KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Volo.
Medium amber color with lots of orange. bohemian pils aroma: buttery, malty, decent hops, rich cereals, honey, some fruit. Big malt flavor with honey, butter, muscat grapes, cherry, alcohol. Strong alcohol finish with hops and fruity malts. A very interesting bock. Very complex, with nice hops and balance. The muscat flavor got on my nerves halfway through the pint, though.
cyrenaica (1062) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I tried this beer on November 5, 2008 at Bar Volo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a beautiful translucent dark gold (with reddish hues) in a tulip glass with almost no head. The aroma was bready malt, some maple notes, and yeast. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is malty, some yeasty notes, some caramel, and a little hops.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 341ml Bottle fromn the Brewery: Here’s my story - I visited the brewery, told them I had it at Volo. They weren’t happy, it was well out of date and not to be drank. Promised they’d have some the end of March. And so I returned, and indeed got some. It is much better fresh and new, and it truly grows on you. Get at least 12, the last six will be better than the first. But enjoy them quickly, like most King products; like teen stars they don’t age well. Aroma is much the same - malty, grainy, and present alcohol. The flavour is vastly improved. Sweet, nutty, grainy, hints of bubblegum and caramel in the aftertaste. The entire thing is covered in a swath of booze that reminds you you’re drinking a strong beer. Simple grassy aftertaste, leaves you wanting more. Nice work!<P>
Original Rating 07/01/04: 6/4/6/3/13 341ml Bottle @ Volo: I almost wet myself with excitement when I found this bottle in the Volo fridges last night. As a fan of the brewery I had sadly come to terms with the fact I’d never taste it, so t’was a good night. Pours golden in colour, a hue or two darker than their Pils, with a good sized white foam head offering great lacing and retention. Aroma is sweet with malts, quite grainy, and a good amount of present alcohol. The taste is very strong, grainy, elements of straw, sweet from the malts with heavy alcohol and generous portion of (I think) Saaz hops. I would say my least favourite of the King offerings by far, but interesting for what it was.
DerWeg (1538) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 >>>>> ** NEW RATING *** >>>> Rich pale matly tones and fruit, lemon, good lager edge, honest earthy green hops, notable alcohol is warming and pleasant, aroma is subdued with light sweetness alcohol and yeast, has a great body and needs to be sipped, it has gotten a lot better perhaps >>> OLD VERSION RATING >>>> DRAUGHT, BEERBISTRO. Noble hops crown this well-crafted light bock beer from King. The malt flavorings lack definition or else they ’fight’ the hopping. Overall a bit jumbled tasting and tedious to sip on. Me like King Dark. Me like simple. 7/3/6/2/9 = 2.7
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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Good deep gold, clear lager . Medium fine creamy top, fine ornamental lace.
Light, clean malty aroma, light hoppy accents with fruity touches.
Medium bodied, grainy front. Rich malty middle spiced with gentle herbal hops. Think of Czech Pils powered up . Bock like fruity malts. Neat softness behind. Potent lager that is pleasure to have.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden pour with a tight white head. The aroma is quite malty with pils malt making up the majority of it. A little bit of soft pepper along with a bit of noble hop aroma. A hoppier aroma that is more notable than the majority of heller bocks I’ve had but this still isn’t my favorite style. I like this one better than most though.
pootzboy (1609) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Bottled, fresh from the brewer...this put a deep golden lager in my glass with a wonderful frothy 2 finger cap that retains well and laces the glass .
Aroma punctuated by large sweet pale malts some floral hops and a whiff of alcohol.
Full bodied....very smooth delivery. Big crystal malts up front...like biting a fresh baked biscuit, a little sweetness, hops sit in the background until the finish where they show up with some tartness. Aftertase is sweet and bready...warming. Not exactly a dry pilsner...and not intended to be as the finish is rather wet and sweet like a bock...but there is enough Pilzen character here to distinguish this as a pilsen bock and not a helles bock.
A great effort by this brewer.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not sure it accomplishes the uniqueness it claims, but it is a good beer. Very light in colour, grainy, some noble hops in the nose but it’s mostly sweet and a bit of that alcohol bite. A cool experiment that didn’t go awry.
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A golden beer with a thick creany white head. A clean malt aroma with crisp hops, very german, and nice fruity notes. In mouth, a rather good biscuitty malt, grassy, with notes of roastiness, a good german crisp hops, some light nuttyness. For the cold fermented beers, this is spot on. Bottle from Probstk.
Gorbalev (2981) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Volo. Golden yellow, tight small white head. Looked very still. Some hops and alcohol in aroma. Taste is sweet, lots of sticky alcohol. Very easy to drink though. A little syrupy. Crisp pils like hops at the end. Pretty good overall, but I’m not sure where the Bock comes in - more like some Imperial Pils that I have tried