kevinator (889) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really tasty. Not a very strong aroma of roasted malts and caramelized sugar. Dark like a Porter with a thin head. Good weight with a smoothness that filled the mouth. Strong burnt sugar with malts and a slightly bitter finish. Well done and balanced.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, almost burnt, concentrated amber color. The head is thin and has a light brown tinge to it. Aroma has an interesting fruit character to it that is berry leaning; but is very subtle. Rich, sweet, malty notes, deeply caramelized, slightly nutty, deeply caramelized notes, and a touch of umami richness from the contrast notes.
Sweet, a bit on the rich side, though not overly heavy. The beer has a nice dense, concentrated malt character to it, a meaty, chewy beer with lots of melonoid character. The beer has a touch of spiciness in the finish that seems more grain / malt related than hop, but it could be a touch of that too. The bitterness balance here is quite light, there is just a touch of it here in the finish so that this doesn’t get cloying.
An incredibly satisfying beer, especially after driving the entire day.
jimmie65 (330) - 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 (2137) - 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 (3442) - 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 (3715) - 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 (141) - 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 didn’t really taste like a bock at all to me, maybe a little too chocolatey and sweet. Still, the Dark Bock is one of High Desert’s better efforts.
fordest (1973) - 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 (3231) - 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.