wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Brown-reddish appearance, very thin head. Medium caramel aroma. Similar flavor, lacks as much sweetness as I would like it to have. Slight alcohol in aftertatste, bitter finish.
ClarkVV (6090) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 Draught pint at the brewery, 4/14/06, listed only as "Bock", but until I can verify whether the "bock" is different than this, I will just put the review here.
Amber-golden highlights throughout a chestnut-auburn body, low filtration, with a strong chill haziness and a small, poorly retained walnut colored head that laces minimally.
Aroma touches on lightly nutty malt notes, becoming lightly fruity from moderate melanoidins (cherries, dates, currants) and finally sweetening somewhat with a rather straightforward, but very well-extracted, caramel maltiness. Hops are lightly tangy, bouncing around in the aroma but never setting in strongly. Lager yeast bite is rather minimal on this example, the sweet caramel seeing to that. Almost more like a strong American amber ale in the nose, save for the tangy German hops and light melanoidins. Warming provides the nose with creamy toffee, a hint of toastiness and more fruits, and an even deeper, toasted graininess that grows more dry and balances the aroma further.
The flavor is more to-style, shall we say, relying on light sour dough breadiness and spicy/tangy hops dryness to give the bock the bite that exemplifies the style. With warming comes the crisp yeastiness (though still rather reserved) and light mineral-soiliness of the toasty brown malts and yeast. Up front it is medium sweet, of caramel and toffee-like notes, with a touch of golden raisins and buttercream. It comes together, in the end, thanks in part to a wonderfully creamy, smooth texture, soft and round allowing the fruity melanoidins and hops room to sparkle. Gentle, moderate effervescence, no alcohol apparency and little to no wateriness.
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2005 On tap at the Portsmouth Brewery restaurant. Beautiful dark dark color with a huge sweet malty-ass flavor. Slightly on the watery side, but otherwise, it’s an excellent beer.
aracauna (3539) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I started out thinking "Wow. I've never been so enthusiastic about a lager before. I've enjoyed dopplebocks and a few good pils, but this is amazing." The color of fresh cherry juice. Carbonation is low and head sluggish. Flavor is all kinds of malt, mostly caramel, but also some funky malt flavors like what you get from Special B. However further into the bomber it started getting to me a bit. The low carbonation (maybe to do with it being bottled in extremely low quantities) kept this beer from reaching it's potential. Also possibly related to the way it was bottled is that it seemed to be showing a few signs of age possibly. Still a great lager though.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 17, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a fizzy head that quickly goes away. Sweet tasting with dark malt notes. This beer goes down really easy.