fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
This offering from Rock Art pours a murky dark brown leaving a thick creamy tan head. The aroma is nutty and sweet creamy milky aroma, ripe fruit, plums, raisins, with a bit of milk chocolate. The taste starts a bit tart, underipned fruit in the taste, creamy milky mouthfeel, nuts, brisk carbonation lovely feel on the palate. I’m actually really enjoying this beer it has a load of flavors that really mesh well together and leave you wanting more of this bock. A great offering from Rock Art one that I will buy a couple more bottles of
DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
2006 version from trade. Pours hazy dark brownish with ruby hints. Aroma is roasty caramel malt, nuts, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon. Complex palate with the aforementioned flavors, getting spicier as it warms, but maintaining a solid dark roasty malt bill with backup spices. johnnnniee (4312) - 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. SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Brown 22oz bottle. 2008 release.
Appearance: Slightly cloudy tawny hue with orange notes around the edges. Head is slight with off-white bubbles gripping the edge of the glass, no lacing, and not much on the surface.
Nose: Roasted grain, toasted oak, raw sugar, chocolate caramel, and something hinting at toffee.
Palate: Soft carbonation, a creamy smooth texture. Right at the back, you can tell it’s a lager, has a little tiny bite right before the finish. Notes of caramelized sugar, toffee, and creme brulée. Clean finish.
Notes: A solid brew. You get what it says: Creamy Bock Lager. A bit creamy on the texture, a bit lager on the finish, and a perfect "session" winter/holiday ale. I appreciate that it’s not a spiced winter release. Cheers to Matt and René! Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - OCT 6, 2015
This was poured into a pilsener glass and rated as a regular "bock." Not sure why ratebeer says "dimpled mug" or "snifter" for a bock, I’m gonna let that one go and proceed with correct glassware for this review.
The appearance was a hazy dark bronzed orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than thirty seconds. Filmy/semi-thick lacing runs in a messy sort of way around the glass.
The smell starts off with a sweet breadiness running into light raisin, sweet apple, a light vanilla, and sweet cherry. Caramel tones do run nicely underneath.
The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and uses them to smooth it all out emphatically sweet and barely any bitterness (as a bock should be!, but then again, this is an aged review as well). Creamy sweet apple to cherry and a slight little bit of cocoa aftertaste running into a sweet wet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice and smooth (really light/good).
Overall, this is a really good Bock made for the holidays. I can only imagine what its like fresh and can’t wait for RA to come out with this year’s batch.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours dark mahogany with crimson edging. A huge, rocky, beige head filled with medium sized bubbles developed. Batter-like froth clung to the edges of the glass after the head fell, but all lacing dissapeared after the first two sips.
Aromatics are rich, malty, and bready. Proofing dark bread leads off, with powdered chocolate and drizzled caramel following through. Slightly roasty and buiscuity.
Medium bodied and on the creamy side, with some residuals lingering on the tongue.
The pallet is more subdued than the nose, with the bready malts still apparent, but a very well attenuated malt character leaves one begging for a little more Munich character.
Bitterness is nill and balancing the slightly sweet maltiness. Fresh bread crusts, cocoa dust, and a hint of toffee round out nicely.
Finishes fairly dry, with some faintly lingering residuals. Alcohol is without a trace, and the beer is very drinkable albeit a bit on the thin side.
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle. 2010. Brown with beige head. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, grass, vanilla, spice. Flavors of toffee, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, licorice, leather, spice. Balanced finish, slightly sweet. Medium-full body with round mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. dlovell2 (2133) - 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. Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2015
2014 vintage bomber from the brewery. Clear dark red-brown, thin fizzy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of toasted malt, raisin, chocolate. The taste is caramel, toasted malt, nuts, herbal hops, mild spice. Medium bodied, low carbonation.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Thanks to Aaron for this one. Dark brown body, tan head lingers, then recedes to a thin layer of bubbles. Light fruity aroma with some caramel noticeable. Smooth spiced flavor, has a fruit roll up resemblance.