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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Spring   ABV: -
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Looking for a beer to brew to help celebrate "Brew Years Eve", the April 7th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition? We came across this formula for the pre-prohibition American-style Bock. Called a malt tonic, the formula had an obscure and unexplained reference stating it was "Guaranteed not to be medicated to such an extent as to preclude its use as a beverage."* Boscos stands by that guarantee! O.G. 1064 I.B.U. 36

* R. Wahl and M. Henius, American Handy Book of the Brewing, Malting and Auxiliary Trades (Wahl-Henius Institute, Chicago, 1908)



4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Tasted on tap at Nashville Brewpub. This bock pours a copper color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet, caramel and fruity. A medium bodied bock. Malts are caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Hops are floral and earthy. Clean and smooth. Nice balance. Malty, sweet and fruity without being overly sweet. This beer was brewed from a Pre-Prohibition formula for an American Style Bock. I love these kinds of beers, sort of a homage to brewing days gone past. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2006
The body was medium copper with a trace of a light khaki head. The aroma was toffee with some Jolly Rancher apple candy. The taste was sweet with roasted peanuts. There was also some burnt caramel. This is nice and roasted. Lots of carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Tan body with a gray head. Sweet sugar caramel strawberry nose. Woody sweet toffee flavor. Noble hops??? Deciduous leafy finish with wood and tart and sweet and good. That is all carry on. Some acorn notes to with a buttercup flavor that is all over this beer. Ap-4 ar-7 tas-7 pal-4 ov-16

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2006
On tap, Nashville brewpub, in a pint. Hazy glowing ruby with brown-orange at the edges; white fizzy head almost completely diminishes, leaving a modern-art looking archipelago of dusting on the top. Lacing is very fragile and active; itís glittering sheet separates from the beer easily, and crumbles quickly after forming a uniform sheet high up the glass. The lacing is mirrored perfectly by a deep and abundant racing that is also quick to find the surface again. Fresh grains, light cherry and Red Delicious apples on the smell, with some nutmeg and warm spice accents and the faintest hint of corriander. Dark grain malts over medium body are spacious in the mouth, sweet and brooding, crisp and young. Some bittering hops and carbonation prick the tongue. Thereís not much to tell about the flavor until the finish, which is surprisingly complex. I havenít experienced a shifting finish like this since my first taste of Celebrator so long ago. At first, it is a soft lager taste with noble hops; then, the bittering hops reemerge, nice earthy and prickly hops that sting a little and almost evoke acridity as they dry the beer out; after about seven seconds, the hint of corriander from the smell comes back on the tongue, blending with some black pepper, and mint! Mint! Totally wasnít expecting that. I donít know if itís the yeast that brings all these things out of a unique malt combination, or additives to the boil, or stuff thrown in after fermentation, but this was much more complex than I expected, and all after the swallow! If this is what pre-Prohibition tasted like, I rue that inane day even more than I used to. Great beer. Would be a dope beer if there were more going on before the finish, or if I werenít biased in favor of bigger beers with more heft.


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