Maple Bockin' Pastries | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
atgbrewery.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 01-26-2018

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Reviews:
4
Ratings:
9
pDev:
5.49%
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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2018 vintage. Pours opaque very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, biscuit, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coffee, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, biscuit, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coffee, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, biscuit, nuttiness, dark/brown bread, light coffee/licorice/molasses/smoke, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy, silky, velvety, and bready malt mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight slickness, sticky hops, chalky roast, oak tannins, and increasing dryness. Mildly increasing warmth of 10%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged doppelbock! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. More of a schwarzes Doppelbock, but not overly roasty. Amazing balance of rich dessert malt complexity and maple syrup flavors; with awesome barrel integration. No booze/tannins, and minimal dryness. Not overly sweet for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. They really nailed it.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BFCarr
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is something. Looks good and smells very good. Taste is a mix of chocolate and roasted notes. Feel is very smooth. Overall this was a surprise and worth a try.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of szmnnl99
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

this beer is so intense and weird, but its also fascinating and awesome. i love maple syrup, so this one was a must. i think its crazy that its a lager, thats some badass yeast to even get it this close to fermented out, i mean its sugary still of course, but to cruise through that much maple and get to this abv is pretty impressive! underneath an insane maple syrup nose and taste there is a rather authentic german doppelbock that sort of reminds me of spaten optimator, german and malty and sweet but also earthy and concentrated and long cooked, mature but still sweet, this is a lot like that, even with a german element to the yeast profile when i look for it. its way obscured by intense maple syrup, old oak, and hot whiskey though, lots of bourbon here, some barrel char for balance, and a nice wet compost heap almost ready to reintroduce to the garden. intense flavors here, the maple only being one of them. i get cigar, but not a new one and not one being smoked, one being chewed on all day but never lit by an old fisherman or something, wet and stinky but not smokey, if you can imagine that in liquid form. licorice too, heavy chocolate notes from the malt, and all the sugar i need for about a month. this is crazy stuff, almost too much, but somehow still balanced and refined in its enormity. i thought this was really clever, truly a one of a kind!

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Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dopplebock aged in bourbon barrels. Poured from a growler into a proper bock mug. The pour is very dark and sports about a finger of light brown head. The nose is straight malt, brownies, and a little bit of roast.

Medium-full body with a firm feel and a rich malty flavor. Total malt bomb up front with a touch of roast for balance. At mid-palate, you get some cocoa, vanilla, and a very faint kiss of hops. The roastiness builds a bit in intensity towards the back of the palate, but the malt reigns supreme. There is a nice barrel character throughout, but it is a secondary player and this beer does not taste like a boilermaker.

The growler station said this beer was called Maple Bockin' Pancakes, but maybe it was an error so I'm logging it in under Maple Bockin' Pastries (since that beer was already reported). It's a solid dopplebock done in the traditional style with a little added richness from the barrel-aging.

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Photo of Sturgeon83
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maple Bockin' Pastries from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 9 ratings