AWISLguy (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle from Woodman’s in the Falls. Cellar aged for possibly 6 months, mostly by accident. Pours a clear brownish-orange with an off-white head. A bit of lacing. Aroma has sweet caramel and hints of spices with some dark fruit. Taste is very sweet caramel, grapes and a hint of chocolate. Finish is very sweet, about medium length and fairly dry. I loved this style a while back, and thought this had (then) been a solid representation of it. I may have let it sit too long, or may have been incorrect. Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Pours amber with a small white head. Aroma is herbal, carmel and a hint of Citrus. Taste is sweet with very faint bitters. Light and airy. seymour (2120) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Tasted from 12oz bottle into nucleated pint glass. It poured a clear, deep brown color with a weak beige head and a little scattered lace. It lacked the characteristic big, creamy, lasting head of a good bock. Aromas of malt, toast, too much roasted grain, mollases, almost no hops or yeast character. Flavor was a sharp, unpleasant maltiness: vinous, overly acidic (no carbonate/mineral water balance,) rich melanoidins but reminiscent of rotten stone fruit. Cidery in a bad way. Higher than expected hops bitterness and slight fusel alcohol heat. Overall, a pretty rough, improperly balanced bock. Hopefully this was just a bad batch. theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Aroma is malty raisin. Appearance is dark brown mahogany. Crystal clear. Taste is malt forward. Raisins, plum, honey, caramel, bread. Palate is medium+. Lays on the tongue. Overall not bad. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2012
CBC 12oz bottle-pours amber with a light tan head and trailing lace. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, 2nd herbal hops.
JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
Head gone; foxy-amber beer. Buttery smell, cookies, oxydation - old sample? Buttery, clearly oxydated beer. Cake, butterscotch and sweet - even syrupy. Slick, oily, medium bodied and tired. Bad sample, I fear. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Caramel malt and raisin aroma. Clear deep amber with a small beige head. Caramel malt flavor with a faint underlying bitterness. Medium body, light carbonation. Solid, but not a stand out. Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
My bottle of this poured a completely headless brown. That is somewhat alarming but it did open w/ a pop and has a reasonable level of carbonation. Appearance aside, this is a nice take on the style. The nose has a slight metallic twinge but that is really to this otherwise flavorful, malty brew. It is a bit on the sweet side but not terribly heavy because of fine but assertive carbonation. It’s texture lends more towards slow sipping which is fine for a stronger lager. Pretty good beer but I do wonder if there might not have been a freshness issue. Do not hesitate to try if you find this on draft--at least not on account of me. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2012
On tap @ Lakefront Brewery. Pour is deep amber with a thin white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is sweet and malt forward with notes of caramel/toffee, light berry, and a touch of grass. Flavor shows the same and finishes with some herbal bitterness. Overall body is moderate and
the finish is lightly bitter. BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bottle. Somewhat murky amber pour with minimal head. Nose is sweet caramel/toffee. Palate is a bit thin. Taste is bready malts and sweet caramel. Just okay.