Archive for the ‘Dunkler Bock’ Category

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Day #276 – Rahr & Sons Visionary Brew

October 4, 2011

Got a new Rahr beer for today!!!

Rahr & Sons Visionary Brew

This beer came out very recently and honestly I had resigned myself to missing out on it. This was a very small batch and a limited release in celebration of a local Fort Worth artist. I wad unable to make it to the release party, and the only time I saw it on tap was at the Saucer as they were removing the tap handle. Luckily my good buddy ran across a bottle and saved it to drink with me. What a pal!

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Very glad to see this. Pours a murky orangish brown color with a brown type head.

Aroma is sweet chocolate, nuts and roasty notes. Nice and well aligned with the style.

Has the typical Rahr flavor, possibly from the house yeast. Chocolaty flavor with some roasted notes. Yeasty finish.

Cheers!

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Day #272 – Avery The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

September 30, 2011

Something special is up for today.

Avery The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

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Avery came out with this gem a few years back, and it was advertised as an Imperial Oktoberfest. A few different breweries have played around with the idea of making an amped up version of the Oktoberfest style, but as the original style rarely has over 6% in alcohol, these “Imperial” versions of 9 and 10% couldn’t be true Oktoberfests. That’s why I have double labeled the style on this one; as an Oktoberfest as well as the more accurate distinction, Dunkler Bock. This beer has 10% ABClearIngs beer pours a clear orange color with a slight white head. Also has a bit of darker reddish hues to it as well.

Aroma is sweet malts with some berry type fruit. Bit of roastyness with a heavier malty backbone. Can’t really smell the alcohol but you get an impression of it’s intensity.

Flavor is sweet. Candy-like sweetness with a berry flavor and malts. No bitterness can be detected. Not bad; very different for a marzen. I definitely recommend you try this, if only to see a new twist on an old style.

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Cheers!

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Day #241 – Avery Anniversary Seventeen

August 30, 2011

Glass night at the G man tonight. It feels like I haven’t been here in awhile due to my crazy schedule, but I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things. Got an American anniversary beer on tap for today.

Avery Anniversary Seventeen

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Avery has been doing specialized anniversary beers since their 10th I believe. Each year is a different style and always pushing the envelope. They came out with the 18th this year which was a dry hopped saison. I honestly didn’t care for it all that much. The Ginger Man, in all it’s wisdom hung on to a keg of the 17th anniversary from last year and served it up tonight. Boy am I glad cause this beer got WAY better! It is a dunkler bock, which is pretty much a strong, dark and roasty lager, but not to be confused with a Dunkel. 2 very different styles. The ABV on this sucker is 8.69%.

This beer pours a dark brown color tha, edges on rouge. Especially when held up to the light. It also forms a nice tan head.

The aroma here is mainly dark malts, roasted notes, bitter chocolate, dry hops and spice. It has certainly mellowed out a bit over the past year. I like the aroma now more than ever.

Flavor is roasted for sure. Bakers cocoa and hops are the main elements in this. Spicy tingle over palate is what I’m left with. Man when this was fresh I remember it being almost medicinal. But now it rocks!

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Cheers!

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Day #37 – Leinenkugels 1888 Bock

February 7, 2011

Leinenkugels 1888 Bock

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is based out of Chippewa Falls, WI.  They began as a craft brewer that opened in 1867.  They would be classified as one of the oldest craft brewers in America, but they were taken over by SABMiller in 1988, thereby removing them of their craft beer status.  I will still review this beer as it still retains some of it’s interesting craft roots.  This beer is considered to be a Dunkler Bock, and I am serving it out of a stem glass.

This beer pours a very clear, dark red color with a small off-white head.  The head begins to dissipate fairly quickly.

The aroma is lots of sweet malt and caramel grains.  There is a sugary sweetness to the nose.  Kind of grainy otherwise.

Light bodied mouthfeel with dark grains and malts, some slight sense of dark fruits but only in the slightest.  Finishes easy with a remainder of bitter grain.

This beer is so-so, but it is certainly an easy introduction to some of the darker styles the beer world has to offer.

Cheers!

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Day #1 – Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

January 2, 2011

Well it’s January 2nd and I’ve already failed at my plan to start rating on the first.  Just goes to show that things don’t always pan out how you planned.  Guess I will start my Day 1 on the 2nd.

I want to reiterate that I am attempting this project for a few reasons.  Reason 1 is for my own benefit; to give me a project to work on and also to create some more in-depth ratings and logs for my reference.  I am also attempting this in the hopes that it will prove beneficial for others.  I am more than likely only going to rate beers that are available locally to me, which would be the DFW Texas area.  This is to show that there are viable alternatives to drinking colorless, tasteless adjunct ridden beer.

On to the first.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

This beer is brewed by the Boston Beer Company based out of Boston, which is better known by the name “Samuel Adams”.  They are currently the largest producer of craft beer in the world, producing just over 1.3 million barrels of beer last year alone.  (A company may produce up to 2 million barrels while still maintaining their craft status.)  Most chocolate beers are not brewed with actual chocolate, merely employing the use of chocolate malts to obtain this characteristic.  The Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock however was aged over a bed of cocoa beans to glean a roasted chocolate character.  They partnered with the chocolatiers at Scharffen Berger to create a strain of bean used specifically for this beer.  It was formerly bottled in a very exclusive series, but as of 2010 they had upped production to a winter seasonal status sold in the holiday mix pack.

The style of this beer is a Dunkler Bock and is best served either in a snifter or a dimpled mug.

Upon first pouring this beer, I notice that the color is a very dark brown with rosy highlights near the edge as it is held up to the light.  It also has a very large head response, colored a bubbly tan.  The aroma is fairly complex while maintaining it’s straightforward character.  The first thing I detect is a sweet, dry chocolate, almost like a dusty Baker’s cocoa.  It is sweet with chocolate, dark malts and a sharp bitterness.  The flavor of the beer mirrors a lot of these elements.  Sweet on the upfront flavor, that rounds out to a medium-body mouthfeel with some caramel flavorings as well as malted grain.  The finish is more sweet than anything, with a dry chocolate lingering after the swallow.

This beer would make an excellent dessert beer, pairing well with sweet pastries and cake.  This bottle is available at most grocery stores and liquor stores that sell the 12 bottle holiday mix pack.