Doctor's Orders Intravenous Elixir | Doctor's Orders Brewing

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Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We always go experimental with our mid seasonal releases, but when it also ties in with the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular then we give you the twist on the twist.

Using the Prescription 12 Elixir (Rum barrel aged Belgian Black IPA) from Spring 2012 as inspiration, we sourced used Scottish Whiskey barrels from the Nøgne Ø/Bridge Rd Aurora Borealis collaboration and partially aged our Belgian Black IPA in them.

The result? A multi-dimensional beer designed especially for you the Uber Beer Connoisseur that if you could take this prescription from Doctor's Orders intravenously you would. It is black with solid bitterness, Belgian yeast and candi syrup complexity with barrel induced nuances of oak, peat and booze.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 06-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly pale brown colour, clear with creamy, foamy head. Retains quite nicely leaving some specks of lace behind. Looks good albeit paler than I expected.

Smells of banana, and... well, a bit of everything. There's caramel, dark pumpernickel bread, cinnamon, clove, and a touch of smoke. Yeah, lots of interest but lacking in coherent structure. I don't mind terribly though.

Taste goes down a similar route. Rye, sourdough grain coming through with some buttery notes, smoke and a touch of dry cinnamon. More banana towards the back that almost gets sour. Smoke, spice. Fair alcohol character as well. Not bad.

Full body, warming alcohol towards the back. Quite nice.

A little bit hot flavour wise, and a huge mix of flavours. At some point I'd like to see Doc do something really, really pedestrian, just to see how he goes.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at GABS 2013 in Melbourne. The full style is "Barrel-Aged Black Belgian IPA" (aged in Scotch Whiskey barrels). I'm sure they'd have loved to add a few more adjectives to the mix there as well.

Pours a deep brown colour, almost opaque in the glass, with a solid body that hides its carbonation. Head forms a full, frothy yellow-beige crest, leaving solid, chunky sheets of lace as it goes down. Looks pretty good.

Brown malt characters on the nose, along with a slew of aromas from the barrel: oak, vine and a touch of booze, and a fragrant organic sweetness, like weetbix topped with brown sugar and banana. Some vanilla comes through as well. It's lovely.

Vanilla prominent on the front of the palate too, along with the first suggestion of booze, perhaps giving a slight cherry bite. Roasty, darker malts come through later, more of the brown malt note and a toasty, savoury essence. On the back, there's a little astringency: phenolics and pepper. It's not until the very finish that there's much input from the hops, with a clinging bitterness cleaning it all out right near the aftertaste.

Feel is smooth but relatively light. It's good.

Overall, this is a top drop. Complex, but mellow and drinkable. It maybe goes close to having too much going on: if that's your thing, you're going to love this.

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Doctor's Orders Intravenous Elixir from Doctor's Orders Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 4 ratings