Brewery: Bryggverket x Svartberget
Bryggverket were established in 2013 and have since grown to become one of the biggest breweries in Norrland. This is a collaboration (hence the name) between Bryggverket and Svartbergets. This was produced using Pilsner, Munich and some roasted malts such as Chocolate and Carafa and finished with Hallertauer Tradition hops. An effort was made to make this more dry than a traditional doppelbock, so it’s not as cloying and easier to drink. It was hard to decide which Bryggverket beer to take in for this tasting as there are so many good ones to choose from, but as I was lacking any sort of darker beer I thought this would be the perfect fit.
This was light chocolate brown with a beige, long-lasting head. Upon swirling, it seemed to have a medium body as well. There was a delicious blend of aromas featured, with brown sugar, dried fruits, dates, raisins and a hint of metal all blending nicely together. Upon sipping, the robust sweet malts came through first, with the dried fruit flavours chasing after and coating the palate well. Caramel and rye notes were also detected, which worked in harmony with each other. The medium to high carbonation bought this beer to life, with the warming 8% alcohol and iron notes coming through in the throat in the aftertaste.
This was a delightful doppelbock and a great collaboration. With a slightly lighter body than usual for the style (which was done on purpose), it made it easier to drink than some other doppelbocks I’ve tried recently. The big roasted notes were well-balanced with the earthy hops and this was an all round lovely beer that would be great in the slightly dark autumn months ahead.