Lemke10 (971) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I took a tour of the Minhas Craft brewery in Monroe, WI in late Summer 2010. As a parting gift for taking the tour they gave away free bottles of beer and fighting billy bock was one of them.
This bock pours a dark brown with a normal head of foam. For being a bock this had a much lighter flavor than most bocks. It also didn’t leave much of an after taste. Something new and different to try but probably not going to be anyone’s regular purchase.
Nekronos (4111) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wasn ’t that dark and the brewery has another name. NICe and sweet quite disappointing in the other side. I thought it was going to be totally nasty.
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
650ml brown bottle rebadged as Bad Hare Winter Bock. Brown pour, whitish head that flattens quickly, looks clear. Nose has mild chocolate notes, sweet caramel. Taste has faint roasted malt, caramel. Aftertaste has chocolate and cola, trace of bitterness that collapses under the sweetness. Light body, quite carbonated, lots of prickly bubbles. Unimpressive, but I wasn’t expecting much.
AmericanSwill (1) - - DEC 14, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m no beer snob, I just like to try a variety of beers. My taste leans toward slightly sweeter brews, and less on high-hopped IPAs. So now that you know where my bias lies, here’s my take on this beer.
12oz bottle, about 40-45F, drank from the bottle. Smells of coffee and a bit like robitussin. In fact, the Robitussin was all I could taste at first. I came back to it when it was a bit warmer, and breathed a bit. It was much more pleasant at around 50F, with a smell of coffee and dark-roasted malts. It was a bit watery with a coffee and snappy alcohol flash. It then has a fairly smooth finish with a lingering sweet taste. It’s interesting how much the character of this beer changes with temp.
Patrickctenchi (6090) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown with red backlights...
tall, rough-bubbled , light tan head.
Scent is caramel, malt...woody.
Taste is a creamy, toffee-caramel.....
very smooth, but way too watery.
This one fools you.....looks/smells nice, then let’s you down.
More backbone and this could be a winner.
Ratman197 (13420) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured aclear reddish brown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of carmel, molasses, fruittiness, toffee and light earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, molasses,toffee and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering molasses finish.
rondphoto (4100) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle - Clear very dark amber with a good long-lasting head and swirls of lace. Looks pretty good. Taste begins with caramel malt, but has an over-riding prune/dried fruit moving through to the finish. There isn’t any discernible hop bittering, just the semi-sweet fruit thing against the malt. There is a little bloating/burping effect which makes this seem more filling than it is. Actually, not a bad brew, though; somewhat original, and drinkable.
unclemike (2924) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Color fairly attractive with advertised rouge tones--fizzy macro head. Flavor slightly sweet, slightly tangy, not bad but overpowered by excessive carbonation, which ruins any reasonable mouthfeel it might have otherwise had. Very mediocre macro effort
reebtogi (5749) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
341ml bottle pours brown in color with a figner of off-white head that settles quickly to reveal only a few spots of lacing. Aroma is light roasted malts with some light chocolate and grassy hops. Taste is light roasted malt bitterness with some faint chocolate malt sweetness followed up with a mild grassy hop bitterness. Very thin body for the style and light carbonation. Just doesn’t quite live up to the style, a poorly done beer.
Onslow (1410) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour form a 12 oz bottle. Clear deep amber brew - looks like a root beer when held up to the light. Aroma of raosted malt hinting at coffee or chocolate, but more generic. Faint hints of grassy hops or some other sour aroma in the background. Taste is sweet malt, molassess, dark fruits, roasted grains, a little grass and bitter at the finish though the end is still sweet. This is what I recall of bocks back when they were mainstream - Pabst Bock, Stroch Bock, etc. - sweet malts and roasted malts in an otherwise lagerish format. I enjoyed this.