tibicinoid (20) - Wyoming, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Friar Tuckís in Savoy, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass
Fort Collinsí Barrel Licked Bock is a surprisingly delicious doppelbock, wherein the aging on oak seems to resolve all my initial problems with their "normal" doppelbock: the smokiness is present, but subdued, allowing the fruit esters and malt flavors to add complex new elements to the beer. The ethanol content is well-hidden, with smoothness being key. Definitely one to pick up if seen again.
Pours a 1cm tan head, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, that has fairly poor retention and leaves marginal lacing. Beerís body is an attractive red amber color, transparent, with sluggish carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is not as aggressive or expressive as I would expected, but still enjoyable and appetizing. As from their original doppelbock, the scents here feature smoked malt, but toned down due to the aging on oak, so that a bit of oak is noticeable as well. Other aromas include prunes and dates with a hint of toffee.
Taste opens with interesting fruit esters, moderate malt sweetness, and oak flavors; fairly unique, like oaked prunes or dates in a malt bath. This transitions gracefully to smoked malt, oak, caramel malt, chocolate malt, and slight roasted flavors in the mid-palate. Back of the palate picks up smoke, oak barrel, and caramel sweetness alongside some continued fruit esters and a more prominent chocolate flavor. The mix is fairly exceptional, like someone took the smoked Aecht, caramel and fruit Ayinger, and chocolatey Great Lakes doppelbocks, blended them successfully, and aged the result on oak.
Beer is medium-heavy to heavy bodied, with fairly light carbonation. Carbonation could be a bit higher to make the aroma more expressive, but assuming this was somewhat sacrificed in oak aging and to make the beer have a smooth and gentle mouthfeel. Ethanol had only faint traces in the back of the throat and nostrils; rarely did I even notice I was partaking of a 10% beer. Finish is dry and a bit sticky from residual sugars.
Rando7 (609) - Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours brown cola color with frothy beige head. Aroma sweet malts, smoke and bourbon. Taste sweet caramel with bourbon sweetness as well, with smoke, peat. oak. Palate pretty thin and watery. Finish mild smoke and oak. Alcohol well disguised considering the 10.4%.
I enjoyed it but it wasnít what I expected. Really reminded me more of a barrel-aged scotch ale.
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
14th November 2009
Hazy dark red- brown beer. Light coffee coloured head. Smooth semi crisp palate. Low carbonation. Rich chocolatey malt with a distinct smokey note, not in the least overpowering though. Finishes smooth and with more chocolate malt.
Sammy (7035) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown body with little head, the brown becomes darker in the last glass of the bomber. Rich, boozy aroma. Initial taste is rich malty, an old ale, with some citrus, fig, grape, charred oak, a little whiskey. The finish is a Little disappointing, as we are back to the base bock that doesnít not quite deliver the perfect punch, rather a little astringent and wimpy finish. I respect the whiskey, I had and enjoyed it straight.Bomber from Florida mail order shipper.
DavoleBomb (1389) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Hazed dark brown color. Not quite one finger of creamy tan head formed. Retention wasnít very good, even for the ABV, but a very short ring of lacing was left.
4.5 S: I was wondering whether "oak barrels" meant bourbon barrels, but it certainly doesnít seem like it. Iím actually a bit glad itís just oak cause this has a very nice aroma on it. As advertised, there is plenty of porky roastiness. Moderate oak aroma with a mild vanilla component. This is particularly clean for a dopplebock. There isnít a huge breadiness or caramel component like some. Rather, this contains a highly complementary mix of plum and date fruitiness, caramel and toffee, and molasses.
4.0 T: Deceptively light in body, but Iíll address that in the next segment. Just thought Iíd mention it first here since it has implications for the taste. This is quite dry for a dopplebock, which is to say that it isnít super sweet. For that, Iím quite happy. Lots of dark fruits in this - plum and dates reign supreme with raisin, currants, and prunes a couple steps behind. Itís not nearly as smoky as the nose suggested, but itís still present and it adds nicely to the profile. Caramel, molasses, and toffee in descending order. Moderate oak and the vanilla is a bit easier to detect.
3.5 M: Medium body. I think the lighter than usual body benefitted the taste, but I do like the thick, rich, and creamy mouthfeels of a more typical D-bock. Carbonation is a hair lesser than I prefer, but itís fine. Some creaminess, but I want some more.
4.0 D: Easy to drink and tasty with a great nose. Iím more than certain that this is the best beer Iíve had from FC. Iíd pick up another bottle if there werenít hundreds of thousands of other beers I need to try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-06-2012 03:01:53
Slick (1971) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown color,light head that had a short hangtime.The aroma was nicely malty with some caramel and a roasty side,with a hint of smoke in there.The flavor was fairly decent,with a good malty side some faint hints of smoke and a bit of fruit in the beginning.The brew later dies off to a mildly bitter slightly alcohol end.Overall not a bad brew but a bit pricey at 10/bottle.
adnielsen (6194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Pours an amber brown appearance with a brown head. Oak, vanilla, smooth, sweet whiskey, incredibly malty, bock lager aroma. Very full flavor with a huge dark malty lager body accented by wood, vanilla, smooth whiskey, and a touch of dark fruits. Oaky, vanilla, bock finish. Nice one FCB!
michael-pollack (4962) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, nuts, light wood, vanilla, slight whiskey, light brown sugar, caramel, slight smoke, and a hint of smoked meat. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small, tan/light brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, wood, slight whiskey, light smoke, light vanilla, slight brown sugar, and light caramel. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, wood, caramel, light vanilla, slight whiskey finish is slightly dry. 10.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
light caramel nose, gentle smoke. dark toffee, small white ring of a head. gentle and sublime smoky body that yields into more of a barrel character, some cherry sweetness.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smokey, green apple, bourbon, some darker fruits. Darker amber brown pour, thin head, whispy rings and islands of foam. Flavors of bourbon barrel, apple, caramel, vanilla, smoked malts. Interesting balance, not overly boozy.