- My Rating: [B], I gave it a (3.4 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Beechwood Smoked Honey Doppelbock – Steel & Oak Brewing Company, 7.9% ABV – 20 IBU, 650ml., (New Westminster, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)
on the front-right label:
“Honey and Beechwood Smoked Malt add further depth to this already complex strong German style lager. The Steel & Oak Smoked Honey Doppelbock is best enjoyed while seated in a leather chair with your feet up on a rich mahogany coffee table.”
- Style: (flavoured – BC organic honey, beechwood smoked) Doppelbock
- Taste: Heavy barley malt forward sweet honey smoked woody
- Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
- How much: $6.95 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., November 2015
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good stuff
Visual: Pours clear orange copper with a small 1cm dissipating head, fine micro CO2 ringed retention and spotty island retention, loose clusters of micro steady streams.
Nose: metallic honey, sweet toasty barley malt with just a hint of smoke (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: thicker-crisp bite-slick, alcohol presence
Mid-palate: micro CO2 entry, toasty caramelized barley malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), alcoholic heavy, honey, subtle hops
Finish: woody residual barley malts, smoky exhale
Summary: A very smoothly crafted and balanced brew of sweet honeyed barley malt with just enough smoke and hops in the mids to finish. All flavours are there as advertised; the ABV is quite well-hidden and hits stealth. 2/3 through it drinks predictable – the mids could could use more body and depth. Pleasantly sipped.