Oakes (17668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2000
Smooth, lighly malty with a touch of dark chocolate and some late hop.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Slightly Germanic malty aroma. Not much in the way of flavor. Slight bitter tang is the extent of this beer, though despite that, it sits well on the tongue. Lubiere (13905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
On tap at the Manx. Red copper wiht light off white head. Caramel aroma with a whiff of vanilla, and a light smokyness. Sweet malt , light fruitiness, oily mouthfeel, with a nutty bitterness in finale. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Sample from can at the Strange Brew Tasting on 02/18/2012. Ruby-brown pour with a medium light beige head that diminishes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, ripe fruit and caramel. Medium body with flavors of bready malt, fruit and a touch of earth. The finish is malty with a sweet aftertaste. Decent overall. Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2000
intense dark brown colour, caramel, sweet, quite light bodied for a bock
Sammy (12201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004 (2003 version) Like Creemore lager without cream. Some taste. Slight fruit and malt taste. Unpasteurized.
(2004 version) More German-like quality with less carbonation noticeable. Sweet, nicer brown colour. Same overall rating. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Ok, the Coca-Cola-style twist off, light aluminum cap is just plain tacky.
Now on to what really matters...
Crystal clear, deep, copper-colored brew. Small, creamy, khaki head with minimal lacework.
Yeast, malt (dark roasted), alcohol and citrusy hops in the nose. Different! But a nice combination of aromas!
The flavor is filled with caramel, coffee, cocoa and dark bread up front. Nicely balanced. Lightly bitter and acidic with a touch of mildew on the backside.
Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and playful carbonation.
Lengthy, astringent, lighty bitter finish. Pulls up just short of being a world class beer in my book. Mega-thanks to radiomgb for contributing this very fine bock! DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Thanks to tiggmtl for this one. Pours ruby with minimal white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, some spices. Tastes malty, with some corn flakes, sour hops, almonds, and cinnamon at the finish. DuffMan (10429) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
can. Medium orange-tinted amber with an average cream coloured head, no lace. aroma is toasty caramel, hint of dusty cocoa. sweet brown sugar caramel flavour, lightly toasty, nice assertive hop bite in the finish. Quite nice. jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 2014-12-01. Crisp dark copper brown body small off white head. 3+ Aroma is relatively mild at first but the sweet malt and light dark raisiny fruit comes out as you go. Flavour is sweet and malty, molasses and caramel with toasty biscuity accents. Touch of raisins as you go. 7+ Smooth average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. 3+ Just a touch heavy, but sweeter and more flavourful than I remember it from years ago. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6 On tap at Beer Academy, Toronto.
Sept 2007. Cest What Festival of Small Breweries. Dark amber body with a small off white head. Muted aroma, lightly toasty malt and burnt caramel. Similar flavour is malty with just enough balancing bitterness to keep the malt from becoming overly sweet. Average palate. Just ok. 6/3/6/3/13 - 3.1
<P>Re-Rate Aug 2005. Hazy brown body with a small creamy beige head. Muted caramel malt and muted toasty/roasty character in the aroma. Similar flavour with sweet caramel maltiness and a bit of a tang that hints at the fact that this bottle may have lingered just a bit past its prime in my cellar. Average palate. Decent but I have had better samples of this, sadly I failed to take better notes on those. I wonder if we will see this again next year. 5/3/5/3/10<P>
Original Malty aroma, dark colour with a medium size off white head. Seems much more mellow in flavour than past versions. I remember it having a bit of a bite to it before. The malt dominates the flavour. A good but not great brew. 6/3/6/3/13