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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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 202
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 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 TrollCrow
2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Nice, clear redish brown color. Difficult to get a nice head and seems to lack good carbonation.
Smell - A nice malt smell that is very pleasing. However, it lacks any other depth or other aromas. I found it a little too simple.
Taste - This beer tastes as simple as it smells. Its good, but simple.
Mouthfeel - While the beer seems to lack carbonation on the pour it feels overly carbonated on the pallet. The taste is not unpleasent, it's just not anything special
Drinkability - Easy to drink. Plain, simple beer with some flavor.

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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 davexisxrabid
4.2/5  rDev +40.9%
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 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 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 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 brewandbbq
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark mahogany with barely translucent edging. A half inch head of off white fizzled away quickly making way for a placid surface and a few dots of lacework.

Aromatics are promishing with fresh, doughy malt, a bit of chocolate, and raisins.
Slightly sweet with caramel overtones.

Thinnish mouthfeel and light bodied.

Some light malt, hints of chocolate and caramel, and a trace of warming alcohol on the palate.
A trace or raisins and toffee quickly follow through before a quick finish.

Finishes with light malt and pretty much non offensive.

This one drinks like a "Dopplebock-light".
Nothing really to detract besides lack of flavor.

Thanks to SacodeToro for the bonus brew!

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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 srroos
3.52/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (purchased from the brewery last winter) into a pint glass. Clear, dark reddish-brown with a small, quickly dissipating tan head. Smells smoky and malty. Taste is all roasted malt with a smokey finish. A little bit of bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but drinkability is high. Like many others, I question the label's 10%+ ABV.

Very little change compared to what I had fresh at the brewery. Worth a try, but not a very good example of the style.

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Photo of popery
1.89/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Recently, my preferred Whole Foods trotted out two beers from this brewer with a large display and some sort of buyer's pick sticker to boot. While a grocery store might not be the best place to field beer recommendations, particularly with such fine internet resources available, this store's buyer has been given a freer hand than most and has put together an excellent selection with relatively few missteps. Unfortunately, this beer is the worst of those missteps since a watery Czech disaster I blundered into a few months ago. Perhaps, my trust in this store's buyer contributed to the sound dashing of my hopes with this California Doppelbock.

Lobotomy Bock pours a dark reddish brown with a quickly dissipating head, nothing to complain about. The smell is a different story. The aroma is sweet, thin and hoppy with a slight twinge of alcohol. It's bad news but an accurate announcement of the coming experience.

Much like the aroma, the taste is thin and sweet with some nuttiness and malt, which is almost nice. The best notes are upfront, giving way to a watery finish. At 5-6% abv, this beer would have received higher marks. As a Doppelbock and at a reported 10.8% abv (a dirty, dirty lie), this beer is entirely too sweet and seriously lacking body. In addition, the carbonation is quite weak and the sweetness makes my cheeks cringe a bit.

As for drinkability, I had trouble finishing it. Thin, sweet and under-carbonated put this beer at the bottom of my list of recent acquisitions. The worst part is that I bought a full six pack.

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Photo of xgabe
2.05/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

For a doppelbock listed at 10.5%, I felt that the bar was set way higher than this beer could achieve.

The appearance from the get-go gave me the impression that this was not as high a quality brew as I expected: Medium head that dissipated quickly, more of a "pepsi-like" carbonation, not that great of lacing.

Aroma-wise, not much complexity on malts, and the dryness of the beer was already evident. Taste confirmed that. Mouthfeel was very fizzy. Almost tasted like I was having a weird remedy elixir.

I hope that in the future, the focus is more on backing off of the ABV for fine tuning of the ingredients.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/30/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Maeo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- deep browm in color, almost looks syrupy. Really starts with no head and finishes with none either. No lace really to speak of.

Smell- Smells perfectly fine. Fair amount of malt, mostly semi-sweet caramel with a light chocolate malt nose. Nothing offensive.

Taste- Tastes like a decent to good bock. Lots of malt with a light caramel flavor and some roasted dark chocolate...minor hops accompany the malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- I really had no idea how to rate this beer. I rated it as a bock rather than doppelbock. I came it with a lowered expection, but came out kinda liking this beer. I am, however, calling extreme bullshit on the listed abv. There is no way in hell this beer is over 10%. I would guess between the 6-7 range..if that.

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Photo of largadeer
2.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark murky brown in color. A standard pour produces about half an inch of head, which disappears pretty quickly.

Smell: Caramel and raisins with metallic undertones. There's something funky to it that I can't quite put my finger on - it almost smells like rotting dried fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: Caramel and chocolate, minerals, some buttery notes, a bit of astringency from the alcohol. Sweet all the way through without much balancing bitterness. Light-to-medium in body.

Notes: I came across this in my search for the worst beer ever. Sadly, it's not as bad as I was hoping, but it is decidedly mediocre.

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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 Rzzzzz
2.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a thin but lingering sand colored head. Light aroma of raisin bread. Tastes surprisingly bland. Maybe just a hint of coffee with sugar (I prefer mine black), with an aftertaste that wavers between sweet and bitter without ever settling into a pleasant balance. Mouthfeel is thin and watery and the 10.5% ABV touted on the label is virtually undetectable. Not as enjoyable as I had hoped.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +50%
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 Dogbrick
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue around the edges. Thin beige head that has decent retention, and spotty lacing. Medium (bordering thin sometimes) body with a smooth texture. Sweet roasted malt flavor with very light coffee and hops behind it. The finish is smooth and sweet with a hint of dark fruit and hops aftertaste. There is no way I would believe this beer is pushing 11%. Overall it is on the bland side.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.41/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There really isn't much to say about this beer.
For a very high ABV, it comes across as very, VERY subdued.

The flavor is only mildly malty...missing lots of the good dark malt sugars I like to find in a bock. Aroma is also a very subdued version of dark amber malts.

Alcohol presence is non-existent in the taste.
On the bright side, it leaves your mouth clean with no aftertaste.

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Photo of tiger88
2.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in my beer of the month. I feel cheated this month, to be honest. The Lobotomy Bock should be mind altering if it lives up to it's name. It doesn't. The appearance was typical for a bock, Dark tan, a little transparent. It didn't really have much of an aroma and the head quickly dissipated. It definitely does not drink like a +10% beer. The alcohol is barely discernible. I'll be able to finish the other 3 I have left, unlike Lobotomy's Gold Mojave cousin.

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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 Halcyondays
2.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, 6-pack bought at Whole Foods in Long Beach, CA, listed as 10.8% alc./vol., picked it up as it was Inyokerian, reminded me of my trips to Mammoth, so here goes nothin',

A: Pours a mahogany brown, good clarity, but the head is pretty pitiful, fizzy and light and small, poor retention, no lacing to speak of.

S: An interesting dark chocolate scent, with a hint of fig, can't smell the alcohol in this one.

T: Nice malt flavour, some chocolate as well, an upfront, simple flavour, with some molasses cookies on the aftertaste, no real alcohol flavour to speak of, well hidden.

M: Mouthfeel is severely lacking, fizzy, almost like a macro, certainly needs more body.

D: Not a bad bock, it certainly needs some improvements, I'd definitely give it another shot on my way to Lone Pine on the 395.

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Photo of theopholis
3.57/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear, deep mohogany with some dark ruby highlights. Very pretty.
the head is light beige head with very little retention and just a hint of lacing.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness with a big malty aroma. Hints of brown sugar and caramel; very inviting.

Taste- Nice mix of malt sweetness, maltiness, and just enough bittering hops to let you know it's a beer. Has an odd smokiness to it, which not to style, is very pleasant. Hints of toffee or caramel in there to.

Mouthfeel: smooth- Body is a tad lighter than I would expect, but good overall. Carbonation level is pretty good. Works well with the flavors.

Drinkability- Not the best bock, but pretty good.

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