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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
Sublimely elegant this toffee toned bock is rich with a blend of Wisconsin and German barley malts. Over four months of resting in oak bourbon barrels gives this beer a wonderfully smooth body that will improve and mellow with age. Should you choose to enjoy this classic today, you can expect a treasure of vanilla, oak and carmel notes to be bolstered by hops from France, Slovenia and Germany. Wild Brett yeast sings in harmony to the tune of Bock. 20 degrees Plato OG makes this bourbon barrel a masterwork to remember.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Brown/orange colour, medium head that turned into a dot in the middle of my glass. Sweet candy like aroma with a note of toffee. Sugary caramel and toffee with some bitterness and a smoked feel. Didn’t get the barrel aged flavour but got a bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 I don’t feel right on reviewing this one because I feel like its not ready yet; which is why I put it in my vintage drawer. Ethanol is strong in the aroma and flavor. Color is a caramel brown; unfiltered. Toffee/malt in the nose. Finish is a little too bitter, but smooth till then, and of course the aftertaste is clean. An exceptional lager that will get better with age. Hopefully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7429) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottled. Poured a clear, medium translucent orange with a short cap of beige head. Aroma began with lightly smoked bourbon sugars, vanilla, and fresh oak... then the bock emerged with notes of toffee and candy-like sweetness. The flavor had a slightly better balance between the barrel treatment and the bock.. syrupy-sweet caramel and toffee meld well with the lightly-smoked bourbon, vanilla, and oak from the barrel... finish was a bit sharp with boozy sugars, but was otherwise tasty and long. Medium-bodied and syrupy on the palate with low bitterness.. sharper, warm finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
12oz, no date. Pours a clear orange caramel with a 1/2 finger beige head that fades to a creamy film after a minute. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, toffee and caramel, light cherries, and some light alcohol. Flavor adds more oaky wood to the aforementioned aromas. The brettanomyces works quite well here by not becoming funky, but lightly tangy. Semidry finish--low bitterness overall. Low creamy carbonation with a full body. When I was talking to Dan a few weeks back he said this was either 10 or 11% ABV. Either way, this is delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Pours a dark caramel color with very little head. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, brett, light fruit. Taste is much the same with faint alcohol notes. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Sweet fruit and German malt aroma, hints of toffee and alcohol, taste had a sour ish mash taste, very odd , sweet fruit blended with bourbon and caramel,somewhat bitter finish, kind of struck me as JB poured into fruit punch,something most people would not find appetizing,I think this needs a little more time

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2007 Darkish clear copper with a thin creamy light tan head. Alcoholic fruit and toffee, sweet malt with some bourbon and vanilla melded in with some sweet pastries. Very nice aroma, but its hard to pick out a lot of specifc things. Initial impression of the flavor is an awkward slightly soured bourbony bock. It opens up a bit in the glass to yield something with a good complexity in a bock base. Fruity black cherry, bourbony vanilla. Still though, there is a dark grainy bourbon presence that is a touch rough. Looking forward to getting some age on this. Update 6/23 - I don’t know... this seems much more open today. Brett is a little in your face, and tastes nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bright orange copper color with a moderate dark khaki colored head. Big bourbon vanilla aroma. Scents of caramel, toasted malt and a hint of banana, as well cherry toffee as it warms. Soft and silky on the palate with just enough effervescence to keep it lively. Bourbon is less evident in the flavors. Pale sweet malt start that leads to full caramel and toffee flavors in the middle. Just a hint of brett in the later flavors when the bourbon seems to come out a touch more. This isn’t the burning bourbon though, this is the silky and buttery stuff. Linger is long with hints of dark cherries with toasted and buttered whole grain bread. This, especially like the smoked rye bock, will continue to mellow and get better with time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Bottle - new Unplugged. Pours a thin-headed amber-red beauty with thinnest of heads. Nice bourbon nose - I say sweet as in Jack Daniels. A bit of Hallertauer? Chocolate and cherries, caramel, toffee, brandy, vanilla. Heat on the tongue, but enough flavors that it makes the whole experience even better. Sticky sweet. Malty to the core. Bourbon flavor is perfect IMO. Dry and sweet at the same time..is that possible? Evidently. This got better and better as I sipped it. Could’ve been richer and darker, but isn’t and that may be a good thing. It is much easier to hide flaws behind a ton of malt. Excellent.

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