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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear garnet color with an initially effervescent cream colored head that dissipates slowly leaving minimal lacing. Toffee and vanilla aromas with a hint of bourbon and a tinge of bretty hairspary- I didn’t even know to expect brett in this beer, cool. Big caramel flavors with more vanilla and lots of bourbon. Drinks a little sharp right now. There seems to be some very strong tannins as the beer sits on your palate. Lingering finish that dies out with a sort of plastic note. This may be the closest thing to a let-down that I’ve seen from NG (I’ve loved most everything I’ve tried thus far and came into this with very high expectations), but then again, I’ve never seen a BA Bock with Brett before so I’ve got to hand it to them for brewing outside the box.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (17461) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20k tasting - London. Cheers! Pours cloudy amber with a creamy head. The nose has light tangy fruits, toffee, butterscotch. Medium sweet flavour with moderate tartness, bread, some yeasty notes, bruised bananas, dough. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish, with heavy bready sugars. Pretty OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (8047) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Huge thanks to Kenny for this one. Clear reddy amber coloured pour with a loose white head. Aroma is Bourbon, oak, tart raspberry, woody apricot. Flavour is composed of brandy apple, woody Bourbon, , apricot, solvent, tangy, woody apple. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, little oily. I like it, maybe a little hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis (104) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Bottle share at Ken’s 20k tasting. Many thanks to Ken for bringing this whopper. Pours amber/brown with thin white head. Aroma of vanilla, fruits and a little booze. Tastes dark fruits, vanilla and a little leather armchair. Feels pleasant in the mouth. A good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5466) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Bottle share at Kenny’s , thanks to K-Man. As ’New Glarus Unplugged Bourbon Barrel Bock’, red foil. Dark red, hazy, small ring of tan head. Aroma is vanilla, raisin, booze, a little meaty - chicken almost. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is tangy fruits, light washed out bourbon, raisin and vanilla. Decent BBA ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (5739) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
33cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrations @Chriso’s, thanks to Kenny. Or pours a clean ruby color with minimal tan head. Aroma is sweet oxidised raisin and rum. Taste I also sweet and boozy with more raisins rum car board and light lemon. Light bodied with soft carboantion. Overall, quite tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (11528) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ken at his 20K tasting. It pours clear deep amber with a tiny bubbly off-white head. The nose is sweet, toasted malt, vanilla, oily, fruit cake, brown bread, almond and Dundee cake. The taste is rich, oily, fruit cake, vanilla, toasted coconut, wood, varnish, leather, warming alcohol, quince jelly and tangy dark fruits with a slick finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Rich, mellow and rather quaffable. Works rather well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (16708) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Russet colour lasting white head. Bourbon on aroma. Very much bourbon. Sweet. Vanilla coconut. Sweet. OK if a little sweet. Good strawberry jam flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
vtafro (6057) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2014
(backlog) Bottle at a tasting at maxxdaddy’s. Amber pour with tan head. Sherry, oxidation, light sweet tones, oak flavor. No real bourbon tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7176) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Paul at his place for some football. Pours a hazy reddish with no head. Aroma is fruit and oxidation. Mouthfeel is light with notes of sweet fruit, light oak and maybe a hint of bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. From notes. Caramel and toffee with a surprisingly fruity note. Very good.

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