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.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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