Berghoff Oak-Aged Stock Ale
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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We used recipe details from a number of period sources, putting together a slightly modernized version, following tradition as much as possible. Berghoff Stock Ale uses the classic combination of lager, caramel and black malts along with some Belgian brewer’s brown sugar to lighten the body a little to improve drinkability. It is then hopped up to a respectably high level with the original American hop, Cluster. Finally, East Kent Goldings and Hallertau Hersbrucker hops give it a unique old-school aroma. Fermentation is done with an ale yeast and in the presence of toasted oak, which adds a little soft vanilla aroma and a nice, crisp, slightly tannic finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dekester1 (327) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours a dark brown/copper with minimal head and lacing. Aroma of malts - sweet roasted with a slight prune hint. Taste is similar with a very malty front end - slight roasted and prune hues - a slight alcoholic flavor and a mild hop backend. Palate is pretty good. Overall, a fairly decent high-octane brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CpyNPrnT (431) - Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Aroma of oak, taste is nice and malty, some booze, its okay, but not that great, as the booze was very heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottled. Poured clear, medium garnet with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma picked up lots of juicy fruits and berries with accents of oak and vanilla.. came across sweet, but enticing. The flavor found sweetened, almost candy-like fruity notes at the core, with dry oak and sweet vanilla laced throughout.. a touch tart and spicy over lots of residual berry and vanilla sweetness on the finish. Medium-bodied and a little sharper than I would’ve liked on the palate.. nice, creamy carbonation.. OK overall feel. I’d drink it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2014
This beer absolutely took me by surprise. It has a depth and complexity that makes this an interesting beer at each sip and turn. Sweet but not too much so, there is a dark fruit undertone and a little oakiness that gives this a good rounded finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zootfinster (208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2014 I really like this beer. It’s new on the market. Berghoff beers used to be made by Heuber but recently they have been made by Stevens Point Brewery and made really well. This particular beer has become one of my very favorite of all beers. You can certainly taste the Belgian influence. They call it an english Strong ale but Ive never tasted any English beer like this. This is a malty yet refreshing high AVB ,10% beer. A friend gave me a bottle and I am a believer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
rubbishystuff (1899) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2014
From Beer Temple. Thick malty dark brown beer. Metallic medicinal taste and wood. A decent backbone ruined by some strange flavors. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2910) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, oak, clove, herbal, floral, light roast, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and solid complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, dark malt, and moderate oak presence; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, oak, clove, light roast, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of earthy oak spiciness and hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, oak, clove, light roast, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, dark malt, and oak flavors; with a nice oak flavor balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick/tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Old ale. Good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark malt, and oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV; despite noticeable alcohol heat. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
cbfobes (2596) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a murky brown with an off white head, aroma is crazy sweet with some off notes, kind of like metal and garbage together, flavor has a really sweet front end with a finish of thin malt and wet diaper, wtf, why did I buy this, fuck.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (5974) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a very slightly hazy copperish orange with foamy off-white head. Smells malty with nots of caramel. Tastes completely different than it smells; Belgian yeast and stone fruit. Average on the palate. Odd, but not bad. I don’t get oak though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lemke10 (834) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2014
This pours a dark amber color with a slight but quickly dissipating head. The aroma is very grainy with some hints of malts. The taste is sweet and flavorful. You can really taste the oak in this as well as the alcohol. Finishes very clean with a slight bitterness. Probably one of the best Berghoff beers I’ve ever had.

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