Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager

Image courtesy of Great Divide Brewing Company

Image courtesy of Great Divide Brewing Company

The label, with it’s dark and nostalgic colors and imagery drew me toward this wonderful doppelbock from Denver’s Great Divide Brewing Company.  Wolfgang is described as “saintly” and “sacred” on the label and I agree.  Wolfie (yes, I feel that comfortable around it) pours mahogany with a pleasing ruby cast and sports a sticky, beige head with persistent lacing.  Wolfgang’s bready, yeasty bouquet is plenty sweet with a hint of alcohol tang.  There’s also a generous dose of of caramel, some toffee or butterscotch and a hint of sweet dates.  The mouthfeel is rich and the main component of the flavor profile is a hearty sweetness, followed by rusty tinge.  A little more bread yeast comes out in the finish.  It’s no wonder the Fransiscan monks in Bavaria considered a good doppelbock beer as liquid bread.  Substantial and sustaining, Wolfgang is a beer that I’ll look forward to enjoying again, soon.

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