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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
The number of fans and friends of Bayern Brewing has steadily been increasing out in Eastern Montana. Bayern Brewing wanted to recognize the hard-working folks who are "Rockin’ the Bakken" by honoring them with our own black gold, a German Dark Doppelbock called "Bakken Bock." Bayern Brewing has been brewing authentic Bavarian beers like its award-winning Doppelbock for over 20 years. Bakken Bock is a lager, so it is smooth and does not have the rough bite and/or aftertaste of other dark beers such as stouts or porters. It is also moderately-hopped with German Hallertauer Perle and Czech Saaz hops, so it is a well-balanced treat after a hard day on the oil fields. Of course, with a starting gravity of 18+ degrees Plato and an 8.4% ABV, it means you really ought to heed that warning about no operating heavy machinery after drinking Bakken Bock. **Submission note: Although similar to Bayern’s Doppelbock, the recipe has been changed to make this a unique entry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2015
Chestnut colour. Sweetish, mostly toffeeish. Straightforward bock, sweet with a touch of boozier soy sauce character in the finish but overall pretty by the book, and not bringing anything special to the table.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2014
12oz. bottle. Thanks Mark! Dark brown pour, not much head. Weak nose. Semi sweet malty with some chocolate in the background. Mild hop balance. Smooth with a nice body. Easy to drink, not quite as rich as I would expect, but, very clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mt_glass (6) - Montana, USA - SEP 2, 2014 does not count
Pours a dark but clear toffee with a short lived off white head. Caramel, chocolate, and a hint of toasty aromas abound. Well balanced sweet maltiness with mild hop bitterness on the back. Full bodied but not chewy and moderately carbonated enough to cut through the malty flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle thanks to Jake65: Poured a brown with reddish hint, head was thin bubbly beige. Aroma is dark malts and slight veggie. Taste is sweet malty with hints of chocolate/toffee, just enough lively hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Reddish brown pour with a dark head. Malty, fruity and sweet. It is a decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5435) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle thanks to jake65. Pours a reddish brown with an average biege head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruit, and toffee. Taste is similar. Faint hops. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bottle courtesy of jake65, thanks! Pours deep oak w/ light off white head, rich raisin-y mid malt aroma with some smoky notes, full sweet candy malt throughout, medium-bodied, nice rich sipper

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3445) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle: Pours a chestnut brown with a thin beige head. Nose is lighty sweet; malts, toffee, and faint dark fruits. Tastes on the sweet malty side, akin to what I remember from the other Bayern doppelbock. Toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, and toasted malts. Not bad at all. Pretty cool to see a tribute to the Bakken (currently employed right in the middle of it), but a little bummed it probably won’t be distributed to North Dakota...

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