JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle from Kroger. Clear amber pour with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt, bread, light fruit and crisp hops. Malty sweet flavor with a crisp hop finish. Ratman197 (15368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, toasted malt, carmel and earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of carmel, bread, toasted malt and light earthiness with a smooth lingering malty finish. PhatB420 (855) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12oz into a pint. Pours a beauty of orange, bronze, and yellow, this is a dark lager? Looks pretty ale like to me. Taste does have some simalarity to a pale ale, but the overal malt presence dominates. Grainy malts up front, then gracious flow of secondary malts fulfill the brew, must be those german additions. Aroma is piney, clean, and floral, but not ipa floral. Pine is dominant, orange peel peaks in, head i minimal, never gets in the way. I like this bock, as it the pale ale aspect appeals to me. drjay44 (3831) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, deep amber (SRM 15) body....nose is cereal malts, with hints of toast, light toffee/caramel....taste is cereal malts, with hints of toffee/caramel sweetness, finishing with light bitterness...mouth feel medium, carbonation adds light spritz. This is quite typical for the style with clean cereal malts, slight sweetness, and just enough hop bitterness. The only flaw is the slightly low ABV. BJCP 8/3/12/4/7 DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark straw coppery with minimal off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, earthy hops, corn flakes. Tastes somewhat tart, earthy, vienna malty, with backup hops and a crisp dry finish.
jb (3413) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2007 Total Score: 3
Bottle from Pat’s. Deep coppery pour with aroma of caramel malt, some fruit, some slight brown sugar. Medium to light palate, not terribly complex, with flavors of mostly caramel malt, plus some slight brown sugar, hops, and apricotty fruity notes.
Reddish, with a clear look and small clingy well packed foam. Nose is malty with grass. Sweet and nice initial taste of caramel and dark sugars. Not complex but it is good.Wiszard (34) - Derry, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Earlier Rating: 1/27/2007 Total Score: 2.9
Brown sugar, apple and malt in the nose. Head is thin and disappears quickly. Color is reddish. Taste is doughy along with caramel. Reminds me more of an oktoberfest than a bock.
Now called Black Bear Bock, this is a very unsatisfying beer. It’s not unpleasant, it’s just bland. Since I got it in a variety pack, I’ll see if my opinion changes with the other 3 bottles. AKThunder (170) - New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
This had a nice strong taste to it, more than I could have expected. I feel this is one of the better brews in the 2012 Winter Pack. jeremytoni (3083) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2012
From a bottle poured a light brown color with a small amount of head. Light sweet malty flavor with a quick finish. mikemccarthy (94) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Pours a dark, transparent amber with a thin, white head that fades. Good lacing. Sweet, malty aroma. Creamy, slightly effervescent mouthfeel. Sour taste, unusual for the class. Odd.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for the Daystrom M-5