Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2000
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smooth, lighly malty with a touch of dark chocolate and some late hop.
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Slightly Germanic malty aroma. Not much in the way of flavor. Slight bitter tang is the extent of this beer, though despite that, it sits well on the tongue.
Lubiere (10461) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Manx. Red copper wiht light off white head. Caramel aroma with a whiff of vanilla, and a light smokyness. Sweet malt , light fruitiness, oily mouthfeel, with a nutty bitterness in finale.
Bov (9799) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2000
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
intense dark brown colour, caramel, sweet, quite light bodied for a bock
hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok, the Coca-Cola-style twist off, light aluminum cap is just plain tacky.
Now on to what really matters...
Crystal clear, deep, copper-colored brew. Small, creamy, khaki head with minimal lacework.
Yeast, malt (dark roasted), alcohol and citrusy hops in the nose. Different! But a nice combination of aromas!
The flavor is filled with caramel, coffee, cocoa and dark bread up front. Nicely balanced. Lightly bitter and acidic with a touch of mildew on the backside.
Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and playful carbonation.
Lengthy, astringent, lighty bitter finish. Pulls up just short of being a world class beer in my book. Mega-thanks to radiomgb for contributing this very fine bock!
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004 (2003 version) Like Creemore lager without cream. Some taste. Slight fruit and malt taste. Unpasteurized.
(2004 version) More German-like quality with less carbonation noticeable. Sweet, nicer brown colour. Same overall rating.
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from can at the Strange Brew Tasting on 02/18/2012. Ruby-brown pour with a medium light beige head that diminishes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, ripe fruit and caramel. Medium body with flavors of bready malt, fruit and a touch of earth. The finish is malty with a sweet aftertaste. Decent overall.
JoeMcPhee (8569) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2011 Rerate 10/2011. Deep brown pour with a tight tan head. Light ruby highlights. The aroma is lightly sweet and toasty. Lots of fresh baked bread crust and a hint of fresh yeastiness. Sweet and toasty with a hint of herbal hop aroma as well. Quite fresh. I think I can see how I misunderstood this malt the first time around - mostly Munich, no crystal, which is likely what I thought this was. A little bit plummy as well. Slightly warming tasting with a lot of dark malt complexity. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation as well. A pretty spot on bock.
Dark brown beer topped by a creamy tan head. Very malty, plummy aroma. Light molasses, brown sugar, dried plums and prunes. A bit of floral noble hop aroma in back of the sweet malts. The maltiness smells more Belgian than German. Flavour is less malty than the aroma suggests. Fairly clean tasting, brown sugar, toasty finish. Pretty tasty. Thanks Tupalev.
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MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2004 Dipping bread in molasses…Earth-laden peaches with a light hop tinge in the end...Good malt backbone for an all-around pleasant bock...…
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 2014-12-01. Crisp dark copper brown body small off white head. 3+ Aroma is relatively mild at first but the sweet malt and light dark raisiny fruit comes out as you go. Flavour is sweet and malty, molasses and caramel with toasty biscuity accents. Touch of raisins as you go. 7+ Smooth average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. 3+ Just a touch heavy, but sweeter and more flavourful than I remember it from years ago. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6 On tap at Beer Academy, Toronto.
Sept 2007. Cest What Festival of Small Breweries. Dark amber body with a small off white head. Muted aroma, lightly toasty malt and burnt caramel. Similar flavour is malty with just enough balancing bitterness to keep the malt from becoming overly sweet. Average palate. Just ok. 6/3/6/3/13 - 3.1
<P>Re-Rate Aug 2005. Hazy brown body with a small creamy beige head. Muted caramel malt and muted toasty/roasty character in the aroma. Similar flavour with sweet caramel maltiness and a bit of a tang that hints at the fact that this bottle may have lingered just a bit past its prime in my cellar. Average palate. Decent but I have had better samples of this, sadly I failed to take better notes on those. I wonder if we will see this again next year. 5/3/5/3/10<P>
Original Malty aroma, dark colour with a medium size off white head. Seems much more mellow in flavour than past versions. I remember it having a bit of a bite to it before. The malt dominates the flavour. A good but not great brew. 6/3/6/3/13