The Livery Bourbon Barrel Aged Liverator Doppelbock
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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The Liverator Doppelbock aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Thanks to BBB63 for the growler Clear brown color, malty nice bourbon highlights with vanilla, itís very tasty

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8000) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 7, 2007
On tap at the Livery. This black ale poured with a miniscule beige head. There is a really nice roasted malt flavor with a mellow bourbon finish. This one was good to the last drop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Draft @ the Brewery. Dark brown with a small head. Aroma has a large helping of bourbon/wood with a hefty sweetness that comes from big roasty malts, dark fruits and vanilla. Flavor has lots of boutbon and wood, vanilla, oak, plumb, brown sugar, and other sweet flavors. Tasty, but the taste couldnít quite live up to what I was hoping for. Still a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2007
On tap at The Livery, and served in a snifter. This beer poured a dark brown color with a very thin, light brown/gray head that left no lace. The aroma of the brew consisted of bourbon, light caramel, dark fruits, and some light alcoholic notes. The flavor was stong bourbon, dark fruit, wood, vanilla, with some warming alcohol showing up at the finish. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and slightly oily with a very minimal amount of carbonation. This was one exceptional beer. Donít pass it up if you have the opportunity to try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Tap @ GTMW. Mildly translucent and murky chocolate brown in color with a creamy tanish foam wrung for the head. Aroma livens with bourbon stained coasters and pool floaties. A hint of plastic sealant on the barrel and a subdued cocoa chocolate dust reach the olfactory as well. Flavor is naturally full and true to the base beer. Sodden grahams get lined with chocolate nutella paste. Hazelnut shards line several inches of caramelized toffee bricks. Active carbonation reams in the cocoa oat bread and maple infused whole wheat cubes. A touch of spicy scotch traits come through in common complimentary power to the fuller bodied basis of the beer. The barrel is complimented by a golden honey coating over maple oat brown bread in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2007
GTMW. A pleasure to sample this one as Iíve been a fan of Livery since they first appeared on the scene at the Great Taste in 2005. Enjoyed this one just before their casked aged IPA. Notes of bread, clove, cherry, black plum, and vanilla on a rich palate. Bourbon complements the characteristics of the doppelbock well. This may not be quite up to the standards of the Weizenbock on bourbon, but it sure is a great ride. Nice work, Steve!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6026) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2007
On tap: Big caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and oak aroma. Itís a dark cloudy brown with a large tan head with great retention. Teh flavor has fruit, raisin, plum, and caramel. There is some light oak in the background. The finish has light bourbon with some fruity tanginess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2007
MI Summer Beer Fest. Pours brown in color with a thin head of light creamy bubbles. Aroma is sweet and malty with some dark fruit. Flavor is dark fruit, chocolate, grain, and toast. Palate is medium bodied, mildly carbonated, finishes sweet. Smooth and rather easy to drink. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2007
On tap, both at brewery and Michigan brewerís guild fest. Dark brown like a light stout or dark porter with a thin to almost no tan head. Much more in the mold of a Celebrator Doppelbock, than the more common sweet bock style, in aroma as well as appearance. Fruity dark malt character (prunes, etc.) some roast is present, but no off-aromas. Prunes, plum and a nice vanilla to oaky bourbon subtlety. I cannot believe how well the bourbon integrates with the rest of this beer. Somehow, Steve has made this capture the vanilla above and beyond any other aspect of the bourbon, and it works perfectly with this style of doppelbock (especially when that doppelbock seems like a humdinger as well!). Light low carbonation, which feels appropriate. Not super thick, but certainly not watery in any way. Fruity with a nice little range of esters. Dark malt character in the back. A dry lingering bourbon vanilla subtlety. Dry prunes linger. I canít say Iíve ever seen a more judicious use of a bourbon barrel. I have to agree with the brewer, Steve, this is even better than the bourbon barrel aged trippel weizen bock! If this were bottled, Iíd drink this at least every other week, and I seldom have the same thing twice a month.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 Tap at brewery: Very deep brown with minimal head but had some oily legs. The nose detected noticeable bourbon and vanilla vapours along with prune, anise, toffee, dark bread, and classic German hops. The taste first develops a rich toffee malt character with a bread background. There are heavy bourbon notes on the finish and is surprisingly dry and mostly clean which kept the beer balance in check. The mouth feel is medium weight, biting and slightly warming. Yet another wonderful brew by Steve. I will be going back for a growler or three.

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