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My Turn Series #005: Chris - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

My Turn Series #005: ChrisMy Turn Series #005: Chris

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BA SCORE
82
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 06-19-2013)
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
8.8% ABV, 25 IBUs, 21°P, 34°L, Bottled 06/06/13 printed in yellow on shoulder.

A - Fire-y crimson amber in color, Chris is clear as can be and quite vibrant to boot! A firm tall tan head rests atop for quite some time, slowly lowering to the beer's surface with very little in the way of lacing.

S - Like any good doppelbock should, Chris has a bold aroma of sweet malt, which brings gooey caramel, notes of toffee, and an underlying nuttiness to the table. My maple-loving self wants to project on this beer more maple than is truly there; light smokiness does emerge though and with a meaty, umami-like vanilla bean hint making for a great aroma that's finished with a faint whiff of solvent alcohol from the near 9%.

T - Malt forward again, and even though the aroma foreshadows it's bold presence, it's doesn't quite capture how malty this beer really is. Sweet, sweet caramel and toffee with warm, thick bread overwhelm the delicate notes of vanilla bean and maple again, though their nuances are effective in this sweet lager. Alcohol and notes of raisins trail off on the finish as this lager warms up.

M - Thick bodied - dare I say syrupy? The light carbonation does little to balance the heavy, albeit smooth body of Chris while it's sweetness approaches cloying levels making drinking more than a pint nearly impossible. A faint trail of warming alcohol, the same one found in the nose, returns on the swallow for a subtle nudge this beer has a kick. My Turn brewers don't have to brew a style based on the time of year they're releasing a beer, but this would be much better in late fall or winter where the thicker body and soothing sweetness would be quite enjoyable.

O - I'll be up front with my unfulfilled desires of this beer. "Maple Vanilla Doppelbock Lager". Chris is a very malty, smooth, and soothing doppelbock but it lacks the first two words in it's description, "maple" and "vanilla". Notes of smoke are pulled from the maple syrup and plenty of unfermented sugar remains in the brew which could also be an attribute of the maple syrup, but it's void of actual maple flavor. Vanilla is the same, really adding little beyond subtle nuances of the bean. Both "gripes" are more of a personal let down than anything though, because either way Chris is a great doppelbock loaded with (partially) unadulterated malty goodness ready to satisfy the sweet beer lover in anyone. And with it's capacity for aging, I'll be sure to keep a bottle around for the colder months ahead.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:00:42 | More by BeerFMAndy
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S- First thing that hits the nose is sweet maple flavor. Some dark fruit flavors typical of a doppelbock follow the maple flavor. Underneath all of the scents the vanilla makes its presence fairly well known.

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Date: Bottled 2013-06-06
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass

Lakefront's Chris Doppelbock is a strong, semi-dark version of the style that is upfront with its maple influences, less so with its vanilla, and eager to display its ethanol. While the flavors were generally enjoyable, they did not focus on the expected doppelbock characters of toast, dates, and figs, instead showcasing ethanol, and thus disappoints. Would not get again: one to age and see how it fares in a year or two.

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My Turn Series #005: Chris from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.