Lobotomy Bock | Indian Wells Brewing Company

Lobotomy BockLobotomy Bock
BA SCORE
3.06/5
202 Ratings
Lobotomy BockLobotomy Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States
mojavered.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,561
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
202
pDev:
22.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of B_B
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Malacant
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinkable Bock, but nothing complex about this. Very generic.

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Photo of batt6343
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
1.86/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown pour with almost nothing for a head. Aroma was boozy rubbing alcohol and mega ripe dark fruit. Fucking whoof.

Taste was a mixture of nail polish, fusel alcohol, rubbing alcohol, some residual sweetness, dark fruit bitterness. Like a batch of liquid smoke and rubber cement were blended together.

I really don't like this beer.

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Photo of loulou80
4.26/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
2.04/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Tried to drink this in the dark so no one could see my shame. Turned on the light briefly to comment on the "look"

L: Coca Cola black, thin bubbles, seems flat, tiniest amount of cola colored lacing
S: The lights are out again.. smells cheap, caramel, nuts, not looking forward to tasting this
T: Thankfully not much going on, seems to get most of its taste from the CO2 - like a seltzer - weird
F: Watery, a bit bitter, flat, no hit of the alcohol
O: Very odd - gross but the alcohol is hidden well - maybe this will be the next 4-loko. Avoid

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Photo of Magister_Beav
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tubeyes
3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of A_Hajduk
2.7/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark ruby brown with a half finger of khaki colored head. Sub-par retention, leaving behind a broken layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edges.

Smell - Caramel with light hints of chocolate. Faintly grassy hop character.

Taste - Weaker than the nose would indicate, but follows along the same profile. Fair caramel notes backed by lesser chocolate and a hint of roasted malt. Virtually no hop presence. Finish is a bit watery with light malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with low carbonation. Goes down with a smooth, watery finish.

Overall - How is this beer over 10% ABV? It's watery and relatively bland with no bite from the alcohol. That's the easily the most impressive thing about this beer, because the other aspects are just decent.

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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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Photo of Fatehunter
2.72/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours no head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is caramel candy. Nice.
The taste starts mildly sweet with dark fruits, then turns sour to the end.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Not a good flavor profile.

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Photo of sdeese21
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mjwellman
3.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of logan_0842
3.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of gspec
2.59/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Pegasus
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Deep black body, with a small, quite coarse tan head, which soon collapses to a coarse collar about the glass walls, scattered thin lacing rings the glass.

Aroma: Sweet, dark caramel, brown sugar, and slight, sweet alcohol comprise the strong, though not unpleasant aroma.

Taste: Opens with dark malt, caramel, brown sugar, and just a hint of alcohol. Considering the high ABV (10.8%), it does not seem warming at all, which I find surprising. Later in the taste, there is a bit of dark fruit, perhaps plum, although quite understated. To me, this seems like an understated Bock, certainly not a Doppelbock.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, with slight stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A mediocre example, alas, which failed to live up to modest expectations.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ruzzal
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tuckerster
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 202 ratings
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