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Lobotomy Bock - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3
pDev: 23.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

07-18-2013 01:19:59 | More by tpauer
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2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Lobo could make me loco after too many (10% ABV was the first thing I noticed). This beer pours black every way I look at it. The tan, almost purple head is fizzy and fades fast so pay attention....

The nose was relatively mild, all things considered. In fact, it's very difficult to get anything out of it, even alcohol. Chocolate, raisins, and coffee tones I guess.

The flavor holds the same issue.... where is it?? A bit of warmth from the alcohol blends in with uninspiring raisins and coffee hints.

The body is on the light side, lots of carbonation. Not much feel, except for a chalky finish. Only decent marks here, is how easy it is to drink. Give a couple to your friend who doesn't like beer with a whole lot of flavor and watch him get bombed in no time.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 22:12:27 | More by climax
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2.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass... dark brown color, no sediment, with about 2.5 fingers of off-white head. Dissipated after a few minutes, but not a bad looking beer.

The smell is very malty with hints of chocolate... smells like a doppelbock should, in my opinion, but could be stronger. Their Amnesia IPA had a weak aroma and this is better but still a little bit weak.

The taste is unfortunately very watered down, like the IPA. Amazingly I can't taste the 10.5% abv at all, though, I figured without some strong balance that it would come out more. The malts are suppressed and the beer is just really thin.

That's two from these guys, and I'm unfortunately quite disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:48:44 | More by theboozecruise
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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

01-10-2013 00:58:32 | More by TheMarkE
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3/5  rDev 0%

12-19-2013 04:58:17 | More by archero
Photo of theopholis


3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear, deep mohogany with some dark ruby highlights. Very pretty.
the head is light beige head with very little retention and just a hint of lacing.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness with a big malty aroma. Hints of brown sugar and caramel; very inviting.

Taste- Nice mix of malt sweetness, maltiness, and just enough bittering hops to let you know it's a beer. Has an odd smokiness to it, which not to style, is very pleasant. Hints of toffee or caramel in there to.

Mouthfeel: smooth- Body is a tad lighter than I would expect, but good overall. Carbonation level is pretty good. Works well with the flavors.

Drinkability- Not the best bock, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 22:03:44 | More by theopholis
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2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 23:44:00 | More by obrike
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3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 02:12:43 | More by gpogo
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3/5  rDev 0%

02-16-2012 00:21:57 | More by Kornoms
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2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

10-02-2012 16:39:42 | More by Dolfan907
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2/5  rDev -33.3%

04-11-2014 03:58:44 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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2.25/5  rDev -25%

05-29-2014 20:39:49 | More by ACB
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2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark brown coloring with soapy head and moderate lacing. Solid looking brew.

S: Mild chocolate tone with some bread qualities as well.

T & M: A little thin bodied as far as the mouthfeel goes. Some roasty chocolate tones apparent but overall the taste is simply lacking. Almost watery which is remarkable for a beer with this high of an ABV.

D: Drinkable, but that is part of the problem with this beer. I expect a doppelbock to have full blown qualities and this beer does not.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 20:33:50 | More by elniko
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3.75/5  rDev +25%

03-12-2012 23:38:50 | More by canders0927
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5/5  rDev +66.7%

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


2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received this from my secret Santa in the family gift exchange (How cool is THAT? my family knows to give me BIER!) This came all the way from California!

I poured the contents of the brown bottle (No freshness date) into my trusty pint glass to produce a perfect 1" head of loose, light tan foam. The head diminished to a thick cap and remained that way for the duration. Minor lacing was noted. The beer color is a ddep brown with ruby highlights when held to light.

The nose is nice and rich. Dark chocolate and caramel with some roasted malt.

Taste: The roasted malt is the most prevalent taste.... NO SIGN of alcohol warming at all! 10.5%?? I can't taste it at all! Rather one-dimensional in taste.... a bit of a disappointment.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.... this needs some more BODY to be more enjoyable.

Drinkability: I'll finish the two I have.... but will not seek this out again. One dimensional taste and thin consistency are the biggest detractors of this beer. PASS

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 13:30:37 | More by TheBierBand
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2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass black with little to no head. Smell has some rasted malt and bread notes. Taste??? What taste??? Whoever catagoried this as a doppelbock was wrong. I would barely call this a bock. The mouthfeel is a joke, way too watered down. And 10.5%? I forced down the entire glass and I don't feel any kind of buzz what so ever like I should from 10.5%.

This beer really is like a bad joke, because it is nothing like it is advertised.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:37:22 | More by whoneeds8
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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

08-08-2012 18:11:50 | More by ScubaSteve00
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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

10-03-2013 02:26:27 | More by Wsherry1
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2.05/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Source/Serving: Bottle, No expiration date

Smell: raisins, sweet plums, juicy currents, brown sugar. Very sweet but there is a definite note of caramelized grains. While the fruits are pretty dark there is a nice sense of refreshment to them as well.

Taste: Quite smooth and easy to drink. Almost too easy with the flavors very muted overall. Not as sweet as one would expect from the nose, its quite wine and grape juice like in a bad way up front. The middle is mellow with brown sugar notes and a hint of ripe fruit. Oddly, there isn't even a sign of the 10% ABV even in the absence of flavor. I guess it's a lager and the "clean" flavor is perhaps desirable...however I personally don't find it so. Finish is balanced. Some brown sugar / fruit syrup sweetness but is lackluster. Definitely needs to warm up to let the flavors out.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 04:44:53 | More by 4000qtrap
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District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured like a dark, slightly flat coke. Very dark brown, not much in the way of the [tan] head. Not much in the way of retention or a ring.

Surprisingly sweet nose - surprising in that I got a lot more fruit than chocolatey or caramel malt notes. Maybe some chocolate, but I was reminded of apple and prune juices. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more noticeable in the aroma, introducing some spice. Spice tang begets yet more fruityness - hints of grape.

Juicy to the taste as well. The ABV is hinted at by a slight drying, solvent sensation, but overall is exceptionally well hidden. Some pepperiness. Lighter in taste than expected, with roasted characteristics being few and far between. Chocolate is most noticeable upon warming. Aftertaste of apple cider, with some hints of chocolate and caramel.

Solid carbonation. Medium body. CO2 prickliness crestes with the alcohol spice. Starts like a thin, carbonated juice, developing a thicker, more substantive feel as it warms.

Overall, a high ABV sparkling cider, with only hints of chocolate or the bock flavors that I anticipated being walloped with. Drinkable, and with the ABV crazily well hidden, but not just as substantive or tasty as it could be.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 23:07:42 | More by TheMistler
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3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abv wasn't noticed at all making this average tasting Doppelbock more drinkable. Caramel, mild chocolate, and caramel malt character. Was expecting better than this. Can't help appreciating this beers one great feat which is managing to make an 11% beer taste like a 7% beer. Mouthfeel is a little wet and foamy-nothing creamy or dry like you see with the top examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 04:55:50 | More by natelocc787
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2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-02-2014 06:16:17 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brew that's close to black, brown comes through with light, though. I pour it into a pint glass and get not much of a head that's beige in color. It recedes into a thin lace.

Spicy smelling beer. Hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, definitely malty.

The first taste has solid malts, a sharpness toward the middle but watery on the back. It's nutty with a tinge of coffee, complex for sure. The back has a slight fruit to it, but then it all washes away. It's not crisp though, that might be nice, it's just blank, empty. It needs to be robust, there's simply no tenacity there. They've backed off which is disappointing, though this might be because it's too spicy.

The carbonation is fine, really a good base for a beer that does not deliver. I absolutely like the texture.

It's drinkable, complexity that's intriguing but not burdening.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 07:32:10 | More by pants678
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4/5  rDev +33.3%

08-14-2012 14:06:36 | More by M_Burkey
Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.