190. Doss Blockos

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Australian lager
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Doss Blockos - BOTTLEDoss Blockos

Company info:
East 9th Brewing Co.
Prahran, VIC

[No website listed]

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 4.6%
Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: TBC

Label info: “The story of Doss Blockos
‘…the mole people then join the search, but they were real. There is no actual manifesto that evolved from the underground New York movement in the late 1990s, which is when we first brewed beneath the city’s discarded railway systems. Our beer surfaced when squats started surfacing all around the Lower East Side, before those people came…’

Doss Blockos has been stripped bare of anything but the essential taste we could ream from the specialty pale malt and cascade hops that we have always used”

What the label really means: I’m a little lost by this label. Something about mole people, underground breweries and stripped bare. I love the sound of an underground brewery and perhaps alluding to the origins of this brew. Is the quote from something I am ignorant to? A Wikipedia search of Doss Blockos reveals a much more fascinating tale that is sadly lacking on this label.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I love this brown kraft label that tells a sad tale of homelessness and depression with a genuine air of hope about it.
The bottle comes wrapped in a brown paper bag which is cool in itself. Peel it back and there’s a drawing of a rosey cheeked girl smacking the bottom of a kid bent over in remorse, his hands raised to his face in shame. It’s almost child-like in design but with perfectly orchestrated precision. Perhaps South American in origin? I’m not sure. It is a very cool looking label that instantly won me over as a fan. My only gripe is that the label on this bottle (and others with it) had an issue where the glue hadn’t adhered properly and there was a big crease down the side. Still, it added to the backyard, poor man feel.

I give it a label rating of 8 out of 10.

AROMA:  Strong citrus aromas arise. I’m a little disappointed actually…it’s nothing especially unique.Doss Blockos - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – Sadly, this is a very typical pale lager with citrus notes dominating an all-mouth dryness. It’s an easy beer to drink, I am enjoying the tasting, but there is nothing ground breaking here. It’s a little generic and I feel really bad about saying that because I desperately wanted to like this beer. It just needs a little more work in the lab. A little more refinement. 

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Almost as good from the bottle but it becomes a teensy bit drier. Over all it’s comparable though, so if you want to drink this and show off the label at the same time, go the bottle.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Salty pork or chilli szechuan beef would work a treat alongside this.

Best season to appreciate: A Summer brew fo sho.

All-nighter beer? Despite my review I do feel this would work well as a session brew.

NEXT WEEK: Anchor Steam Beer

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