highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A curiosity among Australian beers, as bock is not a style often attempted here. This bock poured a dark teak colour with a long frothy head that lingered to the foot of the glass. The nose is big and full of treacle, with some porter-like toasted malt notes. Itís a creamy-smooth easy drinker with toasted malt characters and dark chocolate. The finish is gentle and dry. (Bottle - add a point to the overall impression for the draught served at the George IV Inn at Picton.)
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve had previously had a small taste of this (in bottled form) and hadnít cared for it much, so I decided to give it a go on tap (at the Australian). Very nice, thick, creamy, burnt notes, caramel, etc. Overall a nice dark drink.
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark colouration, light sedimentation, fairly nice lingering head. Maple syrup was the first aroma detected, followed by a barky woody spicyness, earthy rich caramel and a little smokey grain Character. Flavour was rich smokey malt, slightly sour fruit(cherrys), pear apple and nutmeg.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
NFOB 2004. Big head with good lacing. Aroma was big on malt as youíd expect with chocolate, toffee and nut notes. Flavour has some sourness, malty but not as much as Iíd expected. Pretty good stuff.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large green 780 ml bottle.
Appearance: deep, dark eggplanty color, that straddles the line between violet and brown, with a small and swiftly forgotten head.
Aroma: dark and boozy, very winey, notes of sour cherries, plums, spoiled grapes, spent raisins, twisted, knotted, maliciously bitter.
Taste: on first sip, a flood, a stinging, swimming, big, mouth-filling flash of sour grapey flavors bursts on the scene. Some carbonation, just a touch of hops. Big, fat fruit, feels like a splash of wine.
The flavors continue this tango: sour, sweet, sour, sweet, TOO sour, puckering mouthfeel, as in sour cherries, raspberries.
One drawback to this brew is that, though it scratches at new heights of uniqueness, it falls to be a very good bock. Way too much sour fruit for that!
Are they sure this wasnít supposed to be their kriek lambic? Alcohol is a mere 6.4, but it kicks more than that, maybe because this bottleís so big?
Itís interesting, it is, and must charm the most ravenous geueze lover or kriek kook, but not if theyíre looking for a bock!
bluevegie (3042) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby red colour with a medium sized tan coloured head that was mostly diminishing. Chocolate and smoked aroma. Rich chocolate on the taste but not over the top, some coffee, caramel, chalky texture and a slight touch of bitterness at the end.
Filthmuppet (33) - Newtown, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I am a sucker for a bock and this didnít inspire me. Just a little watery with no real depth of flavour. Having said that its still very drinkable, would happy sink 10 or 12. Been meaning to make it out to Picton and have it there as apparently its nicer. If your in the rocks in sydney tho its worth a taste.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, at the Australian Hotel, Sydney.
Dark brown with a tan smooth head becoming speckled. Chocolate, smoked bacon aroma. Very delicious indeed. Served Aussie-Cold. Rich generous flavour that could have more length but is still very good. Many thanks to Sully for tipping this beer and for the beer chat we had leading up to the Friday night session.
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at a pub in The Rocks, Sydney (The Australian?). Drak brown with a creamy head. Full in the mouth with some good chocolate flavour.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, small head, although the barperson didn't seem to quite get how to pour a beer nicely, maybe they were too busy. Mild "wet dog" hops smell then a sweet taste with a bitter finish. Very light palate which left a lot of acid carbonation on my tongue. Maybe a thicker mouth feel would have made this better. On the plus side I had just walked over the bridge and was desparate for a beer and BAM it was right there in front of me.