Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock Beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1293) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2015
I’m not sure what happened with Bell’s Consecrator Doppelbock Beer. This is a brewery that usually makes great stuff across all styles, but for some reason this beer just seems off to me. It’s not especially delectable or aromatic, though it is no challenge to drink. What should’ve been something great is only okay at best.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/24/15 and cost $4.19 ($0.35 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful burgundy hue, fairly clear. Pours to a two-finger, tan, soapy which mostly dissipates and leaves minor lacing.

Smell: Rather strong alcohol aroma, hint of fruit and some earthy hop character.

Taste: There’s a certain maltiness found in doppelbocks, and I was hoping to get that here. And while this beer is certainly more malty than hoppy, it’s lacking in distinctive character. Instead of caramel, toffee, etc., I only get mild dark fruit and a lot of alcohol. There’s also a surprisingly strong hop presence as well. Slightly earthy and dry, perhaps with a touch of spice. There seems to be some kind of vegetal presence, though faint. A dash of vanilla from the booze, but otherwise I find the palette to be on the mild side.

Drinkability: One thing Bell’s Consecrator Doppelbock Beer has going for it is its delivery. The mouthfeel is nice and thick with a smooth texture. The 8% ABV makes itself known in the form of warmth (and a bit in the taste), though I would not describe it as a hot brew at all. I’d expect more complexity and intensity for the body, but what’s here is quite drinker-friendly. 
Grade: 6/10

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