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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This malty, sweet, dark amber colored German-style bock beer is brewed with imported malt and hops. Its uncommon smoothness and impeccable taste make it the perfect companion for a cold night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Enjoyed via draft in a pub glass. The beer pours a deep brown, with a thick light tan head. The nose lacks the complex raisony malty character that great (or really even good) doppelbocks possess. If one spins the glass and really gets the nose into it, he can pick up some of the aforementioned character, but it isnít as easy and perhaps as overwhelming as it should be. The palate is also perhaps more subtle than one would get with great doppelbocks. It is malt-forward, but too thin across the palate, and lacks the malty punch that one would expect. The finish is fairly clean and otherwise not unpleasant. Alcohol is generally well-muted. Overall, the beer is not as terrible as some other raters have pronounced, but niether is it very impressive.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
williamherbert (1340) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Well-bodied and glassy ruby red look. One finger of rose-white head. Nice, deliberate carbonation. Looks really nice. Very very sour aroma, but in a metallic, cherry medicine way. Pure cough syrup. Downright unappetizing. Hint of grapefruit/citrus. Severely sour malt taste. Puckery but not in a good way. Like a sweet tart dipped in Robitussin. Sour, cloying saccharine cherry. Not a good tasting beer. The feel is creamy and fizzy. Good enough. Not a good beer, sorry to say. I could finish about half and then I had to dump the rest down the drain. Too bad really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
decaturstevo (5303) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Aroma caramel malt, light coffiness, and vanilla. Flavor is a flat bland start with a pungent like bitter and light malt flavor. A beer that is not terrible but certainly isnít my idea of a bock. It lacks the full body and sweet that I would hope from this beer. It was not infected just not very tasty

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2009
This beer looked really good. It was an opaque,dark brown with a large, small-bubbled, light tan head. The head hung in there to the list sip, a sip that took me almost a half hour to choke down. The first sip was bitter and a little thin, not the sweet, malty flavor advertisee. More hops than malt. Subsequent sips left a "tinny" aftertaste. The head held up and the tinny taste began to dominate. It looks great! Tastes bad!It will be awhile before I finish this six-pack. I hate to give up on anything but Iím afraid the remaining five will go down the drain.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2009
Fitting for rating 1313 - I generally ignore a drain pour, but since I see no Best Before date I think itís fair that I say this foamed away, just like the pilsner, only worse - it was NASTY. Get the filtration right or date these. I tried to choke down a sip, but couldnít get past what smelled like vinegar. If I make it back to MI, I will try a fresh one for a re-rate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (2780) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 3, 2009
Poured a small tan head. Dark brown with ruby highlights, and decent lacing. Fruity aroma, somewhat malty. Palate was bubbly, woodsy, sticky, sugary, sour, dark fruit, cherries. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle from Patís Liquors in Porter, Indiana: This has a clear chestnut body with a tall beige head and plenty of lace. The aroma is light - sweet and malty with dark brown sugar and mineral water. The flavor is much the same - and thin. Odd dry finish. For some reason, despite the sturdy ABV, this seems like a lightweight drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tuco (2) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2009 does not count
Pours a reddish amber with a decent head. Aroma is that of a bock beer. Flavor has a sourness and a bit of metallic aftertaste. Was hoping for a bit more flavor out of this beer..overall not bad

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Poured with a big, thick head that hung around for quite awhile. Deep mahogany color. Aroma had scents of sour cherries, slight metallic odor, some mustiness. Flavor tended to follow the nose, with big sour cherry and sour apple punch up front. You canít tell the alcohol content is 7.5, but thatís because you are trying to get past the tart flavor. Some malt at the end with a lingering sour taste. This one still needs quite a bit of work to get in balance. I could only drink half a beer before I couldnít stand the taste anymore.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brown body with garnet hues. Big off white frothy head, 3 fingers thick. Nose is metallic cherry, hints of malt. This beer is spoiled, ugh not again. Screw it drain pour.

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