Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Trove of New Beer - Day 3 - Ale Asylum Bamboozleator

The only unfortunate thing about Ale Asylum is it's out of the way location. But even on a random Tuesday evening the pub area was well-populated with college students and construction workers and young professionals. And, the bonus for trekking all the way out there is five beers that Ale Asylum doesn't bottle: the Big Slick Oatmeal Stout, Diablo Belgian Dubbel, DisPorterly Conduct English Porter, Sticky McDoogle Scotch Ale, and the 8.5% ABV Bamboozleator Dopplebock. The Bamboozleator is a departure from Ale Asylum's typical, well, ales and a sneaky incursion into a world dominated Capital Brewery. And while the Bamboozleator may never be confused for the Celebrator or Maximator, it can certainly run with the Autumnal Fire.

Ale Asylum Bamboozleator
Appearance: a brilliant, clear copper with a thin off-white 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving strong lacing on the side of the glass
Aroma: big and malty with a slightly sweet caramel aroma, but up-front aromas of freshly baked bread
Flavor: strongly malty with an inexplicable cherry or currant sweetness; a slight alcohol estery-ness comes through at the end but little to no hop bitterness, which is a pleasant change of pace for Ale Asylum's beers
Body: a medium bodied dopplebock with the style's trademark syrupiness as it warms - and this is what differentiates it from the Autumnal Fire, which is more of a dopplebock trapped in an Oktoberfest's body; the Bamboozleator is much more in-line with the style's traditions though it leans towards the more medium bodied (though not as light bodied as the Maximator) and towards the fruitier - if I didn't know any better I'd think that perhaps the fruitiness came from an ale yeast, but that's not possible, is it?
Drinkability: well, let's just say that Ale Asylum will not sell you a pitcher of the Bamboozleator; at 8.5% ABV more than one probably requires a DD.
Summary: a nice restrained lager from a brewery known for its hoppy ales; perfect for sipping on those blustery spring evenings while going over the last numbers of the day with your work cohorts.

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