Sly Fox Instigator Eisdoppelbock

RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
This very limited special beer is created when Instigator Doppelbock is frozen to remove most of the water content, resulting in a stronger, more flavorful version. Available in limited quantity ONLY at the Bock Festival & Goat Race each year. Known years: 2003- 2006, 2008 - 2012

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10346) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Deep brown/copper pour with minimal head. Smells caramel malty, some dark fruit, and cognac. Dense mouthfeel, with tastes of dark fruits (figs), cognac, port, more fruit, molasses, scotch, and some chocolate elements. Well hidden alcohol. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (6531) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2006
On tap, Sly Fox Goat Race 2006, served in approx. 5oz wine glass. Poured a dark brown with a one finger creamy light brown head. Nice retention on the head for such a high ABV beer. Aroma was very thick and almost syrupy smelling with lots of caramel and toffee and to a lesser extent alcohol, nuttiness, and light fruitiness. Flavor is of caramel and toffee up front with a very warming finish. While very warming in the throat, there is really not much alcohol flavor though to their credit. Mouthfeel is thick, very smooth, and with minimal fine carbonation. Overall, very good, and the better of the two Eisbocks pouring at the event. On a side note, the little bit of this that spilled on my hand left it very sticky for about an hour, almost like homebrew wort. This stuff was certainly full of malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (6318) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2013 Poured a deep dark purple brown color small off white head. Banana and clove, some wheat as well in the aroma. Sweet and malty, with some light fruit as well. Just the slightest bit of alcohol was detected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 On tap at the Phoenixville location for the 2006 Goat Races. Pours a dark brown with some ruby red when held to the light. Creamy lighter tan head that left great lacing. Very nice looking beer. Aroma of dark fruits, molasses, caramel, sweet maltiness, I really just loved how the malts came through in the aroma on this one. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, sweet maltiness, light alcohol burn and some candy sweetness. Slight alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2003
This beer was pretty flat (and I got it straight from the tap at the Sly Fox). Like a barleywine, due to its color and clearly high alcohol content. Molasses-like taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2301) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Dark brown in color with a purple-ish tint, small off-white tan, sweet malty nose, hints of fruits in the flavors, very heavy body, alcohol strength is very well hidden, very smooth, excellent eisbock

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Small snifter at the Goat Races. Dark copper, very slight head. Porter-like flavor and aroma. Big malts and slight chocolate. Slight wine-like character as well. Very decent, but not as good as the Helles...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2006
06 Goat Races. Pour was a medim/full bodied dark brown color with a frothy, beige head. The aroma was toffe, carmel, maple syrup, brown sugar...very sweet. The flavors were a lot like the nose mixed in with lots of raisins. By far, my favorite of the two eis-bocks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
On draft at the 06 goat race... Appears a dark roasted black color with a creamy tan head that slowly fades into a small 1 finger cap and never drops off. Tons of scattered lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of cocoa, mild caramel, with some faint earth notes, along with some roasted nuts, molasses, and sticky raisins. Taste is of the same aromas. Lots of complex flavors melding together to make a supreme doppelbock. The mouthfeel is slightly sweet with creamy notes and only a very small trace of the abv content. This was the best version of this that I remember having and Ive been to all of the goat races with the exception of the New Road one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2005
draught at the goat races, aroma of roasted malts and some chocolates, color was deep brown with very little head, smooth malty taste with chocolates again appearing, a little bit of an alcohol bite in the tail end. real good, but not that much better than its non-eis base, and not as good of an eis as the helles.

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