Review – Indian Wells Lobotomy Bock
From Indian Wells Brewing – This smooth rich dark southern German dobblebock is an Indian Wells Brewing Co. favorite. This 10.8% beer is powerful, but VERY easy to drink! This beer is not for the timid. A few of them and you’ll feel like you’ve had a frontal lobotomy the next day. Consume with caution!
Indian Wells Brewing Co. – Lobotomy Bock Lager – 12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Adams speciality glass. 10.8% abv.
Appearance: A dark auburn that lets in about 5% light. You really need to put it up to a light source to see any bit of translucency. The head is a 1/2 inch of sudsy light tan foam. After sipping this down, I notice rings of lace left behind.
Aroma: Bread and bread crust, with a bit of sugary spice mixed in. Dry leaves and grain are there as well.
Taste: Bitter bready malt and yeast. A touch of caramel and fruitiness in the finish. A modest bit of hop spice can be found in there, but it is very faint.
Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side.
Overall: With all alcohol products, I have a good faith belief the advertised abv. is correct. If this beer is to be 10.8% abv., you would not know it. It is very modest in bold flavors department, and isn’t nearly as thick as a beer packing that much punch. This is most definitely the best beer Indian Wells sells at Whole Foods, and is a great beer to add to your six pack rotation.
October 4, 2010 @ 5:14 pm
I actually like this beer, but I’m not sure I’d think of it as a dark beer, despite its color. I like pilsners, but find them with less sweetness and character than I would like. This to me is a perfect compromise: it has the lightness of a pilsner but with sweeter overtones of a stout without the thickness. I find it dangerously drinkable especially with its high alcohol content without the obvious alcohol you’d expect with something that was 10.8. I don’t care if it has a head — I find particularly it drinkable right out of the bottle and quite good at room temperature which enables better tasting some of its overtones.
April 21, 2009 @ 2:31 pm
This beer kicks ass and I have been buying it at Whole Foods for over a year now!
April 17, 2009 @ 6:47 pm
I’ve had this, and it was very good, but I don’t think it really was 10.8% ABV.
I did have a few, and the effect was not as strong as a couple of Old Rasputin (9%)
or a 22oz. of Stone Imperial Russian Stout (10.5%)
The flavor of Lobotomy Bock was good, but nowhere near as good as the other 2.