Brewed by Railway City Brewing Company
Style: Dunkler Bock
St. Thomas, Canada


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Brewed featuring locally produced maple syrup, Sham-Bock is the perfect drink to celebrate the coming spring and the festive celebrations of St.Patrick’s Day. A 6.8% Doppelbock style brew, the beer is described as follows: Notes of dark fruits raisins and figs, molasses and dark maple syrup. Plum and toffee are foremost with a hint of chocolate. True to the Doppelbock style, Sham-Bock is a little sweet, higher alcohol (6.8% ABV) with a minimal hop profile. Like a good lager, Sham-Bock is very drinkable, impeccably clean and crisp in finish. Pours a creamy mocha head, which is dense in texture with a little lacing. ABV 6.8% IBU 22.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cattaneopapa (209) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Pours an opaque dark brown colour with a finger of tanned mocha head. Aroma is mainly caramel booze Taste is complex: coffee, caramel, brown sugar raisin, and a bit hoppy. Light body dry with finish low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
terrybail (694) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
650ml bottle from the LCBO Pours a dark brown with a good frothy head nice sweet malty fruity aroma Pretty strong alcohol aftertaste for the abv I do like the subtle maple taste Not bad at all

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pootzboy (1608) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle - pours a clear dark chestnut color with ruby highlights. Wonderful looking tan cap billows out of the glass. Aroma seems to be non existant - for a Bock that is strange. Flavout is roasty but the malt forward character seems restrained, mouth feel is a bit sharp for a cold aged lager like a bock - this left me more with the impression of a porter ae more than a bock lager. No off tastes and it is clean just not anything like a dunkler bock should be - perhaps "scam-bock" would be a more appropriate name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (441) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
650ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a very deep brown with a small tan head that leaves a fair bit of lace. Nose is dark fruit, toffee and some maple and coffee. Very sweet start with some raisin, chocolate and maple leading to some coffee bitterness. Medium slick mouth with quite soft carbonation. Not a typical bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
samzim (276) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
Scent of yeast, toffee, and figs. Opaque ruby brown colour. Flavour of brown sugar, dates, and caramel. Medium body with low carbonation. Quite tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (670) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
Pours wet earth dark with nary a cap to be found. This is a nice smelling bock. Taste is a swirl of flavours: root beer meets wet crocus bulbs meets a handful of raisins. An interesting interpretation of the style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2590) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
Pours dark brown with a brown frothy top. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and raisin. Taste is roasted malts, small smoke, chocolate and dark bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4956) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color bock with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt with some caramel malt is enjoyable enough. Taste is dominated by some caramel malt with light touch of biscuit malt and limited complexity from the esters which I was expecting more of. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good drinkability enough but falls short in terms of complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Randy4Beer (290) - - MAR 17, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2014 Appearance wise it was very dark, much darker than expected. Has a nice thick off-white head, that dissipates quickly to a thin surface. Leaves moderate lacing in the glass when drunk. No signs of carbonation at all. On the nose I was very surprised to get a rich creamy chocolate aroma. Like sniffing the beer version of Chocolate milk. Zero hop presence. Only extremely subtle malts. On the palate, it is very nice and chocolatey. Feels more like a stout to me. With that in mind, I found myself expecting some burnt malts, but there was none. A bit of sweetness in the mouth for sure. Maybe the ever so slight hint of coffee bitterness on the swallow.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheJester (1997) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
650 mL bottle. Porter brown with a thin beige head. Smells really awful - popcorn kernels and sugar. Fortunately the flavour isn’t as bad, although there certainly seems to have been a problem in the brewing process. Hopefully just a bad bottle. There other offerings were put together better.

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