Lake of Bays Crazy Eyes Winter Bock

Reviewed by on February 13, 2015 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Lake of Bays Brewing Company

  • Origin: Baysville, ON, CA

  • Rated On: February 13, 2015

  • Best Before: Packaged on Nov 26, 2014

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Ontario’s Lake of Bays Brewing has been releasing their NHL Alumni Signature Series over the past few years, and finally, I’ve come across one where the featured player is from my hockey-watching generation. I do have to laugh at the mention of Toronto’s ‘successful’ playoff runs of the late 90s and early 2000s. And I too wore number 16 when I played rep hockey, and used to have a signature very much like M. Tucker’s, apparently – as a teenager.

This 750ml bottle pours a clear, very dark red-brick amber hue, with two skinned fingers of weakly foamy and mostly cream-puffy head, which leaves a bit of coral reef profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, crackery semi-sweet caramel malt, a muddled bruised drupe and citrus rind fruitiness, hints of wispy smoke, cold mocha, and leafy, weedy, and somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is more fairly sweet grainy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, bittersweet chocolate, understated toasty day-old coffee, dark orchard fruit – cherry, plum, and raisin – a hint of earthy yeast, and grassy, leafy, and floral hops. The 16 proof (hah – I get it – maybe) booze is but a knee-wobbler that you just haven’t yet encountered.

The carbonation is mostly underwhelming in its soft and kid gloves frothiness, the body a steady medium-heavy weight for the style, and generally smooth, no hop or alcohol ester willing to muster the courage to incur an unnecessary interference call here. It finishes well off-dry, the crackery caramel still the order of the day, while the hops go off and play in their corner, and the booze keeps a respectful and mandated distance.

A pretty well-rendered strong dark bock, if that is what ‘winter bock’ is supposed to mean. Anyways, decently balanced among the slightly smoked malty sweetness, thankless hops, and simmering alcohol measure. A fitting tribute to one of the better Maple Laffs resident meatheads, with occasional Johnny on the spot tendencies, from a decade or more ago, now, sheeeeesh.

Brady White



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