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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 25, 2011
courtesy of fiulijn - pours a cloudy copper-orange beer with a moderate head retention; fairly hoppy with notes of bretts, grapefruit, esters and some caramel in the background; full-bodied, sticky and with a solid carbonation; decently bitter and spicy, slightly sourish; long lasting fruity estery finish with some warming alcohol notes - a doppelbock ? ok ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3192) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Hand Bottled 18.7 oz bottle from BBB63. Pours a cloudy dark orange brown with no head. Aroma of faint pine needles and tangerine. Taste is flat with hints of tangerine, caramel malt, and pine. Similar to a flat yet hoppy peach flavored Snapple. Has a slight alcoholic finish to it. Not bad but would like to try this fresh.

   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 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....canít 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Deep coppery pour with no head. Somewhat syrupy looking in the tulip. Big alcohol nose, but not offensively so. Sweet dark fruits and caramel roastiness undercut later by the herbal/floral hopping that seemed pretty heavy-handed (in a good way). Damn fine effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (6498) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2009
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting at the Harlequin. Hazy orange colour, off white head. Aroma of pineapple, peach, very fruity, sweet, a bit sour. Flavour is light sweet, fruity, peach, oak, yeast, light sour. Medium bodied. I think, considering the sourness, this was a bit infected, but I loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12581) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2009
Bottle @ RBESG Grand Tasting 2009. Orange blonde color, cloudy. Oily and earthy hops in the aroma. Tart with a sharp citrus flavor and loads of oily hops. Hints of oak. A lively sourness. Likeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2009
From the Bottle at RBESG Harlequin, Sheffield 19/07/2009 Hoppy aroma. White head. Amber coloured hazy in appearance hoppy and sour with a slightly dry oaked finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
A: The pour is a dark caramel color, perhaps light brown, with a white head. A bit on the light side for a doppelbock. S: The nose is quite tart with plenty of sour cherries and cola. A hint of chocolate and miscellaneous fruit notes, and undertones of toffee and malt. T: Plenty of sourness on the flavor as well. A fair bit of vinegar, but it works nicely with the cherries, cola, toffee, and caramel. This is sort of reminiscent of an oud bruin. M: The body is medium with a solid carbonation. D: Some other beer drinkers were not huge fans, but I liked the way this one turned out. Of course, I like almost anything thatís sour.

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