WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler via trade with BBB63, Thanks Mike. Pours orangey with a bubbly ring. Nose is very very smokey. Taste is sweet, smoky and wow a huge punch, my girlfriend is going to love this!
17thfloor (2403) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a red tinted deep amber with a minimal white fizz. Nice smokey jerky beachwood aroma. Odd tangy sweet juicy quite sugary flavor, beachwood, jerky, with a strange fruity gummy-bear finish. Med bodied with sharp fizzy carbonation.
NobleSquirrel (3313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at GI clybourn. This was served as a smoked Bock rather than Maibock. But whatever. Pours a clear, dark smoky brown. Nose is super rich with bacon and barbecue leading the way. On the taste, it is bold. This is preobably the smokiest beer Iíve ever had and I donít know that I agree with using applewood to smoke it. Very robust smoke that almost reaches a point of being cloying. Okay, but a bit much.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ GI. Pours a clear brown with a tan head. Nice smoked meat aroma, wood, and malt. Good smoke flavor and some sweetness as well. I continue to like smoked beers more and more.
daknole (7205) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at GI. Brownish pour. Aroma is like smelling a hickory smoked BBQ pit. Some ham and bacon in the nose. Flavor has a bit too much smoke, too much bacon flavor in it. I think the original bock is probably really damn good. But hard to get to the core of the beer. The smoke stands proud in this beer.
TheAlum (4295) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared via growler by drewbeerme at DLD í09 (Munster, IN). Poured a nice reddish rusty hue, some haze, with small head. Aromas pushed some nice smokey and light meatiness, with a touch of earthy hops, wood, and light malt sweetness. Largely smokey. Initial was similar, moderate bodied and not overbearing. Pushing smoke, light wood, some light meatiness. Despite the 7.3% tag, this was going down pretty easy. Very pleasant smoked brew with a good body and good flavors. Thanks, Drew!
HonkeyBra (2485) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GI Clybourn under the named "Smoked Bock" . Deep red hue with big smokey, cherry aroma. Meaty, bacony, earthy. Flavor is a nice balance of smoke, wood, and sour cherries. Some peat, some bacon, some other fruit and earth.Thick, nice mouthfeel with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Really tasty, nice beer.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
HUGE nose of smoked wood, and I canít understate that. Flavor comes through much the same way, smoky, a touch of the original bock flavor shines through but is completely overpowered by the smoked malt. This is like drinking a campfire.
satan165 (1008) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nose of bacon and salty smoke, some sweetness comes late. appearance is a 5 -- dark maroon fades to nearly opaque. less smoke apparent in the flavor, mostly a well bittered but balanced brew, with roast and smoke returning late. this goes beyond a simple smoked and into rauch territory.
BBB63 (5411) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at GI Clybourn as Smoked Bock and 7.2% ABV: Slightly hazed reddish amber (almost bronze) hue with almost no head nor lace. The nose is indeed smoky and meaty with a nice sweet malt and ripened dark fruit (fig and dried apricot) twang. Slightly woody and earthy all around. Very nice and inviting. The taste is more of the same with a restrained smoke character, meaty and peaty background and a finish that is woody and mineral water. The mouth feel is soft and lush, works well as to display the palate. A solid brew and worth a try.