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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2867) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2010
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Has a small but long lasting head. Hazy, cognac colored body. Aroma is an amalgamation of strong bourbon at first but some nice sweet biscuit, licorice-esque alcohol and tolerable wood. Flavor is nice despite all the disparate elements that actually fit well together. The alcohol has also died down in the flavor. Brett isnít strong and comes off as slick but mixes well with the biscuit-malt character. Very flavorful and memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
12 oz bottle shared by mothman. Pours a nice darker amber, hazy, light lacing head with small ring. Aromas are a light bourbon, caramel, toffee, a nice sweetness. Initial sweeter, a decent oxidized sweetness. A touch of bourbon. Light, thinned out over time. Fairly oxidized, fairly sweet with nice bourbon presence smoothed out with decent vanilla tannins. Tasty yet a bit simplified over time with biscuits and vanilla, some sherry like pit fruit moves into the fold, light booziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (6063) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2010
12oz bottle pours a transparent, copper amber with one ring of white head. Aroma of cherries, sherry, light wood, malty. Imagine a cherry shake. Flavor is sweet, cherries, fruits, woody, sherry, malty. Super drinkable. Full bodied and sweet. I liked this alot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2010
thanks to cmillward for sharing! Strong bourbon nose with vanilla and molasses. Pours a maple amber with thin head. Creamy vanilla with hints of bourbon upfront, rich malt tones with molasses notes in the flavor. Thereís a very subtle tartness in the finish with a long lingering bourbon note. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8347) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to Sean! Poured a clear amber with a thin yellow gray head that dissipated to a film around the edges. Aroma was sweet with toffee, caramel and biscuit. Also a pretty present bourbon note. Flavor was sweet with toffee, caramel, grain and just a hint of fruits. Bourbon does a good job of melding with the other flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2010
bottle pours light brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is vanilla, oak and bourbon. Flavor is creamy bourbon and vanilla with a caramel malt and assertive hop finish. This is special stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 8, 2010
MMM a bourbon barrell aged lager-cool. The nose is of syrupy whiskey, apple cider, slight malt, and some sort of very heavy lilac floral scent. The bourbon vanilla is big in this one and matches well to the toasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Murky caramel brown with a thin tan head thatís gone. Aroma of bourbon, toffee, diacetyl, oak, vanilla, alcohol and plenty of malt Ė reminds me of a barley wine more than a dopplebock. Taste of toffee, oak, vanilla, bourbon and salt. Overly sweet with some warming and a sweet, salty finish. Not bad, but a little too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2010
12oz bottle shared with barleyPops, thanks! Had a few beforehand and re-used plastic beer cup (I know....), so did not get the best aroma or appearance factors. Definitely tasted the vanilla and caramel but not much oak. Very smooth but did not get a good taste of bourbon. Iíll have to try this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear glowing reddish amber with a medium fizzy foamy cream colored head. Aroma is very New Glarus, seemingly lactic, lots of vanilla, nicely sour smelling, similar to the cranbic barrel character, spicy woody yogurt, cherry hard candy, fantastic. Flavor follows, not much bock here, lightly lactic, lovely spicy woody character, oaky, light hard candy like sweetness, some chocolate underneath in the finish, touch of munich, wow this is very smooth, great depth, and very enjoyable, the chocolate and bourbon play just slightly weirdly off the infection and residual sugars but its quite good, lightly fruity, super oaky. Alcohol is well hidden, who knows what it is but Iím sure itís up there. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation, slightly hard-candyish. Who knows what this used to taste like. =p

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