Lobotomy Bock - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, 6-pack bought at Whole Foods in Long Beach, CA, listed as 10.8% alc./vol., picked it up as it was Inyokerian, reminded me of my trips to Mammoth, so here goes nothin',

A: Pours a mahogany brown, good clarity, but the head is pretty pitiful, fizzy and light and small, poor retention, no lacing to speak of.

S: An interesting dark chocolate scent, with a hint of fig, can't smell the alcohol in this one.

T: Nice malt flavour, some chocolate as well, an upfront, simple flavour, with some molasses cookies on the aftertaste, no real alcohol flavour to speak of, well hidden.

M: Mouthfeel is severely lacking, fizzy, almost like a macro, certainly needs more body.

D: Not a bad bock, it certainly needs some improvements, I'd definitely give it another shot on my way to Lone Pine on the 395.

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3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Little head and lacing. Very dark color, reminds me of a glass of Coke or Pepsi.

Smells like chocolate brownies folowed by a bit of coffee.

Tastes kind of like burnt chocolate with smoke. Kinda of flat with no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Leaves a clean feeling.

Overall, very average. I don't think I'll have another.

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3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue around the edges. Thin beige head that has decent retention, and spotty lacing. Medium (bordering thin sometimes) body with a smooth texture. Sweet roasted malt flavor with very light coffee and hops behind it. The finish is smooth and sweet with a hint of dark fruit and hops aftertaste. There is no way I would believe this beer is pushing 11%. Overall it is on the bland side.

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the same beer as Fireman's Brew Brewnette. They are both made in Indian Wells, both claim the same 10.8 percent abv, and both beer reviews have the same claim that no hint of the alcohol is present. I wonder if that's because it's not there. I've drunk down 2 in less than 30 minutes and felt no residual effect. That's the equivalent of kicking me into above .08 bac and not feeling it. With all that said, it's vaguely enjoyable, finished dry and cocoa-ish.

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3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to my neighbor Andrew for picking this up for me while in CA.

This pours medium brown with dark highlights and a small head that doesn't leave any lace. On the nose there is rich caramel malt, some esters further back, and caramelized raisins or some such. In the mouth those same flavors come out. This is not a complex beer. It's pretty much heavy on the caramel malt and toasted bread with just a bit of phenol mixed in, no surprise given the weight. The body is quite thin for the style, and the finish didn't do anything strange.

Overall, I was happy to try this but glad I had just a few bottles. It's strange and not really up to doppelbock snuff for me.

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3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear, but dark chestnut brown color with a finger of fizzy light tan foam. The head dissipates within a minute. Nose and flavors consist of sweet caramel malts, a touch of cheap milk chocolate, alcohol, dark cherry skins, raisins. Thin body with decent carbonation. Leaves something to be desired.

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3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to tiger88

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan and fizzy head into a pint glass. the head left a thick ring and nice lace but it was gone halfway through. the body was a reddish-brown with a purple tint.
s - not getting a lot here. a slight metallic aroma but that's about it.
t - sweet and malty, tastes like a dull caramel apple.
m - medium and slick on the tongue.
d - drank easily but probably because i was ready to get it over with. hard to believe this was 10.5 ABV.

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3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown coloe with a 1/4" head that quickly breaks apart to some surface bubbles. Some spots of lace show up during the session.

Smell: sweet malts and some chocolate are picked up by the nose.

Taste: malt sweetness and chocolate seem a bit unbalanced here as the bitterness is mild at best. Some prune sweetness lingers in the background along with some alcohol tones and a bit of dryness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, syrupy at the finish. Slightly heavier in body than expected, but there is a thinness to it too. Aftertaste is long on the sweetness.

Drinkability: average at best. One 12 oz bottle is more than enough of this one. A bit disappointing for a big bock beer.

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3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Celebrator glass. Dark ruby brown color with a thin tan head. It dissipates quickly and the resultant halo is constantly replenished with streaming bubble columns. Looks very fizzy and thin. Aroma is deep dark breads with artificial banana notes. Nutty and a bit roasty. Flavor is toasted bread with a touch of char as if the bread was left in the toaster a little too long. Weakly brewed coffee, with a blatantly watery finish. On one hand this beer is very watery for the strength, but on the other hand I don't taste any booze at all. Not sure how they managed that. Overall way too thin and simple.

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3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a nice reddish-copper color with a small but frothy head on top. It has a caramel aroma, with a light toastiness to it. The flavor is very light for the strength--sweet with a tiny touch of bitterness. The body is light too, rather watery.

Very sub-par.

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3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Is this pepsi? Poured exactly like pepsi. Initial head dissipated immediately like soda leaving no foamy top. Dark reddish amber body.

A- Strong sweet malt aroma, light notes of fruit and caramel.

T- Strong malty taste with some toasty notes. Light bitterness. Leaves a slightly bready malty aftertaste. Very light spiciness from the alcohol. Though at 10.5% I'm not able to notice it too much.

M- Medium-full body that clings to my mouth making it almost tiring to drink. High carbonation, unfortunately there is no head retention to speak of.

D- Not bad, but not too impressive either. The flavor is good, the soda like appearance is not so great. The alcohol is rather hidden so be careful.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - jet black with about half a finger of light tan-colored foam that dissipates very quickly.

Smell - a little coffee-like, but more chocolaty in smell, sweet, with maybe a hint of molasses.

Taste and Mouthfeel - strong, somewhat bitter taste at the very beginning which melds into a sweeter, definitely more roasted/molasses-like taste. Mouthfeel is a little warming, probably due to the higher abv, and the texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - I don't really love the bitter/chocolaty/roasted part of this taste, but I do like that it blends itself pretty well.

Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.