Syzzer (590) - Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I used to enjoy this beer very much, it was one of my favorites- before getting serious into tasting. 1997: I remember this beer having a clean finish but having a moderate body of roasted malts. Light clear brown in color. I miss it.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saxer Brewing Company--Dark Bock
1998--12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. Doppelbock?
1999 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Doppelbock--Clear cherry red color. Light fruit aroma leads to richly flavored smooth apple plum malt body. First taste is excellent. Dry dry finish with unexpected hop character and expected alcohol bite. Sampled 4/21/1999.
2000 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20 % ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Doppelbock--Multiple Partial Reviews. Rich clear copper amber color. Light toasted notes. Smooth and rich without being sweet. Malty. Clean finish. Sampled 5/14/2000.
Ratman197 (9806) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 2002 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of wet cardboard, cinnamon, molasses, dates, fig and light carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp nwith a smooth finish. Flavors of carmel, spice, fig, mollasses and a hint of cardboard with a smooth lingering malty spiced finish.
Kevin (2078) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 25, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. ugly pour, looks like prune juice mixed with quik with hardly any head, just kind of filmy with a ring of bubbles around the glass. smells like sugar babies, grape taffy, and a bit of smoke with just a cupful of cardboard. how old is this thing? definitely has an oxidized flavor, caramel, soft wood, a bit of plum/prune. not a bad beer, but it seems like this would have better fresh.
1 6 6 2 12
apparently it is an 02 bottle.
Scott S. (8) - North Royalton, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was my first Dark Bock, but its smoother then I expected. Alittle sweet but not over powering.Well balanced so you can’t taste the Alcohol..Very good
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First Saxer from the great beer state of Oregon. Dark, hoppy, little sweet undertone. Chocolately, very nice beer. PNW hasn’t disappointed yet. A little watery for what I was expecting. Overall a very good beer. Again, if this is one you haven’t had you should try this brewery.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark malt liqour? some things were just never meant to be, take for example the upcoming movie Soul Plane, I mean, what the hell was the guy that came up with that idea thinking? But more importantly, don’t buy this beer.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have no clue what a "dark bock" is supposed to be, other than a darker color of a bock. I've had plenty of Saxer's regular bock and even their dopplebock (they're often on sale) so I thought I'd try this one (also on sale < grin >).
Bottle looks a lot like their regular bock label only...darker. 7.2% alcohol by volume "microbrewed malt liquor." No date code. From back label: "Dark Bock - A classic Bavarian Dunkel Bock brewed with imported German malts and hops. Dark Bock has deliciously rich, roasted malt flavors with a spicy hop profile.... Saxer brews world-class Bocks using forty percent more malts than other beers and then cold conditions them for a full six to eight weeks." Um, sure.
Pours dark brown with not much head, but what's there seems to stick around rather well. Not much lace but there's a ring floating in the beer that's about a half an inch thick that doesn't want to go anywhere.
Smells really malty with a hint of spicy hops.
Tastes malty. I can't detect any hops at all, but something is offsetting the malt. The high alcohol content is well hidden. There's a hint of caramel with some fruity undertones, but I can't quite put my finger on it.
Mouthfeel is actually rather watery. Plenty of foam, but there's very little aftertaste. It's lacking the crispness I expect from a good bock.
Drinkability...eh. I could have a few of these and I'll buy it again if it's on sale, but it's nothing special.
Reid (1898) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok bough in a six pack of 12 oz brown long necks at the "cheapo canned food warehouse" place..$3.99..a little past spring but here goes..
Wow this is one handsome looking beer, not pretty this has a manly look to it! A dark ruby/garnet red with a lovelly off white head..that goies but leaves some nice lacing..beautiful.
Smell is rather a step down from the looks but it seems to be reasonably malty and fresh.
Taste is malty but there is a "grapfruit" hop flavour too..I cannot taste the high alcohol though..well hidden.
Was rather dissapointed by the mouthfeel it ended half way over my tongue then nothing,,feel cheated!
A drinkable enough beer..but could have been way better.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brown color,small bubbly tan head that last a short time.malty sweet aroma with a faint hint of fruit and hops.The taste is sweet roasted malt with a slight caramel note and mild hop presence,and a pretty decent chocolate as well.The after taste was mostly malt and chocolate with a mild hop character at the tail end.Nice feel in the mouth not to thin but just right for the way i like it anyway.IMO this is a pretty decent bock and well worth having quite a few around and also very easy to drink considering the alcohol manages to stay nicely hidden and never really makes a dramatic appearance.