Lobotomy Bock - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of largadeer
2.44/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark murky brown in color. A standard pour produces about half an inch of head, which disappears pretty quickly.

Smell: Caramel and raisins with metallic undertones. There's something funky to it that I can't quite put my finger on - it almost smells like rotting dried fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: Caramel and chocolate, minerals, some buttery notes, a bit of astringency from the alcohol. Sweet all the way through without much balancing bitterness. Light-to-medium in body.

Notes: I came across this in my search for the worst beer ever. Sadly, it's not as bad as I was hoping, but it is decidedly mediocre.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another new one from a brewer I again had never heard of before. So I decided to take a gamble and give it a try. The pour was not bad I had to admit, nice garnet color with a light to medium clarity in it. Small head of off white comes up and over the top of the glass, settling down into a broken crown with a decent bit of lacing around the edges. Aroma is off right from the start. Muted hops, caramel, and a sour wet cardboard are all coming together in the wrong way. Flavor is just off on nearly every angle here. Muted flavors, bready and not put together well at all. The finish was bitter, and overall just not working here at all. What should have been a semi sweet, almost nutty flavor was reduced to an off, nearly unacceptable malt flavor.

Overall no. This one was not working at all. I was hoping for something more, but did not get it.

Photo of womencantsail
1.69/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mactrail
2.06/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is a sham. There is no possible way it is 4 or 5 percent, much less the 9% they claim. I tasted it carefully twice over the last year, purchased at Whole Foods. I took the six packs back both times. Talking to a beer stocking clerk there recently, and asked about it, she said "we're not allowed to talk about it."

I even corresponded by email with the brewer, who was full of good cheer and refused to acknowledge any critique. I offered to send him a bottle with the receipt from Whole Foods, but he didn't reply to that.

Oh, the review. I suspect from the dishwatery taste that the beer was infected and the residual malt fermented from the bacteria. But I can't explain why the alcohol would evaporate. The flavor that is left is unpleasant though not sour.

Photo of LXIXME
3.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.54/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/30/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Maeo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- deep browm in color, almost looks syrupy. Really starts with no head and finishes with none either. No lace really to speak of.

Smell- Smells perfectly fine. Fair amount of malt, mostly semi-sweet caramel with a light chocolate malt nose. Nothing offensive.

Taste- Tastes like a decent to good bock. Lots of malt with a light caramel flavor and some roasted dark chocolate...minor hops accompany the malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- I really had no idea how to rate this beer. I rated it as a bock rather than doppelbock. I came it with a lowered expection, but came out kinda liking this beer. I am, however, calling extreme bullshit on the listed abv. There is no way in hell this beer is over 10%. I would guess between the 6-7 range..if that.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled June 2009
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, very lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated, well burnt amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells thick and sweet with a ton of bright fruitiness that reminds me of raisins, and prunes. The malt is pretty big in the nose, concentrated malt notes even start to get into the savory side of the spectrum, though they predominantly are sweet. There is a brightness to the sweetness here that seems to be lacking in the rich, complex sweetness that I really like to find in a strong Bock; it is almost a bit too simple-sugar focused, more caramelization and Maillard browning richness would be a welcome addition that is lacking in this beers aroma. This doesn't seem to be the cleanest fermentation profile either as there seems to be some bubble-gum like aromatics here and a touch of fusel alcohols that provide a touch of warming. The aroma is actually pretty enjoyable, but it is more of a Belgian interpretation of a Bock. I am able to pick out notes of cotton candy, caramelize fruit notes, perhaps a hint of toasty malt and just a wisp of underlying malt richness.

Wow, fairly light bodied and not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggested; this last makes it all the more apparent how un-Lager like the fermentation character in this beer is, definitely not a good example of a clean Lager fermentation. The beer is actually quite thin for a Bock, much less a amplified DoppelBock. I do like that this isn't nearly as sweet as I was dreading, the sweetness that is here is a bit simplistic and is missing that rich, concentrated malt depth that should be in a decent version of anything with Bock on the label. The relative dryness does allow the toasted, dark malt character to come out a bit more. The beer finishes with a toasted, biscuit like and browned bread crust character. There seems to be a touch of phenolics here almost, though it is more like some fusel alcohol notes in the finish. The lack of overt sweetness also seems to make the fruitiness here lean towards the almost tart plum / prune side of the spectrum.

I am a bit conflicted on this beer, from a stylistic standpoint this beer is a complete mess, but it is actually not half bad, especially if you think of it as a Belgian interpretation of a DoppelBock. In the end though the body and flavor is lacking the richness and complexity that is need to really carry this beer.

Photo of Gavage
3.07/5  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.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was my introduction to Indian Wells Brewing Company. I was served at a local bar in Ridgecrest, CA. The beer came in a Weizen glass, which is not the typical service model for a Bock. It had a very dark, rich coloring, with a minimal, sparse head. The nose on the beer has a sweet and rich scent, and I also got the slightest hint of licorice in the background. The flavor on initial tasting was malty and smooth, with a crisp finish. The beer felt well balanced in my mouth, with a pleasant aftertaste. They did a very good job of providing enough hops to balance out the malty flavor. The alcohol content also helps give the beer a strong flavor without overpowering the other aspects/characteristics.

After later having the opportunity to visit the Brewery and try the other beers they had to offer, I would have to say that the Lobotomy Bock is one of the top beers currently being produced from Indian Wells Brewing Company. Overall, with the limited breweries in this area, I would absolutely drink this beer again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.18/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, courtesy of IrishSnake and the phenomenal "These go to Eleven; A Bif"

appearance: pours into a snifter...clear glowing amber body, light beige head with little retention...pretty nice lacing

smell: big malty aroma, brown sugar, fair amount of smooth booze on the nose...lightly toasted, big gummy caramel aroma

taste: I am hoping this is not really an attempt at a doppelbock (and I dont think it really is)...tastes more like a boozed up bock bock to me. very smooth brown sugar - malt structure, pretty one dimensional in that aspect though

mouthfeel: smooth, abv is rather smooth and not abrasive as well, medium body

drinkability: fine

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very dark brown color, dark enough as to not tell the clarity. No freshness dating on the bottle. Bubbly brown head does not show much in the way of lacing or retention.

Nose is very sweet (cotton candy) with a burnt raisin and sweet potato maltiness. I also smell styrofoam on this one for some reason.

Has kind of a burning plastic chemical taste to it that is wholly unpleasant. The malts are deeply roasty and not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Body is not thin, but not really all that full for a rich doppel. Overall depth and flavor is just a bit lacking. Not as bad overall as I was expecting, I'll easily be able to finish this bottle with nary a cringe to be found.

Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is darkish brown in color with a solid brown, foamy head. It came up nicely but didn’t last long.

Smell – The big, strong, alcoholic smell took over this brew. The malts are heavily toasted with some light sugars, but this is a booze hound.

Taste – This one is much lighter at the taste. There’s a funny bittersweet flavor here that confuses the taste buds. I like the dark, unsweetened date and prune notes, but that’s about it.

Mouthfeel – A 10+ ABV Doppelbock that’s light in the ass? Yes, this one is almost light-bodied with some clumsy bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a wacky, off-style Doppelbock that some will love for the high ABV.

Photo of illidurit
3.11/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of popery
1.89/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Recently, my preferred Whole Foods trotted out two beers from this brewer with a large display and some sort of buyer's pick sticker to boot. While a grocery store might not be the best place to field beer recommendations, particularly with such fine internet resources available, this store's buyer has been given a freer hand than most and has put together an excellent selection with relatively few missteps. Unfortunately, this beer is the worst of those missteps since a watery Czech disaster I blundered into a few months ago. Perhaps, my trust in this store's buyer contributed to the sound dashing of my hopes with this California Doppelbock.

Lobotomy Bock pours a dark reddish brown with a quickly dissipating head, nothing to complain about. The smell is a different story. The aroma is sweet, thin and hoppy with a slight twinge of alcohol. It's bad news but an accurate announcement of the coming experience.

Much like the aroma, the taste is thin and sweet with some nuttiness and malt, which is almost nice. The best notes are upfront, giving way to a watery finish. At 5-6% abv, this beer would have received higher marks. As a Doppelbock and at a reported 10.8% abv (a dirty, dirty lie), this beer is entirely too sweet and seriously lacking body. In addition, the carbonation is quite weak and the sweetness makes my cheeks cringe a bit.

As for drinkability, I had trouble finishing it. Thin, sweet and under-carbonated put this beer at the bottom of my list of recent acquisitions. The worst part is that I bought a full six pack.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of scottfrie
1.98/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottles acquired in trades with BMan1113VR & lb4lb (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of nuttiness, roasty, and caramel. Tastes of nuts, lighter roast, chocolate, and caramel. No way I would have pegged this one at over 10%.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.72/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours no head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is caramel candy. Nice.
The taste starts mildly sweet with dark fruits, then turns sour to the end.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Not a good flavor profile.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.27/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost cola color. Tan head. Light smoke is noted on the nose, with some caramel as well. On the palate the caramel is present again with a brownbread flavor that comes through. Medium bodied and does not seem to be anywhere near 10.5% as indicated on the bottle. Relatively easy drinking, but disappointing for a doppelbock.

Photo of allengarvin
3.1/5  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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Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.