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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 2.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Alter Boy is a Belgian Dubbel that is being aged in Bourbon barrels, it will be 7% alc. when finished. It’s a very balanced malty beer that uses Belgian Pilsner, Biscuit, Munich, Special B, and Vienna malts, as well as Belgian Candi Sugar in the recipe. The Bourbon barrels will add notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla and caramel that will really complent the the maltiness of the beer. The beer has been aging in the barrels for over a month and has really come together nicely.

The beer was the brainchild of Dogfish brewer Wayne Milford. He came up with the idea by trying to find something off-centered that would complement one of his favorite beer styles (Belgian Dubbel). Wayne had some bourbon barrels that he’d picked up a while ago and had never used them so he figured that he’d give them a whirl with this beer. Wayne said, "I thought that by aging the beer in bourbon barrels I would get flavors and aromas that would really hold their own, but also not overpower an already complex style of beer."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Enjoyed via draft in a pub glass at the original brew pub. The beer pours a medium to dark brown, with little head. The nose gives a little bit of pilsner sweetness, and a touch of dark caramel, but also gives some grainy scents. The palate is relatively straight-forward, not over the top with candy sweetness or malt complexity. One can sense some yeast-derived esters toward the end of the palate into the finish. Overall, not a great dubbel, but not horrible, either.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bit of a miss from Dogfish Head. l1br4r14n let me try some of his and I’m glad I didn’t order a whole pint. Hazy orange/yellow pour with a thin white head. Aroma is metallic with some strange iodine notes. Really thin mouthfeel with maybe a hint of oakiness. Not a good beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Draft at brewpub. No flavor of yeast or spice that I’d normally expect from a Belgian. Kind of metallic, with some malt and light fruit. As it warmed up the flavors became more medicinal. Body is quite light and east to drink but there is really not much going on and not very appealing. DNF.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bp (777) - Queens, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Draft at the brewpub: cloudy dark orange with a thin head, oak, bourbon, vanilla in the aroma, flavor was off for me...had too much oak or something going on for me. The flavors just didn’t come together into something I enjoyed drinking. Pass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2009
On tap @ the Rehoboth Brewpub-Cloudy mahogany color w/a moderate tan head. Dark fruit aroma. Rich, full flavor of dark fruit, malt, peat, & raisins, w/a touch of molasses. Had a little bit of a wood smoke/pitch flavor, probably from the oak aging which is not overdone-like so many brews! Not as sweet as some Dubbel’s, more malty. Good solid, easy drinking brew, alcohol was well hidden.


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