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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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Danobold
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brought over by Ryan011235, probably provided by nickd717 who calls Indian Wells the California version of Indigo Imp. Its starting to look like Nick is the California version of Ryan.

Dark purple with a strangely gray head that leaves droopy lace for about a ring of two.

Its best summed up by simply saying "raisin box". There is some bran flakes and rotty figs.

Very sugary raisins and figs that reach extract/syrup potency. Some darker, wheaty/bran-like malts and grains.

Its quite smooth with a lesser-than-medium body. Its very sweet with little in the way of balance.

My first Indian Wells experience wasn't a true horror story like I've heard. This one is just overly sweet and strong on the raisin.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown color with a big, active head. Retention is low

S- Roasted, black malt, a touch of caramel malt, boiled veggies, and a touch of alcohol

T- The taste is very sweet almost as much so as a cola. The carbonation is actually the bulk of the flavor along with some bitter chocolate

M- Highly carbonated and thick, but not sticky due to carbonation

D- If this beer really is 10.8%, then it's really hidden well.

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Photo of tpauer
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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 Booner818
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of tubeyes
3.74/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanK252
2.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into Indian Wells Brewing pint glass

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown with a moderate amount of mocha colored head that fades

S: A little coffee, some dark malt sweetness, a little dried fruit, plum maybe

T: Very light coffee, a little toffee/caramel roasted malt sweetness, some kinda mineral water like bite, a little booze as it warms

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Nothing super special to write home about, but not totally undrinkable. I'd be shocked if it was really 10%.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.84/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/16/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a dark clear reddish body, wit ha small head off-white in color and quickly diminishing. Sweet molasses aroma, dusty, with some alcohol. Some dark chocolate. Has some sweet coffee, light roast. Some nuttiness. Pretty tasty. A little watery.

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Photo of ruzzal
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BJasny
4.25/5  rDev +42.6%

Photo of GPHarris
2.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to tiger88

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan and fizzy head into a pint glass. the head left a thick ring and nice lace but it was gone halfway through. the body was a reddish-brown with a purple tint.
s - not getting a lot here. a slight metallic aroma but that's about it.
t - sweet and malty, tastes like a dull caramel apple.
m - medium and slick on the tongue.
d - drank easily but probably because i was ready to get it over with. hard to believe this was 10.5 ABV.

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Photo of batt6343
2.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 amvrana
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

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 TheMarkE
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of brheuer
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of rallison
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a fizzy head that mostly dies. Smell is pretty good - caramel, apples and brown sugar. Slightly bready.

Taste, however, is a letdown. Simple bready brown sugar and apples. Taste is also somewhat watery somehow - don't understand that given the 10.8%. It's just a kind of boring flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is a bit too watery and fizzy given the ABV. Drinkability is good though.

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Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of Dolfan907
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the darkest doppelbock's I've ever seen. Lobotomy pours almost stout dark with ruby amber highlights and not much of a chance for light to pass through. The head is khaki and thin but doesn't last as long as I'd prefer.

The nose is very well done. There is a prominent sweet malt with nothing even close to smelling like a hop. There is also aged dried fruits in the raisin family peaking through the cloud of grain. Again I am reminded of stouts with the thick sweet smells.

I find the characteristics in the scent falters in the flavor department. The result is a thinned musty malt flavor and a over all watered down feeling. Even the slight presence of those dark fruits are thinned and muted.

The mouthfeel has a metallic twang to it and also has a crisp dryness. The beer coats your mouth in the finish and the feeling reminds me of eating that thick greek yogurt. As a whole I don't think this a bad beer but it isn't great. I find myself bored halfway through the glass and not really interested in any more.

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Photo of pants678
2.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brew that's close to black, brown comes through with light, though. I pour it into a pint glass and get not much of a head that's beige in color. It recedes into a thin lace.

Spicy smelling beer. Hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, definitely malty.

The first taste has solid malts, a sharpness toward the middle but watery on the back. It's nutty with a tinge of coffee, complex for sure. The back has a slight fruit to it, but then it all washes away. It's not crisp though, that might be nice, it's just blank, empty. It needs to be robust, there's simply no tenacity there. They've backed off which is disappointing, though this might be because it's too spicy.

The carbonation is fine, really a good base for a beer that does not deliver. I absolutely like the texture.

It's drinkable, complexity that's intriguing but not burdening.

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