BBB63 (6358) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel brwon hue with ruby highlights an presented a thick creamy tan head and outstanding lace. Very smoky and mocha aroma with hints of dry apples, light piney hops, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is sweet and lactic milk chocolate with roasted grain background. Fruity (cherry and prune) midsection leads to a smoky and lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is lush and lively with a crisp bite towards finish. Worth $14-20? Hell NO! Too much chocolate and not enough bock.
Panzuriel (1379) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep Dark Color but not totally opaque. Nice lighter foam head that persists. Decent aroma that has hints of alcohol and grain. Nice smooth even toasty flavor. Smooth liquidy mouthfeel. Somewhat thin. Decent beer. Only exception is that I must echo other reviewers in that this beer is far too expensive. $15 a 750 ml is bit much.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle, snifter, 48F. Dark bread, hay, bittersweet chocolate malt (M); earthy hops (VL); honey aroma which also seems like dust/carboard to a certain extent. Doesn't smell much different than most bocks I've tried. Average, frothy, tan head is quickly diminishing and sits on a nearly-black ruby body. Moderately sweet flavor grows to a moderately heavy sweet finish with a bittersweet zing coming in late. Medium body, watery/oily texture, soft carbonation. Chocolate aroma becomes more noticeable as it warms. There's also a building numbness in my mouth, but there's no astringent harshness. The bottom line is: the chocolate flavor starts to get real nice towards the end, but that's all that really goes on here.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber brown body with a dirty tanish head that settles quickly leaving a nice lace. Malt & cocoa dominate the aroma. Toasted malt sweetness with rich chocolate flavors balanced with a nice cocoa bitterness. Medium body easy to drink. Finish is short, sweet and lightly bitter.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, at the Boston Beer Company, Jamaica Plan Brewery, Boston, MA.
Had this last year between Christmas and New Year. The beer was just in Pilot marketing phase then. Dark brown with a generous massive chocolate aroma. Tidy, clean, crisp palate. Wonderful chocolate malt aroma and flavour. Good length on the palate.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany, moderate tan head. Aroma was malty and chocolaty. Flavor was fairly roasty, some malt, fair amount of chocolate. Very smooth, medium body. Kind of porterish, good though. Too expensive.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear and dark with red highlights; light tan head diminished quickly. Nose was a little musty/yeasty, sweet (cocoa), and slightly fruity (prune, raisins). Mouthfeel was nice: creamy and smooth up front; prickly carbonation and a little light near the finish. Chocolate flavor kind of reminded me of Yoohoo. Some roasted notes throughout. Well made and tasty, but not complex enough. Alcohol gave it a slight edge, but otherwise it's a pretty mild beer. And while it was on the sweet side (with only a mild amount of bitterness), it wasn't overly sweet.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown color with a big tan head that lasts a while. Malt and cocoa aroma, cococa flavor comes through first followed by the malt. Not as sweet as I thought it would be because of it being a bock. The Cocoa used (unsweetened?) balances the malt sweetness. I really liked this beer and think that it is very well made.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Deep dark ruby-brown. Lovely head and lace. Nose full of toffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses and more. Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, lots of fine malt flavor, infused sweet chocolate (remincent of Youngs), toffee, caramel, some hop presence. Very smooth and rich brew that would make an excellent dessert. Quality stuff but way overpriced but I wont let that affect the score.
hopscotch (9952) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark, crystal clear, crimson lager with a good-sized, frothy, khaki-colored head.
The aroma is a bit metallic, but delivers big notes of chocolate, molasses, cola and raisins. The flavor is very malty, but well-balanced. Perfectly hopped. Lots of great, rich chocolate. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, dry, astringent finish. Aftertaste of tart cherries. Overpriced, but underrated. I'm not much of a lager guy, but I really enjoyed drinking this one in front of a blazing fire on a snowy, Winter's night.