Description: This imperial Bock was a collaboration between the Oregon-based Deschutes and the German Distelhauser breweries. In addition to Chocolate Wheat, Carared Malt, Pilsner, and Wheat Malt, the beer also features a good dose of Spelt Malt. It is then bittered using a combination of Bravo, US Tettnang, and Citra hops to achieve a rich, malt-forward ale.
Tasting Notes: This brew definitely came as advertised – rich, malty, sweet, and quite strong. Though a bit overwhelming, it certainly did pack an interesting profile, with notes of banana, sugars, and spices. In this sense, it was quite reminiscent of other strong wheat bocks (Aventinus and Dumduminator) and some pretty strong notes of molasses.
Appearance: Deep brown/amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong malt, brown sugar, molasses, allspice, mild herbal hops
Taste: Sweet malt, mineral tang, brown sugar, banana, cloves, spices, mild alcoholic bite
Aftertaste: Lingering malt flavor, minerals, sweet banana, alcohol