Doc’s spring seasonal for 2016, Fleshwound, is something of a new style, an Imperial Irish Red Steinbeer.
Fleshwound by Doctor’s Orders is a stone beer or steinbeer. Following a traditional process, most recently brought to the masses by Stone & Wood, hot volcanic rocks are dropped into the kettle.
This creates lots of toffee and caramelised sugar flavours. It also adds a touch of smoke making it a truly fiery beer.
A Unique And Original Style
Doc doesn’t conform to traditional styles, choosing instead to create his own which are often mash-ups of existing styles.
Fleshwound is labelled as an Imperial Irish Red Steinbeer. It might be a first.
For what it’s worth, the breakdown goes like this. It’s Imperial for the 7% ABV (which it drinks well under). The base is an Irish Red ale. Underneath all of the other things going on, this shines through as a lovely example of the style. The steinbeer component of this beer is because of the volcanic rocks added to the kettle.
Layers Of Complexity
It pours a deep red with some burnt umber and burgundy hints. The head is a frothy, creamy butterscotch which leaves loose knit, sudsy lacing around the glass. The body is surprisingly light for the level of alcohol.
It’s a complex beer that challenges the senses. Initially there’s plenty of smoke, followed by some mellow caramel sweetness and then a wave of aggressive bitterness.
As it warms to room temperature the hop character comes through more. It’s not dank but there is something green, sticky and piney in there. It adds another layer of interest to the beer.
There’s a satin smoothness to the mouthfeel but it finishes very, very dry. The lingering taste is more driving bitterness and some subtle charcoal smoke.
New Seasonal Prescriptions
Doc has wanted to mix up his seasonal releases to keep people interested in what’s become a fickle market.
Fans of Plasma missed out this year as Saccharophobic was released for winter, while lovers of Prescription 12 won’t be getting that particular Doctor’s Orders classic this spring. But they’re well served by this new release. Fleshwound is a delicious beer for the season.
The smokiness lends itself to those first springtime barbecues as the weather starts to warm. It’s also indulgent enough for colder nights thanks to the touch of booze and caramel malt character.
From: Sydney, NSW
Beer style: Imperial Irish Red Steinbeer
Pair with: Red meat cooked on a charcoal barbecue
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