Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Secret Santa Summer 15. Thanks! Kind of a terrible label. Dark amber, large foamy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of toffee malts, earthy hops. The taste is toffee, caramel, earthy hops, a bit of a tart fruitiness. Medium bodied.
maekchu (2733) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks, Nate. Mild dark roast nse, kind of flour-like chocolate, and some pungent raisin notes. Dark copper color. Caramel, honey, sweet dark fruits, raisins. Thin-medium body. Seems extract like, but good flavors.
KyotoLefty (7571) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice chewy fudge nose, chocolate, raisins, treacle. Brown-orange color, clear, with lace. Very nice malt flavor, rich and bready, medium sweet. Grassy, earthy finish. Good beer.
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured caramel brown with a tan head. Aroma is strong woodsy bark and malts. Taste is sweet malts, spice, toffee, and caramel.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours murky, light brown with a tan colored, mostly dissipating head. Beer smells malty with caramel and bread notes. Taste is initially lightly bitter. It finishes sweet. A good beer but not destined to be one of my favs. Probably pretty good for the style. Prost!
ttoadee (975) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep Russet brown with amber highlights, tan head. Nose is caramel, coco and a hint of cherries. Sweet. Middle is dark honey, dark malt. Finish is a little chewy, a little boozy, and somewhat drier than the rest.
Brandon1989 (437) - Euless, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark copper with a decent sized off white head that left plenty of lacing. The aroma is rather sweet up front with caramel and toffee. I also pick up some dark fruits as well and they are more prevalent as the beer warmed up. The taste is rather sweet, the chocolate/caramel/toffee notes are picked up right away. You also pick up some of the dark fruits and a mild hop bite to it. I really enjoyed this beer!
drjay44 (2969) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, light beige head, with heavy lacing, over a clear, but particle laden dark copper (SRM 18) body....nose is heavy toasted malts, with light dried fruit notes, including plum, raisin, hints of toffee/caramel, light earthiness, slight hints of mint, balance to the malts....taste is moderately sweet, with plum, raisin, toffee/caramel notes, light earthiness, woody notes, finishing with light bitterness, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, medium body, slightly sticky, minimal alcohol, moderate carbonation, but with creamy texture. This is a pleasant iteration of the style. The biggest flaw is appearance, with the particle laden body, but how was it stored? Both aroma and flavor were malt forward, with light hop support. The Northern Brewer came through nicely, as did the malts. BJCP 7/1/13/4/6
ZacM612 (315) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Scardello. Brown with beige head. Malty aroma, some caramel and a little chocolate. Smooth, medium body.
dlihcsnatas (458) - Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2014
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dirty brown brew. Lots of junk floating about in the beer. Poured next bottle very slowly and left the last ounce in bottle, it was cleaner than the first but had no head. Smells of bread or toffee so it smells OK. Taste was a let down. There is a dark malt flavor but also a slight burnt flavor that just makes this not that great. Since I am only getting 11 ounces out of each bottle and this cost $3 more per six pack than other better tasting bocks on the market it is a major never again purchase.