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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Many Iowans are descendents from German immigrants so itís fitting that we make one of the most famous German beers: dopplebock. In the 18th century, monks used to brew bready bock beers to sustain them during their long Lenten fast when they could drink but not eat. Our dopplebock came out big, burly and chewy, hence the name ChewBOCKa.

ChewBOCKa is made with plenty of Munich malt for a rich, chewy, full-body flavor as well as German Spalter Select, German Tettnanger and American Mt. Hood hops to balance out the malty sweetness. There are also some toasty notes as well as a slight hint of chocolate. Dopplebocks are on the malty end of the beer spectrum, making them a nice change of pace from bitter ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Draft at the source. Deep Ruby color. Aroma is dark malts, yeast and molasses. Flavor shows the malt in a very classic way. Brown sugar, molasses nuances, lager yeast from finish, nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1827) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2016
On draft at the brewery tap room. It is a dark Amber color with a slight head. The aroma is milk chocolate and the taste is a taste of chocolate and some hints of licorice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6263) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2016
On draft at the brewery tap room. Pours a clear cola brown with an ecru head. Malty nose. Flavors of chocolate and leather. Slightly sweet, smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3519) - New York, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Tap at the brewery. Clear dark brown small beige head. Nose is cocoa and dark fruits. Tastes of brown sugar, light fig and plum, molasses, earth, honey. Chewy mouthfeel. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6105) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Growler at Redlight Redlight the night before RBWG 2015 shared by jcwattsrugger, cheers John! Dark amber with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, malt. Tastes of caramel, malt, dark fruit, light biscuit. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Growler courtesy of jcwattsrugger, thank you sir! Deep clear amber brown color, bright tan edge head. Aroma of cocoa biscuit. Taste is very biscuity, cocoa, caramel, clean and crisp. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5841) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Aroma is nutty malts, yeast and and earthiness. The flavor is fruit/dark fruit, malts, mild sweetness, very light citrus and a mix of warming alcohol and caramel in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2014
On tap at chewboka fest at confluence... pours a deep clear brown...very smooth tastr..love it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2013
A vigorous pour into my Teku glass produces an amber / brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, burnt amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a malt depth to it that is offset by a mild, spicy, herbal hop character. Specific notes of German black bread, toasted whole grain notes, ample toasted nut notes, rounded brown bread aromatics, and perhaps a touch of roast character towards the finish.

Up front there is a light, herbal hop character, this immediately focuses on the rich malt though. Roasted / Toasted nutty notes, toasted whole grain bread, German black-bread flavors, burnt caramel notes, and richly concentrated malt caramelized notes. Hints of bitter roast malt in the finish combine with a light hop bitterness to provide just enough of a bite to finish things off; in fact this has a bit more hop character and bitterness than most German examples of the style. The body has a nice chewy richness to it that coats the palate well, yet it is not cloying.

Definitely a nice brew, it is certainly an interpretation of a Doppelbock that leans towards the American tradition; a bit more hop character, and the malt character isnít as rich and complex as it could be, but it is still mighty tasty and much more interesting than I was expecting.

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