VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled January, week 3. Clear dark copper. Thin big bubbled off white edge head. Very light carbonation. Light aroma of dark and rich malts, some molasses and hints of toast. Initially tangy and yeasty with a thick body, lightly sweet yet sharp and firm. Body is there, and quite hefty in fact, but the malt definition is lacking and is overshadowed by the funky tangy taste. Malt flavor is lightly roasted and sweet with a floral/spicy hop balance. Finishes with a thick body, there all the way through, and a slight cherry fruitiness and lighter tanginess. A respectably thick, but thinnishly flavored, Bock.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 1, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12/10/01 Bottled, first try. Beautiful tawny red/brown, thick body with a lovely meringuelike head; typically strong aroma from this brewer, heavily malty with notes of figs and pie spices. Flavor is just a bit of a letdown, too dominated by alcohol (this goes down more like a doppel, I’d guess an ABV of 7% or more), but with a thick mouthfeel and oaky smoky taste, which dominates the wonderful ending, as scotch-like and strong as you’ll find in an American bock. Superb; reminiscent of Spaten Opt more than anything else, and another fine example from America’s best unknown brewery.
2nd rating, April 1. After 5 more months, this brew is starting to lose its head more quickly, and seems to be taking on more wine-like qualities. I’m liking the flavor more and more; some serious caramel and toffee, candied fruit; mmm reminds me almost of their Barley Wine. I’m ready to put this just about at the level of Celebrator...
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at the brewery. A good bock. You can definitely taste the dark barley used to make this brew. Another winner from Lakefront!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good bock. A dark amber appearance. Good caramel malt flavors with just a touch of toastiness.