shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Retired? I toured Lakefront in late June (2008) and the first beer our guide put on offer was the Bourbon Bock. Damned good. A bit of caramel and vanilla, alongside dark chocolate, and of course the bourbon and hardwoods from the cask. Beautifully done gentlemen. jkane (21) - USA - MAY 19, 2005
What a surprise! The brewies usually don’t waste their time with this style. Lakefront hit the spot right on with this one! I really liked the flavor. Bourbon beers are some of my favorites too. Great Job! brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2005
On tap at Benno’s, malty aroma, with just a hint of the bourbon, medium bodied malt taste with a mild wash of the bourbon barrels in the aftertaste. Wonderfully smooth texture. These barrel aged brews are becoming the rage now,had this been the first one I tasted, it probaly would have gotten a twenty, but this one is timid compared to others. Goose Island and Delafield Brewhaus are the best I’ve had StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2005
Tap @ Benno’s. Dark amber brown in color, a little deeper than Lakefront’s standard Bock. Nice creamy, mid-size head leaving skittish lacing as the journey progresses. Smells like Jim Beam spilled on a cardboard coaster. Some chocolate malts are discernable in the aroma as well. Now on to the best part; the taste: huge flavor rush! Even after sip number one, it blows away Lakefront’s traditional spring Bock offering, which is a decent bock at that. This one’s flavor has a definite whiskey edge. Vanilla also comes out to play, alongside some semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Full-bodied, smooth and thick. Great balance of Vienna, caramel and chocolate malts and some hopping to sweeten the deal and keep it on the winner’s track. Man this mother is deep. Can’t tell if it’s up there in ABV or if it’s just some resonating elements that resulted from the bourbon barrel aging. Finish is mostly all sweet bourbon. Warming. Phenomenal. What a treat. It was like purposefully abandoning a child when I left the bar - and this beer - behind. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
On tap at Benno’s. Ruby shines through the pint glass... has a thin soapy head. Would look nice in a snifter. Reminiscent of the standard LF Bock, but with some bubblegummy sweetness, subtle bourbon and vanilla, apple, and very subtle and barely noticeable chocolate. Aroma is hardly noticable... heh, bourbony fermented malt. Slightly thick body and well-balanced, but finishes fast and watery. IMO, not as powerful in the whiskey category as others have noted... I found it unobtrusive and balanced. A nice experiment by LF.
badgerben (5123) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
At Hooligan’s. Murky brown color with no head. Slightly bourbonesque aroma. Thin malt taste with a strong whiskey punch. It’s tasty enough, but the Bock completely faded into the background. If I just wanted whiskey, that’s what I would have ordered. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2005
Dark Brown with Sandy Head. Strong Whisky Aroma....Carries Onto Tongue Immediately. Thick Mouthfeel.. Very Tasty To Begin With But Flavor Dies Out to a Watery Ending. JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 7, 2005
Murky copper brown color that clears up after a few minutes, about the time the beige head disappears and before the first sip. Smooth, yet lifeless body. I wager that this is the first draft of the day. Caramel malt and Beam aromas in the forefront with just a hint of raisins. Early bourbon flavors hit from the start and carry through to the end. Caramel and toffee join the ride mid quaff. Oak and coconut flavors come out in the finish. I like Beam and Jack, but I like beer more. This one seems to leave the beer essence behind. I will certainly try this again and see if I perhaps had a bad draft. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 4, 2005
On Tap, pint glass. Pours a dark brown ruby hued color, nice sized tan head. Aroma of bourbon, cherries, a little chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is smooth and sweet, the barrel works well with this beer to smooth it out and bring out a lot of interesting flavors. Vanilla, coffee, and wood/bourbon to it as well. Palate is very smooth and creamy, very nice. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2005
This is a very limited run of Lakefront Bock that has been aged in Bourbon Whiskey barrels. Currently available on tap at these locations: Benno’s, Romans’ Pub & Hooligan’s in Milwaukee; The Map Room & Silver Cloud in Chicago; and Wonder’s Pub in Madison.
I had mine at Benno’s. I wish I knew more about it (ABV, etc). I think it’s probably pretty high because I felt pretty good after only one pint.
Appearance: Very nice lacing. Dark mahogany color. Thin white head.
Aroma: Sweet roasted malts. Alcohol notes. Kinda week because I was in a bar and it was served in a pint glass instead of a snifter.
Flavor: Smooth. Well balanced bourbon to bock flavors. Grassy hop. Can definitely tell that it’s cask aged. Sweet roasted malts.
Palate: Sweet but not sticky. A touch undercarbonated. A bit of dryness like a wine. Flavor doesn’t linger; however, the sweetness does.
Overall: This is a must try.