hawthorne00 (2256) - Melbourne, - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice pun. Bottle, 9C. Clear amber with an off white head that fades to the rim but lasts. Aroma has caramel, some nuts and grass. Layers of toasted malt, firm balancing bitterness. I like that there’s depth in the malt flavours without great sweetness. Finish is dry and a little bitter with some pepper and just a touch of smoke. Very solid bock.
ShaneJ (414) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Plonk. Dark brownish-red, caramel, mild smoke/oak aroma, subtle malt flavours. Nice.
LesArgen (180) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of bread, honey and nougat dominate the nose. You immediately notice the hops tingling your tongue, but they quickly give way to more sweet malt and some light mulled spices. The palate is reasonable, although it could be longer and more robust, and the alcohol is pretty prominent. An interesting beer, but not necessarily a great one.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a really nice bronze with some golden tinges down the side of the glass. Creamy tan coloured head. Aromas of rich toffee a touch of smoke and some nice floral hop aromas. Flavours are quite sweet as would be expected with a touch of alcohol to finish. Medium mouthfeel. Didnt mind this one to be honest.
jjking (1) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve just opened a growler at home on a rainy summer afternoon.
Sweet aroma with malty caramel and toffee notes.
I got an initial strong bittersweet malt, which leads into some spice in the body, and a slightly smokey bacon/lingering bitter finish.
I really enjoyed it; as a lighter bodied bock it suited the climate.
TourDeBeer (99) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Openning aroma order - caramel, smokey, banana,
Poured aroma - caramel/smokey instant hit,
head fades before first sip
very dark appearance
first taste - malty smokey burst,
continuing - cannot taste the layers of malt mentioned. more of a blur.
medium sweetness, lightly bitter, oily feel, long finish,
Overall not too bad, defiantly would try another pint.
CitrusP (58) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deserves much better than the rating here would suggest. Unusual for a bock in how high the hop content is, regardless, this a very delicious, hoppy beer that boasts some lovely resinous cocoa and sweet coffee flavours with some smoke in the aftertaste. Odd but good.
gam (3065) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Block sized bubbly head brisk medium carbonation rich amber pour aromas grassy tropical toffee grain flavours grain sweet grassy apricot pineapple toffee medium bitter very hoppy the finish hop aftertaste grain lasting bitter strange for a bock but likeable
madquacker (1019) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red hue with low carbonation. Sweet with notes of raisens. Some added on smokiness at the end. High ABV. Not great for a version of a bock of some sort.
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 568ml bottle on 31/12/2012. Pours a fairly clear light amber with a biggish head which disappears quickly. Has a modest woody, smoky aroma with some caramel in the mix. The flavour is more distinctive, with light caramel, toffee and biscuit to begin and then moving onto some quite strong spice notes and a light but unmistakable smokiness. Not a world beater, but relatively interesting and quite enjoyable.
bmeup (499) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looker, head falls away quickly over a rich amber ruby coloured beer. Yep there is some very subtle smoke in there, but don’t expect too much. Quite a pleasant bitterness and balance of malt. Acceptable beer with good food.