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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


Shadrach's rating

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
Brewtopia ’05. Clear red/ orange with a syrup aroma. Slight alcohol in the taste with some sweetness and something like "apple tartness". Alcohol never got all the way through and caramel was watered down.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2222) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2013
From the 2013 batch. Good brown pour with off-white head. Aromas of vanilla or caramel malts with a vague smoky or perhaps spiced character. But also a kind of cardboard feel to it. Earthy mild hops. The body is medium. The taste embraces nuttiness over the caramel malts I noted on the nose with a slightly bitter bite on the backside.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamah (214) - - MAR 8, 2013
The beer is full of nutty vanilla and toffee aromas. It pours a deep cloudy amber color, with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Medium sweetness up front and a lightly bitter finish. It has medium body a thin feel and soft carbonation. It is kind of weird to be drinking a Vermont Christmas beer in Hawaii during February but it paired well with some sharp Vermont Cheddar and definitely hit the spot.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2871) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3 finger off white head. Brown appearance Caramel and syrup. Nice body. Weak finish. Swet up front. Oak at the finish. Nice balance

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vodka4blood (92) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - NOV 28, 2012
2012 bottle = drank it too soon?? Nice beer, bitter flavor w/ some smokiness present, um, could be "creamy"er?

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3217) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Pours opaque amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is malty/nutty and spicy. Flavor is caramely with seasonal spices...muddled. mouthfeel is light/medium and fizzy with a slightly dry spicy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
Bomber thanks to duchessedubourg. 2011 Vintage.
Appearance : Deep dark amber with small fizzy head that goes away instantly.
Aroma : Caramel and toffee with spices. Light hops maybe. Mainly toffee and spices.
Taste : Toffee with spices. Light alcohol. Finish dry with light toffee, light hops and spices. Light bitterness.
Palate : Rather smooth carbonation. Palate is thin. Quaffable.
Overall : Interesting caramel with interesting spices. Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. Quite drinkable. Appearance is very disappointing. Meh...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (883) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Brown with a tan head. Roasted malt and citrus hop aroma. Roasted malt and caramel flavors with crisp hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Burnt caramel, to the point of being brown, large rocky sand colored head, spotty lacing.   Soft spiciness on the nose, a little perfume and floralness.   Soft spices on the tongue, pale breadiness, minor chalkiness.   This reminds me of a really toned down Anchor Our Special Ale.   Slight Anise and floral aspects, a little bit of chocolate.   Pretty tasty.   Smooth, but a little shallow.   Body could stand to be a bit maltier/heavier.   Spices are there, but wished they were a bit more bright.   Otherwise, clean finish, tasty, but on the lighter side.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
On draft at the brewery. Classic amberish color Dunkler Bock. Malty. Good fresh. Not an over spicy holiday beer,

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4092) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Location: 22 oz bottle from , 8/17/11, 2010 Bottle

Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, caramel, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and light booze
Appearance: This one pours a cloudy reddish-brown color, wispy beige head, and light lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly heavy sweet and malty, some spice, light earthy bitterness
Palate: Rather sticky on the mouth, some chalkiness, and a sweet (almost cloying) finish
Overall Impression: I wasn’t really impressed with this one. It isn’t a bad beer, but its overly sweet to the point that it is clearly limiting. It does improve as it warms, so don’t drink this one too cold. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t see myself seeking this one out in the future. If I did drink it in the future, I’d certainly prefer a smaller sample size instead of a whole 22, as the sweetness became overwhelming in such a larger sample size.


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