notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby beer with a creamy, off-white head - kind of an earthy aroma for a bock - a lot of sweet date, raisin, treacle, dough - a moderate acidic tang - smooth, creamy mouthfeel - not as sweet as the aroma suggests, but still loaded with raisin, fig, caramel, toffee - some noble hops and moderate acidity do a decent job of cutting it, but it borders on cloying after a while, especially as it warms - I like my bocks sweet, though, so I don’t have an issue - quite complex.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the brewery. Clear mahogany with a nice tan head. Aroma is sweet malty, caramel, sweet chocolate. Flavour of burnt sugar, sweet. Overall nice but nothing special.
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/30/2009: Hofstettner Granitbock... Aroma: Lots of sweet caramelized "European" malt; hints of apple. Appearance: Golden reddish-amber; minimum beige head. Flavor: Lots of caramelized pale European malt just shy of getting scorched; dark brown sugar; hints of caramelized apple; moderate earthy bitterness. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; fairly smooth. Overall: This is a nice Bock!
1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle ( 41902091 ) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #84 for this beer.
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz bottle from Julio’s. A thin, mostly fading light beige head covers the clear dark chesnut pour that could be more attractive. While the looks could easily be improved, the nose greets us with a firm, grasping maltiness . Profoundly toasty, nutty lager with an unmistakable bock/lager character from its clean yeastiness. Fig and plum reminiscent fruitiness provides a certain juicy aspect that fits the leather/nut/leaf/chocolate/toasted bread/caramel flavour profile to a T. Gently oily palate, relatively round, though easy-drinking and enhanced by engaging light, rather soft bubbles. A soft leafy, spicy hoppiness closes this march to excellence. A bit sweeter than I prefer, but excellent malt extraction. Toasty heaven. Adorable though on the stronger side of bocks. I don’t remember too many good bocks from my visit in Austria, so this is a pleasant surprise.
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle
I had some high hopes for this based on the low cost but this gusher ended up being a dud. Maybe I had a bad bottle but unless this is on sale I do not see purchasing another to rerate. This beer was interesting but hardly the cream of the crop for its style.
Aroma / Appearance - Gushing from the second I popped it open the bottle took a few minutes to settle before I could even pour anything but a tan head. The rusty brown body was dull and somewhat lifeless. The aroma of salted almonds mixed with dusty books and stale chocolate to create a total package that was less than exciting.
Flavor / Palate - Traces of dried smoked ham, cocoa (like you would find in chocolate milk mix), and raisins blended into a standard blend. The fluid mouthfeel was light on the palate. This was drinkable but I found myself looking for something else rather than trying to finish off the remnants after the first glass was empty.
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dropped off to my table a hazed, deep dark brown body topped with a full, foaming, tan-colored head.
Smell: Fruity, malty nose, combining scents of baked apples and pureed raisins with notes of bread and caramel with a spray bottle spritz of clean alcohol.
Taste: The taste is alive with a dark breadiness smoothed over with well-caramelized sugars. Smidgen of roast. Deep, delicately tart fruitiness carries over from the nose. Slight, growing chocolate presence as it warms. Very restrained hop character and bitterness. Touch of warming alcohol presence on the fruity, sweetly malty, smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight chewiness to the overall mouthfeel.
Drinkability: No trouble here finishing my portion. A fine, upstanding bock, providing you like’m sweet and malty.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Surly Goat. Clear brownish red with a one finger beige head, fading to a ring and tiny island after a short while. Some toasty grains and scorched caramel make up the nose with some light raisins, lager yeast and just a little earth following. Flavor is much the same, though maybe a tinge fruitier and light soy sauce (without the salt) added. Bitterness peaked at a 2, and finished nice and toasty. Minimal carbonation with a medium full body. Nice doppel.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, dark ripe fruit, light raisin, toasting, light maple syrup, and sugar. Poured brown/very deep amber in color with a small, tan head that disappeared except around the edges. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, raisin, caramel, dark ripe fruit, toffee, toasting, and sugar. Medium body. Coating, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, malt, caramel, toasting, light raisin, and slight dark ripe fruit finish is lightly dry.
PorterPounder (6532) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tampa, Fl - Whole Foods - 500 ml bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin but sticky off-white head. Sweet, fragrant aroma with dates, prunes and chocolate. Stick-to your ribs flavor with raisins, dates, molasses and a touch of chocolate. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Very solid bok - not cloying at all.
jredmond (6659) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split with dallas. Pours a dark blackish brown body. Aroma is smoky. Mouth feel is thin. Flavor is dominated by meat and roast.