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Slab City Xena Bock

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Formerly brewed at Slab City Brewing
Style: Dunkler Bock
Bonduel, Wisconsin USA

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.66   SEASONAL: Spring   ABV: -
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The dark ruby red appearance of this beer is a visual representation of the taste that follows. Four malted barleys give this beer a unique taste that glides across your tongue from the first to the last sip. We use untraditional brewing methods to create Xenabock. It’s ale’d not lagered, brewed in the fall not spring.


Indy's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2006
An interesting hybrid beer, basically a "steam bock". I’ve been thinking about making a steam style doppelbock, so it’s nice to try something similar. I’m not sure why the ratings for this one are so low...it’s actually good, I thought. Ruby red color, white head. Malty/oaky sweet aroma. Flavor starts out like a malty bock, not too sweet, then finishes with a pale ale type hop bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel, more fizzy than your typical bock.


1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
A light tan head capped a copper/red body. The aroma was malty, Granny Smiths, toffee, pine hops. Fizzy in the mouth. The flavor was without much character. The elements of Bock were overtaken by a tinny taste. A forgettable beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Brown Coloring with White Ring. Dried Fruit and Dark Bread Aroma. More Fruity Notes on the Tongue...And Some Wheat/Rye Notes...Pretty Thin Mouthfeel.. Not Bad but Lacking any Depth That Would Normally Attract One to a Bock.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Red color with a thin head. Dry malt aroma. Here’s another sour apple taste from this brewery. Might be an infection in the works. No traces of actual beer flavor, let alone a bock.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 12oz bottle.
Slightly hazy dark auburn with sediment -- inappropriate for the style. Thin tan head soon dissipates. Decent aroma of sweet caramel malt, dry grain, and sour fruit. Flavor sharply acidic and a bit metallic -- infected. Ugh. Guess it serves me right for picking up an unpasteruized spring-release beer in November. Light dry grain aftertaste (and other ratings here) suggest this beer was generally on the right track. Will try to find a fresher sample of next year’s batch and re-evaluate. <P>EDIT Nov 16 2005: Having now read the commercial description that was recently added, knowing this beer is actually an ale instead of lager goes a long way toward explaining the acetic, apparently infected character of the beer -- it may have actually been intentional, or at the very least, tolerated. Not only does this beer taste nothing like a bock, it turns out to be brewed nothing like a bock either. Given this and their "Milkhouse Stout" which is not a milk stout, misleading labels seems to be a recurring theme with this brewery.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Bright reddish copper body, frothy tan head. Aroma is a dry, husky sweet malt. Sweet, and slightly biting strawberry, sour fruit hops. Some papery caramel. Its okay, but maybe a little worn from age?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5340) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Discount Liquors, Milwaukee, WI. - 12 oz bottle. Pours like dark iced tea with a persistent off-white head. Lots of sediment floating about. Aroma has touches of molasses with an underlyng presence of alcohol. Interesting little bock, has a spicy nature to it and is very fresh tasting. Pick up some cinnamon, a touch of ginger with an underlying background of molasses. Has somewhat of a spritzy mouthfeel. Very decent.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Pours to a slightly hazy reddish brown body with a foamy tan head that disapates all but an oil slick left on top. Decent lacing. The aroma is very sweet and caramelly. I get herbal/vegatable aromas and a grainy aroma too. I agree with dave on this one. Kinda freaks you out when you take a sip. Very tart flavor. Cranberries and tart ground cherries take the forefront on the flavor. There are a bunch of grains too that blend well with the tartness. Xena should be a Flemish mistress... not a Bock. :) The palate is almost hurtful. Overall, a surprise oddity from such a small brewer. The more I try to finish this beer, the more I dislike it. Updating rating...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Dark brown body with a reddish hue. Foamy tan head. Sweet caramel malt aroma with grain dust and faint herbal notes. The beer could pass for a bock up to this point, but it’s quite a shock at the first sip. There’s a doughy malt base with tart cranberries and dark bread crust on top. Dry finish. An odd beer, but still enjoyable.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2005
The label indicates that this a "Xena Bock" ale? Lightly cloudy, dark copper color with a airy light tan head. Dark caramel malt aromas along with a light fruitiness. Has a real alt aroma. Mild sour dough flavors mixed with rye bread and hints of cranberries. Too tart and "unclean" for a real bock. Nearly a mild flemish.


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