GOTHIKA | Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company

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Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An evil collaboration between the Bullfrog Brewery and the Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company. With an evil twist on tradition, this SchwarzDoppelRauchBock is lagered in freshly emptied Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels, lending a rich bourbon and vanilla character to this black-as-night, double strength and lightly smoked lager. 9.2% ABV.

Added by Kegatron on 10-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by mymrnngjckt:
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Aurant's.

Pours a murky brown with little to no head. Smell is smokey. A heavy roasted malt smell with a hint of bacon. Taste is very pleasing. Not too smokey. Nice malt to hop balance. A bit of coffee taste lingers. Full bodied and nicely carbonated. A solid beer with an awesome tap handle.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

growlski - shipped by the blackest of barts. split on a lazy sunday

appearance: poured into my ale asylum chalice, dark mahogany body, light tan head with very little retention. carbonation held up ok on the journey

smell: bourbon, vanilla, roasted figs, creamy caramel, smoked malts

taste: not sure what exactly this beer was trying to be - not so much a doppelbock. The bourbon is played very nicely - vanilla bean, smoked malts, creamy caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa bean, espresso, dark fruit, residual hops. Dig it.

mouthfeel: creamy, rich

drinkability: good

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Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Bullfrog Brewery (Williamsport, PA) on 10/23/10. Served in a footed Pils glass. Brewed and Barrel-Lagered at the Bavarian Barbarian, hence this being added under them.

Pours black (there's a little ruby is coming out along the bottom) with a ½ finger of frothy mocha colored head. This retains with a nice looking thick creaminess around the edges, which stays rich and throws up a foamy cascade of lacing that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass, leaving back spotty lacing and a film of brown oils. The aroma takes a bit to open up but eventually gives up notes of roast, baker's chocolate, vanilla, light molasses, and burnt wood. There's a little bit of "green" tannic character here as well.The Bourbon soaks the nose with vanilla and spice but still allows the base flavors to come out as well. This is good. It's flavorful with some decent depth to it but seems like it could overall come off with a bit more robustness at times.

The taste starts out with a thick base of chocolate and toffee up front, before notes of brown sugar, some molasses, vanilla and char all spread out over the tongue. However it's those Schwarz and Rauch aspects of this that is leaving me most pleased, with a mix of dry cocoa powder and gentle smoky roast lingering lovingly in the backend of the profile. The flavors from those Buffalo Trace barrels are VERY well done here, with tannic character from the barrel hanging on the edges of the profile with a dry feel, while the Bourbon never comes off as overly hot and works with the base beer to help keep this flavorful and "relatively" smooth for the most part. Finish is awesome, with warm stickiness, cocoa, and roast just hanging in the back of the throat with a spicy woody dryness after each sip. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharpness that stays steady the whole way through and some underlying beef being present to it well. This isn't as thick as you might have expected, but the feel does expand some as this warms up and is overall not bad all for the style that is being BA. Any heat here really seems confined to the Bourbon flavoring and not to the body.

Kudos to Mike and Terry for delivering this special Halloween offering to their fans. There is a LOT going on with this beer, but it still all manages to stay focused, with that delicoius decadent finish being especially memorable. You don't see a whole lot of BA Bocks out there (much less a BA SchwarzDoppelRauchBock!) but I think that these guys really pulled it off. Definitely more treat than trick to this one!

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Bullfrog.

A: The doppelbock is a dark chocolate brown color, damn near black in the din of the 'Frog. A tan head came along with the pour but did not lace.

S: The nose is sweet bourbon paired with the indefatigable (thanks, Forester) malt thickness of a doppelbock. A nice aroma that probably tilts closer to the vanilla and coconut barrel side.

T: I'm a sucker for a strong bourbon flavor. Because of that, I'm enamored with it. The bourbon barrel leaves its mark early, implanting vanilla and coconut, along with oaken strength, on the ale. Those flavors rarely subside, remaining forceful throughout. Toasted bread belies the underlying bockbier, a chewy base that the bourbon has completely taken over. Chocolate flavors, evident from the coloring, add another element but seem to get lost in the mix. That's okay though, the bourbon salves all wounds in the glass.

M: The mouthfeel is lush, dark landscape softened by several months in a barrel. A nice pairing of styles, I wouldn't normally think of barrel-aging a doppelbock.

D: Drinkable? Yes, so much so that I'd break a chair to get to a pint of it.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a snifter for $6.50. Sampled 11/6/10.

A: Served with 1 finger of well retained light brown head. The body is menacingly black and 100% opaque. Lacing coats every edge of the glass initially but loses proficiency once the head disappears. A fair amount of straggling lace sticks after each sip.

S: The first whiff alone reveals the monster inside the glass. Rich, decadent malt character boasts big dark chocolate aromas, with scents of earth, leather, tobacco and anise in the background. At this point, there is little resemblance to a doppelbock or a rauchbier - much closer to a bourbon barrel aged American Strong Ale.

T: On the colder side, a clean bourbon aroma and flavor is mild, yet substantial enough not to be mistaken. Upon warming, GOTHIKA opens up revealing a much more prominent bourbon and smoke character. The complexity increases with each degree closer to room temperature, transforming the beer into a better version of itself with each sip. Light notes of oaky vanilla, cola and sarsaparilla are buried deep into the flavor profile. The alcoholic heat is evident, particularly as the bourbon presence grows stronger in the latter half of the glass.

M: I'm not sure how long this beer was aged during production, but the body has already taken on the favorable qualities of the aging process. The rich, supple, and silky smooth texture is complimented by a gentle effervescence. Slick yet chewy and nowhere near cloying. Super long finish.

D: [DRINKABILITY] The drinkability takes a hit only because of the high ABV and the intense bourbon flavor at the later stages of the drink. Even still, it would have been remiss to forego a second glass. Overall, this beer is EXCEPTIONAL and exactly what it should be given the moniker "SchwarzDoppelRauchBock."

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

part of the goodies i brought to gbx last night, i opened this one up with two good buddies. poured into the mikkellar glass i ended up keeping, this was enjoyed on 6/11/2011 for my bday!

pours a very dark brown, nearly black with only light touches of reddish brown notes coming through when held up to the light. a smallish tan head simply comes forward quickly and really just out of nowhere.

aroma is interesting. buttery, licorice, roasted malts, hints of earthiness, not really sure what the style would even be here, it simply defies style. brown sugar, hints of licorice and dark oak notes, and a smooth, rich finish that slightly dried the palate leaves me looking for another sip as fast as i found the first.

overall an outstanding beer, simply amazing.

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Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

paraphrasing here: a collaboration between the Bullfrog Brewery and the Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company, adverised as a SchwarzDoppelRauchBock and lagered in freshly emptied Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels

a: served in a tall goblet, chestnut in color, holding a thick, creamy head the color of creme brulee, slowly falling to eventually leave a still surface

s: lots of dark sugars in a big doppelbock base, dates, nutshell, heavily toasted malt, near perfect bourbon barrel aroma, very much complimentary, mostly smooth with just the right amount of spicy bite and really opening up with vanilla and oak as it warms, the schwarz influence is clear, but the rauch side not so much as the smoke just isn't there for me - all the same, this is a beautifully intense, original aroma

m: carbonation light and delicate with a full, smooth bodied beer

t: big, chewy malt body with loads of dark sugars evoking rich dates and toffee, creating a plush doppelbock base with the schwarz-inspired application of dark roasted malts, heavily toasted nuts, a fantastic bourbon presence - whether due to the quality of bourbon or unique treatment of barrel lagering, great bourbon flavor without a trace of harsh booze, mild oak spice, burnt sugars linger with cocoa powder and and nutshell, delicious stuff

d: it's a very nice beer and an example of how barreling should be done, but one glass is enough for a serving if wishing to be functional afterward

enjoyed at the Bullfrog brewpub with a pastrami reuben

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Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at TJ's...
Appears a dark brown nearing black with a ruby edge. A tan head of fluff slowly fades into a film and hearty collar. Scattered streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of bourbon, mik chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, mild smoke, figs, raisins, and currants.
Taste is of the aromas with a melding of bourbon, smoked meats, and dark chocolate harmonizing in this brew.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, fizzy, with bitter chocolate and a bourbon flambé of warming heat following.

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Photo of Kaydogg
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bullfrog last weekend. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown that is nearly opaque and has a very slight head without much of any lacing. The nose is initially a bit harsh with a faint scent that borders on nail polish, but might be coming from the alcohol. There is some strong bourbon and burnt espresso. The taste is quite a bit smoother with bourbon, espresso, light oak, and vanilla. Booze in the feel, but overall it is quite smooth. Drinks quite well and the only issue is with a bit of initial harshness in the nose.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Deuane
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A collaboration between [email protected] and [email protected] Barbarian. Brewed and aged in Buffalo Trace barrels at Bavarian Barbarian.

Advertised as a Bourbon Barrel aged (for 3 months) SchwarzDoppelRauchBock--certainly a first for me!

A-Deep black/brown with the subtlest of dark mahogany highlights. A tight, thin, tan head reduces to a thin ring and leaves spotty lace.

S-Rich, sweet bourbon with light notes of smoke and malt sweetness. Not overly complex but it is very pleasant and certainly does not hide what it is.

T-Absolute deliciousness! A wave of bourbon hits you first followed by lovely vanilla sweetness with a light interesting and mysterious twang. Subtle smokiness and malt sweetness support in the background. Drying, astringent finish.

M-Medium bodied and sooo smooth. Long lasting lingering bourbon notes and a light woody dryness.

D-This one is a sipper for sure but damn....BANG! The boys sure knocked this one out of the park. A most excellent brew that was certainly a treat and not a trick!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes after tasting at Teresa's Next Door:

Poured into tulip glass, light dark tan head ringed the top, but dissipated quickly. Deep dark brown color, as expected.

Smell is not overpowering but hints at what is to come, solid roasted malt and vanilla sweetness with a hint of smoke. Again the scents are overpowering, but blend very well.

Taste is a step up from the smell, nice malt sweetness, followed by the smokey flavors and oak/vanilla/bourbon notes on the finish. Everything combined well for a great tasting interesting beer.

Mouthfeel is also very well done for the type of flavors involved, very smooth and drinkable with no cloying finish.

Quite drinkable, I had it after dinner and it was perfect for that occasion, definitely a drinkable beer but in small sips.

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Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 11/20/10.

Poured from a growler into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown color with some ruby coloration and decent clarity when held to the light. A cap of yellowish stained head appears and dissolves leaving a webbing of lace on the glass. The retaining power isn't all that great but a quick swirl revives it.

The smell of this brew is tangy with whiskey and a bold presence of alcohol heat. There is a light smoked element and some vanilla sweetness with a roasted grain scent. There are some fruity indications like raisins, plums and a vinous aspect. As it warms it picks up some intersting character of cocoa and coconut.

The taste is bold whiskey with a tangy aspect. Dark chocolate and a toasty grain flavor are mid palate before a light taste of coconut and vanilla smoothness. A lingering chocolate character resides in the mouth reminescent of baking powder but without the texture.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It pushes close to being full bodied but the bold alcohol character seemingly thins it out. This is quite a good sipper that has a lot of flavor and smoothness that allows you to drink this faster than what's appropriate. I'm glad I got a second chance to try this brew, really letting it warm up revealed some characteristics I missed before having it on tap.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Good Dog.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with faint mahogany edges and a half finger light beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring.  Minimal lacing.  

Intense aroma with a nice balance of sweet bourbon, subtle dry, earthy oak and vanilla with a good amount of smoke.  Even with all of that, the sweet malts are still evident with hints of licorice, chocolate and toffee.  Impressive.

Full chewy body with a nice balance of sweet boozy heat, barrel character, sweet malt and toasty smoke.  Lots of bourbon sweetness up front with hints of vanilla and faint earthy oak.  This is followed by sone more alcohol flavor with faint yeast.  Sweet malt notes follow with hints of bitter dark chocolate, coffee and toffee .  Dry rosted finish where all of the smoke is found.  Subtle rauch character gives great balance with hints of spicy BBQ, bacon, charcoal and burnt malt.  sweet boozy finish that is nice and smokey.  Very complex and decently balanced.  A bit sweet and boozy but not too much so at 9.2%.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on tap at Teresa's next door. Beer is dark brown and clear with a soft off white head of small bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with a mild roast.

Beer is quite sweet. It's heavy and has a roasty finish. There is very little lager character. The finish is bitter and more sweetness. Its not overly sweet but it is pretty thick. It was decent. Hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of cooch69
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gothika poured into a goblet a deep chestnut brown with a very little white lacing on top.

In the nose I picked up raisins, burnt brown sugar, prunes, figs and molasses.

The flavor profile of this beer evolved over time. The first wave consisted of notes similar to the nose. Dark fruits(figs, raisins and prunes). A really heavy caramel malt breadiness. With very little hop presence and not much of an alcohol detection either.
Then as the beer warmed for a few minutes I picked up all of the barrel aging complexities. The vanilla showed itself first followed by cinnamon and cloves. It is definetly a very complex and interesting brew.

This beer was pretty full bodied with a syrupy consistency. There was a low carbonation to this brew. It is a good cold weather brew form two companies that know what they're doing.

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Photo of koopa
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Capone's Black Friday event yesterday. Nice to see Bullfrog collaborating with other local breweries. That's the spirit I like to see amongst the Beer Community!

Appearance: Pours deep brown with the slightest red hue near the folds. The crown on my 6oz sample was non-existent but that could have been due to the shape of the glass.

Smell: A hint of smoke and bourbon (Buffalo Trace baby!), some burnt brown sugar, molasses, and a dash of sweet malt.

Taste: Exactly like the nose but with some welcome citrus hops!

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad.

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Photo of HoopTime
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a glass short stemmed goblet

Appearance - Pours a very thin head, which settles fairly quick and leaves a faint lattice with a light ring of foam along the edge of the glass. This is very dark, pretty much opague. Deep mahaony, with a black tint.

Smell - The bourbon imprint that comes from three months spent in freshly emptied Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels is the first thing go smell when your nose approaches the glass. That gives way to a faint floral, herb blossom with a hint of honey and vanilla.

Taste - This is a rare beer where the taste exceeds the smell. The base here is a lighty smoked, dark, double Rauch Bock lager, which provides a substantial base to hold up to the fresh bourbon remnants in the wood of the barrels this was aged in. The lightly smoked dark malt provided a sweet, complex background of carmel, vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. This is no light, beer, but it is not too heavy. The mellow carbonation bubbles mildly under the tongue. Give it a swirl in your mouth and feel an almost foam sensation. A brief, thin light coat on the back of a spoon feeling gives in to a mild, warming, bourbon burn that gently opens the sinuses.

Drinkability - This is a sipping beer, ideal for sitting by a fire (bonus points if the fire is by a trout stream). This is smooth, with a slow ember of a burn to the finish.

Overall - This is a big beer and it makes a big impression. After tasting it in a four ounce sampler glass at the brewery's tasting room and with a two hour drive home decided to fill a growler for home. Glad I did. Shared the growler with my hop-razed brother in law this afternoon and am plotting a way to get my hands on another. This is a very, very good beer. Get it while you can.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at blue dog chalfont.

A- comes to me with just a faint ring on top of a dark brown black brew.

S- earthy smoke and bourbon up front with some sweet chocolate touches at times.

T- bourbon right out of the gate with a good amount of peaty smoke. Sweet dark breads and a bit of molasses. Roasty as hell at times then a touch of caramel and vanilla smooths thing out a bit. Lots of bourbon the whole way around.

M- medium body with a mid level fluffy creamy carb when on the palate. Tons of heat from the barrel and I don't mean tons.

D- this one takes you on a ride. I was sure how I felt about this beer till I was taking the last sips. I side with I dig it. Its super bourbony and hot with a good amount of smoke and in the end it works for me.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special 22oz. bomber with no label, given to me as a gift from Terry Hawbaker himself! Enjoyed with friends on 2/1/11.

A - Poured a murky dark brown liquid with deep burgundy hues and a slight purple tint with a thin tan head that settled into a patchy film and deposited stringy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Bourbon, vanilla and a hint of wood immediately greet the nose, followed by sweet caramel and toffee notes as well as a hint of earthy hops.

T - Mmmmm... warm bourbon, cool vanilla and sweet malts akin to toffee and caramel kick things off, giving Gothika a big, chewy base. The flavor then takes a slight departure to reveal herbal, earthy tones, mild bitterness and a tinge of smoke. The alcohol presence remains well concealed throughout. As the liquid warmed, hints of tobacco and molasses also emerged, adding to the complexity of the flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy with a hint of oily texture and medium carbonation that's spot-on. Alcohol warmth is minimal, especially for a big 9.2% Doppelbock! Finishes with lots of bourbon tang and sweetness.

D - This is one bangin' beer! I enjoyed this even more than the growler from a few months ago. Carbonation was right on the nuggets, and the bourbon and vanilla attributes worked beautifully with the slight smokey and bitter aspects of this beer. Gothika is a fine collaboration between them Billtown boys!

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GOTHIKA from Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 25 ratings