Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pump House Doppelbock

This Pump House seasonal / 10-year (and 10% ABV, supposedly) anniversary brew pours a deep mahogany, with a modest head.

There is some alcohol in the aroma, especially as it warms up. It's malty with some caramel / demerara sugar.

There is definitely some alcohol in the taste. It's a little medicinal that borders / competes with a licorice slant. It's warming on a cold day, for sure. As the glass goes on, the alcohol is a bit strong / lingering in the aftertaste. On the plus side, the high ABV doesn't really factor in the feel. It's really reminding me of some amber or dark rums.

It has a medium feel and carbonation, with a slick finish.

Overall... maybe a 3 or a 4 out of 5. The novelty of having it on tap on PEI (at Water Street Fish & Chips) makes me want to say a 4, even though I feel it's really more of a 3. I'd have it again, especially if this weather persists.

5 comments:

  1. Could almost be an Eisbock.

    The medicinal doesn't sounds good. Do you think it may have been more ethanol than chlorophenol?

    Jim B.

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  2. Since Pumphouse employs a professional brewer, I doubt if it was medicinal

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    1. That doesn't really mean anything... perhaps just makes it less likely. I think the reason that it was bordering on that slant for me that day is the anise / licorice / herbal slant I picked up. It wasn't astringent or something like that... it just had this strong combo of alcohol and a bit of the bright, biting licorice that makes one think of some medicines.

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    2. I was at Portsmouth Brewing in New Hampshire last year, and had a couple of their beers on tap. I purchased a bottle of one in their retail shop, and drank it a couple of weeks later. It was definitely infected. Portsmouth Brewing is a highly-respected brewery, and they make lots of great beers... but mistakes/accidents/infections happen to every brewery.

      Not saying your Doppelbock was necessarily infected. Just agreeing with the point that being commercial brewery doesn't protect you completely.

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  3. Agreed. One just has to look at the “butter bombs” churned out by Picaroons in Fredericton NB

    Jim B.

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