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Lobotomy Bock | Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a classic German Dopple Bock. Like all of our beers it is made in strict accordance to the German Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of Brewing, which is water, malt, hops and yeast only! Lobotomy Bock is made from five types of specialty malted barley including Munich, black patent and other premium malts. And finished with two types of hops, Sterling and Perle added at the boil and again at the finish for the perfect flavor balance. Lobotomy Bock is brewed with pure artesian spring water from the historic Indian Wells Spring. Lobotomy Bock is lagered for several weeks then finished to exacting standards.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2004

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Photo of ATXRyan
5/5  rDev +63.4%

Photo of Jaskeller
4.85/5  rDev +58.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite bock that I have come across thus far. Really hard to find up in the Northeast, but I had it in Texas and couldn't get enough. It is a little darker and more viscous than most bocks but balances that with a slightly smokey smoothness that just makes it epic.

I prefer darker beers and sweeter beers, so perhaps my pallette gives this brew a little more creedence than others, but if you come across it worth a try for sure, and if you don't like it (comes in a six pack) send me the other five!

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4.5/5  rDev +47.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, reddish-edged body bordered by a small ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Golden raisins and a small handful of roasted grains blended into rich, dark caramel.

Taste: Flavor of dark caramel, though it only imparts a mild, restrained measure of sweetness. Dark fruits. Touch of roast, a touch of booze (but not at all what you'd expect from an abv over 10%). Lightly sweet on the finish with a taste of crème caramel.

Mouthfeel: Slightly beyond medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Though it seems I'm the only one to think this, I felt the beer was a treat from start to finish.

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Photo of dclange
4.44/5  rDev +45.1%

Photo of Osagason
4.4/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok. This beer has gotten a bad rap. Hopefully if you get to this review it will set some things straight.

This beer is a LAGER.

It says as much on the bottles. With that in mind the thin mouth texture and light watery feeling is to be expected and not taken as a pitfall. What isn't expected is the black amber opaque color or the speed at which this beer with make your head buzz. This is coming form a guy who's top three is Abyss, Stone 12th anniversary, and Victory at Sea. Because I can't afford to drink those all the time something lighter and cheaper with the same kinda kick fills the session beer position better than anything previously. Lobotomy covers the alcohol like a surgeon disguised as a hobo ready to cut out your prefrontal cortex before you can say six pack. Seriously, try this beer if you have the opportunity and think "This is a LAGER!!!".

Your mind shall be blown

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Photo of OneLowChevy
4.39/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was first brought to me by some family members in Ridgecrest, Ca who came to visit me. I visited the brewery when i went to visit them for a camping trip. I was amazed at how smooth it was for a bock. I didnt get a bitter after taste like with some. This one hit me with almost a smokey wood flavor that i loved. Since i was camping while drinking it, it was perfect. I recommend this beer for a nice camping trip or backyard BBQ.

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4.26/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of jheimiller
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good flavor for a lager. Nice crisp feel going down. High alcohol content. Overall great dark lager.

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4.25/5  rDev +38.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.2/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown almost black color with a half inch thick tan head. Looked almost like Pepsi, and I do love my Pepsi...

Aroma of sweet malts with a floral undertone.

Slightly sweet malty, bready flavor with very little hop in the background. For a beer with an advertised 10.8% abv, you can't really taste the alcohol.

Smooth with little to no aftertaste, which is good because the sweetness of the brew doesn't cling to your palate for the night.

Very drinkable although I'm not sure I would want to test it out and see if this beer really does have 10.8% alcohol. Might have two or three in a night and thats about it.

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Photo of Tomo64
4.1/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has lighter body then what you expect from its appearance. It has a slightly sweet light chocolate flavor and goes down very smoothly with no aftertaste. I do question the 10+ABV. After enjoying a 32oz glass, it didn't have the kick i expected.

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Photo of Travix1516
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Very drinkable, with dark chocolate notes.

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of Texan816
3.94/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the lobotomy bock, not to harsh, smooth, taste great! I found this at Central Market HEB in San Antonio, Tx. I was looking for Lobo Bock which is a Texas double bock but they are still a small brewery so when I came across this I was continent and have been on the lobotomy kick since!

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Photo of dwilson01
3.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into my new belgium tulip, thin light brown colored head tops the brew made of a black body. No tinting detectable around the edges even when held up to the light.

The scent is very smooth, none of that 10.5% shows up at all, it's a sweet brown sugar and molasses that I get. Hoppping is very background, sweet malts and breadiness is in there as well.

The flavor is great, it starts out with a sweet molasses and honeyed flavor which is augmented later by the flavor hops which are quite fruity but very backseat at the same time. I get prune, pineapple, and pear. Interesting flavors to be sure, intriguing combination.

The mouthfeel is good, smooth and creamy buy not thick like a porter or stout. It goes down real easy which is dangerous because of it's alcohol content. I get none of that abv at all, this is definitely my favorite brew from indian wells, at least of the ones I have tried so far.

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Photo of charlzm
3.87/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed June 23rd, 2010. Bottle obtained directly from brewery on May 30th, 2010. Consumed in "special" Samuel Adams glass.

Beer is a clear, dark cola color with mahogany highlights. Very fine tan head (I swear it had a greenish tinge to it) subsides to a uniformly sticky, coating skin of foam in very short order. Subdued though still present carbonation apparent in glass.

Aroma is sweet cane sugar and moderately roasted malt. A touch of smoke and vanilla as well.

I was shocked to have an Indian Wells beer that had no flaws! It has a mild, English brown flavor (think Newcastle, but more subdued) that mirrors the nose but with more maltiness. Nowhere near world class, but nothing wrong with this one. Alcohol slightly noticeable, but not a problem. Only a faint dash of bitterness and fleeting mineral water on the finish.

Beer is slightly thick and creamy in the mouth.

The most drinkable beer from Indian Wells I've tried so far; in the greater world, a mediocre example of the style, But for IW, a triumph!

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Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
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