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Free State Roggen Bock 3000

Free State Roggen Bock 3000
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Roggen means rye in German. Roggenbier is a traditional German ale that employs a substantial amount of rye malt and is served both filtered and unfiltered. We’ve made a strong version of Roggenbier, one of bock strength, with Pilsner, Munich, and Rye malts. Rye malt lends a hint of earthy spiciness and a slightly fuller mouthfeel. It’s the yeast, however, that contributes the clove like spiciness to this strong golden ale. Perle and Sterling hops compliment the earthiness of the rye and spiciness of the yeast without taking center stage. This beer is more about the malt and yeast. Deceptive in its strength (8.5% ABV), we thought we would create a big, bold beer to celebrate the brewing of our 3000th batch here at Free State Brewing Co. O.G. 18.7ºP/1075 Hops – 18 IBUs

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Growler shared by beastiefan2k. Pours a clear gold with a thin skin of white bubbles and spotty lace. The nose is sweet and fruity with notes of banana and dark caramel malt and just a touch of smoky/peaty malt thrown into the mix. Light to medium-bodied and slick with a mildly dry finish. Dark caramel malt, smoked malt, mild peppery spice and light fruity esters blend into an interesting flavor profile (especially for such a quaffable brew). I’m surprised to see the ABV @ 8.5%. This is a nice, drinkable beer. Well done. Thanks for sharing it with us, Eugene.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3851) - Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Growler shared by beastiefan2k at the 10/18 tasting. Pour is slightly hazed golden with a 1/2 inch white head. Aroma of bananas and cloves - a very Hefe nose. There is some buttery caramel present as well as some grassiness. Taste is wheat, rye, more of the sweet buttery caramel sensation. Palate is creamy and slick. No alcohol at all - if this is 8.5, I am not sensing it at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Thanks for sharing the growler, beastiefan2k. The body was dark gold with a bright white colored head. Smells of sweet caramel and hay hit me right off the bat. Then there was also some strong malt and cellar. The taste was bread crust with some peanuts shells. A quick, malty finish helped to make this one very drinkable. Nicely done, but not quite made for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3492) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Growler, consumed hours after fill. Pours a completely clear dark golden color with a small head. Aroma is lightly sweet, light hops breaking through and its all mixed up with spiciness that I am interrupting as rye. Flavor is clean malts with hops and a rather assertive spiciness (light clove among other aspects). Its easy going down, clean malts, and deceptive if its really 8.5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Growler. Aroma of sweet malt, bubblegum, banana and light caramel, along with some light spice and citrus, all in all a rather prominent yeast character. Clear light golden amber color with a fading, slight head. Flavor is strongly sweet and fruity, the malts lightly toasty, spicy and sugary, plenty of yeast esters, with an almost tropical fruitiness and a faint herbal undertone. Hops are nary a factor. Palate is smooth and very lightly syrupy, body is medium. Interesting creation. Congrats on the 3000th batch, Free State, and thanks a bunch to Eugene for the sample!

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