Continuing with my theme for Dec of 2010, I dedicated this next review to a local favorite by Lighthouse Brewery. Not only was it the second installment in my “Month of Doppelbock” series, it was the second in the line of “Big Flavor” beers by Lighthouse that I would come to sample and enjoy. Look for the full review of the “Big Flavor” series, coming up in a few posts!
It’s called Navigator Doppelbock, and is part of their “Small Brewery-Big Flavour” line which includes last month’s Shipwrecked (see below). Weighing in at a hefty 8.5 percent alcohol, this customer has strong malts and hops but is balanced by a sweet, smooth finish. It is like most Doppelbocks in that it delivers a strong punch in a velvet glove. A little too sweet for me, but that’s a matter of personal preference. As far as Doppelbock’s go, it delivers and is faithful to the brewing tradition, not to mention a pleasure to drink. 4/5 for this one!
Honourable Mention: (3.75/5)Old Cellar Dweller Barley Wine. Though not a doppelbock, I felt this brew was close enough to sneak in. And since I am a big fan of the Driftwood Brewery (especially since the creation of Fat Tug IPA), I also wanted to give it a review. Much like Doppelbock’s, barley wines are renowned for their strength, intensity, and fruity flavour. This beer is certainly no stranger to any of those qualifiers, being strong, sweet, and with intense tawny flavour! It’s also a whopping 12 percent alcohol, so its not for the uninitiated or faint of heart. All that being said, not my favorite barley wine. It’s strength and sweetness can be overwhelming at times, which is not good if all you’re looking for is an enjoyable drinking experience. If, however, you are looking for a challenge and aren’t afraid of getting a little smashed, then it’s right up your alley!