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Glacier Black Rye Bock

Glacier Black Rye Bock
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This dark lager combines the characteristics of three winter beer styles. All three of these styles traditionally come from the colder harsher areas of Europe. The styles are (1) Black Beer (aka schwartzbier) originating from the former East Germany); (2) Rye Beer which at one time was only made in hardier areas of Eastern and Baltic Europe; and (3) Bock Beer which is widely known as a higher alcohol lager of Northern Germany. Our Black Rye Bock has a distinctive bitter chocolate palate and black color reminiscent of a black beer. The spiciness from the rye malt shines through in the flavor. The high alcohol balanced with malty sweetness rounds out this cold season bock. Smooth drinking with a punch makes this lager a perfect quaffer for our Arctic winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 14, 2010
On tap @ Glacier. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark rye bread, and roasty malt. Flavor is about the same, lots of chocolate, rye and no alcohol taste. Medium to full body with average carbonation and a thick smooth mouth feel. Very nice beer, the rye adds a lot of flavor and body to this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1967) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2009
(tap) very dark brown colour; aroma and flavour of roasted malts; creamy palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Black with a tan head. Mild aromas of dry wood, black malts and spicy rye bread. Smooth medium body. Dry bakers chocolate flavor at first, with mild spicy rye bread and a vanilla sweetness to finish. Very good. Draft@ Glacier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2008
FoBAB 04. Jim Beam Barrel aged. pours black with brown ring. the nose was kinda sweet, but the beer slips down easy with a big beam dominance. enjoyable, and reminds me why i llike sour mash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3317) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
I had the oak aged version of this beer. Clear, black-ruby color with a good head. Big vanilla-oak aroma, same in the flavor. The wine from the barrel doesn’t come through much.Chocolate malt. The beer is good, but the barrel overwhelms the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
I tried the cask-aged variant in a pint glass. Midnight black with slight red tinge around the edges and medium tan head. Very sweet aroma. First taste is overwhelmingly sweet, almost like a porter with some Yukon Jack poured in. Slight smokiness in the taste as well. Sweet all the way down with some alcohol notes in the background. One pint of this really kicked me in the @ss.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2004
FOBAB’04: Black and still, nose was mix of chocolate and racecar tires. Forest fire smokiness and vanilla. Thinner than I expected, but a lot of smokey flavor, albeit some rubber character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1782) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
FOBAB 2004: Funky, burnt rubber. Creamy. Sort of like burning oak flavors. Some sweet vanillas. Good nose, the taste wasn’t so great. The oak aged process left too much burnt wood taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 FOBAB 2004, the Oak Aged version, aged in Jim Beam, not red wine, barrels. This poured a near solid black color with a thin brown head. There was plenty of bock sweetness in the aroma, but also a good whiff of Beam. The taste was somewhat grainy but had solid malt sweetness and rye spiciness. Tasty brew, especially under the "Beam Black Rye Bock" name.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3857) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2004
On tap at the 2004 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers. They sent a keg of the Black Rye Bock aged in Jim Beam Barrels. I’ll admit, it was late in the day when I had this, but I went back for 4 samples because I thought it was so good. For a long time my notes just said "Very...." Dark beer with a foamy brown head and a subtle Beam nose. Solid grain sweetness with some vanilla and a nice use of the Beam barrel flavors to accent the beer. Smooth mouthfeel. This is a good example of using barrels to make a good beer better.

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