Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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.

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

Actually, after reading the lable on the bottle, the excerpt suggests that the beer is brewed as a Maibock. If so, then the beer suits the style well. And, if brewed with the pepercorns, explains the bite and sharp flavor and feel. Interesting spiciness, but still a step away from a Doppel.

Always a sucker for the Dopplebocks. This beer opens up with fresh fruit aromas of apples and plumbs. Follows up with a look that is lighter than it's German counterparts, but within the style -- a copper / orange, golden concoction with good initial head retention, but lacking lacing. Getting into the beer, the tastes reveal sharp apple / cider flavors up front, but settle into a fresh plumb fruitiness to acompany a medium malt flavor. Late in the sip, the malts fade into a mildly astringent grain flavor, also as the fruitiness subsides. Feels full, but the richness and complexity doesn't hold it's consistency very far into the finish. The bite is promoted with the higher hopping rates. Not a poor brew at all, just not expected compared to what I like in traditional German Dopples.

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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.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A- Crystal clear orangey amber color, thin white lace holds together for the most part.

S- Hint of honey-like malt sweetness, a tad earthy with a spicy black pepper and alcohol heat.

T&M- Solid malt backbone, crisp with a full body. Good blend of sweet malt and toasted grain with a spicy mix of hops, black pepper and spicy alcohol to bring the beer to a perfect balance. Finishes spicy sweet.

D- Wow, this is an awesome beer to pair spicy food with. It went well with Peruvian style roasted chicken with a horseradish cilantro sauce. If you like bocks this is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Innis and Gunn cervoise.

Keepin' the fast-movin' anniversary train a-chuggin', this stuff pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises bread (a full damn loaf of white/wheat bread), light toasted biscuit (yup, there's a difference...shut up...), mild honey, and light sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though the bread is generally in the background, whilst a sweeter version (think a sweet roll or something along those lines) frolics up front with the honey, some banana, some mild black pepper, and a kiss of what seems like cinnamon. Not bad. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly slick feel, and a fairly crisp and dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice blonde doppelbock, though the overdone carbonation and the cliff the flavors drop off at the end keep it from achieving any real greatness. That said, I'd gladly drink another bottle if one appeared before me...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock is back for a limited time. This is #8 of 15 of the retro releases. The bottles were all sold out within hours (as I was told) of its release. The beer is still on tap at teh roundhouse for those interested. It poured a nice clear golden color with white head that laced. The smell was slightly fruity with the typical Euro malt. The taste was very even and good....for an 8%+ it was very smooth. The body was full with mild carbonation. Overall it was very nice to see the incinerator again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly sour aroma. It's pale malts and lager yeast, but it's also warm and a bit sour smelling. The taste is average. It has a bold, pale and Munich malt taste that is smooth going down, but warm on the finish. It does have a slight peppery taste, but nothing too crazy. This is a pretty good tasting beer. It's a bit spicey, but I like it. There is a mild sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent beer. I like the concept, but it fails to deliver. It's got flavor. It's got spice. I'm just not sure that's a combo I'm 100% behind, All in all, not a bad drinker.

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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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this…
Appears a light transparent orange with scattered spots of white lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of grepeskins, funky flowers, and caramel.
Taste isn’t bad. Same aromas swirling about the palate.
Mouthfeel is mildly creamy with some corn syrup and caramel hanging onto the tongue.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an Imperial strange)

A- This beer has a clear deep golden amber body with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles. The creamy off-white head soon fades to a thin film floating in the middle of the beer.

S- The aroma is very light and clean with notes of pale malt that have been caramelized in the pot.

T- The faint sweetness starts the fresh crisp pale malt flavor with a pot caramelized not to it. The finish has a smooth soft hop bitterness. There is a very subtle sulfur note but also some fruitiness to the caramel note. The finish has a very faint pepper note but I don't think I could have detected it without reading the description on the bottle.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery texture. There is no alcohol finish until the beer warms quite a bit.

D- There is nothing really exciting about this beer. The flavors are soft and one-dimensional with the caramelized taste standing out. The addition of black pepper intrigued me enough to buy the beer but the fact that they had to add the pepper in an attempt to salvage a bad beer was set my expectations low.

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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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cool looking 22oz bomber. Label says it was brewed with black peppercorns:/

Appearance- Color reminds me of a deep amber, almost like cranberry juice. Nothing blonde looking about this beer. Only slight lacing and hardly any head when and no film a few sips later.

Smell- A subdued sweetness of apricots, peaches, and pepper intermingle with some dry hop bitterness that is pleasantly subdued.

Taste- Very light, slightly syrupy flavors easpecially apricots shown through. I was surprised the pepper only made a cameo appearance in the flavor profile of this beer. Overall fruity with some pepper and hops to balance.

Mouthfeel- Definetly not cloying in its sweetness,. This beer went well with my steak and cilantro soup. Also had a very relaxing effect on my dining as well as palate. Just settled everything in my mouth down and let the flavors show themselves.

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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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, #8 of 15 in the 15 Beers for 15 Years Anniversary Series

Pours a reddish copper with slight chill haze, thin white head does leave some lacing on the glass. Aromas are muted and never really develop as it warms. Sweet honey, faint caramel and biscuity grain, the pepper maybe comes through a bit in the aroma as it warms, but it might be a forced from my imagination. Tastes are unfortunately muted as well. Some honey, grass, faint biscuit, and hardly any black pepper as I was hoping for. There's a bit on the finish as it warms, but if I wasn't told there was black pepper in it, I probably wouldn't have noticed. Mouth-feel is medium-full, smooth and very creamy, seems low on carbonation. Alcohol is well concealed. Overall, I was really hoping for expecting more black pepper with this one. It's barely detectable, and even the qualities of the doppelbock are quite faint. I asked my wife to taste it and tell me what she tasted. She said, "nothing". Usually she's good at pulling flavors out of beers. Disappointing, but still glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light amber with about a half finger of white head. The foam fades quickly but leaves a solid ring along the edges of the beer.

S: Honestly... this beer smells like an American Adjunct Lager with just a slightly elevated spicy kick. But it's very subtle.

T: It starts out wet and a bit spicy. There is a solid amount of pepper up front. As it moves towards the middle, it gets sweeter like an adjunct lager. The finish is back to spice. It actually has a nice kick to it.

M: Light bodied beer. It's light, but packed full of flavor. The spice starts strong, fades a bit, and then returns with a punch. It's smooth, but the spice detracts from it's "pound-ability".

O: Decent beer. I love pepper beers, but this one is just OK. The spice is there, but I was left wanting more crisp/clean flavors. The lager sweetness works well with the pepper, but it's overpowering at points. I'd drink this beer again if I had the chance, but it's not on the top of my list to try again.

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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!

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They may not be brewing it anymore, but for now this beer is still being distributed...

Interestingly, it really is blonde, along with some slightly darker highlights. It develops a foamy sort of near-white head that, while it doesn't grow particularly large, holds itself well. There's some substance, as it leaves behind a reasonable amount of lacing with moderate cling to it.
Honey and sugared fruits are on the nose, surprisingly sweet. Something about it reminds me a little of DFH 120, minus the alcohol and sheer intensity. Black pepper does add a touch of spiciness.
The flavor actually is more akin to a doppelbock, and it's understandable what they were going for in blending two radically different styles. It's not as sweet as the smell, does have that peppery kick, and even has a nice little smokiness in it. Grains do come out a bit as an underlying but consistent taste.
Well, seince it's not going for straight doppelbock and is belnding a lighter beer, points shouldn't be docked for having a lighter (barely, and I means just barely, medium) body. It has a solid crispness into a fairly, but not completely, clean finish.

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Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shimmery copper with a fleeting ochre head.
Kero syrup and candied caramel nose.
Washes in sweet with caramel nougat and Dole heavy peach syrup. Ebbs grainier, along with ripples of nuts. It goes still at this point, with a misty, lingering honey essense, and it rides out much the same. There is no real semblence of discernable hops or peppercorns.
Medium heavy in body, and generally on point for a bock.
Even by dbock standards, it teeters on opressive sweetness.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a 22oz bottle at room temp poured into an english pint glass. The brew pours a deep clear chestnut color with a fluffy off white head foaming up 2.5 cm with an agressive pour. Aroma is mostly malt with caramel, toffee, and some molasses. Just a hint of grassy hops float in the background. First sip is velvety smooth textured average body with minimal carbonation. The beer slides across my palate effortlessly. Flavor starts of sweet and caramelly and allows some bready yeast and a hint of grassy hops to come through towards finish. Brew is predominantly sweet and malty, which I dig. Very easy to drink with no hint of ABV. I would buy this brew again for sure.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with an informative label. No freshness dating or lot code.

The beer pours a medium copper with a tight eggshell head.

The aroma of the beer is hard sugar, some grass and a bit of raisin.

This is sweet even for a bock. There alcohol is right behind the initial sweetness. As advertised there is some subtle pepper accents and they add some nice balance to the sweetness. There is some also some light caramel . The taste grows on me as I work through the bottle. There is some decent complexity here.

The mouth is a bit brittle. Drinakabilty is a tougher call. While I’m glad to have tried this, I think the brothers are much more capable than this one shows. Still, it has enough interesting facets that make me recommend at least a bottle of this to almost anyone.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $5.99. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The pours a clear amber coloration with minimal head and carbonation. The head was less than one finger on a hard pour and was a light honey white coloration. No lacing was noted on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a ok caramel maltyness. Bits of unidentifable spices drift through the smell.

Taste: Nothing super special noted in this beer. The beer has an upfront hop kick of bitterness. Then the beer goes into a roasted caramel malty taste. The beer finishes briefly peppery in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beer is ok in smell and taste. The alcohol is well covered up. The beer is an ok beer drinking experience. I will not buy this one again but you could do far worse.

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Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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