Oak Aged Doppel Bock | The New Old Lompoc

Oak Aged Doppel BockOak Aged Doppel Bock
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Oak Aged Doppel BockOak Aged Doppel Bock

Brewed by:
The New Old Lompoc
Oregon, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MadeInOregon on 04-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by MadeInOregon:
Photo of MadeInOregon
4.91/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle reads:

"Barrel Aged Series"

"Brewed 18 Nov 2008"

"Bottled on: 30 Oct. 2009"

(I'd take a pic but can't seem to get the res. low enough)

I purchased this 22 oz. bottle at a Thriftway in the Portland-area several months ago, let it age an additional 5 months, and cracked it open last week. Wow! Off the hook!

The smell is of bourbon, maple, chocolate, and graham crackers.

It's appearance consists of a nice dense mocha-colored head, with the standard dark reddish brown body of lots of other Doppel Bocks.

The taste is anything but standard however. It is very unique and interesting. There are strong coffee and chocolate flavors throughout. Each sip ends with a fierce, but not overpowering, bite of coffee and hops. Because its oak aged it's hard to detect the Doppel Bock qualities at first but the sweet, caramel flavors that I've associated with this style do become quite evident when the brew reaches room temperature. Otherwise, it could almost pass for an aged Porter as it is extremely chocolatey and sweet.

This is a very rich, full, and wet brew. No yeast and no dryness anywhere. It is not syrupy though so it remained incredibly delicious and drinkable as I worked my way through my 22.

If this stuff is still available and you can find it, pick one up. (I think I only paid about $5 for mine) It is a unique and interesting spin on a style that already packs a punch.

Props to you, Lompoc!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hopsbreath
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting looking beer I picked up a bomber of at the back of a walk-in cooler for $6. I've seen it elsewhere for $12 so I was more than willing to spring the dough. Tasted on a mini doppelbock binge one night after a Smuttynose S'muttonator and a Troegs Troegenator. Split between a pair of Duvel tulips with TulipSnifter. Brewed 18 November 2008 and bottled 30 October 2009 according to the label.

A: Very dark brown body with plum edges. About a fingers worth of cappuccino foam sit atop. Very minimal lacing. 3.5/5

S: Loads of -bal. Smells like bourbon barrels with copious vanilla accents. None of the typical doppelbock bready malts. Can be picked up behind the wood but I don't mind. 4.5/5

T: Quite a bit of vanilla and spice here as well. Some chocolate exists as an after thought. The biting wood is indeed in spades with a solid dose of toast as well. Tasty, but not up to the promise the nose made. 4/5

M: Full bodied, crisp, clean. Doppelbocks are a nice style overall. 4/5

O: I enjoyed this quite a bit. I only wish I had another one stashed. I think this might have a little room to improve still. 4/5

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Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentZero
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't remember who contributed this at WLV, but thanks!

A - Dark amber beer with a tan head that left some minor spots on the sides.

S - You really get the oak in this one. Some decent dark fruit, bit of chocolate, caramel, decent vanilla. This smells pretty nice.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose, but it's not bad. A lot of oak, maybe too much. Some toffee, caramel malts, little chocolate and some citrus. Has some promise, but too much oak to be great.

M - Full bodied, crisp carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer. Great nose, but the taste fell short. Still fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mark for sharing this obscure beverage. Oak aging a doppelbock sounds like it could be interesting...

A: The beer pours a dark amber with a fair amount of haze to it with a tan head.

S: There is a surprising amount of chocolate on the nose which really seems like it is probably all oxidation, but it's good at this point in time. Heavy on the oak with some nice dark fruit and caramel aromas, perhaps some bourbon but definitely vanilla.

T: Although the nose was really great, the flavor is not at all. It really just tastes like the oak, unfortunately. There's a bit of a citric flavor to it and perhaps some green apples. Bready malts and just a touch of toffee, as well as some astringency and tannins.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being on the low side of medium.

D: I had my hopes high from smelling the beer, but the flavor fell way, way short. Too bad.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle that hung out in the basement a few months, lurking in a darkened box. Picked up, as I recall, late last fall (near its release date) at NOL's SideBar for around $9. Poured recently to a pint glass at cool temperature ('cellar'); reviewed from notes.

Printed as part of the label design:
Brewed: 18 NOV 2008
Bottled On: 30 OCT 2009

A: Clear mahogany brown, loaded with small bubbles. A half-finger of dense tan cream ebbs quickly, but holds as a ring and a patchy pock-marked film. Lace in long, drooping lines.

S: Lovely aroma of barrel/woody sweetness, vaguely 'bourbon' initially, though the label states only that it's 'Oak'. A couple sniffs later, a more tannic, fruit-laden 'grape skin' advances ~ a used red wine barrel, maybe? Dessert fruit, drunken cherries, blackberries. Intoxicating.

T: Cocoa/chocolate and an earthy 'raspberry' flavor (the tartness in the finish is modest). Robust bitterness grows with each sipper, a darker chocolate tang, more tannic, more murky/earthy. Yet the sweetness rises and falls, returning at moments with vanilla and lighter fudge; the 'woodiness' evolves as well.

M: Well-carbonated and crisp enough the first couple sips, then a mounting heaviness as the malts begin to stick and the feel grows 'chewier'. Barrel-aging lends the finest grainy grit; a hint of metal in the finish.

D: Intriguing flavors and enticing aromas result in a good drinker, but not quite something I love. It's an interesting experiment to see what happens to a doppelbock when barrel-aged for nearly a year; the senses are bombarded because of it and the result, for me, was something LESS drinkable than the base beer likely was before. Still, it's definitely worth looking for...nice one, NOL.

(note: I'm not certain whether this is a one-time release or will be repeated at some point)

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Photo of dshansen1184
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/30/2009. Small khaki head with minimal lacing. Was a bit more sour than I was anticipating. The sourness really overpowered the rest of the beer, making it hard to evaluate.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Oak Aged Doppel Bock from The New Old Lompoc
Beer rating: 0 out of 100 with 8 ratings
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