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Chateau Kamiya Christmas Bock

Chateau Kamiya Christmas Bock
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Brewed by Chateau Kamiya (Ushiku Beer)
Style: Dunkler Bock
Ushiku-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3176) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle at RBJG#2 Grand Tasting. Pours a clear dark brown with aromas of caramel and residual sugars and hints of black pepper. Dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13404) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Ueno Park. Dark brown - offwhite head. Roasted, ryebread, sweetness, spicy notes, berries, dried fruits, raisins, light bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Munich malts galore contribute caramel to go alongside floral hops, a combo creating cherry-like allusions in this rich and easygoing Dunkler Bock.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark brown with red highlights.
-Hops add an earthy touch in the finish, this is still a malt-forward Bock.
-This lager is much better than the ones we had on tap at the brewery earlier. Perhaps it was actually lagered for over a month ?
-Mouthfeel was well-structured ; sturdy enough and comfortable for big gulps as well.

Bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (3275) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Bottle at the RBJG 2 Grand Tasting, thanks TimE. Dark brown colour with a large beige head. Sweet plum aroma. Smooth mild chocolate, toffee flavour.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (11842) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle courtesy of TimE at RBJG2, thanks! Cloudy yellow color. Aroma of rising white bread dough. Taste is spiced white bread.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (1872) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle swapped with Tim Eustace in Jan 12. Looks like a beautiful beer. Opaque very dark brown with nice medium tan head. Nose is milky, roasted malt, milk chocolate, quite a lot of lactic creaminess.Taste is roasted malt, milk chocolate, bit of black coffee, lactic milkiness, tiny bit of dark fruit. It’s a ’bock’ that is more like a stout. Very nice beer and a nice bit of milk chocolate stickiness on the finish. Well balanced between roasted and sweetness and not cloying at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2325) - JAPAN - NOV 27, 2011
This is a BIG beer. Really full. Almost solid state! Quite somkey, with chocolate and dark fruit dominating. Rich pudding with a soft bitterness. Like a christmas cake without the spices. Well done but a bit overbearing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6455) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2008
Black as pitch, thick looking, with a medium tan head. Strong roasted barley aroma, dry and burnt, unlike a bock, slightly creamy and nutty with cocoa and just a touch of dark fruit. Dry burnt malt flavor, creamy, chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruits, a touch of smoke or peat. Tastes more like an export stout. I would bet there is roasted barley in there. Quite nice, really, but there is little bock about it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Sampled @ GJBF Yokohama: Dark black, nose of light fruit and dry dark malt, some sweet plum. Sweet body and a clean finish. Chewy, balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2029) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 16, 2007
@ GJBF 2007. Dark brown with a thick, tan head. Aroma is chocolate, sweet caramel malts, some milk. Flavor is similar, with plenty of tasty powdered chocolate, roasted malts, light smoke, and milk. I’d love to find a few bottles of this, this winter.


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