Clarkdvm (516) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Draft at brewery. First few sips were wonderful but taste wore on me. Lots of caramel & fruit for a sour. nearbeer (5523) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2012
On tap. Amber-brown with a creamy ring of bubbles. Mild nose of earthy spicy grass and toffee; maybe a hint of oak. Flavors of chocolate toffee, lightly tart apple and berries. Big finish of dry grass and oak provide a nice balance. Medium body is lightly tingly and has medium carbonation. tnkw01 (1775) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Tap. Darker than most heller bocks. Some head. Wonderful flavor. Notes of caramel, vanilla, slight fruit cake. Aroma is not overwhelming, some candy corn with slight vanilla. ChainGangGuy (4909) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2012
11 ounce pour - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Shag (3028) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Appearance: Served up a clear, albeit deep, dark, amber-hued body with an ultra thin, white ring, but, this is do mainly to a to-the-top pour.
Smell: Toasted, bready Munich maltiness with some additional sweetish notes, a scant fruitiness politely shoved in the background, a pinch of herb, and just a faint, abridged hint of oak topped with spiced vanilla sugar.
Taste: Bready, toasty malts drizzled with simple syrup given a few toffee-hinted accents. A fruity touch of apple follows, maybe a hint of green grape, but fairly low on both accounts. The barrel aging comes through very, very mildly. At best. And that’s really just when you’re pointedly looking for it in the flavor. Faintly spicy. Semi-dry, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s a nice enough bock, but the barrel aging came across as ineffectual and weak, though maybe they didn’t want to overdo and blow away the underlying bock.
This poured a brown color with a beige head. The aroma contains some oak and whiskey but not too much. There is also some caramel and nutmeg present. The flavor is on the sweet side with more caramel, some dark fruits, and toffee. Some alcohol in the finish. Overall this is well balanced and very nice.
arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Pour on tap at the brewery, clear reddish with thin white head, aroma had some slight grain, biscuit and floral notes, touch of vanilla, very slight hint of oak with some toffee. Taste was sweet caramel, toffee, and vanilla, touch of oak but very faint, into a hint of biscuit and bread, floral notes finishing it off. cubs (10677) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Tap @ Cranknstein Foco. Clear, copper orange appearance with an off white head. A touch woody, sweet caramel, light grassy aroma. Dull woody, caramel, straw, hay flavor. The oak didn’t improve this one. Ratman197 (15117) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of oak, carmel, light toasted malt and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, light oak, light toastd malt and a hint of fruiittiness with a crisp lingering carmel finish. onceblind (10125) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
On tap at Cranknstein. Clear rusty amber. Aroma is interesting with notes of vanilla and oak but also of some toast and general maltiness. Taste is pretty oaked but not too strong. The body is medium so it’s not too offensive, but oak comes trough most prominitely. Light shades of toast and vanilla follow through, ending dry and oaked.