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Lobotomy Bock - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2004

This is a classic German Dopple Bock. Like all of our beers it is made in strict accordance to the German Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of Brewing, which is water, malt, hops and yeast only! Lobotomy Bock is made from five types of specialty malted barley including Munich, black patent and other premium malts. And finished with two types of hops, Sterling and Perle added at the boil and again at the finish for the perfect flavor balance. Lobotomy Bock is brewed with pure artesian spring water from the historic Indian Wells Spring. Lobotomy Bock is lagered for several weeks then finished to exacting standards.
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Ratings: 186 | Reviews: 101
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3.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.85/5  rDev +59%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite bock that I have come across thus far. Really hard to find up in the Northeast, but I had it in Texas and couldn't get enough. It is a little darker and more viscous than most bocks but balances that with a slightly smokey smoothness that just makes it epic.

I prefer darker beers and sweeter beers, so perhaps my pallette gives this brew a little more creedence than others, but if you come across it worth a try for sure, and if you don't like it (comes in a six pack) send me the other five!

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2.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Deep black body, with a small, quite coarse tan head, which soon collapses to a coarse collar about the glass walls, scattered thin lacing rings the glass.

Aroma: Sweet, dark caramel, brown sugar, and slight, sweet alcohol comprise the strong, though not unpleasant aroma.

Taste: Opens with dark malt, caramel, brown sugar, and just a hint of alcohol. Considering the high ABV (10.8%), it does not seem warming at all, which I find surprising. Later in the taste, there is a bit of dark fruit, perhaps plum, although quite understated. To me, this seems like an understated Bock, certainly not a Doppelbock.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, with slight stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A mediocre example, alas, which failed to live up to modest expectations.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.44/5  rDev +45.6%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +31.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +23%

Extremely drinkable, I didn't expect the abv to be above 6%. Nice malty taste nothing overwhelming, medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Smells slightly alcoholy.

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1.25/5  rDev -59%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +31.1%

Very drinkable, with dark chocolate notes.

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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +31.1%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Indian Wells Brewing pint glass

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown with a moderate amount of mocha colored head that fades

S: A little coffee, some dark malt sweetness, a little dried fruit, plum maybe

T: Very light coffee, a little toffee/caramel roasted malt sweetness, some kinda mineral water like bite, a little booze as it warms

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Nothing super special to write home about, but not bad.

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +23%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.