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Brewed by Aqula
Style: Dunkler Bock
Akita, Japan

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ripened slowly over several months and high in alcohol, this lager has a deep, full sweetness. Neither malty nor a liquor, this smooth lager embodies a full, stringent character.


Marc's rating

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, - MAY 4, 2007
Deep brown with a thin tan head. Wonderful nose filled with hazelnuts, milk chocolate, dried cherries, fig, and a warm under current of alcohol. Semi sweet a touch thinner then I would have expected. Still comes off with a warming nutty flavor filled with breadiness, dried fruits. Firms up as it warms and becomes creamier as the carbonation settles out, bring with it woody coco, and toasted bread. Finishes with a touch of coffee, a lot of bready nuts, and a nice boozy warmth.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westkyoto77 (501) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown-black. Caramelly nose with plums. Medium body. Slightly sticky, with some toffee and dark grapes. Touch of smoke. Really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1592) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 10, 2013
The Namahage bock on tap at Tadg’s Aqula event. The nicest beer from Aqula I tried at this event. It poured a nice dark reddish-black with a slight head & decent lacing. The flavor was lots of malty goodness but the body was slightly on the thin side. Overall, a really nice bock.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1849) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle at home from the brewery webshop. Rich brown small golden thin head. Aroma is black treacle, bit of smoke and spice, roasty malt, some beefiness, bit of soy sauce, maybe some sweetness. Taste is similar. Quite full on, lots more black treacle taste, bit of caramel, some savoury bitterness, slightly meaty. Further down sweetness gets stronger. Lots of caramel. Sweet thick lingering finish. Nice but feels boozier than it is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (6203) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 3, 2012
bottled. purple with no head, looked like cola; a whiff of dessicated coconut with some dark chocolate; rum’n’raisin flavours, lightly metallic, a little fizzy but pleasantly so; finishes with vanilla sweetness. a decent effort with the quality of the ingredients showing

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle from Yamaoka. Almost black with a tinge of red. Low tan head. Rich caramel and Munich malts, with dark fruits in the nose; quite sweet. Nice dark malt flavor, with a bit of tangy fruit. Sweet, with noticeable alcohol. Bitter, rather hoppy finish. Rather light in body, with low carbonation. A true bock—nicely made with good, rich malt.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - OCT 28, 2008
This was pretty nice...muted smell of cherry oak and chocolate, deep ruby brown with very little purplish head. Flavour was woodsy, raisiny, winey, sweet with a cotton candy twist, and slightly tart with a slight toasted puckerish finish.

2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
unclemattie (4118) - Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Short 12OZ bottle. pours a nice hazy copper color . Belgian hop aroma. flavor is slightly tart. Great beer if it is a sour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Fruity vinosity and malt candy spin within this lean Dunkler Bock, showing their chocolatey and spicy undertones once in a while. Not shaped into the most stellar of mouthfeels, it still manages to entertain throughout the glass.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circumspects the rubyish dark brown.
-The soft carbonation showcases the slick maltiness.
-After having had a few Aqula beers, I guess I’m just not as big a fan of their products as most rating gaijins.
-Fruitiness is quite expressive, maybe a bit too much so for my tastes in the style.

Bottle; thx Tim!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2007
sweet and syrupy, pastry, raisin aroma; dark brown pour, quiet, small tan head with dark copper body and orange-ruby highlight; toasty, a chocolate note, apple, and it is basically with a sweet, somewhat pastry, malty fruit flavor--somewhat lighter as it warms, and is definitely malty, a bock; interesting and nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Bought at Takanaya for around $4. Pours with medium fine bubbles on the side of the glass, but with no head (I even tried a strong direct pour into the middle of the glass). Deep rich reddish brown color. Aroma of my first homebrewed nut brown ale. No overroasted grain notes, or anything unpleasant. Easy to drink, well balanced aroma and hops. Great everyday beer.


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