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Barrel Licked Bock - The Fort Collins Brewery

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 04-07-2009)
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Reviews by jlindros:
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber to pint glass

A: Very clear brownish red mahogany color with creamy 1 finger head that has good retention

N: Nose like a porter with some smoked malt, sweet malt, dark chocolate little oak and vanilla

T: Taste starts kinda sweet and has lots of smoked malt, it has a bacon like taste, a little caramelized brown sugar, rich sweet maltiness, some nice alcohol in the middle that lingers, some thick bread like biscuit

M: Mouth has a thick frothy and syrupy mouth coating

F: Finish is pretty sweet and smoky, a little sticky and slight taste of molasses, a little sweet sour yeastyness, not much for bitterness and its tough to drink with the high alcohol, sweetness and smoke, very rich and heavy dark beer

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 00:53:01 | More by jlindros
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Fort Collins' Barrel Licked Bock is a surprisingly delicious doppelbock, wherein the aging on oak seems to resolve all my initial problems with their "normal" doppelbock: the smokiness is present, but subdued, allowing the fruit esters and malt flavors to add complex new elements to the beer. The ethanol content is well-hidden, with smoothness being key. Definitely one to pick up if seen again.

Pours a 1cm tan head, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, that has fairly poor retention and leaves marginal lacing. Beer's body is an attractive red amber color, transparent, with sluggish carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is not as aggressive or expressive as I would expected, but still enjoyable and appetizing. As from their original doppelbock, the scents here feature smoked malt, but toned down due to the aging on oak, so that a bit of oak is noticeable as well. Other aromas include prunes and dates with a hint of toffee.

Taste opens with interesting fruit esters, moderate malt sweetness, and oak flavors; fairly unique, like oaked prunes or dates in a malt bath. This transitions gracefully to smoked malt, oak, caramel malt, chocolate malt, and slight roasted flavors in the mid-palate. Back of the palate picks up smoke, oak barrel, and caramel sweetness alongside some continued fruit esters and a more prominent chocolate flavor. The mix is fairly exceptional, like someone took the smoked Aecht, caramel and fruit Ayinger, and chocolatey Great Lakes doppelbocks, blended them successfully, and aged the result on oak.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy bodied, with fairly light carbonation. Carbonation could be a bit higher to make the aroma more expressive, but assuming this was somewhat sacrificed in oak aging and to make the beer have a smooth and gentle mouthfeel. Ethanol had only faint traces in the back of the throat and nostrils; rarely did I even notice I was partaking of a 10% beer. Finish is dry and a bit sticky from residual sugars.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 04:54:55 | More by falloutsnow
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-24-2012 05:14:25 | More by ygtbsm94
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown body with little head, the brown becomes darker in the last glass of the bomber. Rich, boozy aroma. Initial taste is rich malty, an old ale, with some citrus, fig, grape, charred oak, a little whiskey. The finish is Little disappointing, as we are back to the base bock that doesn't not quite deliver the perfect punch, rather a little astringent and wimpy. I respect the whiskey, I had and enjoyed it straight.Bomber from Florida mail order shipper.Still smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 03:23:22 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-24-2012 00:07:01 | More by rbrefbeerman
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Hazed dark brown color. Not quite one finger of creamy tan head formed. Retention wasn't very good, even for the ABV, but a very short ring of lacing was left.

4.5 S: I was wondering whether "oak barrels" meant bourbon barrels, but it certainly doesn't seem like it. I'm actually a bit glad it's just oak cause this has a very nice aroma on it. As advertised, there is plenty of porky roastiness. Moderate oak aroma with a mild vanilla component. This is particularly clean for a dopplebock. There isn't a huge breadiness or caramel component like some. Rather, this contains a highly complementary mix of plum and date fruitiness, caramel and toffee, and molasses.

4.0 T: Deceptively light in body, but I'll address that in the next segment. Just thought I'd mention it first here since it has implications for the taste. This is quite dry for a dopplebock, which is to say that it isn't super sweet. For that, I'm quite happy. Lots of dark fruits in this - plum and dates reign supreme with raisin, currants, and prunes a couple steps behind. It's not nearly as smoky as the nose suggested, but it's still present and it adds nicely to the profile. Caramel, molasses, and toffee in descending order. Moderate oak and the vanilla is a bit easier to detect.

3.5 M: Medium body. I think the lighter than usual body benefitted the taste, but I do like the thick, rich, and creamy mouthfeels of a more typical D-bock. Carbonation is a hair lesser than I prefer, but it's fine. Some creaminess, but I want some more.

4.0 D: Easy to drink and tasty with a great nose. I'm more than certain that this is the best beer I've had from FC. I'd pick up another bottle if there weren't hundreds of thousands of other beers I need to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:01:53 | More by DavoleBomb
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-24-2011 11:44:36 | More by jophish17
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-26-2011 23:36:57 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-17-2011 00:24:39 | More by sobeleg
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4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought in Spring 2010, drank in fall 2011
A – crystal clear, amber, 2 fingers of medium bubble sized head.
A – fig, raisins, some hint of the burbon in the barrels.
M – nice and thick body, low carbonation (although that could have been due to drinking it a room temp)
T – There is an great balance of the bourbon and the complex malt tastes. The malty sweetness, figs, raisin and bourbon form a great combination.
O – This is a great beer. For a barrel-aged beer it has great balance. The bourbon is present but not mind-blowingly obvious.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:51:01 | More by Yeastcakes
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a couple of inches of foam on top; leaves a couple of strands behind on the way down

Smell: Peaty caramel, with smoke, oak and dried dark fruit tones

Taste: Rich caramel, followed by the smokey peat character; by mid-palate, the dark dried fruit adds complexity; a bit sweeter still, after the swallow, but the oak presents itself in the finish to keep the cloyness in check

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nicely complex and fairly well-executed; just a tad too sweet to enjoy the full bomber

Thanks, FlandersNed, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 01:07:47 | More by brentk56
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4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise. Visited a little beer & wine shop in Oxford OH, and found this delicious beer. Always on the lookout for sweeter, less hoppy beers this one easily met my needs. Pours a beautiful ruby color with a rich, somewhat persistent head. A complex bevy of sweet flavors is offset with a mild hop bite, or perhaps sour raisins, I'm not sure. Hardly even sense the alcohol ... smooth!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 22:51:28 | More by Vierenner
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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to LusciousJackson for this one.

poured cold and fairly aggressively from the bottle a deep mahogany brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a thin, short lasting tan head

big aroma of earthy hops, dark toffee and oak.

wow - what a nice bold brew. earthy hops forward, but in a good way... sticky sweet caramel, dark fruits and vanilla notes.

medium to light bodied, creamy, light carbonation, sweet - almost cloying, but not quite.

drinkable - hmmm... maybe just a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 00:14:02 | More by robwestcott
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky brown with a small but persistent off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

S: Roast malt, raisins, prunes, brown sugar and a nice hint of smoke.

T: Follows the nose. The front is sweet like a traditional doppelbock, while the roasty notes dominate the center. The finish and aftertaste are beautifully smoky. Less smoky than a Bamberger beer, but strong enough to match the other flavors in this big beer.

M: Creamy and full-bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is drier because of the smoke. The alcohol is extremely well integrated. (I would have pegged it 8% at the highest.)

D: This is so flavorful and big as to preclude drinking more than one in a session, but I look forward to getting more.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 00:09:46 | More by speter
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3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown hazy liquid topped with a small off white head. Head falls slowly and ends up as a ring but it leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Smoke, caramel, biscuit malt, molasses, vanilla, caramel, and some wood notes in the background.

T- Caramel, and molasses with a background of vanilla at first, biscuit malt takes over in the middle and cover up the initial sweetness, then the finish is dry and woodsy with some lingering final notes of smoke and malt.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, a bone dry finish to this one.

D- Pretty drinkable, a little on the sweet side for me, the 10.2% ABV doesn't show up anywhere.

Interesting beer, not really my taste , but a decent effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:45:09 | More by ToddT
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. I was quite impressed with this beer- particularly on draught. Very nice and much better than I expected it would be. I think many don't like smoked beers, and if not this might be a little bit of a shock if just expecting a dopplebock. I happen to really like rauchbiers, and this one is actually quite good. Pours dark brown with garnet highlights and a creamy dark head that leaves some spotty lacing. Smells slightly smokey and exhibits notes of fruity apple, cherry, and plum followed by some molasses notes from the malt. The taste is surprisingly good. Super smooth and balanced with firm malt notes, smoke, and fruit, with some oak and bitter components from some earthy hops that actually work here in a nice triad with the malt and smoke. Quite interesting. Extremely smooth, slightly tangy, and a nice wisp of smoke throughout, without it being dominant. Very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 03:02:42 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy Jeff V. for picking this one up on a recent work retreat in Oxford, OH. The review is from notes taken on 6/1/2010 and poured from the bottle to a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid brown with nice and vibrant ruby highlights; starts with a 1/2 finger light tan head that fades immediately to nothing other than a faint and thin web; body is perfectly clear; virtually no carbonation other than one faint line of bubbles, which is not necessarily unexpected in something that's spent time in a barrel; a few spots and washes of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Smell is actually quite smokey and peaty, and meaty, almost like jerky. It's quite potent and I'm not quite sure if I really like it.

Taste: Very much like the smell, the smokey and meaty flavor is very dominant and even comes across as a tad salty (if that's possible); there's a sweet cola-like sweetness that creeps in and continues to become more potent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight; carbonation is low, but not really flat; a moist stickiness is left ont he roof of the mouth and it really holds those smokey and jerky-like meat flavors.

Drinkability: Meh. Not bad, but not something I will seek out. The smokey and salty meat presence don't really across well in this beer and it's a bit of a turn off.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 01:16:23 | More by bamadog
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a good deal of orange showing through, but dark through the center of the glass. White head falls very quickly to nearly nothing. Mildly cloudy as opposed to clear.

S - has most of the usual bock sweet smell, however it seems a bit more grounded than the typical double, probably due to the oak.

T - mild doppelbock flavor with about half of the expected super-sweet feel they have. Noticeable caramel taste. The oak seems to ground this well.

M - light coating, but you can feel it on your teeth. Very mild tingle on sides of tongue.

D - due to the lack of the over-the-top sweetness of the usual doppelbock and the grounding of the oak, I could drink this as my all-nighter.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 01:24:04 | More by biglite351
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them."

--Eric Hoffer

Radiant ruby red with a thick band of bright orange along the bottom of the pint glass and a two finger slice of creamy khaki up top. Abundant bubbles immediately after cap cracking are now much less numerous. Although head and lace aren't overly impressive, the gem-like brilliance of the beer is.

The smokiness of the nose is surprising. It smells more like a rauchbier than a doppelbock. It's also odd that a beer that spent 8 weeks in contact with barrels that had previously held Stranahan's Colorado whiskey doesn't smell much like that spirit.

Thankfully, Barrel Licked Bock has more going for it on the palate. There must be smoked malt in there somewhere, since this brew is still more big-n-bold rauch than anything else. Not that the smokiness is overpowering, but it is a major part of the flavor profile. More so, at least, than American whiskey.

Flavors include dark caramel, dark brown sugar, sweet wood smoke, candied fruit peel and a splash of vanilla. All in all, an interesting and delicious combination, at least when compared to most plain jane doppelbocks. One year in the bottle appears to have been kind to this Special Release.

Few beers of any style with ABVs this high have alcohol buried this well. The mouthfeel is more 8.0% than 10.2%, but it's precisely as big as it should be, which is all that matters. Smooth-edged and borderline silky is just what the doctor ordered.

In my experience, Fort Collins brews anywhere from above-average to solidily good beer. Barrel Licked Bock may not be outstanding, but it's among the best that I've from them. A seasonal release wouldn't be a bad idea at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 14:28:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Ben at our micro-epic 2010 NFL Draft tasting.

A - Pours a deep copper-auburn hue with some good off-white head.

S - The smell is a lot like smoked salmon. Seriously. I wasn't expecting a Rauchbier, but here it is. This has a pronounced smoke and freshly charred wood aroma, like a freshly extinguished campfire.

T - Following on the nose, but adding a lot more complexity, this beer is heavily imparted with smoke character from start to finish. The malt is recognizably pale and the hop is as assertive as can be expected given the omnipresent smoke factor. That said, it tastes pretty damn good.

M - Fairly refreshing and light-bodied for the flavors and style. Works well.

D - A bit of a palette shredder, and definitely something that would pair well with some things but would be disastrous with others.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 23:25:53 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear amber with a small creamy off-white head that recedes to a thick collar and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is complex for a doppelbock. It's mostly toasted caramel malts to start but there is a definite smoke presence with the spicy oak character as well.

The taste is intriguing as well with the smoked malts really coming to the forefront, almost a summer sausage type flavor. The caramel malts and oak are there and there is a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth but finishes a bit drier than a typical doppelbock, probably due to the oak.

This is a very good beer and I really think it's the smoke character that adds the most to the complexity. Really nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 03:16:20 | More by gford217
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz (2/22/10)

A- Pours a almost crimson color, the off white head about 1/4" that resides quickly probably because of the abv's this beast is hiding.

S- A sweet caramel aroma jumps off this beer then is balanced out by a subtle toasted oak smell.

T- Right off the bat im amazed at the sweetness contained in this beer. If the monks called this liquid bread then this stuff is the cinnamon french toast! There is some oak or roasted malt that drys our the finish. The alcohol is so well intergrated that i had to look twice at the label.

M- Good carbonation, works well with the body of this beer. Goes down so smooth for how big this beer is.

D- Great brew, smooth and tasty, however I would split if if I had it again the malt sweetness got to me 3/4 of the way through if you think your up for it go for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 09:01:58 | More by MikeBuff
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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into tulip on 1/27/10.

A - Poured a deep reddish, nut brown, copper-tinged body with a sliver of tan head that settled into a creamy ring of retention and very little lacing.

S - Initial aroma releases a fragrant waft of charred firewood and smoked meat with a faint alcohol presence. Peeling back the layers, I am treated to a complex cornucopia of oak, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit and earthy notes suggesting tree bark and dried leaves.

T - Many of the complexities that appear in the aroma come to life in the flavor. Begins with a sweet caramel and chocolate malt foundation featuring a tangy dark fruit character, then moves into more smokey territory with a burst of woody/oaky, meaty and campfire notes and a cool, soothing breeze of vanilla. Finishes with a touch of earthy bitterness, slight sourness and mild astringency.

M - Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation providing a hint of bristle on the tongue. Finishes with mild alcohol warmth on the palate, followed by a hint of sourness and astringency.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by the smokey and meaty attributes of this brew. I found this to be quite a complex Dopplebock with lots of different layers and textures.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:44:12 | More by ffejherb
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Dayton, Ohio for $8.99
A: great color, deep copper, clean with nice head
S: very clean lager, great malt with a hint of smokey nose
T: very good again, clean, smokey, malty, great overall
M: clean lager, very drinkable
D: see above

Pleasantly surprised. Very good beer and a deal for the price and barrel aging. I'd definitely seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:29:20 | More by wisrarebeer
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3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber of this brew at Beer World in Largo, FL. Somehow, I've managed to avoid Fort Collins up to this point. A wrong that is now righted, right here, right now, watching the world wake up from history.

Pours a deep, rotund red with haze. Smell is sweet malts of a doppelbock tempered with dry smokiness.

Barrel Licked Bock is just what it purports to be, with the addition of some serious brushfire smoke. The sweet, caramel malts are rising, but underneath is something slightly on fire, peated malt, or the like. The offset is intriguing, like a well-executed barbecue sauce. At the same time it's a bit jarring. The oak comes in at the end to dry everything out, & it becomes a bunch of paint rather than a painting. Nice parts, but disjointed.

And since my wife called it "bacon beer" & rejected her half of the bomber after one sip, I'm looking at two glasses of dopplebock. I really don't think this is a whole-bomber to drink type of beer for me. 10.2%? Really? I don't get any of that.

Good brew. A bit not put together, but the parts are here to make a nice beer, & I'll enjoy my glass & eye the second to see if I can put it down.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 02:24:55 | More by maximum12
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Barrel Licked Bock from The Fort Collins Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.