Advent Beer #5: Red Racer Dopplebock from Central City

20161207_105304.jpgFrom the label:

This German styled dark lager is big in roasted malt flavour and has a touch of coffee and chocolate, known as ‘liquid bread’ by monks in the 18th century the doppelbock is a big bodied, big flavoured beer and this is Red Racer’s take

This dark dopplebock pours out a deep Coca-Cola brown colour with a light tan head.

The nose is caramel malt, nuttiness, and molasses. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and an off-dry finish. The palate is denominated by the malt, with notes of coffee, chocolate, nuts, toffee, and brown sugar, with a slight hint of floral hopiness taking a back seat.

Overall, this was a good example of the style. It’s darker than say the Steel & Oak smoked dopplebock and not quite as complex, but it’s well suited to a cold fall evening, despite the label imagery.

So far the Central City entries in the calendar have been very straight forward and traditional, while the P49 entries have more off the wall. Let’s see if the trend continues.

Rating: 3.75/5

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