Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by csbosox at his tasting, on 3/7/08. Pours burgundy with a thin beige head. The nose is a muted, burnt caramel and little more. Light-bodied and thin, with soft carbonation and a moderately dry, clean finish. Sweet caramel with burnt caramel highlights and just enough hops to dry out the finish a bit. I found this a fairly tasty and drinkable bock, and this isn’t a style that I tend to love. Thanks for sharing this one, Chris!
theisti (4071) - Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, shared by csbosox at his tasting on 3/7/08. Pour is deep brown, with mahogany notes. Head is khaki and fades fast. Aroma of some floral sweetness, nuttiness. Taste is nutty, sweet, caramelly. Really nice body / palate. Really nice balance between the nutty malt and floral hops throughout on this one. Very drinkable Bock. Another nice one from Free State, thanks for sharing Chris.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft from minikeg at the KC Biermeisters Homebrew Competition. Highly roasty, grainy, dark malt aroma, some black bread and very faint coffee noted, plenty of brown malts and toasty grain present, joined with a slight amount of spicy hop and background chocolate sweetness. Actually pretty enticing. Clear dark brown in color with a lasting, fine head. Flavor profile is lightly sweet, roasty, grainy and gently bitter, with a hint of dark fruit - prune, raisin, etc. and a bit more spicy bitterness at the finish. Palate is smooth and thin with light-moderate effervescence and a medium body. Something about this beer is very oddly familiar... I actually got deja vu, and really feel like I’ve been taken back in time to my early beer experiences, somehow. Very odd, but pretty cool! This might garner a few nostalgia points as a result. Regardless, it’s a really tasty Bock.
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark red/maroon with a tan head and nice lace. Big malts nose with toffee and subtle chocolate. Fresh herbal hops. Very malty flavor with a slight bitter finish. Fuller body. Average carbonation. Balanced finish. This is a damn fine example of a bock.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. I had one at the brewery tonight and I’m having another from a co2 pushed keg. Maroon colored with a khaki head. Aroma is malty with some nice melanoidins and toastiness and a bit of roast along with a light herbal hop aroma. The hops are very subtle. The taste is quite melanoidin-rich and malty, with some toastiness, cracker-like flavors and light chocolate. A nice, full body. Enjoyable.