robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown Coloring with Sandy Head. Smokey Aroma. Rich Malt, Nutty Notes..Dry Ending. Very Nice Brew.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark amber color. Starts light, picks up a perfumey caramel Great balance and a great bock.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from growler, courtesy of cquiroga at OíBriens. My notes have this titled as "Calumet alleged Bock", because as DarkElf mentions just below, we were somewhat baffeled by the seeming inconsistency of the experience of this beer to our past Bock reference points. However, it poured dark brown and clear with brick red highlights and a tannish head. Aroma is of dark smokey malts - nice and roasty - with notes of chocolate and coffee. Mild flavors, roasty, bitter maltiness, woody, tannic and astringent in the finish. Medium body and creamy carbonation. For a bock I would have expected much more aroma, flavor and palate.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Growler: Shared by cquiroga at OíBrienís) There was a great deal of discussion at the Ratebeer table whether this was even the right beer. Tastes like no bock Iíve ever sampled. Tastes like a dark brown lager to me, not a bock. Moderately roasty, dry, somewhat bitter in the finish. Fairly simple, and lacks the sweetness or the moderate alcohol I associate with more traditional bocks. The nose is lightly roasty, dry, earthy and lagerish. Dark brown color is slightly translucent. Light tan head is smallish, which might be expected from a two week old growler, and the head fades to a small island surrounded by a circular coral reef. Itís a decent beer, certainly quite drinkable and enjoyable, but nothing here is terribly interesting or extraordinary. But this is the main reason why I donít trade growlers. I just donít think beer travels well in growlers, and if what others say about this beer is true, this one seems to have lost a bit in transit.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Hezron; many thanks! Very dark brown color (just a pinch under black!) with no head. Woody aroma. The taste is more like an alt: smokey and nutty with a good burst of malt and a dry finish. Tasty fine!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
4/21/05. Poured out of growler, obtained in trade with hezron on RateBeer 4/15/05. Damn. What a disappointment. I feel a little uncertain even about rating this beer, because my experience with it was so far off from what earlier ratings had indicated, I almost thought it was the wrong beer. Or it had just gone bad. But while Iím sure the beer was worse for the wear of taking a cross-country journey in a growler, it did not have any strong signs of spoilage. And so I rate. The carbonation was actually very nice, but it seemed like the flavors were "soaked" a little. Dark brown, mostly transparent with a red-brown tinge. Decent, light tan and mostly creamy head that hangs around awhile. Light smokey and nutty aroma, gentle roast with lagery hop and very faint caramel malt. A touch of wet hair in the aroma-- the main indicator that this probably *was* past its prime. Not very bock-like. Dry finish with soft fluffy mouthfeel, very faint chocolate with a long, drying trail and gentle bitterness. Not much going on of interest-- not much bock-y sweetness. Really disappointing in its ordinariness. The mouthfeel is really good-- the best thing about this beer, but it canít save the disappointing flavor or aroma. Eminently drinkable, but I donít feel like I should bother. The beer seems off. Again, not badly spoiled, but like it lost its character at the baggage claim. Now Iím certain of what I had suspected in the first place before I arranged a trade with hezron-- I *must* try this on draft at the brewery. This review will have to do for now. Let it just warn you that taking growlers away and shipping them out to far-away regions, you could have similar results to what Iíve found. Thanks for trying, hezron. Weíll split one together at the brewery when I make it out there.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Time to put this beer where it belongs: Far far away from the Top 50. This was growlered and sent across the country, however it seemed to be unaffected from the journey. No stale flavors and full carbination, and so...i tell my tale. Clear, burnt mohagany liquid sat in the glass and emitted a solventy and nutty aroma clothed in mildewy lagerness and a splenda-enriched caramelness. Crisp nutty flavor but somewhat watery i suppose..not that its supposed to be full..but it certainly did have a nice fluffiness to it..like fluffy nuts...its just akin to a light cigarette..itís missing that UMpH! that i need for satisfaction. Its weak and its not complex and it doesnít stand out in the slightest.
hezron (606) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Dark, dark brown in appearance without much of a head. Sweet nutty roast aroma. Nutty caramel and burnt chocolate flavors, very smooth. I look forward to drinking my growler of this.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím drinking this from a week old growler, and its still excellent. Dark brown, almost black. Wonderful bock scent, and a nice vinous, roast taste. Good stuff.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 WOW! It's been a while since I've had a kick-ass bock, but this one fills the bill. Taste somewhat like a cross between a stout and a bock, but is damn good nonetheless! Picked up a growler of this for my friend after having two pintis of it at the brewery (their last barrell of the year). I am reluctant to give it to my friend.