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RATINGS: 970   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Keg and bottle: Filtered.
First brewed in 2005.
Ingredients: Finest barley malts, wheat malts, and fresh whole hops.
Bock beer, released in celebration of the arrival of spring, is an ancient and mysterious part of the brewing tradition. Over time, the term "bock" has come to mean a beer darker and stronger than the brewery’s regular brew. This is the first time we have brewed a bock at Anchor Brewing Co., and we hope you will find it to be a rich and flavorful addition to our offerings. San Francisco’s Anchor Bock Beer is virtually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam® Beer, in one of the most traditional small breweries in the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2006
Bottled. Dark reddish brown with a creamy light brown head. Licorice, pepper, dark bread and hops. Spicy dry flavour of dark bread, anise, nuts and caramel. Smooth mouthfeel. Dry finish with small acidity. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2006
At the end of a pigawful arsewipe of a day, it’s good to have a beer to cry into. It’s even better to have a good beer to cry into. Come to think of it, it may not be such a bad day after all. I haven’t tasted a dud Anchor, and this is no exception. It’s a rich teak colour with a tall lacing head. The aroma is a heady mix of molasses, crushed blackberries, mocha and peppery shiraz. There’s nothing subtle about it - it bangs you upside the nose. The mouthfeel is soft and medium-creamy. On the tongue, there is some blackcurrant and grape juice fruitiness before a mellow milky coffee mid-palate and a fairly grabby finish. It has the same bitter Xmas spice finish as the Celebration but I don’t think this is quite as balanced. It seemed cloying until the alcohol knocked the edge off the palate. Overall, this tasted like they’ve thrown the kitchen sink at it. A little less might be more. (Pint bottle; IBS, Perth; Batch 5YM)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2006
[Bottled] Very dark brown colour, with a light brown head. Big aroma - licorice and lavender, tobacco. Soft mouthfeel and light bodied for a bock, with notes of lavender and tidbits. Anchor house character, that I previously took for hops. Lingering, roasty finish. The lavender reminds me of Anchor X-mas, but this is more balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20664) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2006
Bottle. Clear red brown coloured with a small beige head. Sweet aroma of malts, prunes and tobacco. Sweet flavour of malts and dried fruits.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle. Small off white head that fades pretty fast. Aroma is of malts, bread, raisins. Taste is of bread, caramel, raisins and malts. Very small bitter finish. Not bad but have had better

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2006
bottle poured black with a thick creamy chocolate head. Aroma is sweet roasty malt, molasses. medium light body with a creamy roasty malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Richly malty finish but not overly sweet. VEY GOOD

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Poured dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is nutty and sweet carmel malt. Flavor is nutty with some dry coffee notes and slight orange notes. Finish is dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours dark with a nice two finger thick tan head. Aroma of roast, sweet malts, and citrus. Flavor is roast, malty, citrus, carbonation, but lacks any type of sweetness. still drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle from John’s Market. Big aroma after Poperinge spilled a fair bit missing my hand with the glass. Good head atop a dark copper-brown beer. Toasty malt flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice bock beer. Good malt character to it. Tasted what it should be.

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