Tasting: October 25, 2011
Style: Bock (Double)
I haven’t been feeling well the last few days – I even stayed home from work yesterday. Nothing has changed. Staying home from work reminds me of staying home from school as a kid – absolute boredom. I have my meds and have been eating chicken soup. I’m banned from touching the computer’s keyboard and have been told to stay away from the kids. We don’t want a repeat of last year’s Halloween when my one son couldn’t go trick-or-treating. I’m typing on my cell phone and keeping my distance. I did have a beer last night with that soup. My wife was surprised – but beer offers a dose of vitamins B6 and B12. Not a huge dose, but better than a glass of water. Beer has been found to have the same, if not more of the health benefits of wine. But beer is different, as the vitamins in the grains survive the fermentation process. I mentioned in another post that monks drank beer as a way to get nutrients during fasting and they called their doppelbock “liquid bread”. Don’t believe me? Google it.
I guess in light of my comment on monks and nutrients during fasting – it’s appropriate that I discuss a double bock (doppelbock). This one is from Troegs. I love the name. You’ll see a lot of bocks that insert “ator” at the end of names and this one is a fun jab at that tradition. It checks in at a robust 8.2% ABV. As you’d expect the IBU is low at just 25. I’ve mentioned numerous times that reading the abbreviations on the label can tell how the beer should taste (if executed properly). With what I read here I’ll expect sweetness and bread from these malts and very subtle hops. The ABV tells me that I should also expect some warming quality with a medium-bodied thickness. One other thing worth mentioning – this doppelbock is also fresh off its gold medal performance in the bock category at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.
Pours a bronze color with little to no head. I can’t say that I get much on the nose — although it might be that I just can’t smell anything. I can taste and this one is definitely bready — like one of those dark dinner rolls. I get some sweetness from those pilsner malts — but not much. I do get some weird soapiness in my first few sips, which makes me wonder. a quick check of the label and it was bottled on July 18th, 2011. It is crisp and the hops are enough to make the finish acceptable. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and it gives me some stickiness. Alcohol is nicely concealed — not much warming. Frankly, I prefer another recent tasting — Sam Adams Double Bock. I gave that one 87 points — I’ll put this one squarely behind that one at 85