ARH (152) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2014 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. First aromas off the pour are bread, candy sugar, a light note of berries, and a mild chocolate and vanilla combination. As it settles, some notes of caramel show up and the berries turn more towards raisin and fleshy fruit. A light coffee note comes in towards the end of the drink The pour is a rich dark, caramel-cola color with a large, puffy brown head that has a muffin-like look to it. It slowly reduces down to a messy, but abundant, frothy, lumpy head that leaves an above average amount of splotchy lacing. A medium malty sweetness is matched by a more full, but mellow, light bitter, with a background sourness in very trace amounts (sour grapes came to mind). The beer has medium-light body, with a thin, somewhat creamy texture and a decent amount of very soft, pillowy carbonation. The mouthfeel starts out with a strong, but mellow spruce-like bitterness that fades by the the middle of the sip, and more sweet chocolate malt / malted milk ball and a light sour grape flavor swells in to take it’s place. There’s also a seltzer-esque mutedness to the drink. A mellow bitter dryness shows up at the finish in the form of resin-y coffee grounds with dark chocolate and is complimented by a milky sweet berries and cream flavor. The aftertaste is over-toasted bread (not quite burnt, but close) in moderate strength and length.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1326) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
To celebrate my 1200th rating on ratebeer I decided to have Anchor’s now retired Anchor Bock(replaced by an IPA). 2013 bottle so one year old from Sugaya & served in a snifter, it pours a dark reddish-brown that becomes a deep black in the glass with a thin brown head which dissipates fairly fast but leaves nice lacing. Lovely ripe plum, figs & port notes very fruity with dark malts. Medium bodied with a silky mouthfeel. The flavor is fruity cherry & berries, quite sweet with caramel & roasty malts in the finish. A delicious beer that makes me think of fruits dipped in chocolate or caramel. Too bad it is being discontinued but I can see how this beer isn’t a "trendy" style in the US.
SimplySike (688) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with tan head.
Aroma caramel, sweet, dark fruits, sugar, molasses, malts.
Taste sweet, fresh.
Mouthfeel thin, bit creamy.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one poured a lighter brown with a beige head. Aroma was nutty and caramel. Flavor was similar, with grassy notes. Smooth and unflawed but boring.
CanCrusher (510) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - FEB 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 0,355L. Very dark brown colour with big, creamy, light brown head. I would expect strong malty aroma at bock style of beer, but strong hoppy aroma with grass and orange dominates here. Of course there is malty strong coffee and chocolate aroma, but somwhere way back in the background. Taste starts light acidic and become heavy bitter with long lasting aftertaste. Full bodied, oily texture and lively carbonation.
bmoosey (78) - Richmond, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured at home from a 12 oz. bottle. Dark and roasty with a hint of sweetness. Dark brown with a light brown head. Smell is sweet like fruit with taste is good with a little bitterness. Wanted to get this before it was discontinued. Nice overall beer.
ThirstyBird (1176) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The smell is caramel, rich fruit, molasses. The taste is rich tag fruit, caramel, molasses ending crisp. The body is medium with carbonation that is a bit prickly. A sweet, rich bock.
stevoj (1701) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice sweet bock, dark and roasty with a hint of molasses sweetness. Dark brown with small foamy beige head. Aroma is sweet (dried fruit)with taste bringing in some roast grain bitterness. Finish is some lingering bitterness. Nicely done, Anchor!
Beerhunter111 (5343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstig, malzig süß, nussig, Karamell. Geschmack malzig scharf, fruchtig, Karamell, nussig.
madvike (2581) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Dark cola colored body with a foamy tan head. Nose is sharply sweet, dark bread, a bit of nuttiness, and a touch of yeast. Taste is dark bread, a touch of peanut butter, more sharp bitterness, and a long, nutty finish. A bit watery in the mouth, and the carbonation is amped up a bit too much. The sharpness is really off-putting and ruins the whole beer for me. Too bad--looks like this one is supposed to be great for the style.