Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock | Two Brothers Brewing Company

Incinerator Blonde DoppelbockIncinerator Blonde Doppelbock
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 74 ratings
Incinerator Blonde DoppelbockIncinerator Blonde Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by murrayswine on 03-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date on the bottle which is unlike Two Brothers.

A - The color isn't quite a helles as the "blonde" would suggest, but rather a medium amber that's just slightly cloudy. Almost no head. Off-white ring and some lacing down the glass. Appearance is slightly lacking.

S - This beer is bursting at the seams with rich malty aromas. Caramel and Vienna malts perhaps? Lots of caramel aromas that bring a large sweetness to it. A small yeast touch upon agitation as well as a spicy alcohol aroma.

T - Sweet malts flourish on the tongue and linger quite a while. Very caramel-rich with a raw honey aspect to it. An indescribably spice that's delicate is all over the place. Must be the black pepper. I can't say I've ever experienced that before.

M - Mellow and smooth, the Incinerator slides down like a dream. Medium-full bodied and rich, it's soft in the mouth.

D - The 8.2% hides well in this beauty. It certainly is a joy to drink and rather upsetting it's a limited release that's gone at this point. I'd love more!

 1,063 characters

Photo of matjack85
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared with expatsteve while watching the dying moments of a Ukraine-Switzerland game destined for PKs.

Not exactly a blonde on the eye, more of a light amber, and with a smallish khaki head that struggles to last a few seconds. Nose is light, with a subdued maibock character of light hops, citrus, and caramel/grassy malt. Taste starts off with a short, succinct cracked pepper bite taking the place of hops, followed by citrus-caramel-grassy malt with a lingering malty-sweetness. Mouthfeel is spot-on for a dopplebock, right there with Capital's blonde with a nice viscosity. Drinkability is fantastic, again, comparable to Capital's but the cracked pepper adds a fun and interesting take on a blonde doppelbock. Highly impressed.

 744 characters

Photo of SheepNutz
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium copper color with one finger of head. There is a little lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty, and just has that lager characteristic to it. It smells like a marzen almost, with caramel aromas coming through. The taste is rich and malty as well. It's sweet up front, with lots of caramel coming through, just a little bit of bready and biscuit flavors. The finish is nothing but hops. Lots of fresh piney hop flavors. The mouthfeel is tremendously thick, but smooth on the tongue. The drinkability is great for a 8.2% brew. Thanks to Kev for sharing this one! I really enjoyed it.

 656 characters

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of expatsteve
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great Maibock color - amber side of copper, with medium clarity and medium viscosity. No real head and only a little lacing.

Aroma: Lemon rind and malt - nothing too oppressive, and in many ways a refreshing if slightly sweet aroma. As it warms, great malt development - honey, toffee and little raisin in the finish.

Taste: An immediate pepper burst gives way to a real blonde doppelbock, with sweet honey and toffee malts and a bready yeast finish. Refreshing rather than spicy, with the pepper doing the front palate work normally given to hops. But, being black pepper, it's a burst that's quickly gone. The maibock finish is reminiscent of Capital Brewery's maibock, with wonderful malt developments the whole way through.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, but definitely a doppelbock. Smooth, well-balanced with light carbonation. Malt/pepper combo is well balanced and adds to the compelling drinkability of this beer.

Drinkability: Yes indeed. Pick a few up if you're having guests that like a surprise. Otherwise, eat it with your favorite brats or bangers.

 1,082 characters

Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Regal gold body. Clarity is good. Thin dirty white head. Lace is intermitent. Thick malty aroma with a little of that cracked black pepper coming through. The first thing I notice with when I taste it is the full body. Viscous and smooth. And not even close to being cloying even though this is a sweet beer. There is the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. The taste is very smooth and clean. The black pepper is barely noticeable, but maybe it's there in combination with the spiciness of the alcohol, even though that seems to be present only in trace amounts on the buds, which is surprising given the 8+ % of this beer. The malts are rich and smooth on the palate. Hops are around only to give a little balance. The more I drink it the more I do recognize the black pepper spiciness on the aftertaste. It works though. This is a good beer.

 853 characters

Photo of alexipa
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light orange crystal clear with a white medium head. Instantly I'm hit with a bready malty smell, even from a couple feet away. Not much to the scent, but reminiscent of many Oktoberfests I've had in the past.

The taste is very much like an oktoberfest, with bready malts dominating an otherwise crisp and clean taste. This finishes with a nice hoppy bite. It's light bodied and just insanely drinkable, I would very much like a liter of this. They could have labeled this an oktoberfest and it would have fit in nicely.

Overall, this is a great German style lager. Extremely well balanced, drinkable, crisp, and sweet. Wonderful.

 640 characters

Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. 14 oz sample. Pours a nice ambered deep copper color with a finger of ivory head that falls to a full coat over top of the liquid. Clarity is outstanding and a fairly active carbonation bubbles up the sides maintaining a thick ring of foam around the rim. Aroma is very clean. It is dominated with nice bready, toasty and almost freshly bloomed yeast character. Good dose of melanoidans with a kiss of malty sweetness. Flavor really accentuates the melanoidans, but fades quickly to a nice interaction between light herbal hops and the toastyness, and a very mild alcohol character. It finishes with the solid toastyness and a mild to moderate bitter. Mouthfeel is thick, with a lighter to moderate carbonation that breaks it up to keep it from being obtrusive. This one is enjoyable. It has all the elements I want in a blonde dopplebock. Its not weighed down by the heavy flavors of dark fruits as a traditional dopplebock, and I think that is why I enjoy it. I might be inclinded to call this style dopplemaibock to really emphasize how it comes across. For the higher ABV, it really is drinkable. I'm happy to have a second one in the cellar.

 1,160 characters

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bomber courtesy of shbobdb.

Pour is a hazy amber-red under a smallish light tan head that quickly diminishes to a thing ring. Leaves lots of sticky lacing, despite the thin, almost nonexistent head.

Smell is pepper on caramel malt and fruity, even *peachy* hops. Hints of apple, pecan, pepper and maybe coriander.

Fascinating flavor! The pepper (it's brewed with black peppercorns) is definitely there, but not overpowering. I like it: like a 50 - 50 cross between a Kriek and and Doppelbock. Fruity and malty at the same time: Waldorf salad with peach schnapps and caramel sauce. This is NOT to style for a Doppelbock, but what it IS is a fascinatingly complex beer. Sticky malt base with fruity spicey hops.

Mouthfeel is satisfyingly full, without being cloying or sticky. Nice.

Way too drinkable for a 22-ouncer at 8.2%. Goes down very easy. The light carbonation is quite soft.

Thanks again to shbobdb for this unique beer. Hard to describe, and certainly not to style, but very enjoyable!

 1,022 characters

Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark gold/copper, with chill haze and a white, tight head.
Foam cap is not overly ambitious, and fades quickly leaving behind edging only.
Aromatics are lightish and crisp with hints of honey, bready malts, bruised pears, and vanilla.
Finishes a bit warming from spice, not alcohol.
Medium bodied, slightly sticky and zesty.
Pallet is balanced and quaffable, almost akin to a spiced double Maibock.
Doughy, but not overly so, and light fruits mingle well with a hint of warming peppercorns.
Finishes with a residual honey note and warming alcohol, and a suggestion of fresh bannana bread.
Delish on a hot evening.

 627 characters

Photo of WanderingFool
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if I've ever had a blonde doppelbock before. So, always looking for a new beer to try I picked up a bottle of Incinerator. The beer pours a clear amber color into the glass. A small creamy off white head forms on top before quickly dissolving to a thin ring around the surface of the beer. A few spots of lace are left behind on the side of the glass.

The aroma is mainly a bready yeast with some sweet malt mixed in. I can detect a little peach fruityness in there too. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slighly syrupy on the palate with a nice fizz on the middle of the tongue. The flavor begins with sweet malt and a touch of fruit (peach again). It quickly moves to some clove and pepper notes before finishing off with a bread/wheat flavor. Once gone hints of sweet malt, spice and alcohol remain behind.

This is a good full flavored beer that has a nice mouth feel. Reminds me a bit of a Belgian pale ale.

 943 characters

Photo of krantul
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another cool label on a bomber from Two Brothers (considering the somewhat more staid designs on the 12 ouncers); though the fire-breathing goat-thing and the name 'Incinerator' probably sets up unreasonable expectations. Pours a deep gold color, with a thin lacing of head trailing the glass. Slightly malty scent with a touch of grassiness to it.

It's a little hard to evaluate the flavor of this beer against the style; from what I understand, this brew was something of a happy accident. There are certainly not many other peppercorn-accented blonde doppelbocks out there. This is a rich, deceptively chewy lager for its relatively light color, and its flavor is quite unusual. Pale malt in large quantities seems to have grown sweeter, mingled with some herbal or grassy flavors. The pepper flavors have either blended into obscurity or mellowed out entirely; they were not evident in my bottle. The high alcohol content is surprisingly well-masked by the balanced flavor; it's quite smooth and quite drinkable.

I'd like to see Two Brothers work on the peppercorn aspect of this next time around, as it could be an intriguing addition to the taste. I really liked this beer and will be purchasing it again.

 1,217 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange with butterscotch trim. The interior of the beer is perfectly, flawlessly clear and is undisturbed by all but the occasional bubble... whose short journey ends at a thick crown the color of tangerine mousse. This is pretty much what I expect a blonde doppelbock to look like.

The first thing to hit my nose is black pepper, so I know the brewers didn't skimp. My guess is that the beer will be impressively black peppery on the palate. No wonder they call this stuff Incinerator. Otherwise, the nose has the standard semi-caramel maltiness typical of the style (the maibock style, not the doppelbock style).

Make no mistake, this is a big maibock. It's only a doppelbock in the sense that it has 'double' (or thereabouts) the amount of malt compared to a just plain ol' bock. My first impression is definitely a positive one. I usually find beer of this style difficult to like due to a lack of depth and complexity, but the addition of black pepper has taken care of that nicely.

The spiciness doesn't have much to contribute until the second third of the mouthful. That's where the flavor and the heat really begin to get your attention. Still, though, Incinerator is no hotter than your average (tame) chile beer. Otherwise, the flavor proifile consists of peanut brittle, caramel and earthy hops.

Given my slowness in cracking the crown, I estimate that this bottle is at least one year old. At this point, there's almost no alcohol noted on the palate. Come to think of it, I can't tell if the light stinging on the tongue is due to pepper or ethanol. I like it, though, it adds character to the mouthfeel. I've just noticed 'Dances On Your Tongue' beneath the dancing, fire-breathing goat on the label. I agree wholeheartedly.

Without checking my reviews, I have no idea what I thought of some of the other Two Brothers 'Artisan' beers. This one is different, interesting and (most importantly) good. Keep 'em coming guys.

 1,956 characters

Photo of AltBock
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle with a cool picture of a dancing fire breathing goat dancing in front of some yellowish bricks and with the words "Dances on your Tongue" below that. In the far lower right of the label is the Two Bros. Brewing Co. symbol of two men and a goblet of beer in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head. I'm surprised they're allowed to keep that symbol because it looks oddly like the Mickey Mouse symbol. On the side of the label is some information about the beer and pass that on the right is the Govt. warning. What's even more odd than the Two Bros. like Mickey Mouse symbol is that this beer is brewed with the world renowned Tellicherry black peppercorns and it's not your daddy's Doppelbock because they label it as a Blonde Doppelbock. Don't bother to look for a date or batch number on the bottle because there isn't one.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer was not really a blonde color, but a nice clear amber color with a half an inch head of white foam. The head of foam didn't stick around for a long time, but did leave quite a few foamy rings and a minimum amount of white sticky lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma wasn't dancing all around like the goat on the label, but was still nice with sweet malts, a hint of caramel, a pinch of hops, and with a fruity background.

Taste: When I read that this beer was brewed with Tellicherry black peppercorns, I thought this beer was going to be very spicy. That wasn't the case with this beer. I do believe what they said when the black peppercorns help balance out the sweet malts. The flavors really didn't really dance on my tongue, but other than that, I did notice only a couple of other things, like a hint of hops and some fruits in the background. It turns out that this beer is a very mellow and not spicy Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: It was in the mouthfeel where this beer became mischievous like goats are. It was very smooth, mellow, a slight aftertaste of bitter hops, and doesn't show a lick of that 8.2% ABV. Very sneaky.

Drinkability: A very nice and unique beer. Not many breweries would think of or even consider making a Doppelbock like this. I sure as hell didn't have a problem drinking this down.

 2,223 characters

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a fire breathing goat on the label. Pours from the bottle a clear red tinted amber with an off white head that leaves some specks of lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet malts with a touch of honey and fruit. Toasty caramel with a light floral/grassy hop presence. I get a real subtle hint of the black pepper as well. Pretty nice.

First sip brings smooth sweet malts with a bit of a toasted aspect. Light caramel works in with a nice fruity profile. A hint of hops on the way down round out this malty brew. I was expecting this brew to be more peppery, but it ended up being extremely subtle. An interesting, enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel has a sturdy medium body with plenty of carbonation..goes down smoothly. A tasty lager overall from Two Brothers, I've been impressed with the Artisan brews that they've been putting out lately and I can't wait for the next installment. A malty lager that's worth trying!

 931 characters

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear shiny copper brew. Head doesn't last too long, fading to a skim of bubbles, and lacing is good. Aroma is toffee with am alcohol tint to it. Taste is amply malty, with a fade into the alcohol, and a warming close. Don't taste the pepper that the label crows about. Oh well, still like it. Maybe it pops up in the aftertaste, or that's just my taste buds rationalizing, I'm not sure. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both nice, I could see this one in the fridge again.

 607 characters

Photo of SammyB
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed dark golden orange body with a meager offwhite head that quickly collapses. A few wispy patches of lace are left on the glass.

Aroma opens with buttery toffee and caramel notes. A few hints of floral and fruity hops quickly jump into the picture, joined by a waft of the cracked black pepper.

Mouthfeel is rich and coating with a soft alcohol warming atop a full medium body.

Taste is buttery toffee and sweetish malts leading into some caramel and overripe red apples. Bittering hops and warming alcohol are also prominent. Ingredients play off each other well. The black pepper adds a pleasant bite.

Difficult to say whether this is a true doppelbock or an imperial maibock but the distinction is meaningless. This is another skillfully crafted brew from Two Brothers that is tasty and enjoyable to drink.

 855 characters

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a from a big 22 oz. Bomber it my EKU 12oz steamed glass. This label kicks butt BTW. The liquid is a quite elegant reddish amber mildly cloudy with decent carbonation. The head is a luscious looking 2 finger think creamy mass that seems to be repelled from the side of the glass, floating like a dome, some lace does cling as you Drink.

The Smell is like an alcohol covered fruit salad. A nice layer of hops emanating from the Apples, Oranges, Pears and Plumes.

The taste is not of your fathers Doppelbock, but it is billed as a blond. The fruit and malt Drinks much more like a big Maibock. As they say good things come from good people and if I went in to this blind and was told this is a DFH Imp Miabock I would say, WOW it sure is. This brew would be killer on tap. The alcohol covered or socked fruit taste is different but nice. A great break from my usual. The malt is also very big and thick quite a statement. Hopiness is also well done, not perfectly balances but not out of line, some times this is what we want. The hopy finish is accented also with a little pepper in the bite. If this were local I would seek it out from time to time.

The mouthfeel is fair to midland not bad but lack the personality to the taste of this brew.

The drinkability is good, not great one this size is plenty, a 12 oz version might be better. Special thanks To Shbobdb for allowing me this treat. Good call! MK

 1,427 characters

Photo of Jredner
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very rich with malt and a light spiciness. Body is a lustrous dark amber and supports a quickly diminishing pinky thin tan head. Fore is sweet with apple and pear and delightfully malty through the middle then finishes with a mild spicy note that balances the beer quite well. Aftertaste is lush and fruity which gives it the feel of a soft white wine. Very nice brew.

 377 characters

Photo of ruleof72
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark caramel with thin head, kind of cloudy
S- Toasted malt and hints of pepper, sweet smell
T- Sweet peppery taste with citrus and floral in background
M- Nice full bodied with light carbonation
D- Goes down smooth but you can taste alcohol a bit

This is a nice beer. I like the peppery sweet flavor and smell. It goes down smooth but you can definitely taste the alcohol. Good beer.

 394 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet caramel nose. Starts sweet, smooth, malty, some caramel finish is mellow. What is a blonde doppelbock anyway?? $6.20 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

 306 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 54.1% out of 100 with 74 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.