RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Our delicious bock lager was brewed with lots of rich, sweet caramel malts and delicately balanced with the finest Bavarian Hallertau hops. For all holiday occasions, drink up the good life!

This holiday bock will be available in some of your favorite restaurants and in specially packaged 22 oz. bottles in stores in time for the holidays (limited to 200 cases). We will have a limited number of hand bottles 750 ml bottles specially packaged for the holidays This bottle will be limited to 142 hand numbered bottles available at the brewery only.

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dlovell2 (2357) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Brown with a tan head. Roasted malt and citrus hop aroma. Roasted malt and caramel flavors with crisp hop finish.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Burnt caramel, to the point of being brown, large rocky sand colored head, spotty lacing.  

Soft spiciness on the nose, a little perfume and floralness.   Soft spices on the tongue, pale breadiness, minor

chalkiness.   This reminds me of a really toned down Anchor Our Special Ale.   Slight Anise and floral

aspects, a little bit of chocolate.   Pretty tasty.   Smooth, but a little shallow.   Body could stand to

be a bit maltier/heavier.   Spices are there, but wished they were a bit more bright.   Otherwise, clean

finish, tasty, but on the lighter side.

hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
On draft at the brewery. Classic amberish color Dunkler Bock. Malty. Good fresh. Not an over spicy holiday beer,

ben4321 (6773) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Location: 22 oz bottle from , 8/17/11, 2010 Bottle

Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, caramel, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and light booze

Appearance: This one pours a cloudy reddish-brown color, wispy beige head, and light lace

Flavor: The taste is fairly heavy sweet and malty, some spice, light earthy bitterness

Palate: Rather sticky on the mouth, some chalkiness, and a sweet (almost cloying) finish

Overall Impression:
I wasn’t really impressed with this one. It isn’t a bad beer, but its overly sweet to the point that it is clearly limiting. It does improve as it warms, so don’t drink this one too cold. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t see myself seeking this one out in the future. If I did drink it in the future, I’d certainly prefer a smaller sample size instead of a whole 22, as the sweetness became overwhelming in such a larger sample size.

GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2011
22oz bottle from HuskyinPDX.

Pours deep, clear copper with a creamy beige head that shows excellent retention and lots of lacing.

Aroma is crisp bready malts, vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Also plenty of earthy notes, chocolate and light spices.

Taste starts with some hop bitterness and earthy, caramel malts. The finish is bitter and highly roasted. Creamy vanilla and some mocha notes.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but with a hefty earthy bitterness throughout.

This is a really tasty bock with a lot going on. More complex than most bocks but probably sacrifices a bit of drinkability.

dmac (6501) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2011
22 oz 2009 bomber from the Shop Rite Liquors in Freehold "enjoyed" in February of 2011. Poured an ugly muddy slight reddish/brown body underneath a large foamy light beige head. Aroma had some notes of dirty earth, bad chocoalte, grass, green vegtables, chalk and a touch of vomit. Body is thin to perhaps medium with still noticable carbonation and a chalky finish that allows the shitty flavor to linger far to long. Flavors of bad chocolate, bad pudding, rotting grass, hint of bad orange pulp, cold vegtable soup. Blah...man ticking ain’t easy.

johnnnniee (4434) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
2007 Edition poured into a pint glass sampled 5/16/2008.

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a rocky off white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is all malt. I pick up a bready caramely sweet aroma. The taste follows the smell. Mouthfeel certainly is creamy and smooth. Body seemed a bit thin to me. Not a bad brew. I don’t think I would seek it out again, but definitely drinkable.

jimhilt (2630) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Pours cream, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy brown/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose - hints of spice and malt, flavor is same - spicy malts. 2010 release, $5.50 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2010
(22 oz. bottle (2010) from Bootleggers) Pours clear dark tea brown with a few fingers of tan head. Aroma of tea, brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, light-medium heft. Big, droopy rings of lacing. Flavor of chocolate-brown sugar-vanilla maltiness with some nuttiness like a brown ale. Not bad but some off-note sourness detracts.

nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Light tan with a pretty sizable white head. Some nuttiness on the aroma, but also doughy. Medium body with a balanced, tending towards sweet but balanced finish. As the bottle suggests, try this with a nice (VT) cheese.

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