DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
23-Jan-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 09-Nov-07 for $3.99 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA) Who would expect a helles bock to cellar well, but there are always exceptions to every rule, and this beer is delicious. Bright, fruity flavors of fresh apricot, grape, and lychee are complemented by a subtle grassy hop character with low bitterness. The beer comes across as moderately sweet, and there’s also a lovely layer of pepper, spice, and dried herbs for balance and complexity. In some respects, this German-style beer is reminiscent of a Belgian IPA, which doesn’t make much logical sense, but there it is! Malts aren’t a focal point, offering a vague pilsener-like flavor in the background, but are not bready or doughy, and shockingly, oxidation is at a minimum. The nose is grassy, fruity, herbal, and spicy, but balanced by cereal malts. Weight is medium-plus, the finish is pleasantly dry, and the high level of carbonation is very expansive in the mouth, resulting in loud belches and a very heady pour of large bubbles. The body is slightly hazy and golden-orange in color. A fair amount of foamy lacing sticks to the glass. Overall, for a three-year-old helles bock, this is a very pleasant surprise. I expected an oxidized mess and got a terrific gem! Hopefully Bison will brew this again some day. dchmela (3062) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2010
Thanks to Erika and Manny for the bottle. Pours an orange/gold woth little head. Toasty, caramel aroma. Taste is smooth caramel malt with some nice hop bite. Decent drinker. thedm (6147) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2009
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy fine to large sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a hazy softly carbonated orange brown colored body. The aroma was of dust and mild malts. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a interesting aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malt and mild soapy hops. An OK brew just nothing special. spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Amber with a small head that quickly recedes. No lacings.
Aroma is some apple juice, few floral hops.
Taste is pretty bitterly hopped followed by a prominent alcohol taste. Like someone poured half a shot glass of vodka in my glass while I wasn’t looking. Some maltiness, breads.
Mouthfeel was alright for the style. Drinkability is a bit below average due to the obvious alcohol taste. If you don’t mind plenty of alcohol in a otherwise light bodied beer, give this a try. It cetainly warmed me up!
Serving type: bottle DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle. Aroma has malty sweetness plus some hops spiciness. Cloudy light golden body, medium sized off-white head. Flavor is a blend of spicy/fruity hops and the expected malty caramel. Clean finish. Very nice.
Aurelius (5294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Grassy malt aroma. Good bottle and label, mostly cloudy, pollen-colored with a big fluffy oatmeal head. Tastes like a pretty big beer. Well-hopped, bitter, caramel, light astringency, seedy/grassy. Finishes off with lots of sunflower seeds. Grain sweetness. Slightly heavy body, long lightly bitter finish. Burns the windpipe a little. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Bomber pours clear deep gold with wafer thin white head. The aroma is sort of sugar sweet prunes, black grapes and raisins to go along with faint malts with a hint of stale cardboard and even fainter spicy hops. The taste is much the same with an initial pulse of sweet dark fruity esters, some caramel and mildly roasty malts, some of the organic malty stale twang mixing in with light yet building noble hops. The fruity esters and mild caramel create a moment of barleywine style sensation. Above average offering from Bison. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2008
22oz bottle. Golden color. Aroma is of aged malts. Sweet, hints of honey. Bold malt character. Light-medium bodied. Refreshingly tasty. Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle. Hazy light honey colored pour with a white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and pleasant noble hops. Flavor is more caramel and noble hops with a hint of honey and some kind of spice, perhaps from the hops. Nicely put together. PorterPounder (7894) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 22 oz bomber. Slightly murky, light orange pour with a very light white head. Malty aroma with some sweet caramel notes. Flavor has some raisin like qualities to it with hints of baked brown bread and molasses. Just a hint of sweet spiciness - reminiscent of cinnamon. Improves as it warms and would make a good winter time companion. Mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy. Solid effort from Bison.