jsquire (4425) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Clear dark amber color with a short, lasting beige head. Sweet sugary nose. Toffee sweetness with some burnt malts, raisins and ripe fruit. Lots of lively carbonation on the tongue. Sweet malty beer Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Flying Bison makes some damn decent lager beers. This one is a brilliant chestnut brown, perfectly clear with a small head of fine bubbles. Its nose has bit of caramel and a nice floral note to round out out. This is a nice, malty beer but still relatively dry and drinkable. There is just a hair of sweetness to bring out some chocolate to go with the otherwise toasty, bready malt character. This is a full bodied brew but the carbonation is vigorous enough to cut through and keep it from feeling too heavy. It finishes with some lingering raisin sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Nobody cares about German styles anymore but if they did this brewery would be got shit. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 6, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-23-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a mahogany color to ruby-brownish color with a one finger of mocha colored head. The head has a decent level of retention leaving a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass once it fades.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of sweeter smells of toffee and caramel with some lighter sweet smells of a dark fruit nature of raisin and cherry mixed within. Other aromas of a more toasted malt smell as well as a bit of a roasted brown bread smell are there as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt taste combined with tons of caramel and toffee sweetness. The roasted malt gets a little bit more toasted as the flavor advances, with the sweet flavors growing more intense as some darker fruit flavors also join the tongue. At the same time a little bit of a nutty flavor joins the tongue, maintaining a rather light presence to the end of the taste. The caramel and toffee surge again at the end, along with a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and some more roasted malt coming to the tongue, to in the end, leave a rather smooth and sweet malty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the style, with all the roasted and sweet flavors, the combo of thickness and carbonation are rather nice, and helps create a slower sipper then would traditionally be encountered for a brew of only 6.1 % abv.
Overall – A rather tasty and sweet malty winter brew. Rather tasty and a nice winter warmer without all the boozy flavors. jb (3224) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Trade from Ron. Thanks! Sweet, malty, caramel nose. Palate is smokey, a bit of gritty depth, more malty notes, with some butterscotch. This is really well done. Complex and enjoyable. Ron (3924) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2013
On tap at the Brewery. Poured a nice dark amber with decent head and good lacing. Good nose of chocolate malt and licorice, taste is of toasted malt. Smooth easy drink, malted but not cloying. Good stuff.
merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013
A: Dark Brown/light Reddish hue, mild Brown Head, no lacing
S: Dark Roasted Chocolate Malt, mild Nutty and Coffee on back end
T: Dark Chocolate Malt, mild Nuttiness
M: Medicore Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Malty Finish
Overall, I have always been a fan of the Blizzard Bock (aka Hoops) but this years offering seem to lacked in carbonation, which really enhances the flavor. SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Chocolate aroma. Pours dark brown. Taste of chocolate and roasted beans. Smooth drinking,. Nice beer. Studentofbrrs (98) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
is a dark red in color, there is a hint of cocoa on the tongue and, slightly bitter yet easy drinking redpooba (406) - Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
A dark ruby-red with a white head. Roasted chocolates with ruby-red fruits, yet not sweet. Good sized body, with a simple linger. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. Darker brown with ruby hues. Chocolate notes, some dried dark fruit, light clove. Pretty flavorful. Decent