RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Deep mahogany color with a rich malt flavor hinting at raisins, caramel and chocolate in the aroma, extensive aging, (8 weeks) creates a remarkably smooth drinking beer. Available April to mid-May

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Tmoney99 (14747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Draft at BMRAF 08. Poured brown color with an average frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy caramel & fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.

Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Firkin version at Barley’s 6th Annual Mini RAF (04/26/08): This brew pours a dark brown color with garnet around the edges and a medium thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet caramel and a bit of dark fruit. Medium, smooth body with flavors of bready malt, dark chocolate and raisins. The finish is a little thin with a short malt and toffee finish. Above average overall.

JaBier (8112) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2009
On tap at GLBC. Dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Malty aroma with caramel, coffee and a hop balance. Slightly sweet caramel flavor up front with a bitter coffee and nuts flavor on the back end. Very good and the most fuller bodied than most bocks that don’t have "doppel" in front of them.

ClarkVV (6821) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2006
Draught pint at the brewery on 4/8/06 with SuIIy
Mahogany-butterscotch brown with some deep garnet notes, darker than the picture to the left. Not as much head either, with just a flimsy, off-white head that provides spotty lacing but is poorly retained. Plenty of bubbles in the mostly clear liquid.
Smells like a bock. Authentic lager yeast crispness, with plenty of munich grainy-sourness. Perhaps a brief interlude of plums/raisins and a hint of overly dry black chocolate, but mostly just toffee-caramel, sourdough and yeast biproducts. Strength was rather low as well. Does not invigorate or satisfy so much as it just say, yes, I was made correctly, albeit underwhelmingly so. Or maybe I just want too much from a bock. Anyways, the alcohol is completely unapparent in the aroma.
Flavor was rather simple. Bocky yeastiness, light vinous tones, and a strong, waxing nuttiness of German hops that pepper the sides of the palate lightly with spiciness as the moderate carbonation moves the liquid along qutie efficiently. But it’s too much of an in and out effect, with not much left to ponder, maltwise. Certainly the malt there is very well-extracted, with plenty of dry toffee and sourdough from the munich malt, and even some oily raspberries from the interplay of yeast and toasted malts. Not as burly a texture as I would think it could have for 7.5 percent, though at that abv, I think they should just shoot for a doppelbock. Rather thinned out as it warms and the carbonation loosens. No alcohol apparency in flavor, though.

Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2008
Poured a dark brown/ruby red color. Aroma was of lots of chocolate and caramel. Taste was also nice and sweet chocolate, caramel and some nuts. Pretty good.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
In short: A very nice earthy Bock. Very drinkable
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear light amber body with a medium beige head
In long: Pleasant nose of earthy toasted malts. Taste continues in that direction with earthy notes, crusty bread, light caramel and toffee, plenty of leafy hops. An overall impression of autumnal dry tree leaves. Body and carbonation are smooth. No alcohol apparent. Dangerously highly drinkable. Very filling and nourishing, the body is almost as rich as the family it is named after.

Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Sampled from 12-oz bottle during Darkness Day 2009 in Brooklyn Center, MN. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored brew with a thick off-white head that has some nice retention. Aroma of roasted dark malt, some dark pitted fruit, flowery hops and a touch of coffee. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of roasted dark malt, toffee, some chocolate and floral hops. Finish is semi-sweet some chocolate and a hint of raisin aftertaste.

michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
What aroma? Slight light brown head. Dark golden brown. Color is best part of this beer. Sweet, then very dry. Not overly malty but still malty. Well balanced. As for palate, I don’t like sweet and dry finish, which makes it hard to drink. Overall, not for me. Too malty. Good attempt.

OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Poured from a growler that my Brother-in-law brought back from the brewpub - Pours a beautiful mahogony color with a slight tan head that fades quickly to a ring and laces from then on. Nice aroma that consists of caramel, toffee, some raisins and just a kiss of chocolate. Flavor is malty as well with much toffee, caramel, and then the fruit comes through raisins, and ripe plums come through. Finish is somewhat dry but a lingering sweetness remains. Gains alot of flavor as it warms. Palate is full and buttery in the mouth but not overbearing. Warming... Nice stuff.

Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2002
nice thick dark bock (was slightly darker than the above picture). Roasted/caramel malt flavors. Not as sweet as many other bocks I've had lately, which was a welcome change. Not much hop presence. (tasted from the tap, in the pub, 4/13/02)

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