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Lobotomy Bock - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 23.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2004)
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5/5  rDev +65.6%

11-17-2011 19:43:41 | More by ATXRyan
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4.5/5  rDev +49%

03-26-2012 04:28:15 | More by jacknsally5148
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4.5/5  rDev +49%

08-21-2012 08:19:08 | More by ryko
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4.47/5  rDev +48%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, reddish-edged body bordered by a small ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Golden raisins and a small handful of roasted grains blended into rich, dark caramel.

Taste: Flavor of dark caramel, though it only imparts a mild, restrained measure of sweetness. Dark fruits. Touch of roast, a touch of booze (but not at all what you'd expect from an abv over 10%). Lightly sweet on the finish with a taste of crème caramel.

Mouthfeel: Slightly beyond medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Though it seems I'm the only one to think this, I felt the beer was a treat from start to finish.

03-23-2008 17:18:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.43/5  rDev +46.7%

This was first brought to me by some family members in Ridgecrest, Ca who came to visit me. I visited the brewery when i went to visit them for a camping trip. I was amazed at how smooth it was for a bock. I didnt get a bitter after taste like with some. This one hit me with almost a smokey wood flavor that i loved. Since i was camping while drinking it, it was perfect. I recommend this beer for a nice camping trip or backyard BBQ.

01-12-2011 06:56:20 | More by OneLowChevy
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4.43/5  rDev +46.7%

Ok. This beer has gotten a bad rap. Hopefully if you get to this review it will set some things straight.

This beer is a LAGER.

It says as much on the bottles. With that in mind the thin mouth texture and light watery feeling is to be expected and not taken as a pitfall. What isn't expected is the black amber opaque color or the speed at which this beer with make your head buzz. This is coming form a guy who's top three is Abyss, Stone 12th anniversary, and Victory at Sea. Because I can't afford to drink those all the time something lighter and cheaper with the same kinda kick fills the session beer position better than anything previously. Lobotomy covers the alcohol like a surgeon disguised as a hobo ready to cut out your prefrontal cortex before you can say six pack. Seriously, try this beer if you have the opportunity and think "This is a LAGER!!!".

Your mind shall be blown

09-19-2009 07:16:04 | More by Osagason
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4.25/5  rDev +40.7%

10-07-2013 16:23:55 | More by kennbosco
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4.25/5  rDev +40.7%

07-07-2012 22:17:59 | More by AnaMosity
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4.25/5  rDev +40.7%

04-26-2012 05:01:09 | More by BJasny
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4.22/5  rDev +39.7%

Poured a nice dark brown almost black color with a half inch thick tan head. Looked almost like Pepsi, and I do love my Pepsi...

Aroma of sweet malts with a floral undertone.

Slightly sweet malty, bready flavor with very little hop in the background. For a beer with an advertised 10.8% abv, you can't really taste the alcohol.

Smooth with little to no aftertaste, which is good because the sweetness of the brew doesn't cling to your palate for the night.

Very drinkable although I'm not sure I would want to test it out and see if this beer really does have 10.8% alcohol. Might have two or three in a night and thats about it.

12-29-2008 19:23:19 | More by davexisxrabid
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4/5  rDev +32.5%

04-02-2012 00:46:42 | More by WillKirkland
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4/5  rDev +32.5%

08-14-2012 14:06:36 | More by M_Burkey
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4/5  rDev +32.5%

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4/5  rDev +32.5%

03-13-2012 14:43:42 | More by Leschber
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4/5  rDev +32.5%

10-11-2012 01:11:15 | More by MaddDogg84
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3.95/5  rDev +30.8%

I like the lobotomy bock, not to harsh, smooth, taste great! I found this at Central Market HEB in San Antonio, Tx. I was looking for Lobo Bock which is a Texas double bock but they are still a small brewery so when I came across this I was continent and have been on the lobotomy kick since!

08-19-2012 22:57:46 | More by Texan816
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3.88/5  rDev +28.5%

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!

06-24-2010 03:40:08 | More by charlzm
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3.88/5  rDev +28.5%

poured from a 12 oz bottle into my new belgium tulip, thin light brown colored head tops the brew made of a black body. No tinting detectable around the edges even when held up to the light.

The scent is very smooth, none of that 10.5% shows up at all, it's a sweet brown sugar and molasses that I get. Hoppping is very background, sweet malts and breadiness is in there as well.

The flavor is great, it starts out with a sweet molasses and honeyed flavor which is augmented later by the flavor hops which are quite fruity but very backseat at the same time. I get prune, pineapple, and pear. Interesting flavors to be sure, intriguing combination.

The mouthfeel is good, smooth and creamy buy not thick like a porter or stout. It goes down real easy which is dangerous because of it's alcohol content. I get none of that abv at all, this is definitely my favorite brew from indian wells, at least of the ones I have tried so far.

09-18-2010 04:06:15 | More by dwilson01
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3.85/5  rDev +27.5%

This beer may be a gimmick, if in fact it's 10.8 ABV is the real deal. It doesn't taste that strong, not even close. It's even surprising.

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - dark reddish to brown, very little head, although doppelbocks tend to have less head, I notice.

S - Not a strong aroma, befitting the taste. Maybe a little nutty.

T - So much lighter than you would expect. Almost watery. It doesn't taste bad at all - but it doesn't taste like a doppelbock. I think it's more similar to a schwarzbier, if anything. It lacks any complexity whatsoever. This is not necessarily bad, unless you are looking for something in the style of an Optimator. It turns into a very easy drinking beer that could knock you out fast, although it's tough for me to comment on the ABV since I have never had more than one of these in a day.

M - Smooth city. No aftertaste. Again, much lighter than expected.

D - For a doppelbock? I could drink a bunch of these. I may have to try it to comment on the ABV.

04-22-2009 22:50:17 | More by PTB25
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3.85/5  rDev +27.5%

Reviewed 4/16/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a dark clear reddish body, wit ha small head off-white in color and quickly diminishing. Sweet molasses aroma, dusty, with some alcohol. Some dark chocolate. Has some sweet coffee, light roast. Some nuttiness. Pretty tasty. A little watery.

04-18-2009 20:23:22 | More by jujubeast6000
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3.8/5  rDev +25.8%

This is my first time reveiwing a beer, but a good start I think.

My girlfriend bought me a 6 pack of this on a whim, though I have wanted to try it for some time now. I am glad that I never spent the money on it.

The beer pours a very dark color, somewhat red.
There is hardly any head...you kinda have to throw the beer into the glass to produce a decent head.

The beer is tasty...not too heavy despite the high ABV. You can taste hardly any alcohol.

Here is my first complaint: I consumed 6 bottles of these plus 3 Rogue Dead Guy Ale's and got only a slight buzz. There has to be something wrong here. I can drink 4 Optimators and be close to drunk off of those...

All in all, it is a very tasty treat, but don't expect the kick.

The feel and drinkability of this beer kind of skew the rating, but if that is what you are after, then you have found your soulmate.

Worth a drink, (or two or seven) to get the full affect.

09-05-2009 05:12:55 | More by EgadBananas
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3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

02-03-2013 23:15:26 | More by tbryan5
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3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

03-12-2012 23:38:50 | More by canders0927
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3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

07-29-2014 02:07:22 | More by nneighb33
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3.73/5  rDev +23.5%

A- Very dark brown color with a big, active head. Retention is low

S- Roasted, black malt, a touch of caramel malt, boiled veggies, and a touch of alcohol

T- The taste is very sweet almost as much so as a cola. The carbonation is actually the bulk of the flavor along with some bitter chocolate

M- Highly carbonated and thick, but not sticky due to carbonation

D- If this beer really is 10.8%, then it's really hidden well.

10-12-2009 05:53:30 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.