Bock Bock – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (Clifton Park, MY, USA)

Bock Bock (Imperial American bock lager aged in bourbon barrels) (Batch #001/1269, 4/24/2015 bottling) – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 9.2% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

Imperial American Bock
Shmaltz Bock Bock has spent months in a blend of bourbon barrels, including Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, and Buffalo Trace.

Barrel-aged Bock Bock gains its toasty, rich malt body and nutty caramel flavor from distinctive European malts, such as Vienna, Munich and Crystal, to make a traditional bock base.”

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  • Style: (barrel aged – Bourbon) Doppelbock
  • Taste: Tangy sour alcoholic heavy raisin barley malt mild bourbon edge
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15.35 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pretty good

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours clear dark mahogany brown without a significant head, ringed retention with a large island, very steady micro streams

Nose: super toffee barley malt forward, notes of bourbon barrel (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, micro-tingly, thicker viscosity, heavy malt impression

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, tangy heavy (lvl-8-sweetness), raisin toffee barley malt, bourbon edge, wet woody zingy-sour

Finish: residual heavy sugars, bourbon-laced malty exhale

Summary: Great body and depth, solid execution. The dark fruitiness balances the bourbon malt nicely. Hits decently hard yet still sippable, although somewhat heavy halfway through the bottle.

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #21 – Fürst Wallerstein Winter-Böckle (Germany)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #21

Fürst Wallerstein Winter-Böckle – Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus, 7.5% ABV – 330ml., (Wallerstein, Germany)

  • Style: Doppelbock
  • Taste: Flat brown sugar toasted barley malt alcoholic
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours muddy light brown with no head, very thin ringed micro retention, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: sweet brown sugar malt, light roast (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: silky-flat, thicker viscosity

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, caramel, toasted barley malt

Finish: alcohol tanginess, residual caramel, stealth hops, watery cola finish.

Summary: Decent thick malty flavour with hints of dark fruit, but the lack of carbonation and buttery mouthfeel killed it for me. Drinkable, though just an average experience.

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager 1988-2013 – Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

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  • My Rating: B-

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager 1988-2013 – Brooklyn Brewery, 9% ABV – 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

on the back label:

“(front label artwork: Breathing Head, Fred Tomaselli, 2002)

I first met Fred Tomaselli in the early ’90s at Kasia’s, the Bedford Avenue diner that was the main meeting place for artists living and working in Williamsburg. The brewery was in its second year, and Fred’s painting career was just starting. Today, Fred’s painting is known all over the world, and so are our beers. This Silver Anniversary llabel is based on Fred’s 2002 painting, Breathing Head. In 1988, we introduced Brooklyn Lager, an American original inspired by the beers of 19th Century New York and Vienna. Today, we salute our beginnings with this Silver Anniversary Lager, brewed to a doppelbock intensity and re-fermented in the bottle.”

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  • Style: Doppelbock
  • Taste: creamy-sweet texture -> malts/honey/cola -> bittersweet hops/malty-sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek Liquor Store
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, it’s quite smooth

Visual: High quality cork seal and twisty-tie metal cap. Pours hazy medium-dark brown with a small but super long lasting ultra-foamy head, thin sticky lacing, a plethora of activity.

Nose: faint sweet malts and cola. (2/10)-aromatic strength.

Attack: lasting super-foamy texture,

Mid-palate: (8/10)-malty sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, honey, dark fruit/red fruit (HINT) cola

Finish: soft & mild-hop/malt bitterness, smooth sweet finish.

Summary: Good texture, drinkability, and flavour. Overall solid, but lacks  any memorable qualities imo.

Schloss Eggenberg Doppelbock Dunkel (Austria)

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Doppelbock Dunkel – Schloss Eggenberg, 8.5% ABV – 11.2 fl.oz., (Vorchdorf, Austria)

On the back label:

“Doppelbock Dunkel has a pleasant full and creamy body, with coffeeish aroma. Nicely warming with toffeelike malty sweetness, balanced by a hoppy-bitterness in the finish.”

  • Style: Doppelbock
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: sweet caramel malts -> fizzy/roast/cola -> airy hops/malty/light bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $5 (after 10%), December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours dark root beer brown with almost no head, lots of activity near the surface. Sweet and dense toffee malts on the nose. Drinks with dense thick caramel 7/10-sweet malts up front, light roast, brown sugar, cola, with a gentle fizzy backdrop, airy hops near the finish, slightly metallic, finishing malty and mildly bitter. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, decent carry, decent drinkability. Pretty straightforward and nothing ground-breaking.

Urbock 23 – Schloss Eggenberg, 9.6% ABV, (Austria) (listed in the “1001 Beers you must try before you die”)

On the back label:

“Urbock 23 is one of the strongest beers in the world, with 23 plato attaining 9.6% alc./vol. It matures in our ancient cellars for 9 months, till it is fully fermented and turns amber in colour. Urbock 23 is full-bodied, with a creamy flavour, well balanced with noble hop bitterness. Urbock 23 is known in many countries as the ‘Cognac of beers’”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: full-bodied and honey-esque
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek, Jan-2012
  • How much: $4.50 (after 10% disc.)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours golden orange, minimal dissipating head, ultra-micro CO2, thin ringed retention, sporadic slow-moving CO2 streams. Heavy malted barley and thick honey on the nose. Creamy 8/10 sweet up front mixed with honey, chamomile, alcohol burn, and a very tingly CO2 sensation on the top of the tongue. Finishes very alcohol heavy and a gentle deep 6/10 lingering bitterness. Medium-high depth, medium complexity, good transitions, long length. The sweetness and high ABV are off-putting halfway through the session.