auerbrau (2989) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle. Rather warm, lightly skunky malt character glows from the glass. Rather subdued, but present and rich. Vinous. A big waft of wine in the nose, cabernet. Pours clear in mid-red amber, with a tall head of suavely tanned foam. Does this have sulfites in it? Weird, heavy vinous blasts up front again. Chewy malt starts to shine. Caramel, Munich and a bittering hop edge. There’s the faintest skunkiness to the whole profile, but it’s not overly distracting. Tannins and astringency. Body is in place for the style. Could use more depth and nuance and to back off on some of the flavors that aren’t entirely desirable. Gummy hop glow in the back end.
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a little weak on this one. Its appearence is nice with a nice head. Flaveor and after taste are pretty good. Had it at the brewery and at the Detroit Athletic Club.
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep red. Sweet mild aroma. Creamy but not much flavor. Good body. Not too much to it but still pretty good.
Silphium (2976) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear caramel red-brown body, thin cream head. Nose of caramel, sweet breads, dark fruits, and leafy hops. Somewhat medicinal. Very light body, almost a sugar water with light berries, grape, toast, and bitter earthy hops. Too thin.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This to me didn’t taste like the bottle was fresh. I was tasting quite a few beers but this had almost a stale smokiness to it.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very dark ruby-red color, with a small head. A nutty, caramel aroma. Slight alcohol detection. Rather sweet body, a very malty caramel character. Not very complex, but solid.
shigadeyo (2398) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12/27/2007: Atwater Winter Bock has a very nice clear honey amber color with a moderate, diminishing beige to ivory head that produces creamy and dense lacing. A sweet caramel malt and butter aroma is quite enticing. The flavor is also sweet and tastes much like butter toffee covered popcorn. There are also hints of maple syrup in the aroma and flavor as well as lightly roasted malts, fruit, and some even bitterness in the finish. However, it is a bit grainy in the middle. The body of this beer is medium to medium-full and is smooth and mellow on the palate. Overall this is a balanced and decent bock beer from a pretty average brewery.
12 fl. oz. bottle from Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #12 for this beer...
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruddy bronze color with a taller initial head that leave a big ring at the top of the glass as the rest of the bubble join together to form BIG bubbles and a somewhat rocky top. Perhaps a touch light in color for the style but still nice to look at. Big butterscotch and toffee aromas, sure this isn’t an english strong? Hints of earth an lactose. The long I try to figure out the scents the more I’m not pleased with them. Plenty of caramel malts, light brown sugar, bits of almonds and touch of toasted malt. This is a doppelbock in the sense of an american doppelbock. Stronger than the typical american bock, with the same somehow "cheap" darkness and flavor.
DocLock (6826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Deep ruby pour with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of roasty caramel malt, cabernet, funky earthy yeast, mild berries, nuts, and brown sugar. Tastes malty, with notes of cherry, nutmeg, figs, almonds, and some funky and spicy notes late. Stays a bit tart, and could use a bit more balance, but this one isn’t bad.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish/brown nice beige head. Very toasty up front with hazelnut and hints of caramel and toffee in aroma. Flavor much the same. Toasted malts and hazelnut dominate with only hints of caramel/toffee. Slick/creamy mouthfeel could stand a little more carbonation. Somewhat sessionable I guess, might be a good crossover, but question this as a doppel instead of regular bock.