Malts: Munich, Light and Dark Crystal, Carapils, Chocolate
Hops: Mt. Hood, Chinook, Perle
What a nose on this winner of the Dopplebock Silver Medal at the 1997 Great American Beer Festival! Look for notes of white grapes and raw honey, plum flesh, some toffee, hints of tea, a dash of carob, and some yeasty spiciness. Take cover as the flavor lobs a malt grenade that bursts with big, rich, malty flavors. Everything from the nose comes along in the flavor, with a complex alcohol presence, and a bold sweetness that is balanced by a healthy dosing of bittering hops. Finishes surprisingly dry for all its sweetness and complexity. We say this one's a 'nightcapper' to be savored on its own; though for food application, it could be used to make an awesome demi-glace.
The Tommyknocker Brewery has been making award-winning brews for over 12 years. The brewery started out of their brewpub location in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, in the historic mining town of Idaho Springs, CO. It's a great place to visit—solid menu and one of the area's best beer samplers. They've been collecting awards since 1995 from both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, and they offer a broad range of beers, from a light-bodied wheat ale to the big and full Dopplebock featured this month.
The brewery also offers several different types handcrafted sodas, including Root Beer, Almond Creme, Strawberry Creme, Orange Creme, and Key Lime Creme! All of which can be ordered from their Web site. We'll let you discover those on your own and stick to what we do best: Beer!
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (303) 567-4419 or check out their web site at www.tommyknocker.com.
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