Lobotomy Bock - Indian Wells Brewing Company
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Reviews by charlzm:
3.88/5 rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Consumed June 23rd, 2010. Bottle obtained directly from brewery on May 30th, 2010. Consumed in "special" Samuel Adams glass.
Beer is a clear, dark cola color with mahogany highlights. Very fine tan head (I swear it had a greenish tinge to it) subsides to a uniformly sticky, coating skin of foam in very short order. Subdued though still present carbonation apparent in glass.
Aroma is sweet cane sugar and moderately roasted malt. A touch of smoke and vanilla as well.
I was shocked to have an Indian Wells beer that had no flaws! It has a mild, English brown flavor (think Newcastle, but more subdued) that mirrors the nose but with more maltiness. Nowhere near world class, but nothing wrong with this one. Alcohol slightly noticeable, but not a problem. Only a faint dash of bitterness and fleeting mineral water on the finish.
Beer is slightly thick and creamy in the mouth.
The most drinkable beer from Indian Wells I've tried so far; in the greater world, a mediocre example of the style, But for IW, a triumph!
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2010 03:40:08 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
3.03/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle pour at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.
Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with and almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 04:43:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.94/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This is a hard beer to review and that is why I choose this to be my first review. I had high hopes for the Lobotomy Bock. The first one I had was marginal, but it was also one of the first few beers I ever had that strayed from the American Pilsner route. I had one and didnt give it much thought afterwards. Now a few years later, I picked up a case at the local Calandros.
The first beer of the case, I served in a glass from the bottle. The pour was acceptable, with a thin head. The color was a dark brown with a strong hint of golden red. I didnt have much time to admire the aesthetics though, because after a few years I was eager to drink up. The first taste that hit my palette was something I would rarely use in a beer description, Worcestershire. The taste I later refined down to a unique blend of smokey malts and cola. The first glass I had, was mediocre. But I would never leave a 6 pack with only one missing from the slot.
Over the next week I had a few more, until half-way through the case, the taste began to make sense. When I was trying to enjoy it as a normal Bock the flavor was too complex until I understood the cola additions. The beer felt weaker than expected for such a strong taste, and I am beginning to doubt the listed ABV. I still have a few left in the case and I am nervous about whether the next drink will be better, or if the tastes will be incoherent.
Overall - The best way to describe this drink is like a Mona Vie. It is not a drink for everyone, and many might find it down right disgusting at first, but after a few you will find yourself craving one every now and then. My recommendation is to try some other drinks first, but if you elect to buy a case, make sure you have more than just one. This beer takes some sophistication (possibly more than I currently have.)
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2013 18:47:00 | More by BasilBock
Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
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