I first got my hands on literally the last glass from the limited keg release of Dr. Hoptagon in Baton Rouge at Niche restaurant just a few weeks ago. At that time, I thought it was an excellent beer, but one glass is hard to make a judgement on, so I wanted more. Luckily for me, most of the first batch of Dr. Hoptagon was destined to be bottle conditioned for a little under a months time, and released in 750 ml bombers. I picked up two last week from Calandro’s in Baton Rouge. I grabbed one for this review, and one to age a little longer. I realize the hops will fade a bit, but I’m always up for a good experimental aging.
Alright, enough of my rambling… let’s get down to the beer.
Dr. Hoptagon pours very black, if you hold the glass up to a light, you’re not going to see any light pass through. It has a beautiful thick head with a dark beige color. Granted, I was pouring into a tulip glass, which aids in a thicker head, but I had at least a two finger head. The retention and lacing were very nice, as I didn’t even have to hurry to take this picture:
The nose on Dr. Hoptagon gives off a hoppy scent laced with hints of citrus and pine. I also get a slight malty aroma with hints of coffee and caramel.
On to the taste… Huge amounts of nice bitterness from the hops, with strong hints of coffee and roasted malt. I’ve heard some people say they get some chocolate, but for me, there’s definitely more coffee notes than chocolate. There is a pleasant bitterness throughout the taste that lingers and mixes perfectly with the roasted malt.
The mouthfeel on Dr. Hoptagon is medium, with moderate carbonation. It’s very smooth, with little to no heat from the 7.5% ABV.