Maibock - Naked Dove Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev -1.3%
This beer was served on draft at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Great Lakes pint glass, glowing a dark honey brown. It held a one finger head of cream colored bubbles, showing decent retention. Sheety patterned lacing was left around the glass as it dissipated. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be highly active. The aroma sang of soured meaty warmth, chive vegetals, creamy lactics, cinnamon and black pepper, light booziness, cooked butters, tobacco smokiness, and pale and amber malty base. Our first impression was that the grain was a bit unfinished and raw, and while it was fruit-forward, the booze tended to box some of those nice balancing flavors out. As we sipped, the taste began with tinny metallics, canned peaches, bubblegum esters, pale malts and buttery biscuits, warm toffee, candied apples, sea salt, and a soured garbage aromatic. Lemon pulled us to the peak, where black pepper, vanilla extract, brown and pale malt toast, baby powder, and a clean soapy hop bite mixed. The end came with sweet flashes of white sugar, lemon peel, phenolic plastics, light copper, wheaty wetness, bitterly fusel alcohols, and caramel malts. The aftertaste breathed of tannic black teas, strawberry and plum fruitiness, citric hop bitterness, wax, lavender florals, cranberry airs, and bittered pale and caramel grain, but without any of the bready sweetness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. Each sip gave great slurp, smack, and pop, but with limited cream and froth. The mouth was left mildly coated, cooled, and wet, with no real dryness, pucker, or astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Here, things were kept relatively true to style, with good depth and relative sweetness of the malts, with a decent musky core, and fresh hoppy licks every now and again. To note, the flavoring was much better with warmth, as it has time to open, evolve, and blend. The nose, however, was a bit cheap, with lesser inclusivity and well-roundedness. This is a nice sipping beer for a warm afternoon in late spring, but not an instant classic.
06-19-2013 15:30:58 | More by TheBrewo
Maibock from Naked Dove Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.