Deschutes Broken Top Bock

Formerly brewed at Deschutes Brewery
Style: Dunkler Bock
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Our Bock is brewed following the German Bock tradition. The use of German, British and domestic malts, a German Lager Yeast, as well as Nobel hop varieties, predominately Saaz & Sterling, create a traditional Bock. Lagered for 8 weeks, this bock is smooth with a nice creamy head, a malty sweet body and slight hop finish. March/April - now in 22oz bottles. 2006 release was 6.5%.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
It has been probably 3 years since I had this on tap at the Horse Brass Pub, but still remember it as an EXCELLENT beer, great body, malty and hoppy flavor. To bad they dont bottle this one, I think it would sell very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"pretty solid as Bocks go. there was a little more to it than i was expecting. not as much bite as sierra nevadas, but great flavor and aroma. id recommend."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
An all right beer. I personally was expecting a little more umph from this one. Still not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Deschutes Brewery--Broken Top Bock--Bond Street Series--2006 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.50% ABV--26 IBUs. (4.25 / 5.0) Bock--Bitter Truth 4/10/06. Mild lacy head. Clear thin dark mahogeny red color. Toasted mild hop front. Dry sweet burnt black cherry toffee tangy rich smooth body. Roasted hot hop spice end. Tangy Dark Bock. Sampled 4/19/2006

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 27, 2008
This was pretty standard fare, some roasted toffee maltiness, some dried fruit flavors, some herbal buttery hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bottle: Pours brown with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel, light roasted malts, toasted notes, some fruits. Flavor, caramel, fruits, toasted notes, some roast, herbal hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2007 Release Sampled December 2007 Pours with an initially, almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that sits atop a dark, weathered amber-brown colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, bright, yet concentrated, ruby red color. Quite malt focused, with an almost berry like, malt aroma. Concentrated, somewhat rich, malt notes of toffee, lightly browned, toasty malt, browned bread crust, a touch of brown sugar. This also has some nice, subtle hop aromatics that contribute to the light berry like fruitiness as well as provide a hint of an herbal edge. A nice and inviting aroma, not as rich and powerful as a Doppelbock for sure, but still nice and malt focused.

Chewy, yet not too thick, this has lots of rich malt flavor to it without being overly sweet. The sweetness has a certain savory quality to it, what with the concentrated toffee notes and richly caramelized malt sugars. Towards the finish the malt character leans towards a touch of dusty cocoa, toasty, drying dark malt notes as well as a clean, almost concentrated dark fruit note. The hop character, while not huge here, is definitely noticeable; flavors of soft herbs is noticeable from the get go and even picks up a bit of steam towards the middle with notes of menthol and grassy pine flavors. This finishes with a soft, yet noticeable bitterness that I would not quite characterize as biting. Like a good, regular strength, Bock should be, this beer has a chewy heft to it without being thick; it is still fairly quaffable and would be a perfect beer to pair with dinner (it is not a sipping beer).

I really like the depth of malt character that this achieves, yet it is not too thick, and it has a nice backdrop of hop character too. Quite the tasty Bock!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2007
This brew had a good reception at a Deschutes featured event at Bardenay last year in Boise. I guess Id have to like the bock style which I dont but if I did...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (12140) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2007
22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a deeper brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, nutty, toffee and caramel. Tastes of toasted nuts, roast, chocolate, and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Thanks to kenb for the trade. Pours a deep brown with lots of ruby red highlights. Aroma of sweet malty grains, dark fruits, candy sweetness, toast malts, some nuts. Flavor of toasted malts, grains, sweet maltiness, vanilla, nuts, dark fruits. Very nice bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3/25/2007: After a long day of working on the landscaping around the front of the house, its finally time to relax and have a beer... Broken Top Bock pours a clear chesnut color. It has a large, foamy, dark beige head that leaves some lacing. Malt, fruit, caramel, and apple are in the aroma. The flavor is a nice blend of malts and caramelized fruit with a darker malt flavor (chocolate) in the roasty finish. This beer has a medium-full body and is smooth. Even the wife enjoyed this one, so it must be pretty good! 22 oz bottle from kenb (Oct 2006). Thanks for the bonus beer Ken. I really appreciate it!

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