shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 31, 2017
Japan Brewers Cup. Nice aroma of dark fruit, caramel and touch of smoke. Bit of spice. Taste is good, with all the above, but lacking something. sunevdj (4084) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle at RBJG#2 Grand Tasting. Pours a clear dark brown with aromas of caramel and residual sugars and hints of black pepper. Dry finish. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Ueno Park. Dark brown - offwhite head. Roasted, ryebread, sweetness, spicy notes, berries, dried fruits, raisins, light bitterness. MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:AndySnow (7545) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Munich malts galore contribute caramel to go alongside floral hops, a combo creating cherry-like allusions in this rich and easygoing Dunkler Bock.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark brown with red highlights.
-Hops add an earthy touch in the finish, this is still a malt-forward Bock.
-This lager is much better than the ones we had on tap at the brewery earlier. Perhaps it was actually lagered for over a month ?
-Mouthfeel was well-structured ; sturdy enough and comfortable for big gulps as well.
Bottle at the RBJG 2 Grand Tasting, thanks TimE. Dark brown colour with a large beige head. Sweet plum aroma. Smooth mild chocolate, toffee flavour.
Travlr (24272) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle courtesy of TimE at RBJG2, thanks! Cloudy yellow color. Aroma of rising white bread dough. Taste is spiced white bread. EdKing (2574) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle swapped with Tim Eustace in Jan 12. Looks like a beautiful beer. Opaque very dark brown with nice medium tan head. Nose is milky, roasted malt, milk chocolate, quite a lot of lactic creaminess.Taste is roasted malt, milk chocolate, bit of black coffee, lactic milkiness, tiny bit of dark fruit. It’s a ’bock’ that is more like a stout. Very nice beer and a nice bit of milk chocolate stickiness on the finish. Well balanced between roasted and sweetness and not cloying at all. jonno (2751) - JAPAN - NOV 27, 2011
This is a BIG beer. Really full. Almost solid state! Quite somkey, with chocolate and dark fruit dominating. Rich pudding with a soft bitterness. Like a christmas cake without the spices. Well done but a bit overbearing. KyotoLefty (10193) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2008
Black as pitch, thick looking, with a medium tan head. Strong roasted barley aroma, dry and burnt, unlike a bock, slightly creamy and nutty with cocoa and just a touch of dark fruit. Dry burnt malt flavor, creamy, chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruits, a touch of smoke or peat. Tastes more like an export stout. I would bet there is roasted barley in there. Quite nice, really, but there is little bock about it.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Sampled @ GJBF Yokohama: Dark black, nose of light fruit and dry dark malt, some sweet plum. Sweet body and a clean finish. Chewy, balanced.