Ovila Abbey Dubbel

Name: Ovila Abbey Dubbel
Style: Dubbel
ABV (%): 7.50
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Scott bought me this beer.  Poured from a 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a freezer-chilled pint glass.

Dark amber hue, highly carbonated, thick head, light, but frothy.

Light malt smell, toffee, maybe toasted almond, lots of yeast.

Bit of clove flavor.  Explodes on the back of the palate.  Super bitter, but not in an overwhelming manner.  Very layered.  Spicy, but light.  Excellent hop flavor.

Highly carbonated.  Excellent mouthfeel.  Sharp and crisp across the palate.

Complex without being thick or heavy.  Very refreshing.  Light-bodied for a dubbel, but not slack in flavor.

Look: 8
Smell: 7
Taste: 7
Feel: 8
Drink: 8
Overall: 7.8

Grade: B

Eisbock 28

Name: Eisbock 28
Style: Eisbock
ABV (%): 11.00
Brewery: Redhook Ale Brewery

This is a limited edition ale from Redhook.  I am a sucker for limited edition beers, so despite the gimmick plastered all over this bottle (aged at temperatures below freezing), I picked it up.  Let me say that often when a beer is brewed and/or aged at super low temperatures, it is done to maintain a much higher alcohol content (see Sink the Bismarck!).  Poured from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a freezer-chilled pint glass.

The color is a strong reddish-caramel.  Thick, milky head pours 1-2 fingers and lingers for a very long time.

Smells of candy.  Rich, dark fruits, figs.  It smells super sweet and reminds me of an Avery beer.

Candy.  All candy in the flavor.  Thick and lots of bread, just like an eisbock.  I was a bit surprised at this point.  I laughed a bit at the thought of Redhook brewing a real eisbock.  The flavor is like an American Strong Ale, though.  A little bit of oak.  Mild bitter aftertaste.

The mouth is rich and frothy.  Almost syrupy.  Thick in the mouth.  The thickness lingers for a long time like after a dark soda.

This is definitely for sipping.  It’s got a decent flavor, but it is too thick and just way WAY too boozy.  I couldn’t even finish it.  I poured about 1/4 of it down the drain.  And believe me, it hurt to do so.  I just couldn’t get through the whole thing without forcing it.  This is maybe the weirdest, most imbalanced beer I’ve ever reviewed.

Look: 8
Smell: 9
Taste: 8
Feel: 4
Drink: 3
Overall: 7.3

Grade: B-