Sunday, August 11, 2013
VT Pub & Brewery - Bocks of Chocolates
Alcohol Content: ?
Malts: Chocolate, ?
Price: $1/ 3oz sample; $2/ 8oz; $4/ Pint
Medium: 3oz snifter
Aroma: Slightly oxidized from the tap line? I have yet to come across this so what I did was immediately order another 3oz sample for a buck and compare the two. They were a perfect match so I ruled this out. I detected some sour notes (also found in the flavor). Overall the deep malty aroma is comprised of rich toffee and melanoidins, with a mildly sweet and alcohol character. Deeper inhalations are met with harsher malt and alcohol qualities.
Appearance: Another super dark offering from the brewpub, with hints of deep red/ garnet only towards the bottom of the glass. An off-white/ tan head billowed up fast but then quickly faded back into the beer and only the slightest bit remained.
Flavor: Very rich, malty, with hints of toasted and roasted grains. Mild chocolate flavors can be found in the style but this one strays away from mild; I also get hints of roasted coffee from the dark grains. Bitterness is relatively low and adds no profound flavors. The finish is met with hints of vanilla. Aftertaste remains a bit roasted with dark chocolate flavors and grains favored over any hop presence.
Mouthfeel: Mild astringency from darker grains. Its full body goes down relatively smooth along with a warming effect from alcohol. Some sour notes detected in both the flavor and sides of the mouth. Not as pleasant as expected for a dark lager. Like all of the beers on tap at the brewpub, they keep the carbonation levels down - as I found in this example.
Overall Impression: Our homebrew club recently had a growler of it for a study group session on Bocks - we all agreed that unfortunately this is not a Bock nor does it represent anything even close to a Bock. Clearly this one is driven by the brewpub's marketing efforts. I would also like to see more carbonation for this style.