noted, without that bright smoke or hearty roasty darkness that many in the style possess. That said, keeping the grain bill on the lighter side did add more of a fresh easiness to it that wasn’t overbearing or diminishing. In the end this was a nice take on the style from a great local brewery, but it was just a little too light to fully satiate our palates.
Serving type: on-tap
06-19-2013 12:12:32 | More by TheBrewo
Exposinator Doppelbock from Naked Dove Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.