Instigator Eisdoppelbock | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by nomad on 04-11-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by nomad:
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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep espresso colored with a bubbly mocha head, though to note it was gushing like an animal from the keg to a decanting pitcher.

Scents arise of chocolate covered prunes that relax to a cocoa powder that truly showed off a dry, powdery sense. Concentrated Hallertauer hops are at times so strong that they come off like fusels. Patient dark and roasty malts rumble through out. Not a whiff of alcohol to be found.

Taste starts off with chocolate covered prunes with a musty and barely peppery shade akin to a vintage Cabernet. Very large flavors of roasted malts concentrated to a firm and mouth filling point, covered with a layer of meaty molasses. Finishes with concentrated Hallertauer's herbal hop tingle. Soft and slow dryness ensues without nary a drop of alcohol present. Most surprising is the relative ease of the mouthfeel for this beer was moderate in body, at best, while still meaty full (in my experience most Eisbocks tend to be thicker or more cloying).

Enormously flavorful of roast malts, molasses, and Hallertauer hops while impeccably smooth and way too easy drink. This is the frozen version of the Sly Fox Instigator Doppelbock.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wine glass served during the 2008 Bock Fest.

A: The bier is a dark brown, almost black color, something like a good cup of coffee. Atop the beer is a tan colored head that quickly reduces to a thin band atop the glass.

S: The nose is doppel, full of lush malts and boozy warmth. Dark fruits, raisins date and figs, dominate the nose.

T: For as big as the beer is, the mouthfeel and taste are surprisingly relaxed and sweet. The dark fruits are concentrated and very focused, showing off Belgian flavors (raisins, et al). The mouthfeel shows off touches of coffee as well, adding a deeper dimension (although this is not a coffee beer by any stretch).

M: Complex. a doppelbock on steroids. I am amazed that this much flavor can be squeezed into a beer.

D: 16.5%? Get the hell out of here! The beer is strong but that level of alcohol strikes me as impossible. A good sippin' beer that would pair nicely with a schnitzel.

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Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the '06 goat race...
Appears a dark roasted black color with a creamy tan head that slowly fades into a small 1 finger cap and never drops off. Tons of scattered lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, mild caramel, with some faint earth notes, along with some roasted nuts, molasses, and sticky raisins.
Taste is of the same aromas. Lots of complex flavors melding together to make a supreme doppelbock.
The mouthfeel is slightly sweet with creamy notes and only a very small trace of the abv content.
This was the best version of this that I remember having and I've been to all of the goat races with the exception of the New Road one.

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Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear deep, dark brown/black with a thin tan head that reduces to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Deep,rich caramel malts, a touch of alcohol warmth and a nice underlying aroma of raisin, plum, sweet date and drying cocoa.

T-Rich, dark fruit flavours take center stage. Nice support from the sweet caramel malt and a touch of coffee/dark chocolate bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium body, slick, rich and oh so smooth! This is one hell of a rich and complex brew.

D-What's not to like? Tons of flavour, silky smoothness and a 16.5% kick in the teeth that is barely detectable! This is a sinfully decedent offering!

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was an amazing beer, esp considering the high abv (which i assumed to be in the 8-12 range when i was drinking it). none of the highly alcholic odors that some high abv brews give off.

little head, nice deep color with hints of amber at the edges. the taste is what really won me over though. if you love doplebocks, the instigator is a great example, but this eis version just makes all of the flavors pop so nicely w/o overwhelming with alcohol odor (but it's clearly in there). malty, cocoa and hints of clove were the dominant flavors for me.

highly recommended.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at the Grey Lodge on a special night.

Dark with thick head with a very malty aroma. Taste: wow. Really strong doppelbock taste. Some sips, both malt and hops are noticeable. Smooth as heck.

Drinkable? Didn't notice alcohol until after I was done. Exceptionally drinkable.

Brian, the brewer, mentioned that since the alcohol is all produced at lower fermentation level, it will not be the type of alcohol that is incredibly noticeable.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark purple brown color small off white head. Banana and clove, some wheat as well in the aroma. Sweet and malty, with some light fruit as well. Just the slightest bit of alcohol was detected. Considering the alcohol, this is the smoothest example of a beer this strong that I have tried!

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Instigator Eisdoppelbock from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 8 ratings