Winter Brew - Sprecher Brewing Company
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3.38/5 rDev -11.7%
I had this right after visiting the Civil War Museum in Kenosha. So the taste of civil rights was lingering ever so slightly on my palate. They served this to us first thing upon starting the tour. It was good, but like the tour, it was short lived. If you like winter lagers, you might dig it.
01-11-2014 15:46:14 | More by DerekQXQX
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
It's probably over half a year old, so...
Pours an opaque dark chocolate with a slightly foamy, half inch, light khaki head that dissipates into a thick foam layer, leaving no lacing.
Nutty, buttery toffee, raisins, prunes, caramel, and toasted malt form the initial aroma. There's a hint of a sherry-like oxidation evident. Dark brown sugar and diacetyl surface as it warms.
Oxidation is more prevalent in the flavor, with cardboard dominating the initial sip. Raisins, nutty malt, and slightly vinous notes hit early. Diacetyl, burnt caramel, and toasted breadcrust round out the profile, becoming slightly bitter at the finish. Stale notes eventually are overtaken by fruity esters and malt complexity.
Body is moderate, with carbonation slightly on the low side, and a touch of alcohol warmth.
Didn't hold up in flavor as well as aroma, but still pretty complex and good melanoidin character. Would love to try one fresh.
06-05-2013 03:33:24 | More by barczar
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
16 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/20/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light roasted malt, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity esters with light hops; very pleasant and inviting with solid strength. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, light fruits, brown bread, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of malt/hop flavors with light fruity esters; with a fair amount of robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with and a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol i very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice bock. Good balance and robustness of malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
04-10-2013 05:27:29 | More by superspak
4.11/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured straight from the refrigerator into a Sam Adams Perfect pint.
A=Darker brown...much darker than anticipated, and darker than most other bocks I've had, but still appealing. More golden than red. Nice three finger eggshell colored head that lasted around a minute.
S=Nice aroma of molasses, honey, and apples.
T=First taste reminded me a lot of black licorice...as it warmed, a semi-sweet cocoa flavor emerged, but without bitterness. Much like their Black Bavarian, flavor profile is rather subdued.
M=Much less robust than I anticipated--more of a session beer. Carbonation was present at first, but less noticeable later on.
O=Not really strong or bitter enough for a bock profile, but more of a light-bodied brown ale. Flavor and body are enough for a decent session ale...I might buy again or try on tap.
03-15-2013 02:32:01 | More by dhannes
Winter Brew from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.