jimmie65 (305) - Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a growler.
Translucent pour with a small head. Aroma is sweet, with wheat and fruit. Moderate sweet, slight bitter. Roasted malt, caramel, nuts, some apple as well, and a little chocolate. Finishes sweet, with a little more chocolate. Medium body, a little syrupy.
dnstone (1984) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, almost raisin-like aroma with some red apple notes. Deep brown in color with a bit of off-white head. Flavor freatures that red apple peel taste; moderately sweet with a hint of roast flavor.
LilBeerDoctor (2816) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown/amber with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate and some roast too. Flavor also chocolate and roasted malt as well as lager malt/yeast. Sturdy palate for a bock. Pretty good, an enjoyable bock.
jkwalking05 (2356) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Brown with an average sized off-white head. Aroma is of wheat, sweet malt, light fruit and a hint of roastiness. Taste is the same.
GlenVargas (139) - Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Dark Bock had been on tap for awhile when I went to High Desert, but, luckily, I got one of the final pours before High Desert was officially out of the stuff. I would agree with just about all the other reviews on here: dark brown with a decent off-white head; really malty aroma and taste; high drinkability; generally a pretty solid beer. However, the body seemed a little thin, and, even though I thought it was tasty, it didnít really taste like a bock at all to me, maybe a little too chocolatey and sweet. Still, the Dark Bock is one of High Desertís better efforts.
fordest (1954) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
10 oz glass at the brewery. Rather dark brown with some head. Sweet aromas that really gave away its bockiness. Very malty aromas. Flavor was still very sweet. The alcohol came in at the finish and was very well recieved. I like this brewery.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber body with a silky tan head. Caramel and toffee aroma with some sharp fruitiness underneath. Has an interesting berry quality. Tasty cookie malt flavor with medium sweetness. Light roasty note. Medium smooth palate. Not too cloying. A solid bock.
Terminus (2889) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2004 Andrew196 is right on par for this beer. what he says is exactly what I think of the brew. High Desert is great stuff!!!
ReRate-Pours dark amber with a tan head that faided fast. Kinda cola-looking. Aromas of noble hops, chocolate, and fruty esters. Flavors of chocolate, wet noble hops (really cool!), nuts, and sweetness. Palate was a little over-carbonated, but it rounded out when it warmed. another great high desert brew.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark beer, typical of the style. The aroma was a nutty, brown sugar sweetness. The taste didnt really follow suit as the malts yielded a nutty, coffee taste....awesome. This brewpub is truly a jewel in the middle of the desert!