Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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.

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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!

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Photo of benjathelion
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy copper-blonde with light head that soon dissipates to gentle, lingering swirling. Light but noticeable lacing.

Aroma is fresh, piquant grapefruit and grassy bellpepper that subtly, deftly shifts to citrusy hops and back again.

Mouthfeel is satisfyingly full but surprisingly light with gentle carbonation; very refreshing and juicy.

Taste is very unusual and corresponds to the aroma- the advertised black peppercorn shows up on the palate as sassy sweet/sour bell-pepper much more so than spicy/hot pepper. Lots of grapefruit and citrus zest notes that blend well with the hops but have a dissonant sort of harmony with the pepper which many will find off-putting (but which I enjoyed thoroughly). Hops also complement notes of tea-like grassyness in the pepper. Bready-sweet, faintly caramel-ish malts are the backbone for it all.

One major caveat with this beer is it's lack of easy drinkability- the intense, unorthodox and competing flavors make for a taste that is somewhat difficult to acquire and most people will dislike, probably strongly so. This is a wild beer for the adventurous or the slightly daft. However, it should be noted that the label advertises it as "extreme or unusual", so don't say you weren't warned.

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Photo of pwoods
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber, purchased way back at Belmont Party Supply, poured into a SA pint.

A: Deep amber pour with some copper hues. Short head with short retention. No lacing.

S: Big big sweet malts. Some baking spices and light molasses. Alcohol is present and smells like it's probably mellowed with age.

T/M: Nice, rich alcohol throughout. Not abrasive, just tasty and warming. Rich malts that don't get too thick. Dark spiced breads with light toasty nuts. Body is medium full without a heavy feel. Carbonation lends a nice smoothness.

D: Pretty tasty but not terribly drinkable.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22-oz bomber into a wide-mouth mug.

A-Deep amber color. 1 finger head that didn't last. Little bits of particulate suspended throughout.

S-Sour fruits, bitter. No real peppercorn aroma.

T-Peppercorn is definitely in there! Fruits as well. Spicy and bitter combination.

M-Overall good, not much to say.

D-Would pair well with a piece of meat. Not interested in having more than 2 in a sitting.

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

22 oz bomber

Pours a pinkish red / orange color with a minimal haze to go along with a minimal off-white head.
Black pepper spice and pale malts in the nose. A sweet and slightly sour strawberry presence as well.
The taste follows the smell. I get the taste of those strawberry candies that come in the strawberry looking packages. Next is a bit of sour pear / apple with a slight black pepper spiciness.
Intriguing medium / full mouthfeel. Definitely tasty yet unlike any other d-bock i've had. It's balanced and a good beer, but I'm not that high on strawberry's so this beer puts me off a little bit. Worth a try.

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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 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 sullysbeer
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Toffee malt sweetness, light spicy hop character. Clean lager characteristics. Peppery and spicy.

Appearance: Very clear beautiful golden with a slight reddish hue. Slight off white head that falls quickly in the beer. Head rings the glass a bit.

Flavor: Toffee character probably from the use of vienna or munich malts. Spicy and peppery. A delicate earthy bitterness that is actually refreshing. Does have some fruity alcohol flavors of plums.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium high body. Medium low carbonation, creamy and slick and has some alcohol warming.

Overall Impression: This is a big beer (high in alcohol) that is actually pretty refreshing. Great flavors of toffee, clean lager fermentation and alcohol fruitiness that goes well with the hints of pepper and spice. After sitting for a bit the carbonation released from solution and the beer seemed to become more like a wine. VERY TASTEY!!! I would be very proud of this beer if I brewed it. This beer was originally supposed to be a maibock, oops!

Bock means Billy Goat in German and a billy goat is often used in advertisements and labels.

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Photo of Duster72
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber. Pours a hazy orangey golden with one finger of off white head. Aroma is sweet with some butteryness and green apple/pear. Taste is sweet malts with ripe apples and pears. Very fruity. Slightly sour and slightly alcoholy. I did not find the combination to be pleasant. Not one I would buy again.

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

this was tasty! i will get some more of this when i can. easy to drink. good ABV.

i am impressed enough to try more from this brewer. if you like to try new tastes then give this one a go.

the peppercorns were an interesting twist. i have a feeling that this would go very well with food!


suckem up and movem out!


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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 BeerBelcher
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consistent with the description on the label, this beer struck me as more of a "super-maibock" than a doppelbock. It was light and golden with plenty of super-sweet malty cereal-ness. While I'm not a big fan of that sweet grainy flavor, I did enjoy this beer. It has a spirited booziness which makes it somewhat complex, and had a bit of bitterness as it warmed up in my mind. Bock beers are not my style; but if I were to choose one this would be pretty high on my list.

A bottle from Discount I split with SurlySober.

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Photo of stouty1
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Caramel hints in ruby red wine. No head with absolutely no lace. Shaken it builds a little foam and then disappears quicker than it a toilet being flushed.

edit: second pour gave me a 1/4" creamy head which laced around the rim. Hmm?

S: WOW, this one really brings it! Caramel, fruity goodness, and malt. Pear and apples tint the background.

T: Just as the smell, fruit is overwhelming. I have a hard time distinguishing between this and a Barleywine. Sweet and fruity with a small bittery finish. Slight warming effect as it travels the esophogus. Minute peppery finish.

D: Not so much. It's ok but defintely not preferred.

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

Perfect match for the late-night pepperoni, mushrrom and sausage pizza fix.

Pours a hazy bronze color. Kind of a dark amber. Thick and foamy head that all but dissappeared to a couple islands of foam and a ring around the glass. No lace. Nose is full bready malts.

Flavor is full and expansive. Malts are sweet and wholesome bready all at once. Hops are mils but give a nice spruicy-ness. Nice body that is full. Kind of a banana flavor-- sort of hefe-like. Some mild spucey-like hops. Some bits of pepper and other biting spices. Dangerously easily drinkable. Alcohol makes an appearance but is afirly well hidden behind it all.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange color. Seemed like more of a maibock. Off-white head that didn't stick around.

S - Bready, malty, somewhat fruity. No trace of the peppercorns in the aroma, to me.

T - Malty and sweet. I barely detected peppercorn. Which is probably for the best, really. But I expected something called "Incinerator," brewed with peppercorns, to have a bit more punch to it.

M - Medium body, typical carbonation.

D - I'd drink it again.

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Photo of screws
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Had a nice, light, yellowish head, that dispersed pretty quickly. The beer was an orange-amber with some cloudiness.

Smell: A bready smell with some sweet fruit mixed in.

Taste: Had a great malt taste to it. A sweet (but not overly so) bread taste permeated through the drink. At the end of the swallow there was some slight peppercorn taste, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that had a smooth mouthfeel to it.

Drinkability: I was personally expecting some more peppercorn taste in this beer (because of its prominent listing on the label), which I think would have made it stand out a bit more. I might just need more peppercorn then other people though. None the less, a very enjoyable beer to drink and would pick it up again.

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

Thanks to UncleRandy for this one.

A: Reddish copper with a lot of bubble activity. Head began very fizzy but has chilled out to a decent creamy, raw oatmeal colored mass atop the body.

S: Lightly sweet, reminds me of corn pops. Also some raw cinnamon rolls and fruity hops.

T: Interesting brew . Begins outright tutty fruity with loads of cantelope, red plums and bubble gum. From there a sourness is introduced to the tip of the tongue. A gentle maltiness presides over this beer with hints of honey, minor vanilla, apricot, white peach and some lemon moments. Finishes lightly spicy, the first hint of black pepper to come across this brew.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel across the tongue.

D: This beer almost tastes like some sort of fruit juice. Can get a bit over bearing after a while. Better on short bursts.

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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!

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Photo of
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber.

Crystal clear amber color with a small white head.

Aroma was very fruity and estery, with melons and apples being what I picked up on. Some light notes of plums and raisins were mixed in, as well as a background of caramel. No hop scents that I could find.

Big malt flavor, rather bread like is what hits you first. Alcohol steps up next. For the finish, a mix of hops and pepper. A not so pleasant aftertaste showed up, hard to describe.

Medium in body and lightly carbonated (felt like it could have used more). Seems acidic in that there is a "bite" to the finish. Not sure if do to the alcohol, hops or pepper, but it was a bit sharper than I cared for, and seemed out of place.

A "light" dopplebock? Flavor is good, but aftertaste and bite in mouthfeel kept me from really enjoying this one.

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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 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.

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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

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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.

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Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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