zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016 Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pros: A lot of elements combining well together. Smoke & meat, caramel, toffee, bourbon & vanilla. Well hidden alcohol. Seriously complex flavor.
Cons: Lacks mouth feel and vibrancy, due to the lack of natural carbonation. Would prefer different finishing flavors (it’s a touch bacony & smoky towards this finish for me.) Nose is a little lacking.
This is fabulous stuff. Too bad it’s not naturally carbonated. It would probably age very well.
Bomber. Pours brown with a tan head and aroma of smoke and caramel. Taste is smokey as well, peat with caramel, malt, oak, and chocolate into the finish. jjgmd (2212) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
With Z, pours a dark mahogany black pour with an ephemeral Java colored head. Nose is very sweet malt and caramel . Taste is sweet chocolate malt spiced with oaky alcohol notes. Finishes on the same tasting notes, not a doppel lover but this was an exception ! Quaff Score 8 / 10 jbruner (5002) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Pours a deep golden brown from the bomber with light bubbly tan head that leaves little to no lace. Aroma of soft barrel notes, vanilla and oak over nice caramel sweetness from the malt. Taste follows, the barrel is a little bit bigger on the mouth than the nose, but still mild. Soft carbonation, medium thickness, solid stuff. hayduke (5599) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2015. This may have been a retired beer but there it was. In the tasting glass a reddish brown with a beige head. Nose of rick dark caramel malts, some fruit, and some smoke. Quite full body, and s smooth creamy mouth feel .Flavor is a lot of the dark ripe fruit, oak, whiskey, and vanilla. The finish is oaky and boozy. Quite tasty and enjoyable. A ounce is not enough. slowrunner77 (12451) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"this beer was a tasty unique beer. the aroma was intense and complex...vanilla, oak, malt, a touch of whisky. nice mahogony/ruby color. mf is smooth, medium bodied, and a little slick. flavor is similar to the aroma, but the hint of smoke in the aroma is no longer just a hint in the flavor. it lingers on the finish with all the other easy drinking but complex goodness. hides the abv very well. underated beer! via trade w/ kinger."
JK (6230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bomber shared by Bob at Brian’s tasting. Brown color of course. I get quite a bit of oak dryness and very light whiskey aroma. Sweet malt flavor, some meat. Thick and heavy palate. Aside from the whiskey character, this is much like a German doppelbock. BVery (10711) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bomber shared by Bob - thanks! Amber orange pour with a smaller head. Smoked peat aroma with a touch of band aid. Great taste of smoked meat. This is really nice. Bacterial (3027) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bomber thanks to Skyview - thanks!! Hazy light brown pour with almost no head. Malty and slightly boozy nose, as it warms just a touch of smoke. Sweet taste and nice oak character. Quit nice. tibicinoid (26) - Wyoming, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle from Friar Tuck’s in Savoy, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass
Fort Collins’ 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. Beer’s 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 (779) - Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2012
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 wasn’t what I expected. Really reminded me more of a barrel-aged scotch ale.