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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Just in time for the holidays is our special treat. A dark and chewy bock beer. Around November you’ll find ’chocolate bock’ on tap down at the brewery. The history of Bock beer is a complicated one, going all the way back the dark ages in Europe. In the 14th century, the city of Einbeck became famous for this style of beer. So thats where the name "beck" or "bock" has come from. No other beer has a more pure and intense malt character as a true Bock. Many large breweries in the U.S. have diluted the original strength of this beer, but we make the real thing. The body of this beer is rich, making it a good beer to warm up to during those "special" Iowa winters. The blackened malt that we use in it gives the brew a slight hint of chocolate. Its a smooth brew, having been lagered for over a month in our cellars, in true bock style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle from ketchepillar. Thanks!
Pours a transluscent dark brownish maroon color with a medium fizzy tan head. Smell is dusty cocoa, with chocolate malt. Taste is similar with a slightly thin body and dusty cocoa/choclate flavor. Pretty drinkable with medium carbonation and not bad at all. Friendly, easy drinking, but simple beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2008
2-13-08 bottle
Thin dark brown in color with a short-lived head. Subtle light malt smell - very light. Flavor is a bit bland and not very exciting. Highly carbonated and just average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5103) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2008
12 oz bottle, via iowaherkeye. Pours a clear ruby brown body with a small fizzy beige head that faded quickly. The nose is very grainy and husky with some nutty and light chocolate malt. The flavor is equally grainy and fairly dry with notes of lightly roasted coffee, nutella, and light German hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a husky texture and lots of fizzy carbonation. Overall, not an especially pleasing beer, though I will concede, this may in fact be close to a decent interpretation of the style from an American viewpoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmbeer (1253) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2008
12 oz. bottle from ketchepillar- poured into snifter- poured semi transparent very darken brown amber, light tan head quickly bubbled away, medium carbonation. Aroma of roasted malt, with hints of caramel and chocolate. Hits the mouth with a medium defined body, alcohol seems to hit you in the middle, finish of chocolate and a small spit of hops. Surprisingly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Bockyhorsey - My first Iowa beer. Yeeaaa! Pours a clear brown color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Aroma is caramel malt, a touch of chocolate, and herbal hops. Flavor is much of the same. What I like about this beers is the malt doesn’t linger on the palate. Light to medium body. A good beer. Thanks Bill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle... Clear, deep, dark, ruby ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, khaki head. Good, tight, creamy retention. Restrained, nutty, chocolate aroma. Malty flavor leans on the sweet side of balance... medium sweetness; gentle bitterness. Toasted nuts and grains. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Sweet, dark fruit, chocolaty finish. Thanks to pepsican for floating this brew my way!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Pours to a flat, dark brown color with virutally no head, carbonation or lacing. Nosde is a very strong, very pleasant mix of malty sweet caramel and chocolate. Although the body is fairly thin, the mouthfeel delivers with a sweet tingly sensation. Flavor is a continuation of the malt chocolate and caramel, with a hint of alcohol entering near the end. Finish was a nice, long, sweet and warming. I enjoyed this even in the dead of summer, though I can see how it would be more enjoyable next to a fire as a true winter warmer. Just a little too sweet to have more than one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3562) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Out of the swingtop bottle at the 07 RBSG grand tasting. Dark beer with mahagony highlights. Short lived beige head. Cereal grain nose. Sweet bock beer with chocolate, fruit, raisen and some caramel. Not that interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Dark brown body with a small tan head. Sweet molassas and chocolate aroma. Sweet roasted malt and chocolate flavor with some hints of molassas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Sample thanks to Maniac. Nice very dark amber, slight carbonation. Bread, molasses, and slight raisin nose. Flavor is sweet bread and raisin. Not bad at all, and I normally don’t care for bocks.

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