BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, tawny color with a tan very carbonated head and little lacing. The head dissipates quickly. The aroma is very fruity upfront; notes of plum, light citrus and juniper. The nose develops eventually to a more maltyness with some chocolate and light roast. The flavor is smooth with a little more plum fruit going on than anything chocolate. The finish is a bit watery but the taste lingers for a while, first roasted, then medicinal similar to chap stick. This was an interesting Bock, definitely one to note, but not world class by any means. The price alone on this one is outrageous. Many thanks to the knowledgeable Brian Erickson at City Market of Boise for letting me try this and giving me a deal on the bottle.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep garnet brown in color with a tall tan head. Light bock aromas - caramelized malt with a hint of milk chocolate, cola, and somewhat ill placed hops. Strong chocolate start with a boring middle. By boring there is a near tasteless middle. Finish is malty and a touch grainy. Interesting experiment, but a touch pricey for a middle of the road brew.
PhillyBeer2112 (2534) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
$15.00 for a bomber! Pours lightly and fizzy with extreme carbonation, large bubbles coating all sides of glass, bottom of glass, and rising as a large bubbly soda-pop head, fastly fading. Color is red-tinged brown. Aroma is mild, with a definite baker's chocolate note, some ash, some caramel, and a hint of metal. Front is remarkably non-sweet, with a clean clear chocolate flavor dominating the middle and finish, which is notably dry. A possible cookieish graham cracker flavor is also apparent. If this is a bock, its likely based off of their caramel malted Sam Adams Double Bock, which, like this beer, lacks true Munich malt melanoidin components. As the beer warms, the caramel flavors become more pronounced and remain on the palate for some time - dominating the aftertaste after the dry chocolate finish fades. The body wants to be full, but the strong carbonation carries it quickly and fuzzily in the mouth, fortunately with little bite. The beer seems to flatten quickly in the glass, losing its liveliness and approaching cloying. A pretty decent beer, and while the ingredients may have been expensive and the process time-intensive, it's not worth a repeat visit for the price.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer as it disembogues from the 750ml bottle a deep sanguineous color with the head Brontosauric in size, the texture creamy and the color a toothsome light tan as it slowly disintegrates it leaves behind a thick sheet of lace to obscure the glass. The aroma of sweet malt dominates, also a tad earthy, sweet milk chocolate, toasted grain a pleasant nose as it were, so let’s see how the palate judges this much anticipated beer. Front is thickly malt, sweet and chocolate rich with the top light to moderate in its feel to the palate, finish is modest in its acidity, the hops present and pleasing in their spiciness, the aftertaste has a nice chocolate flavor and is quite dry. While it is a drinkable brew tis’ true, I’ve tasted dozens of “Bocks” that put this one to shame and the $16.00 price tag is a bit much for this brew, not sure its worth aging, and I’m going to say I’m quite disappointed, but not surprised.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a very dark brown color with some carbonation and a roasted malt/chocolate smell. Taste is of the roasted malts/chocolate and finishes with a nice crispness. Overall a pretty good beer, but the price is too much...
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Incredible aroma of complex fruits, malts and yes, chocolate. The flavor isn't quite that spectacular. It's malty and full of chocolate, prunes and cream. It seems to be missing something all around, but it's a pretty good brew nonetheless.
notalush (4959) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Appearance is very dark brown, nearly stout-like, with an impressive lacing - aroma of cocoa, cream, roasted malts, even a touch of vanilla - body is quite thin, but the flavor nearly makes up for it - dominant flavor is, of course, chocolate, milk chocolate to be exact ("ice cream soda without the ice cream" is pretty on the money) - some bitterness compliments the chocolate flavors well - some caramel, coffee with lots of cream in it - despite the thin body, a momentary silkiness is generated before the somewhat watery finish - chocolate flavor that starts off lingers in the finish, bookending the taste experience - I have to agree with slob and say that this beer didn't live up to my expectations - it's good, but it doesn't warrant being a "special limited edition" beer - yeah, the bottle is neat, but it kind of reminds me of civil war paraphernalia, and for fifteen bucks, they'll be lucky to get a repeat customer with this.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 750 ml. Bottle. Poured with a nice thick, long lasting head that initially left good lacing which quickly faded. The beer was a dark brown with ruby hues. The nose was of milk chocolate. The taste was like a chocolate ice cream soda without the ice cream. This beer didn't resemble a bock to me, it was more like a chocolate stout. It was a really good tasting beer, although it was a little thin bodied for a bock beer, however the taste and aroma made up for what it lacked in body. I really liked the bottle with its embossed pewter looking label, foil covered cap and a hanging tag with the story about the beer. This beer tastes more like a chocolate stout then a bock.
sloth (2519) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large light brown head, good retention with some stringy lace. Clear mahogany color, good looking brew. Very light aromas of cocoa and malt. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Some light chocolate flavors, syrup and bitter sweet with a touch of maltiness. Finish is medium dry, kinda thin with an ever so light roastiness. Was expecting a little more of this brew and its brewer. Jim, you could of kicked it a notch or two or three. Must be trying to appeal to the masses with this one. Nice label.