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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Hearty and full-bodied this is a “Big” bier. Brewed in the Reinheitsgebot tradition, our Bock comes by its mahogany hue naturally. You can expect this bier to be complex and smooth with deep chocolate and coffee undertones, complementing the rich bouquet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Bottle pours a deep garnet red with a small head that dissipates rapidly leaving no lace. The aroma is malty almost resembling maple syrup with a hint of ripe banana. The flavor is caramel and maple like. The palate is ever so slightly rich and clean finishing. Another fine one from New Glarus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Another GABF sampled one ounce marathon. Tellin' ya it ain't always easy to get the best out of a good beer this way. The strain on my face must have been hilarious at times - trying to smell from this narrow vessel and filter out the noise and other distractions. A good beer, this I could tell. Good malts used. Fine aroma (from what I could tell, though some imagination was used). Gimme another. Maybe I'll even make my way to brewery to give 'em all another chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Deep red. Bready nose, some toffee. Lightly chocolate, very malty. Lightly sweet and tart, finishes with a strong toffee character. Nice palate, lightly creamy, quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Deep rich mahogany color with minimal head. Sweet aroma of raisins. Strong maple syrup flavor with dark chocolate and a bit of hazelnut coffee. The sweetnes definitely pick up as the beer warms and masks some of the alcohol. I feel flush

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Bottled. Whew! This is the first ”big” bock that was worthy of the name. There's a slightly hazy beer-bottle-brown body under a transient ochre head. Funny, I can't taste anything that says “coffee,” but instead a fruity alelike nose and tastes of raisins, rum and maple syrup. Also a warming alcohol presence and a slighty winey finish. Maybe the difference is that my bottle had been cellared a few years, but this tastes more like a microbrewed porter or a young barleywine. So try holding on to this for a while, and see if it doesn't do the same for you!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Great aroma, the coffee came out, predominantly. Some carmel notes. Good head. On the palate, the coffee still predominated over any chocolate. Fairly smooth, as far as alcohol was concerned. Didn't feel to heavy, either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2003
This poured out wonderfully with a growing tall head of very tight frothyness of light tannish color sitting atop a glowing deep mahagony, rubyish copper highlighted gem of a bottom. Head did fade pretty fast though to a skim always present and a fairly thick ring. Smell is faint malts and light roastyness, no tang or sweetness to be found, will that carry over to the taste? Yep, kinda, its a whole lotta empty malts that renders some roastyness and seems to be quite solid and smooth but no other characteristics can be found. Hops are there in very small amount lending a bit of a grab with some roasted grains and thank goodness for that, other wise I might fall asleep drinkin this bock. Has no real finishing qualities either. Kinda bland and one dimensional. Feel is medium bodied smoothness with a small pickup near the middle. Its a decent drinkable tastin bock, a bit lack luster but do-able over many others of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3809) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2003
Sparkling brown, lasting beige head. Good malt nose. Full bodied malt profile with no noticeable alcohol. Rather bland

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Light brown copper color with a soft white head and malty aroma. Body is full, sweet, and smooth with some chocolate notes and a hint of coffee. Finishes dry and sweet. Good bock flavor and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Little head retention. Subtle malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor throughout. Finishes slightly dry to more you drink. A good example of the style.

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