Many Iowans are descendents from German immigrants so it’s 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.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 isn’t as rich and complex as it could be, but it is still mighty tasty and much more interesting than I was expecting.
boozedude (1752) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at chewboka fest at confluence... pours a deep clear brown...very smooth tastr..love it
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