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

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.”



  • 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.

Hard Root Beer – Coney Island Brewing (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Hard Root Beer – Coney Island Brewing (brewed in collaboration with Boston Beer Company), 5.8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

on the back label:

“The gypsy should have predicted this.The most dignified beverage of days past, reimagined for your future self. The wooden planks under your feet and a hot dog in your hand; the only difference is that now you?re tall enough to ride the ride.”

  • Style: (root beer) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Generic grocery-store bought root beer with grain alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $2.90 (after 10% off), October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours root beer brown (no surprise), quickly dissipating head, fizzy soda-like CO2.

Nose: syrupy sweet root beer, background vanilla, hints of licorice. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: incoming sugary sweetness, bitter alcohol

Mid-palate: medium-cloying (lvl-9-sweetness), cola-caramel molasses

Finish: licorice, vanilla extract

Summary: Sweet like a Barqs with a bit more rooty depth, but no beer in here at all. It tastes like a generic sugary root beer with some added grain alcohol. I’d rather just have a bottle of craft root beer.

Sorachi Ace – Brooklyn Brewery (NY, USA)

Sorachi Ace – Brooklyn Brewery,7.6% ABV – 1pt 9.4fl.oz., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

On the back label:

“Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, a cracklingly dry, hoppy unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, but featuring rare Sorachi Ace hop. Fermented with our special Belgian ale strain, we add Sorachi Ace hops post-fermentation. After 100% bottle re-fermentation with Champagne yeast, the beer emerges with a bright spicy lemon zest aroma. It tastes like sunshine in a glass, and that suits us just fine, especially with seafood dishes and fresh cheeses.”

  • Style: Saison
  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: super smooth creamy ale
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $12 (after 10%), 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: maybe, with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: def yes

Tasting notes: pours clear mellow yellow with a thick foamy creamy head, very nice clustered fast-moving champagne CO2 streams. Very nice aromatic tangerine oils on the nose. Super velvety mouthfeel, tastes of smoothtangerine, medium sweetness (5/10), light and soft hoppiness, coriander, finishes mildly tangy and off-dry soft bitter. Medium complexity, med-high carry, excellent transitions, great carry, fabulous drinkability. The creamy velvety mouthfeel is 2nd to none.

Seduction – Ommegang (NY, USA)

Seduction – Ommegang, 6.8% ABV, (Cooperstown, NY)

On the side label:

“Ommegang seduction is a temptingly roasted ale brewed with five dark barley malts, Belgian chocolatier Callebut provides the chocolate , while Liefmans cuvee brut brings the cherries. With alluring aromas and flavors of fine Belgian chocolate and an underlying flavor note of tart cherries, Ommegang seduction is an ale to be lovingly embraced . Undeniably rich and smooth , seduction is also true and warm-hearted. Lightly hopped, it harbors no bitterness, leaving only a lingering glow.”

My notes:

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: nice chocolate coffee
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke
  • How much: $24 (after 10%), 75cl, May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark cloudy brown with sediment and a massive creamy head, sticky lacing. Thick malts on the nose. Tastes of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, malts, red cherries, and a invasive alcoholic backdrop. Pretty good, once is enough.

Rare Vos (Belgian-style Amber Ale) – Brewery Ommegang (NY, USA)

Rare Vos (Belgian-style Amber Ale) – Brewery Ommegang, 6.5% ABV, (Cooperstown, NY)

On the back label:

“Rare Vos is Flemish for “Sly Fox” and the name of one of Brussels’ great cafés. It is also the name of our cunning Belgian-style Amber, which sports a mellow, fruity character and an elusive spiciness.”

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: medium citrus sweet with a creamy bitter backdrop
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$14, 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz, Oct/2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange-brown with a nice decent frothy head, good retention and sticky lacing, many very active CO2 streams. Aromas of orange citrus and sweet malts on the nose. Creamy and crisp texture up front, mellow tangy apricot, 5/10-level sweetness, medium malts, hints of cinnamon, honeycane sugar, and finishes mildly bitter and crisp. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, good length, very good drinkability. A solid beer.