Afternoon Delight | Sun King Brewing Company

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
sunkingbrewing.com

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
German-style Bock aged in a Pappy van Winkle bourbon barrel.

Added by MasterSki on 08-26-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,157
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
111
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
13
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by falloutsnow:
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2.91/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From: Sun King Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
Date: May 2015 release

A rather average bourbon barrel aged beer that's lost most of its original character to the bourbon barrel aging process. It's a fairly obvious bourbon bomb, but even the bourbon is a bit thin and watery here, like the brewers tried to avoid making it explosively bourbon-like, but ended up just diluting what was present instead. Little doppelbock character, mostly of residual malt sweetness that's always in the background. Definitely not worth the price, or the hype.

Pours a good-sized mass of dark beige to tan colored foam, average retention time, fading to a medium-sized ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, with some small dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out orange-brown hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body.

Aroma of strong bourbon/bourbon oak barrel and a bit of caramel/brown sugar, vanilla, and light ethanol.

Beer is like sweet, diluted/watery bourbon with a bit of caramel/brown sugar, vanilla, oak barrel, and modest ethanol. As to be expected, the base beer is largely lost due to the barrel and lingering bourbon and alcohol. Front tastes bourbon, bourbon oak barrel, and syrupy malt sweetness with accents of dark caramel. Mid tastes continued bourbon, bourbon/oak barrel, modest ethanol, a bit of caramel/brown sugar maltiness, and hints of vanilla. Back of ethanol and oak barrel with bourbon notes, kind of flat/boring in that this is the predominant character, with the dark caramel and syrupy malt far in the background. Aftertaste of lingering ethanol spiciness and heat, malt sweetness (toasted bread, caramel, brown sugar syrup), some dried figs, and a bit of bourbon/bourbon barrel character.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, oddly light for the style and that this has been barrel aged. Carbonation leading to a slightly more foamy than smooth (60% foam, medium to large-sized bubbles). Ethanol easily felt in the nostrils and as moderate burn on the tongue and throat. Closes dry, with medium stickiness on the palate and lips.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at The Tap in Indy.

Arrives with a light, frothy, oatmeal-colored head. Blackish body with brown and amber hues but an opaque representation. 4.25

Aroma is faint but hints at brown sugar and molasses. 3.5

Rich in flavor, there's caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla and an oaken, bourbon-tinged finish. On taste, this would be a gem. 4.25

Alas, the feel is too carbonated and prickly and soda-like. Not enough to ruin the beer but it does drink lighter than ideal and without the creamy, full-mouthed feel that I expect from a doppelbock. 3.75

Flavor here is great but for a BBA doppelbock that you envision warming you on a winter night as you slowly sip it, this can disappoint.

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Photo of zachpaschal
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tempest
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Whoa, that is some smooth and tasty barrel character. Rich vanilla and toasty, grainy oak, backed by the mild, dark fruits and caramel of the doppelbock. This brew comes out on the more drinkable end of the barrel-aged spectrum, which is certainly welcome.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Kylo76
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bieniek30
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
16oz screw top aluminum can poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep ruby color with a foamy one-finger khaki colored head that reduces to just a ring around the edge

S- bold sweet and malty aromas of caramel & toffee, along with dark fruity notes of fig, black cherry, raisin & sherry. The bourbon barrel lies underneath and adds some spicy aromas, along with oak & vanilla

T- flavor opens with dark fruity flavors of raisin, tart dark cherries & fig. Mid-palate brings sweet caramel, toffee, molasses & brown sugar. Bourbon barrel kicks in near the finish, giving notes of woodsy oak, spicy bourbon & vanilla. Lingers of sherry

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- big sweet and sticky caramel and dark fruit throughout, with just the right amount of barrel character, well done

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tourdot
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Apex. Very unique spicy caramel and oak nose. Same with the taste along with some coconut and light bourbon. A bit thin on the mouthfeel but otherwise awesome.

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Photo of MrPlayboy
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of santa216
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of indy351
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigRedDog
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HumanParaquat
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Drucifer
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of jadler16
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Afternoon Delight from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 111 ratings