Lobotomy Bock | Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Lobotomy BockLobotomy Bock

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 Wsherry1
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of DaveMiller
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of jim1904
3.22/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - deep dark red, very little head, yet good lacing. confusing.

s - well it certainly SMELLS nice. very much like sweet pastry, chocolate, a little whiff of licorice.

t - the dominant flavor here is dissolved CO2 sharpness, which is definitely disappointing. none of the bready richness of a true doppelbock, but not bad nonetheless. a little bit of earthy noble hop twang. some coffee notes. poor, poor, astringent finish.

m - thin, good carbonation. feels like a bock.

d - there's some kinda law that says that brewers have to be true to their abv reporting, right? if there isn't, i'm half tempted to call this one a mislabel. there's the barest hint of an alcohol burn on the throat, but then again, i have a bit of a sore throat. other than that, i would have pegged this one at 7%, tops, just based on drinking it.

not a bad beer, but definitely not the best representation of a good doppelbock. not quite a drain pour, but eh, it's unimpressive.

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Photo of JamesP123
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Dark brown. Aggressive pur resulted in small head that dissipates quickly. Heavy carbination is visable.

S. Sweet/caramel alcohol. Slight roasted malt coming through.

T. Don't taste the 10% alcohol as I was expecting. Very sweet and heavily carbinated. Some chocolate flavor from the malts.

M. Thin body with high carbination. About what I expected.

D. The beer masks it high ABV content easily. Not my favorite Doppelbock, but a decent option that is very drinkable and affordable.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with thin head that dissappears into nothingness, maybe some crust and lace clinging here and there, but nothing really.

Smells of roasted malt, sweet caramel, and raisins.

Flavorwise, this beer is fairly one-note, just malt. Maybe the slightest bit of hops on the finish.

Really light-bodied for what I was expecting, kind of flat.

If anything, the abv is well-hidden in this beer, making for an easy drinker.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a glass mug the liquid is a nice clear dark brow with ok carbonation. The head is smallish, off white and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok, dark fruits, and caramel, with a chocolate note.

The taste is ok as well pretty straight forward DB, dark fruit and caramel malt lacks toastiness.

The mouthfeel is off, extra thin body and mild carbonation adds to a watery feel.

The drinkability is what I would expect from BMC not a craft beer or recommended, The name and lable were the best part. This brew could use a bit of tweaking.


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Photo of B_B
3.16/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is darkish brown in color with a solid brown, foamy head. It came up nicely but didn’t last long.

Smell – The big, strong, alcoholic smell took over this brew. The malts are heavily toasted with some light sugars, but this is a booze hound.

Taste – This one is much lighter at the taste. There’s a funny bittersweet flavor here that confuses the taste buds. I like the dark, unsweetened date and prune notes, but that’s about it.

Mouthfeel – A 10+ ABV Doppelbock that’s light in the ass? Yes, this one is almost light-bodied with some clumsy bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a wacky, off-style Doppelbock that some will love for the high ABV.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose is chocolaty and roasted dry with some stoutish grape notes. Almost has a rootbeer vibe. Smells pretty good.

Pours a deep nut brown, almost opaque, mild head with fairly quick dissipation. Looks pretty good.

Smooth and moderately thick, very soft carbonation. Some nuttiness. Some general maltiness. Suggestions of spicy European hops. Raisin notes. Finish holds on to some nutty/oiliness. Tastes just okay. Feels pretty good.

It's kind of boring, and not all that drinkable. The alcohol is hidden.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured like a dark, slightly flat coke. Very dark brown, not much in the way of the [tan] head. Not much in the way of retention or a ring.

Surprisingly sweet nose - surprising in that I got a lot more fruit than chocolatey or caramel malt notes. Maybe some chocolate, but I was reminded of apple and prune juices. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more noticeable in the aroma, introducing some spice. Spice tang begets yet more fruityness - hints of grape.

Juicy to the taste as well. The ABV is hinted at by a slight drying, solvent sensation, but overall is exceptionally well hidden. Some pepperiness. Lighter in taste than expected, with roasted characteristics being few and far between. Chocolate is most noticeable upon warming. Aftertaste of apple cider, with some hints of chocolate and caramel.

Solid carbonation. Medium body. CO2 prickliness crestes with the alcohol spice. Starts like a thin, carbonated juice, developing a thicker, more substantive feel as it warms.

Overall, a high ABV sparkling cider, with only hints of chocolate or the bock flavors that I anticipated being walloped with. Drinkable, and with the ABV crazily well hidden, but not just as substantive or tasty as it could be.

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Photo of Cowboystout
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first review so please be gentle. This was recommended to me by the "beer expert" at the liquor store I went to so i bought it with high expectations. It was average at best

Pour: I poured it out of the bottle into a standard beer glass. Upon pouring, it had a very nice brown color to it. Dark but not so dark that you can't see through a bit. The head was very small, maybe 1/8 of an inch. I was hoping for just a bit more head.

Smell: had an average smell to me, did not smell like what I want a high quality beer to smell like. Not appetizing.

Taste: this is where the beer falls down. The taste was very average. I didn't get a lot of complexity, it just tasted like a very watery beer. Although I don't agree with the label that it's 10.5% alcohol, it definitely has more alcohol tha your average beer.

My recommendation would be to keep moving on if this beer looks interesting at the store, you can find a better beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very dark brown color, dark enough as to not tell the clarity. No freshness dating on the bottle. Bubbly brown head does not show much in the way of lacing or retention.

Nose is very sweet (cotton candy) with a burnt raisin and sweet potato maltiness. I also smell styrofoam on this one for some reason.

Has kind of a burning plastic chemical taste to it that is wholly unpleasant. The malts are deeply roasty and not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Body is not thin, but not really all that full for a rich doppel. Overall depth and flavor is just a bit lacking. Not as bad overall as I was expecting, I'll easily be able to finish this bottle with nary a cringe to be found.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Floydster
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach

Pour was a dark brown color with a 1/2 soapy tan head

Tasted a lot like Ayinger Celebrator to me

Smell was malty, a lot of sugar was evident

Sweet taste with a surprising dry bite

Could drink a lot of this even though there is a whole lot of alcohol in it

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Photo of illidurit
3.11/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Celebrator glass. Dark ruby brown color with a thin tan head. It dissipates quickly and the resultant halo is constantly replenished with streaming bubble columns. Looks very fizzy and thin. Aroma is deep dark breads with artificial banana notes. Nutty and a bit roasty. Flavor is toasted bread with a touch of char as if the bread was left in the toaster a little too long. Weakly brewed coffee, with a blatantly watery finish. On one hand this beer is very watery for the strength, but on the other hand I don't taste any booze at all. Not sure how they managed that. Overall way too thin and simple.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.11/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - jet black with about half a finger of light tan-colored foam that dissipates very quickly.

Smell - a little coffee-like, but more chocolaty in smell, sweet, with maybe a hint of molasses.

Taste and Mouthfeel - strong, somewhat bitter taste at the very beginning which melds into a sweeter, definitely more roasted/molasses-like taste. Mouthfeel is a little warming, probably due to the higher abv, and the texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - I don't really love the bitter/chocolaty/roasted part of this taste, but I do like that it blends itself pretty well.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a nice reddish-copper color with a small but frothy head on top. It has a caramel aroma, with a light toastiness to it. The flavor is very light for the strength--sweet with a tiny touch of bitterness. The body is light too, rather watery.

Very sub-par.

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Photo of Gavage
3.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown coloe with a 1/4" head that quickly breaks apart to some surface bubbles. Some spots of lace show up during the session.

Smell: sweet malts and some chocolate are picked up by the nose.

Taste: malt sweetness and chocolate seem a bit unbalanced here as the bitterness is mild at best. Some prune sweetness lingers in the background along with some alcohol tones and a bit of dryness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, syrupy at the finish. Slightly heavier in body than expected, but there is a thinness to it too. Aftertaste is long on the sweetness.

Drinkability: average at best. One 12 oz bottle is more than enough of this one. A bit disappointing for a big bock beer.

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Photo of sdeese21
3.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of gpogo
3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Is this pepsi? Poured exactly like pepsi. Initial head dissipated immediately like soda leaving no foamy top. Dark reddish amber body.

A- Strong sweet malt aroma, light notes of fruit and caramel.

T- Strong malty taste with some toasty notes. Light bitterness. Leaves a slightly bready malty aftertaste. Very light spiciness from the alcohol. Though at 10.5% I'm not able to notice it too much.

M- Medium-full body that clings to my mouth making it almost tiring to drink. High carbonation, unfortunately there is no head retention to speak of.

D- Not bad, but not too impressive either. The flavor is good, the soda like appearance is not so great. The alcohol is rather hidden so be careful.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to my neighbor Andrew for picking this up for me while in CA.

This pours medium brown with dark highlights and a small head that doesn't leave any lace. On the nose there is rich caramel malt, some esters further back, and caramelized raisins or some such. In the mouth those same flavors come out. This is not a complex beer. It's pretty much heavy on the caramel malt and toasted bread with just a bit of phenol mixed in, no surprise given the weight. The body is quite thin for the style, and the finish didn't do anything strange.

Overall, I was happy to try this but glad I had just a few bottles. It's strange and not really up to doppelbock snuff for me.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received this from my secret Santa in the family gift exchange (How cool is THAT? my family knows to give me BIER!) This came all the way from California!

I poured the contents of the brown bottle (No freshness date) into my trusty pint glass to produce a perfect 1" head of loose, light tan foam. The head diminished to a thick cap and remained that way for the duration. Minor lacing was noted. The beer color is a ddep brown with ruby highlights when held to light.

The nose is nice and rich. Dark chocolate and caramel with some roasted malt.

Taste: The roasted malt is the most prevalent taste.... NO SIGN of alcohol warming at all! 10.5%?? I can't taste it at all! Rather one-dimensional in taste.... a bit of a disappointment.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.... this needs some more BODY to be more enjoyable.

Drinkability: I'll finish the two I have.... but will not seek this out again. One dimensional taste and thin consistency are the biggest detractors of this beer. PASS

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the same beer as Fireman's Brew Brewnette. They are both made in Indian Wells, both claim the same 10.8 percent abv, and both beer reviews have the same claim that no hint of the alcohol is present. I wonder if that's because it's not there. I've drunk down 2 in less than 30 minutes and felt no residual effect. That's the equivalent of kicking me into above .08 bac and not feeling it. With all that said, it's vaguely enjoyable, finished dry and cocoa-ish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with and almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting.

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Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
2.98 out of 5 based on 202 ratings.
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