A collaboration beer made with "Uncle" Frank, New England brewer who is currently roaming, and Greg Ouellette, head brewer at Martha’s Exchange.
This is the "Year of Wood" at Martha’s so the beer needed a wood character. Ideas were tossed around and the beer grew from a mere rye bock into the final idea of a Smoked Rye Dopplebock made with Maple Wood in both the kettle and in the grundy tank. 17.9 Plato starting gravity (that’s about 1.072 for you home brew geeks), fermented cool, two different types of smoked malt, and a tree branch ripped out of Greg’s yard (yes , really!) make this a very different beer.
johnnnniee (2038) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the source
Pours a dark golden color with a stingy off white head that displays minimal retention and lace. Smells of smoked malts, slightly woody with hints of toffee and spicy earthy hops. Taste is malty with sweetness countered by lots of smoke. Caramel sweetness and earthy hops cut through the fog quite nicely. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet slick mouthfeel. I order a smoked bock in late December and it throws me little when the glass gets to my table with a dark golden brew is inside. This is a decent beer, but I feel the beer doesn’t quite have the body or sweetness I was expecting for a bock beer, and probably not enough malt backbone to stand up to the smoked malt. Drinkable as is, but could be so much better.
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