Yet another sampling from Harrisburg, PA's Troeg's Brewing.
Tonight's sample was from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass. You know how that goes.
It didn't stay long, but the initial aroma jumped out. It was that sweet, slightly chocolate/coffee smell you usually find in a thick, syrupy porter. The head was thick and lumpy, but quickly settled to something quite flat once I took a sip. In color it was a nice mix of brown and orange and burgundy, which seems to have been reasonably approximated on the bottle label. Nice job guys!
The taste was malty, and a little sweet. I struggled to draw out any specific flavors to reference, but just doing some quick reading on double bocks it seemed to be a more than adequate representation of the style. One thing that stood out is that this was dancing all over the "sour" areas of my tongue. I didn't really taste sour, but that's the area of the tongue that demanded attention.
Overall this is a good beer to sit down and enjoy. I had no complaints, and would drink it again. If anything I'm curious what foods would pair with it, as it might stand up really well to certain more subtle foods with its sweet, slightly creamy, just strong enough taste.
This beer earned a 3.85 (B+) from Beer Advocate reviews.
Update: Speak of the devil, The Baltimore Sun's Rob Kasper has a brief entry about bocks from last week, calling it the beer of springtime. Thinking locally, there's usually at least one bock on tap at Ellicott Mills Brewing, as they're fully committed to making German beers.
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