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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Our delicious bock lager was brewed with lots of rich, sweet caramel malts and delicately balanced with the finest Bavarian Hallertau hops. For all holiday occasions, drink up the good life!

This holiday bock will be available in some of your favorite restaurants and in specially packaged 22 oz. bottles in stores in time for the holidays (limited to 200 cases). We will have a limited number of hand bottles 750 ml bottles specially packaged for the holidays This bottle will be limited to 142 hand numbered bottles available at the brewery only.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5168) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2010
2009 Release: Hazy copper/bronze coloured body with a thinnish tan head, ruby tint and a nice bit of small bubbles coming from the sides of the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, pit fruits, raisins and some major toffee. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive malty and toffee taste at first with some nuts, alcohol and a bitter tobacco finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of character, with the malt coming through most, followed by some alcohol and a touch of raisins. Overall, a decent beer - perhaps a bit too nutty and malty, but not a bad beer. Good for a holiday beer - different than most, so that’s very welcome. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 14-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 04-April-2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamherbert (1400) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Aroma is toffee and brown sugar. Mild and malty. Appears dark, milky, ruby brown. Head shrinks but some nice lace. The flavor is lots of malt. Coffee but also oatmeal. Malt dominates. Sweet with a bitter finish. Hint of grapes and dates/raisins. Gritty feel; a tad oatmealish. Verymuch a sweet, sugary bock. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3025) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Nose is sweet, malty, chocolatey, fruity. Very pleasant. The color is a deep red/brown, off-white head. The flavor is chocolate, raisin, plums. Themouthfeel is a little on the thick side of medium. The finish is sweet, with a slight component of hop bitterness, like nobel hops. Decent. I enjoyed this more than other ratebeerians, obviously.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2009
2009 bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a big foamy egg shell color that stays forever...nose is very sweet and cranberryish with some light toasty malt hints in the background. Palate is smooth and fluffy. Flavors of light nuts and a sweet, tangy berry note as well. Biscuity malts and very refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
22oz bottle-pours a light tan head with dark amber color. Aroma is light/medium malt, sour fruit. Taste is light/medium malt, sour fruit hops. Towards medium body. Better @cellar temp, so rated it then.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2009
BOMBER 2009, pours a dark brune body with a yellow off white head. Light malty body, toasted malt, some light caramel and bitter roasted malt tones. A very mineral and dry coco body with a bitter finish. A nice session ale. I like what the previous review said about olives, i can see where hes going when your first have in in your mouth its bitter and tart like and olive. Now i want olives. Mmm. Good stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hombrepalo (1956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
2008 version, thanks to Alldaydrinker. Just couldn’t get into this one. A mess to me. Poured a murky brown, with dirty looking head. Smell was funky, malts and kinda reminded me of olives! yea olives! Taste is bold, carmel, molasses and smokey malts. Kinda ashy and a sour finish. Not so tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (1718) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2009
22 oz bottle, 2008 edition. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a 1/2" tan head. Sweet malty nose with light spice. Smooth mouth feel with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt with some caramel & brown sugar & nougat. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rocbyter (1968) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Fruity malt aroma with a mild sour yeast smell. Light hazy dark orange color with a small off white head. Sweet with light carbonation and a sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Brown 22oz bottle. 2008 release. Appearance: Slightly cloudy tawny hue with orange notes around the edges. Head is slight with off-white bubbles gripping the edge of the glass, no lacing, and not much on the surface. Nose: Roasted grain, toasted oak, raw sugar, chocolate caramel, and something hinting at toffee. Palate: Soft carbonation, a creamy smooth texture. Right at the back, you can tell it’s a lager, has a little tiny bite right before the finish. Notes of caramelized sugar, toffee, and creme brulée. Clean finish. Notes: A solid brew. You get what it says: Creamy Bock Lager. A bit creamy on the texture, a bit lager on the finish, and a perfect "session" winter/holiday ale. I appreciate that it’s not a spiced winter release. Cheers to Matt and René!

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