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Lobotomy Bock - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 22.85%
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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Photo of scottfrie


1.93/5  rDev -36.1%

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark raisin brown with a thick, dense, dark tan head that took its time to fade into a thick and fuzzy film that left almost no lace.
S: I get light notes of sweet caramel, roasted malts, toffee and maybe some brownish sugar. There’s something spritzy in there as well that doesn’t quite smell right.
T: If the nose smelled ok then the flavor tastes bad. The flavor is very plan and bland, and the dominating notes are seltzer water mixed with caramel syrup. The finish is a bit nutty. Soda-like overall.
M: The body is on the light side of medium with fizzy carbonation. The mouthfeel is tingly and thin.
O: This is pretty awful stuff. Drinkable yes, but I’d rather just drink a soda.

02-07-2012 02:27:14 | More by scottfrie
Photo of treque


3.23/5  rDev +7%

A: looks more like a stout or a schwarbier, deep brown with a little ruby highlight when see trough light, there is no head at all, dissipates so quickly

S: the smell is not bad, corresponding with the style its not very common, chocolate, coffe, no caramel at all

T: deep flavour to chocolate, altough is a little crispy on tongue, the alcohol presence is not noticed at all, medium body, strange taste for a doppelbock

01-24-2012 04:46:11 | More by treque
Photo of gtermi


3/5  rDev -0.7%

01-22-2012 08:31:41 | More by gtermi
Photo of crib


3/5  rDev -0.7%

01-16-2012 04:35:31 | More by crib
Photo of animal69


2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

01-15-2012 22:31:49 | More by animal69
Photo of EricCioe


3.03/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

01-05-2012 05:58:38 | More by EricCioe
Photo of Rckmo10


3/5  rDev -0.7%

12-31-2011 04:39:15 | More by Rckmo10
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.15/5  rDev -28.8%

Pours a mix of brown and light black, super thin, 1/16" head, dissipates into nothingness. Aroma of raisins, prunes and alcohol, oh so much alcohol.

More alcohol, some varnish, kinda thin malt wise, heavy alcohol wise. Bad dark fruit taste. Lots of sweetness coming from somewhere. A weird rubbery burnt aspect to the beer, nothing like a rauchbier or the aroma of burnt rubber you'll get in some gueuze. Kind of weird to have this much bitterness in a beer that isn't hoppy at all, much less in a style like a doppelbock.

Never been a fan of this brewery, this just isn't my kind of style of beer, but even stuff I like, these guys haven't been able to fit it in an appreciable way for my palate.

12-27-2011 22:39:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of mhaugo


1/5  rDev -66.9%

12-18-2011 18:52:37 | More by mhaugo
Photo of jheezee


3/5  rDev -0.7%

12-08-2011 05:54:24 | More by jheezee
Photo of PhatAtUT


3/5  rDev -0.7%

12-04-2011 00:37:20 | More by PhatAtUT
Photo of rab53


2/5  rDev -33.8%

12-01-2011 07:20:58 | More by rab53
Photo of ATXRyan


5/5  rDev +65.6%

11-17-2011 19:43:41 | More by ATXRyan
Photo of RobJTejas


2.58/5  rDev -14.6%

Served in a pilsner glass. Looks like a glass of Dr. Pepper, very dark with a finger thin line of head that quickly disipates.

Smells roasted, almost charred. A little nutty with a molasses finish.

I must agree with Nerudamann on this one. Roasty malts and molasses with a bitter initial hit.

Mouth feel is tricky. The bitter taste up front almost makes you think it is medium to medium heavy bodied but swill it around a second and you realize its actually almost light. Once again its almost cola-esque. Medium carbonation, very little alcohol taste.

Overall not a bad beer. Like many others on here I don't think I could drink this alone all night, (and with so many fine brews out there who would?) but I would definately drink the whole bottle.

11-10-2011 01:35:00 | More by RobJTejas
Photo of ronniebruner


2.08/5  rDev -31.1%

The first thing I noticed about this beer is how extremely dark it is. This beer is darker than most stouts. When poured into a glass, I noticed an excess of head and lace. The beer's aroma is of charcoal and burnt malt. The taste of charcoal and malt are a bit overpowering and actually degrade from the overall taste of this beer. I wanted to like this beer, but I am a bit underwhelmed to be honest.

10-17-2011 03:05:12 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of Francepants06


2.58/5  rDev -14.6%

Looks like a black lager with an off-white head.
Smells of roasted malts with hint of espresso.
Taste like flat watered down coffee.
mouthfeel is light to medium body.
Overall, just an average beer. The brewmaster needs to realize that making beer that taste like a bad homebrew doesn't belong on the market.

09-27-2011 22:38:16 | More by Francepants06
Photo of searsclone


3/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

09-26-2011 00:48:06 | More by searsclone
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.43/5  rDev +13.6%

Medium sized light brown head dies into a kinda weak lacing above a clear very dark brown beer.

A very light sweet caramel malt aroma on this medium bodied beer.

Light grapes on a caramel malt taste leaving a light dry aftertaste.

Kinda a weird little taste to this beer but that not necessarily a bad thing, I kinda liked it for a one shot type drink, can't say I'd like to drink a six pack in one sitting.

09-07-2011 02:40:16 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Nerudamann


3.1/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

07-14-2011 03:32:26 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Ryan011235


1.83/5  rDev -39.4%

Poured into a small snifter on 4/23/11

Thanks, indeed, to nickd717. However, the rest is backwards; Indian Wells was cranking beers long before that critter crawled out of the open vat in a warehouse in the flats.

Split with MbpBugeye, of course. I like to make sure he shares in my misery.

Deep brown, almost plum-colored. One finger of riddled-with-pores foam drops steadily for a few minutes. Patch of bubbles for retention and a ring of lace.

I never quite got band-aid as a descriptor until now. Honestly, I glad I made it this far. Watery bread, grains and caramel. Hints of earthiness and disdain. Stale tomato aroma as it warms. Tastes even worse. Watery and thin to the point it affects the flavor. Bready with a little dough. Stray sugars. Earthy, tea-like hops don't make things any better. Carbonation isn't over the top but it's prickly. Unpleasant residuals.

No thanks, I'm over this.

06-11-2011 03:17:03 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of MbpBugeye


2.53/5  rDev -16.2%

Brought over by Ryan011235, probably provided by nickd717 who calls Indian Wells the California version of Indigo Imp. Its starting to look like Nick is the California version of Ryan.

Dark purple with a strangely gray head that leaves droopy lace for about a ring of two.

Its best summed up by simply saying "raisin box". There is some bran flakes and rotty figs.

Very sugary raisins and figs that reach extract/syrup potency. Some darker, wheaty/bran-like malts and grains.

Its quite smooth with a lesser-than-medium body. Its very sweet with little in the way of balance.

My first Indian Wells experience wasn't a true horror story like I've heard. This one is just overly sweet and strong on the raisin.

04-24-2011 22:34:39 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of obrike


2.93/5  rDev -3%

Interestingly bland beer...if that's possible.

Pours a bit like a cola, a bit darker. Head fades quickly and leaves a thin tan head.

I could not get much of a scent at all...maybe a slight hint of roasted malt.

Taste is quite thin, not what I expected at all after trying several other doppelbocks recently. A very small taste of dark fruits, but overall very bland.

Almost leaves a stinging taste dry fizz on my tongue, a bit weak.

For such a strong beer (Nearly 11%abv), it's alcohol is hidden quite well...very easy to drink, just not sure if I really want to have another.

03-01-2011 23:44:00 | More by obrike
Photo of felipe2toes


3.2/5  rDev +6%

Pours black with thin head that dissappears into nothingness, maybe some crust and lace clinging here and there, but nothing really.

Smells of roasted malt, sweet caramel, and raisins.

Flavorwise, this beer is fairly one-note, just malt. Maybe the slightest bit of hops on the finish.

Really light-bodied for what I was expecting, kind of flat.

If anything, the abv is well-hidden in this beer, making for an easy drinker.

02-24-2011 05:10:17 | More by felipe2toes
Photo of womencantsail


1.65/5  rDev -45.4%

Indian Wells mix pack provided by Bobby.

A: The pour is almost black with a minimal off-white/tan head.

S: An old/flat Coke nose as well as a bit of garbage juice. Some vegetables, particularly broccoli, to the nose. Sweet and sugary with a decent amount of malt. There's a syrupy thing going on here, too.

T: Tastes like an onion bagel dipped in cola. What an awful flavor. Lots of stale malt and bread notes to this beer, and those are the nice things I can say about it.

M: The body is medium with a surprisingly minimal amount of carbonation.

D: Do not want this one again.

02-21-2011 04:44:57 | More by womencantsail
Photo of OneLowChevy


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
Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.