Doppel Shot Doppel Bock – Maui Brewing Co. (Kihei, Maui, Hawaii)

Doppel Shot Doppel Bock (Limited release) – Maui Brewing Company, 8.2% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Kihei, Maui, Hawaii)

on the front-left of the can:

“Not your everyday Doppelbock! This unique Doppelbock was brewed to showcase the fresh roasted Yellow Caturra MauiGrown coffee from Ka’anapali, Maui. This beer is rich in pale malt character and brings slight sweetness to compliment the smooth character of the coffee. The darker color comes from the heavy coffee addition.”


Visual: (cellared for 2 years). 4-pack aluminum cans. Pours clear copper orange, not much of a head, thick ringed retention, a great mix of fast and sporadic large and small bubble streams.

Nose: nutty cocoa roast coffee beans, slight barley malt background. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: silky-thicker-crisp

Mid-palate: liquid barley malt, alcohol detection, escalating (lvl-7-sweetness), bittersweet coldbrew coffee

Finish: nutty coffee malt exhale, cacao-caramel, subtle hop bitter, lengthy residual roasted bitter coffee.

Summary: Very good length of coffee flavour as well as depth, but slightly too much alcohol detection in the early mids that builds into a substantial alcohol hit by the late mids. Good drinkability and texture. Solid.

Beechwood Smoked Honey Doppelbock – Steel & Oak Brewing Co. (New Westminster, BC, Canada)

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.