Maui Doppelshot Doublebock

Reviewed by on December 21, 2015 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Maui Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Kihei, HI, US

  • Rated On: December 21, 2015

  • Best Before: canned September 29, 2015

  • ABV: 8.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Flavoured Doppelbock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Doppelshot is a coffee-flavoured strong bock released in my bailiwick in December – I guess the months of the year don’t mean much when you brew in a constant state of paradise, weather-wise. At any rate, since we’re messing around with the calendar just a bit of late, and coffee seems to be the brewing starlet du jour, I claim that this makes at least a modicum of sense right now.

This 12oz can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of sudsy low-lying cloud lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of musty and dirty coffee beans, and a hard to discern, but it’s there, grainy caramel malt – yup, simple. The taste is more incredibly earthy and gritty coffee acerbity, a strange indeterminate fruitiness, biscuity caramel malt, hints of bittersweet chocolate and nutty notes, and some very mild leafy, weedy, and perfumed floral hoppiness. The bubbles are pretty sedate in their underperforming frothiness, the body a bare middleweight, and sort of smooth, I suppose, the coffee having a certain sway here, and it ain’t in the right tradewinds direction. It finishes off-dry, that weird coffee essence insisting on having the last word, of course.

Yeah, not being a coffee aficionado (actually, I detest the stuff on its own), I’m at a loss as to why this particular instance is so beguilingly offbeat, other than being heavily localized to Maui. Not much doppelbock character comes through here, if that’s what you’re after (and are probably in the minority). Overall – good and exotic if you’re a java-head, and merely interesting for the rest of us.

Brady White

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