Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
fly (1459) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
DrnkMcDermott (2990) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Crit (3768) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sparkling brown, lasting beige head. Good malt nose. Full bodied malt profile with no noticeable alcohol. Rather bland
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little head retention. Subtle malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor throughout. Finishes slightly dry to more you drink. A good example of the style.