Brooklyn Brewery introduced their lager in 1988, and this past weekend, they debuted their a special doppelbock version to celebrate the brewery's 25th anniversary. It's made with German and American Two-row Pilsner malt, along with Munich and caramel malt, and hopped with Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, Saphir, Cascade, and Willamette hops. This bottle-conditioned beer clocks in around 9% ABV, and will be available with labels from four different Brooklyn artists from now until May.
This hefty brew pours a rusty orange, and the texture is rich and dense, with wonderfully delicate fine carbonation. It doesn't have the rum-raisin like sweetness of, say, Ayinger Celebrator, and wouldn't be right for pairing with chocolate like that beer. Instead, Brooklyn's anniversary brew finishes with a wall of bitterness that would make this better for pairing with aged cheeses or perhaps a thick-cut pork chop, or roasted sausages with sage and nutty farro. It's intense stuff—not the kind of thing we'd likely drink more than one glass of—so gather your friends if you're going to crack open a 750 mL bottle.
Have you tried Brooklyn's new brew yet? What did you think of it?
Beer sample provided for review consideration.