Goose Island Bock
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Per tradition, this rich, malty German style lager is brewed to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Bock is said to have the "kick of the goat" because of its strength in alcohol. HOwever, this Bock is lighter in color and flavor than our highly acclaimed (and powerful) Dopplebock.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2007
Despite the reported 6.9% ABV, this comes across as a watered down example of the style. It’s got a cloudy reddish brown body with a dincus white head. The light aroma smelled of toasted biscuits, caramel, and a soft earthy bitterness. Sweet but balanced, the flavor is pretty mild - some caramel and bitter nuts. Drinkable.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2007
On tap at GI Clybourn. Poured a slightly-hazy deeper brown with a short-lived cap of beige head. Aroma was sweet with very lightly smoked caramel and darker sugars.. very nice woodsy and herbal accents. Flavor was a tiny bit thicker with the smokiness with an enjoyable caramel base.. some chocolate emerges too... candy-like sugars, light herbal bitterness, and some sharper alcohol notes as it approaches the finish. The sharper notes detracted a tad on the palate.. medium-bodied with a quiet, accenting bitterness. Another tasty one from GI!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2007
on tap at clybourn. pours hazy red with small white head. nose wasn’t much but some biscuit and caramel. flavor was pretty sweet, caramel, and nutty. body was thin. a touch on the sweet side but tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2006
On tap at Clybourn: Red color, small head. Thin bodied. Caramely and nutty taste and nose that lasts medium long. Ok but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2667) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2006
Dark amber color. Soft caramel malt body with a hint of toffee in the middle. Low bitter. Medium body. On tap at the brewery...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2006
Clybourn. This is a really nice bock. I think the menu said it was 6.8% though. Pours a nice deep amber almsot like a doppelbock, with a thin lasting tan head. Aroma is nutty and sweet, with lots of thick caramel, munich, and a touch of chocolate malt. Flavor is rich and nutty, liughtly roasty, and sweet toasty and bready malts. Very smooth mouthfeel and aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2006
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Brownish black with a small white head. Earthy aroma that I often associate with Goose Island beers. Flavor was molasses and malt, but the palate was quite thin and watery. Unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Clear amber brown with a creamy head. Very nice creamy malt flavour, slightly chewy with a bit of sweet bubble gum that turns spciy in the finish. Lingering hops - overall a great malt/hop balance and another beer that improves my opinion of Goose Island.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2003
A nice, malty beer. Dry grains and alcohol dominate this amber colored beer. A decent beer, but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (4083) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2003
Amber red body, moderate head. Aroma is half "European super-strength lager" and half Belgian ale--when the latter comes out it is quite decent. Much more mild flavor, however, but some good malt support and a spicy bite of alcohol. (on tap, Goose Island, Clybourn, Chicago)

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