The Livery Hoppelbock
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
A Czech Doppelbock, this copper colored lager is dry hopped in the secondary fermenter with a blend of Czech Saaz and Sterling hops. Will also be available barrel aged. First batch was 8% ABV and the latest batch is now at 10% ABV.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2007
This gowler from BBB63 on Dark Lord Day poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a hazy no visible carbonation brown colored body. The weak aroma was malty. The thin mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The thin flavor contained notes of malt and sweet. A decent one that I would consider having again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3456) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Growler from BBB63 shared at DLD Hampton Inn tasting. Pours a medium amber witha thin off-white head. The aroma is alcohol, fruit, and flowery hops. Not malty enough and too hoppy to be a bock of any fashion in my book, which is what I expected. As it’s classified here as a ESL, I think that better desribes it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 tap at brewery....can’t say that there were too many tastebuds remaining at this point in the day but here goes....aroma: flowery hops paired with a equally balancing caramel malt sweetness....taste: somewhat barleywine-like, the hoppy notes were balanced with toffee and caramel although the hops played more of a dominant presence in the brew...a doppelbock with a strong hop profile. pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Sampled at ABF Night of the Lagers. probably would have been a great beer if i hadn’t tasted it right after the tripel weizenbock. overall it was good, nice malt and plenty of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Shared at DLD by BBB63. Light caramel malt aroma. Medium brown body with light head. Medium palate. Grassy hops up front, followed by caramel malt and a hint of fruits. I thought the grassy element was too overpowering, and that took this beer down a few pegs for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Growler from BBB63 shared at DLD Hampton Inn tasting. Thanks, Mike!! Small ivory head that mostly diminished, sparse amount of lacing, hazy, and visible carbonation. Nose was malty, caramel, lightly hoppy and a hint of toffee. Flavor was lightly bitter, malty, hoppy, and berries. Smooth, thin mouthfeel. Nice brew, but did not seem all that "dopplebock" like. I guess this one was different from others of this style that I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2007
Tap at brewery and served in a snifter: Hazy reddish amber hue with a minimal head and slightly oily film. The nose detects plum, anise, allspice esters along with prevailing caramels and toffee. The taste has a nice fruity overtone with grassy Saaz bitterness of the layer of husky malt goodness. The finish has an interesting juniper berry character. A smooth and not cloy mouth feel, the alcohol is also mostly hidden. Good brew and I really want to see what this does after barrel aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2007
On tap at The Livery, described as a hopped-up doppelbock. Deep garnet-red body, medium creamy buff head. A real gem appearance-wise. Herbal, soapy aroma with breads and yeast. The body begins with a wash of floral, earthy hops, cloaking the rich berries, brown sugar, and caramely malts. Light notes of clover honey complement the rest of the sweets. Never cloying, fortunately, as a light, prickly bitterness closes the beer out with the light astringency of fall leaves. A very nice beer.

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