Yeah yeah I know. It has been awhile since I reviewed a beer. Starting up a new business has been sucking up all my free time. The good news is that I have not stopped shopping for beer. This time the victim will be Boulevard Seeyoulater Dopplebock, which is from their smokestack series.
Boulevard Seeyoulater Doppelbock -
Boulevard Brewing Co - Kansas City, MO
Description: A Doppelbock aged on cedar, it will be released along with Bob’s ‘47 Oktoberfest near the end of August. Medium amber in color, Seeyoulator offers a heady, estery banana aroma. A luscious maltiness predominates, with balancing notes from Hallertau hops. Cedar aging lends just a hint of spice to the finish. ABV- 8.5%
Smitty's Review: Sampled at 45 degrees in my new (and favorite) Samuel Adams beer glass. The pour is a nice copper amber with a dissipating beige head and spotty lacing. The nose is very inviting, with notes of berries, vanilla, and caramel malts. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor of caramel and Munich malts that are quickly overpowered by the cedar characteristics of sawdust, pepper, herbs, and tobacco. The malts and cedar also give this beer some bourbon nuances, especially with the amount of residual sweetness. The finish is semi-dry and spicy, with more cedar that lingers on the palate. I think this is the first wood-aged Doppelbock that I have tried. This was enjoyable, but I doubt that I would make a repeat purchase at this price point. Ayinger Celebrator is still my Dopplebock of choice in Nashville.
Rating*: 8.0 out of 10
Recommended Food Pairing: White cheeses (Gouda, Havarti, Guyere), Venison, German Cuisine, grilled pork. The cedar aging would also pair well with some mild to medium cigars.
Value: A tad on the pricey side ($11.99 per 750ml)
Beer Audience: Beer aficionados, fans of German-style beers
Where To Buy: Midtown Wine and Spirits, Graces Plaza Wine & Spirits, Red Dog, Cool Springs Wine and Spirits, most liquors stores with a craft beer section.
* rating system based on aroma (1 pt), appearance (1pt), palate (2 pts) flavor (3pts), comparison to other commercial examples of the style (3pts)
Posted by Smitty at 7:31 PM