zimbo (1013) - SCOTLAND - NOV 30, 2012
Some spice and a full fleshy body, this has some nice dark fruits in the nose and to taste and just a tad too much acidic kick. Still an awful lot going on here compared to this brewery’s other products. swoopjones (7019) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
1994 red wax dipped bottle. Drank with TomThompson, Jason 7 Carter from Camerons. Pretty sure this is the oldest beer ive had to date. Murky muddy brown pour. Taste has somewhat stood up for 15 years. Notes of chocolate, some dried fruits. I definately feel this is past its prime but IMO it has hed up remarkably well. Seemed like an old SA Chocolate bock tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
Wow !! So good Thanx to Mike from Cameron’s at the Cask tasting. Shared a 1994 adition, wow was that nice Dark brown color, malty spicy sweet aroma. Flavor similar malty some smoke, sweet dried fruit a little alcohol. Wow so good for a 14 year old beer. Very lucky to have got to try this. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2008
1993 bottle shared courtesy of MDS, thanks for being so generous Mike! Deep dark chestnut pour unleashes a nice size mocha froth and puts lots of sediment in my glass. The nose is of huge caramel malts with plenty of black cherries, wood smoke, nuts, sherry and a blast of leather. Quite big and assertive. The flavour profile is a bit weaker than the nose would have led me to believe. It is quite malty sweet with hints of sherry and dark fruit. After that, there is a roasted nuttiness followed by a sharp metallic twang lending itself to the finish. Bitterness lingers, and the finish is a touch watery. All in all I am impressed. This beer has held up very well over 15 years. I’ve been wanting to try this for years, so thanks Mike for giving me the opportunity to do so, I appreciate it. Sammy (14725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2007
A revival of ratings, thanks to Pootz opening up his cellar on this. He has given me the 2001 edition. I found this to be in good shape overcoming it not being intended for so long. While the carbonation has gone out to a significant extent, the beverage was still tasty and interesting with a dark brown colour sans the head, and a malty treat to smell sans much yeast. It was not to sweet, and yes there was a pungency and mid-sip spiciness, bittersweet chocolate, mollasses in finish.
pootzboy (1868) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2007 2000 edition sampled in 2007
Poured a dark chestnut color in the glass..light needed to see through..has ruby highlights. Thick sticky 3 finger mocha colored cap that lasts relatively well then settled to a rich surface foam that imprints lace on the glass as you drink.
Aroma: a tad 2 dimensional but still wonderfully pungent...figs and chocolate in spades with a light whisp of wet hay.
Medium bodied, silken mouth feel and pungent dried fruit toasty-nutty character.
Starts wuth a nice bite into Christmas cake then the dried fruit (figs/dates) and cocoa tones dominate without cloying...mid palate the hops show to create an interesting mix of medicinal/herbal bittering offset to the toasty-nutty malts with dried fruit (figs) from yeast esters plus the coca tones from black patent malts....complex blend of mellow flavors but not overly complicated ( which is a plus for drinkability in a dark bock)...mellow, slow finish runs like bittersweet chocolate on raisin toast with a light herbal-woody bittering just at the end that tails off into the after taste.
dunno... but not oxidized and certainly a drinkable sturdy bock of old world dimension and taste.
We have got to beg this brewer to make this beer again...probably the best dunkler bock I have tasted in Canada if not the US as well...Shiner’ bock has niothing on this...neither do Stoudt’s or Calument...this is very close to Weltenburger bock...but better IMHO.............................................. 2003 edition.... Poured a deep dark ruby-cola color with soft carbonation which produced a good frothy 3 finger sand colored head.... Aromas sweet malts..chocolate, ripe cherry, molasses with some walnut notes. Buttery mouth feel full of complex malt flavors; burnt toffee, smoked caramel...some fig and licorice...then a long liqueur-like finish where the sweet toffee malts give way to the hops and leave a lasting impression of tart spiced rum as the alcohol warmth kicks in. GRM (4749) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
Brown bottle, 341 ml, 7%, bottled in 2003, tasting at Ian’s with Dum and Lubière on September 15; eye: dark brownish burgundy, clear, no effervescence, head that disappear rapidly; nose: faint smells, caramel, grainy malt; mouth: grainy malt, bad roasting, finale in caramel eventually covered by grainy malt with a hint of pepper
Bouteille brune, 341 ml, 7 %, embouteillée en 2003, dégustation chez Ian avec Dum et Lubière le 15 septembre 2006; oeil : brune bourgogne foncé, claire, pas d’effervescence, mousse qui disparaît rapidement; nez : odeurs peu prononcées, caramel, malt granuleux; bouche : malt granuleux, mauvaise torréfaction, finale en caramel avec malt granuleux qui vient par dessus avec une petite pointe de poivre RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
This rating is for the 2003 Anniversary edition of this beer. A yeasty smell similar to one offered when bread is rising is the aroma offered by this beer. Not much to boast about in the looks department: tea brown with no head. The taste is a mild sweet nutty one that lingers decently. muzzlehatch (4977) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Bottle, courtesy of Lubiere. Red-tinted root beer complexion with an everlasting creamy top...very, very sweet brown sugar-milk chocolate nose -- like a Three Musketeers bar, mmm nougat! On the tongue, its ultra-creamy, smooth and sugary without cloying or stickiness, massivley malty with just a nice little touch of roastiness. I need more! 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 16, 2005
2003 bottle courtesy of DougShoemaker.
Deep cola brown in color, some ruby tones when backlit. Fast fading off-white head leaves moderate lacing. Strong aromas of brown sugar and molasses. Medium bodied. Fairly silky mouthfeel. Fruity flavors combine with molasses in taste. Hops bitter slightly in the finish and linger. A fairly decent bock