madquacker (1074) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sweet and flat with a lolly water middle. Little of interest here. Caramel colour and some medicine notes.
mR_fr0g (5777) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at chriso’s winter tasting 7/12/2014. Mid brown coloured pour with a loose halo of off white head. Aroma is caramel, banana bread, sweet unrefined sugars, Flavour is composed of stale malts, nutty, malts, hints of banana bread, Bit of cardboard. Palate is a bit dull and lifeless, moderate carbonation.
Leighton (14303) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at chriso’s pre-Christmas tasting. Pours clear brown with a frothy, off-white head. Sugary brown bread on the nose with suggestions of oxidation and toffee, dark fruits. Big sweet flavor with dark berries, brown sugar, toffee, bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sugary finish with more brown bread, thin toffee, slight cardboard, grapes, berries. So so.
cgarvieuk (17618) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at chrisO... Deep black brown.. Thin tan lacing... Soft smoke dark roast malts nose... Dark roast.. Dark sweet suger malts
Ricki (4) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2014 does not count
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle. Dark brown with a loose head & slight fizz. Sweet bread aroma. Very sweet taste but clean with no aftertaste.
Nero55 (865) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with thin head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Medium body, medium sweetness, and relatively strong roasted malt notes. More black malt than I expected for a bock.
fatguys (75) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a cola brown with a creamy off-white head. Sweet, nutty nose. Creamy, thick mouthfeel. Those are the best qualities. Way too sweet, like near-flat cola with a few drops of welfare whiskey mixed in. Could be great if the malt bill were more refined and it had a touch more hops.
AtronSeige (986) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Medium malt, dark fruit, plums, light toasty
Appearance: Body: Clear, dark amber. Small, cream head. Good retention
Flavour: Medium malt, dark fruit, plums, melanoidins, medium sweetness, chocolate. Light toasty Slightly semi-dry finish
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: The lower alcohol does make it more quaffable. Enjoyable and very nice flavours and aromas.
330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
5B. Traditional Bock
hawthorne00 (2872) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a loose beige head. Aroma of malt bread, some chocolate, a little plasticy. Very sweet but mostly pretty clean. Bread, prunes, slight roast. Does dry out a bit, no bitterness. Pleasant enough.
ccex (1080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle pours a clear brown with red edges and a small light tan head without much lacing. Aroma has light chocolate, roasted malts, and some nuts. Taste is sweet caramel with a bit of dark fruits but a slightly bitter finish. Body is medium without much carbonation. Easily drinkable. This was my go-to daily beer in the late 1980s and still one I seek out when I want something inexpensive with its own personality and some substance. It is still my hands-down favorite from the old brewery formerly known as Joseph Huber.