RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Just in time for the holidays is our special treat. A dark and chewy bock beer. Around November youll find chocolate bock on tap down at the brewery. The history of Bock beer is a complicated one, going all the way back the dark ages in Europe. In the 14th century, the city of Einbeck became famous for this style of beer. So thats where the name "beck" or "bock" has come from. No other beer has a more pure and intense malt character as a true Bock. Many large breweries in the U.S. have diluted the original strength of this beer, but we make the real thing. The body of this beer is rich, making it a good beer to warm up to during those "special" Iowa winters. The blackened malt that we use in it gives the brew a slight hint of chocolate. Its a smooth brew, having been lagered for over a month in our cellars, in true bock style.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
The dark, translucent, chestnut brown body is capped with a small, fleeting, beige head of foam. Virtually no lacing is left behind. The nose is bittersweet and chocolaty, with notes of scorched caramel malts, vanilla crme liquor, roasted barley, and cocoa powder. Flavors include dark caramello, woody earth, mild dark spices, and a good amount of nutty chocolate. The palate is medium bodied and soft, drinking smooth and finishing on the dry side. This is a pretty solid brew. It sort of reminds me of a nut brown mixed with a chocolaty bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Musty malt and chocolate aromas with some fruity accents. Reddish brown transparent body with small bubbly head. Flavor is darkly roasted malt, some bitter chocolate and figs and slight cardboard. Palate is mild with a light bitter chocolaty duration. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Dark amber brown color with a quickly dissipating head; no head retention and no lacing. Smell is pretty nice; some caramel, dark fruit, and some cocoa powder. Taste is fairly sweet with a chocolate-y finish; maybe some caramel in there, too. High side of medium carbonation with heavier than medium body. I could probably see myself having a few of these in an evening. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Pour is dark ruddy brownish amber with a thin tan head...smell is faintly fruity with some light pears and hints of toasted bread or melty chocolate...taste is lightly sweet and roasty with a strange off cardboard flavor toward the finish...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2436) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of Pepsican. Pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a small khaki head. The aroma has cherries, roasted malts and some earthy dust. The flavor is light with more red fruit, a hint of coffee, minerals and chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The finish is short, dry and slightly astringent. Overall: A very basic, but enjoyable, brew. I recommend it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
BOTTLE:Dark with nice lace. Definite chocolate and roasted malt aroma and flavor. Lively palate with a long but minorly dry finish and very earthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Dark brownish mahogany with small tan head that leaves some fine lace. Smells of chocolate, toffee, roasted barley, raisin, molasses, some spice. Tastes much as the nose indicates. Mildly bitter chocolate, raisin, molasses, roasted barley. Big malt flavor without being sweet. Smooth full mouthfeel despite somewhat aggressive carbonation. Impressively simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2008
12 oz bottle via Mys Swap 3.0 (thanks iowaherkeye!). Pours a deep dark brown with an above average sized beige head. Nose is caramel, toffee & dark fruit. Taste is some sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, almonds. Body is light/medium, carbonation is perfect. A decent Bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Dark red with a creamy tan head. Dark caramel malt, cocoa, vanilla aroma with a hint of DMS. Way bitter for the style. Rather thin in body. Ok flavors of raisin and chocolate but lacking in malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9936) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Secret Santa 07. Pours a clear deep red/garnet color with a fizzy disappearing beige head. The aroma is medium sweet caramel, chocoloate malt, and lager yeast. The flavor is pretty straight forward medium sweet caramel, chocolate, and biscuits. Not much in the way of bitterness. This definetly leans to the side of malty. Not bad though; just not very complex.

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