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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)

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Added by murrayswine on 03-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of ypsifly
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated bomber purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pilsner.

Clear copper with just less than a fdinger of light tan that shows fairly weak retention and leaves minimal spotty lace as it goes down.

The nose is pretty much by the numbers with its sweetness, grassy hops, and butterscotch but I found the overall sweetness to be a bit too much.

Again, sweet but it turns dry with some grassy flavors before a bit of heat and butterscotch. I'm still loking for the peppercorns. Perhaps they were lost under the peppery warmth already present from the abv.

The mouth is a bit slick and overall I'm not impressed by this beer. Too sweet for me.

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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 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 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 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.

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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.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light to medium amber in color with a fair white head. Smells generally sweet with little hops. Taste is somewhat light, a little fruity and sweet malts, and a bareley noticable hop charecter. Mouthfeel is medium, not to syrupy or overcarbonated. Overall this brew to be a little bland, though without any noticable flaws. Glad I tried it, probalby wont go here again though.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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

Poured a maroon body with a small tan head that leaves the brew quickly. The aroma is malty sweet caramel, lime citrus, hop presence and nice fruity esters in the nose. The taste is sweet syrupy upfront, followed by a bitter hop balance of grapefruit and caramel. The finish is weak somewhat watery in the body leaving you wanting more. Decent brew but nothing spectacular.

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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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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 ultralarry2006
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 0z. bomber. Left a one finger head that quickly receded. Color is a medium amber, and most certainly not blonde.

Smell - bready malt, barely hint of citrus.

Taste - bready, douhgy malt, and a little hint of the peppercorns which do not provide heat but rather counterbalance to the malt.
A little citrus at the end. The 8.2 abv is entirely hidden ( which I always think is a good thing), it in no way makes itself known from the taste.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth.

Drinkability - this goes down easy, has a pleasant taste, but not a great one. This is nice, would have another if offered, but would not go out of my way for it.

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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 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 schenked
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am typically not one to buy a dopplebock, but the peppercorn addition intrigued me enough to give it a try. Good dark amber hue, thin head. The pepper did a nice job of playing off both the alocohol and the carmely malty quality of the beer. The body was lightto medium with next to no carbonation. If I were to get another dobblebock, I would go with this one.

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Photo of murrayswine
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with Black Peppercorns, the label states.
It pours a beautiful light amber color with a sticky fluff head.
The nose is a bit sourish. Low hops. lots of black and white pepper. Like it could have been a maibock, but decided to add more malt.
The taste is sweet heat. It's a interesting duel of rough spice and sweet mollassis duking it out on my tongue.
All in all, a fine addition to this Illinois brewery!

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Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 74 ratings
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