BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours to a mostly clear (when held to a light) medium brown colored body that shines with ruby highlights. Atop sits a medium, light brownish tan head that fades to a medium, rocky ring around the outside of the glass. The aroma shows a slight nuttiness, though it’s more of a darker, richer, more malty nuttiness than say a brown ale would be. There’s also a pleasing mild roast scent, biscuit notes, and hints of some plums, carrots, or maybe beats - this smell is not the same as what one would expect from DMS, rather it seems to be coming from the house character of anchor’s brews (yeast, and I believe unique fermentation tanks?) combined with the choice of malt of hops here. As it warms, a slight pine scent shows itself. The taste shows a small hit of bitterness and pine-like hops right off the bat, but that’s quickly overcome by grapes, caramel, rich medium malt syrup flavors, caramelized apples, cinnamon-infused, unsweetened chocolate, hints of light allspice, plenty of malt flavors to pick through here. Medium bodied, medium carbonated, this actually feels almost tart in the mouth and seems to be fairly dry overall. It does seem to be a little too bitter for what I’d like in a Bock, but that’s really nitpicking for a well-brewed beer.
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from kramer. pours a dark brown that is opaque with a lush brown head. strong caramel, nutty aroma with a nice fruit ester. nice roasty biscuit flavor with a good dry cocoa finish. a bit of fruit tang in the end. toffee throughout this. a pleasure to drink and exactly what i was wanting.
Ratman197 (11368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear very dark reddish brown with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, hints of dark fruit and molasses. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of roasted malt, light molasses and just a hint of dark fruit with a lingering tangy finish.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a freaking fantastic dark nearly black color with a beautiful tan head. When held to the light you can see red around all the edges. Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and toffee. Flavor is also very roasty with a bit of a tangy finish. A very easy drinking bock.
pilsnerrogge (2643) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] Dark brown with an ok head. Aroma is roasted malt, toffee and liquorice. Very malty flavour, rosted coffee and toffee. An odd Bock.
sistinas (102) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours coca-cola brown with a smallish, quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma has lots of caramel with hints of roasted malts, a bit metallic. Taste is rather bitter in a slightly burnt coffee sort of way with some sweet caramel and grainy notes. Body is on the light side... expected it to be a bit heavier to match the taste.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-brown with dark notes. Beige head.
Caramel aroma with notes of chocolate, merengue, some licorice and hops.
Chocolate flavor with notes of bitter cocoa and licorice. Dry bitterness.
Beerdedone (2981) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours red\brown with a decent sized tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, and alcohol, good body, decent brew.
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
fruity/slightly smokey aroma pours near pitch black/very dark brown.
excellent fruity yeast ester flavor blends very well with the light smoke flavors, caramel, bitter chocolate, toffee. Overall a very excellent mix on the palate.
I got this in Idaho in a bottle so the only available in San Fran stuff is not true.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great deep brown color with a tan head. Caramel, sugar and wheat grain dominate the aroma. Caramel, toffee, bitter chocolate, some barley are all evident in the taste. Nice ending.