Doppelbock: beer not to tweak

In the last few weeks, I’ve had a couple of doppelbocks tweaked by creativity: Seeyoulater, a cedar-aged offering from Boulevard Brewing Company; and Perkulator, a coffee doppelbock from Dark Horse Brewing Company.

Both were good beers, enjoyable, tasty.

But the tannic cedar twang of the former detracted a bit from the base beer, and the coffee of the latter (though creamy and tasty) was simply too coffee: it was a pint of cold coffee and covered up the doppelbockness completely.

Both twists on the style thinned the mouthfeel (and the perception of alcohol), offered some differently-styled tannic qualities and pulled away from what I love about a good doppelbock: the bold, rich, bready malt-boom of deliciousness.

Put some coffee in a stout if you wish. The flavors meld just so. And barrel-aging is delightful on many beer styles. But give me a doppelbock–straight up.

2 Responses to Doppelbock: beer not to tweak

  1. travis says:

    I agree, you should try the Eku28 if you haven’t. It’s a great example of the style. This was also one of my favorite beers to brew.

  2. Wilson says:

    EKU does have the goodness. Almost a little hottish, though.

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