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Knuckleball Bock - Stone Coast Brewing Co.

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Stone Coast Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ecoboy on 07-30-2003)
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Reviews by Gattopardo:
Photo of Gattopardo

New York

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To round out a pleasant late afternoon at the Sunday River Brewing Company brewpub in Maine, I tried this beer. Naturally, the fact that it was being offered as $2.00 special made it irresistible.

The color is medium amber, and it appears rather fizzy. Indeed, the fizz is the first sensation that hits the mouth, which I don't deem a good thing. However, it has a nice melon aroma and taste that feels rather nice. Other fruit sensations help round out the palate. Overall, not the best bock I have had but drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2006 18:32:05 | More by Gattopardo
More User Reviews:
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a mixed six this beer was a deep amber/brown color with an off-white head. The retention was pretty good and the lacing intermittent. The aroma was fairly standard, roasted malt, caramel malt and sourdough bread. The flavors were similar, deep caramel sweetness, tangy yeast notes and slightly sour finish. The hops character was understated and the flavors in general rather simplistic. The body was average and the mouthfeel a little rough. This was an ok beer, but no better than that.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 12:02:07 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one as an extra in a trade earlier this week. I had room in the fridge so I threw it in there right away. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 09/30/2008.

The pour was decent, nothing really standing out too much for me, but then again nothing really bad in this one either. Rich dark caramel in color with a light haziness that quickly subsided leaving behind only the slightest touches of carbonation trickling up from the bottom of the glass. The head rose up to about tow inches but then came down fast, leaving only the slightest bit of side glass lace in its wake.

The aroma was rich with caramel malts as I would have expected. Nice and sweet with an almost nutty like quality to it at times, it was a nice and very pleasant smelling beer. Rich earthy grains and bread like smells were dominating the profile here for sure. The flavor was more of the same, richly smooth with a nice bit of carbonation kicking up the flavor a bit, there was a smooth rush of malts that came over very quickly, sweet with a subtle drying to it that let some of the deeper bread notes come forward and left a long lasting caramel sweetness that was just the icing on the cake for me.

Overall this was a solid little bock I have to say. But no means perfect, still though it was quite solid and I would have no issue with drinking this one again. Not bad at all for my first foray into the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 10:48:39 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Nikki's Liquors in Providence, Rhode Island for $1.59...
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark-copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly dissipating and leaving behind a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Malt-dominated aroma consisting of honey, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla...
Taste: The overall taste strongly complemented the aroma... Honey, candied sugars, rich malts, vanilla, amber, and grains...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel...
Good level of drinkability... Easily downable... Not bad...

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:27:30 | More by dsa7783
Photo of grahambo

New York

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer poured into a pint glass was a nice dark amber/brown with an off white head about 1.5 fingers thick.

S: This beer has a big malty nose, bigger than the 5% abv would suggest. Some nice spicy notes to complement the malt.

T: A good, solid bock, malty and bready but with enough hop bitterness and other spiciness from the malt to make it a balanced beer.

M: I thought this beer was a little thin and not as mouth coating as I would have expected based on the style and the nose.

D: Overall a good beer that I could have a couple of, while hanging out or watching a game.

Sidenote: Paired very very well with a schnitzel sandwich and potato pancakes

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 14:49:24 | More by grahambo
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheManicalOne for the beer.
Pours a dark amber color with some golden highlights. Large tan head with a very aggressive pour. Some lace sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Honey and grainy aroma. A bit musty smelling but not much.
Nice doughy and toasted flavor. Honey accentuates it nicely with a hint of grassy bitterness in the finish. Very well rounded.
Lighter than expected mouthfeel but I like it as it makes the beer more drinkable for me on this hot muggy night.
Good beer for when you want to drink a beer and not sip it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 02:24:51 | More by wcudwight
Photo of Jayli


2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured an amberish color with a head that clung to the sides of the pint glass.
I don't often drink bochs but others that I have had are much more appealing. There was a very sweet aftertaste that was not appealing. I am a fan of beer, and was COMPLETELY excited about trying this beer. I am a huge Wakefield fan...but for me, I am going to take a pass on having any more of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 03:07:08 | More by Jayli
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Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, lager yeast, tea, spices and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty but not too heavy with sweet flavors of caramel, honey, tea. There's a mild hops presence that provides a decent balance and there's a hint of smokiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I could drink a few of these, but normally I would probably look for something a little more flavorful to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 02:43:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, out of the silly Leute Bockbier glass. Pours amber/copper with good clarity..

Aroma is straightforward malt, mostly caramel. No spiciness or complexity. Head is 1/2" or so and dies quickly to a thin film. Taste is a little thin, with fresh malts and a well-balanced finish. This can't be more than 20 or 25IBU, but it's refreshing.

Stone coast has done some good things in the past. The 840 IPA on draft is above average. The cask black bear was phenomenal. This, however, is a little too plain for me. Not bad, not great. Just somewhere in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 04:43:50 | More by Lupin
Photo of Dogbrick


3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Located at a liquor store in Brookline, MA. This beer pours a clear dark amber color with a medium thin light beige head that retains pretty well. Sweet malt, brown sugar and caramel in the nose. Medium body with a rich malt flavor, along with some hops for balance. The finish is sweet and lingering with caramel malt aftertaste. Light tingling hops on the tongue as well. Straightforward and average in all respects.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 19:06:42 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came to the table in a 22oz pint glass a deep rich clear amber with a thinner slight off white head atop,hints of caramel and sweet bread dough in the nose not much hop presence wich was I expected the aromas dont really jump out at ya but they are there.A "small" bock the flavors dont really hit home it has some deep caramel sweetness and doughy components but it lacks a bit of oomph,its a tad thin but it went down easy,decent but nothing to write home about here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 12:46:25 | More by oberon
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New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

AP: Burnt caramel color, carbonation is mild with bubbles pushing up only on the edge of the glass and creating initially a 2" deep tan colored head that quickly becomes a 1/8" thin cover. There is nice foamy lacing sticking around.

Nose: Oats and wheat bready malt, herbal almonds, subtle chocolate and a very subtle zesty-like hop scent.

Flavor: A dark wheat bread malt flavor with oats and wheat and a mild chocolate current way down deep turns into a mildly bitter, slightly metallic herbal balance of hops and a sweet lager yeast. Just a bit thin in the flavor overall, but the balance is good.

Feel: Medium bodied, feels more like a light bodied beer and a bit thinner than some of the best bocks around. This one really has the fel of a lighter ale.

DA: Pretty simple and meak.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 17:01:20 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of BuckSpin


3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Pilsener glass

Poured silent & smooth. Initially strong phenols dominate the nose, its rocky, sharp and bittersweet, hot summertime pavement just getting its first fat raindrops. As it warms it starts to get it legs with caramel, crackers, bread. A fat finger's worth of tight. slightly sculpted cream foam lingers on & on, not fading as it slowly laces in curtains. A very nice, warm cherry amber hue, its beautifully backlit by a steady & strong parade of bubble rising haphazardly thru it. Visually this is a very attractive beer.

Smooth, balanced, nicely bittersweet, traces of orange pekoe tannins, slight hint of some dark cherry, malted with a peep of some baking chocolate. Its not very complex, and as such its easy to drink. There is an overriding bitterness to it that I like.

It stays pretty true to the initial taste as it transitions to the palate, perhaps a little caramel sweeter and somewhat drier, then finishes clean and bittersweet with a slightly fuzzy coating.

An easy to drink Bock. Could see this working really well with a number of cheddars, or some pub fare like a deli sandwich, burger, etc. I'd drink it again no problem, especially with something to munch. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 00:40:41 | More by BuckSpin
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2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle with a pretty pronounced slightly rocky head, which hung on for a bit and retreated to some sheet lacing. This is a darkish ruby bock. No real pronounced smell. The taste on this one really disappointed. Way to hoppy for a bock. The mouthfeel was also VERY thin for a bock, another letdown. The ABV makes this one somewhat sessionable. Given the rep of Stone Coast, this one is not up to speed. I won't be buying another 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 21:17:42 | More by sraimondi
Photo of dkoehler42

New York

1.27/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm sorry to report this, as a Sox/Wakefied fan, but this beer was awful. The color was okay, and it looked alright. But the problems started after I poured it. That first taste was enough to shock me and wonder if I had really tasted a beer, or something grotesque. Unfortunately it was the beer, and while I don't like bocks, I have seen better ones(Sam Adam's double bock). I suspect this one went bad and I will be writing to the company. If I get a chance to try a new batch, I'll let you know how it turns out.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 01:34:26 | More by dkoehler42
Photo of billybob


4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a medium to dark tea color with a large head that holds very well with some sticky lacing as well. aromas of citrus and pine with a hint of caramel. taste fruity, slightly sweet, bready, caramel, lemon, and again some tea flavor. mouthfeel medium and carbonation is good. good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 02:55:11 | More by billybob
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thin offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, malty scent that boasts of roasted, caramel, and bisquit malts. It's sweet with breadlike characteristics. The taste is decent. It has a dry and somewhat watery flavor that boasts primarily of crystal malts and lager yeast. It goes down easy and finishes with a slight bisquity flavor. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average beer, but nothing that great. The aroma is great, but the taste doesn't impress me. All in all, a fine session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 22:17:00 | More by WesWes
Photo of yourunclewalt

New York

2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear, golden blonde to red with light head that recedes quickly to lacing, small sedement.

S - Caramel / honey malt dominates with a slight citrusy (pineapples, as well) ester finish

M - Thin, carbonated finish - soda.

T - Very watery - overall a strong Apricot flavor; little hints of candy and honey malts to begin with a tangy hop end.

D - I reviewed this a bit warm, to be fair - seems like it makes for a good after-grilling beer - not sure the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 00:09:15 | More by yourunclewalt
Photo of Brad007


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-brown color with ample carbonation. Taste is rich and chewy with a lot of the malt profile showing through. Gets a little thin towards the back of the throat but that's no big deal. Some hints of caramel in the flavor. Overall, an interesting take on a bock.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 18:10:55 | More by Brad007
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3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark carmel bock with tight lacing and a nice white head. The bock smells of malts with some underlying sweetness. Malt comes through in the taste of this beer as well, with some sweetness in the finish. It is a clean and refreshing taste. Mouthfeel was standard for this style, balanced and not to thin. This is a very nice easy drinking beer that I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2007 13:34:20 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of northernbrews


3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle part of a six pack I got in a Beer of the Month Club from my Fiance.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange with very little head in my snifter. This doesn't look too exciting.

Aroma: There is slight fruity malts and very mild hops. There is a little roastyness that comes through as it warms.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Slightly sweet and roasty malts with mild hops.

Mouthfeel: This is quite thin. Much thinner than most other Bock's I have had. Nothing too exciting about this.

Drinkability: This goes down smooth, likely due to the lack of flavors. Since there isn't too much flavor or much else going on, I couldn't drink too many of these.

Overall: I'm sure if you like Bock's, you will find this one to be descent. Since I'm not a huge bock fan, this doesn't do much for me. I'm glad I tried it, but it's unlikely I would pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 01:33:19 | More by northernbrews
Photo of cbl2

New York

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

3/13/2007 $1.25 12 oz. 5.00% No best by date.


Pours a hazy orange tea color with a thin film of off-white head on top.


Mild clean malt notes highlighted by a bit of toasty grain.


Offputting acidicness throws this one out of whack. Odd, almost tea-like flavor dominates throughout this almost undrinkable concoction.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 21:49:04 | More by cbl2
Photo of alexskovan

New York

3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy light copper with a persistent off-white head. Looks much like a pale ale. Smell is caramel and ice-tea. Taste is very tea-like, and less assertive than I expected, with a bitterness that tails off slowly in the mouth. A mild, easygoing brew, unusual and well-named: it does throw you an unexpected curve.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 20:50:18 | More by alexskovan
Photo of Billolick

New York

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer without any freshness indication (might have been a good idea here, read on..) Pours cloudy dark peach amber. Typical off white head. The problems with this brew started with the nose, there was very little, except a bit of sourness and funk, not a good sign. I picked up some malt here, but the over powering taste sensation here was sourness, I think this one has gone bad. So here is the reason I reviewed this one...watch out for old/dusty bottles of this stuff, there are bottles out there that have gone over the edge...I'll look out for this one in the future and give it another a chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 14:40:41 | More by Billolick
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4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Coast's Knuckleball Bock Beer pours a slightly hazy, deep-amber/copper body with glowing golden and orange highlights beneath a thick head of creamy, off-white foam that settles but holds well. In fact, the head retention is quite good, and it leaves walls of spotty and streaky lace about the glass.

The nose is mainly malty with a lightly sweet and mildly toasted side; but if you look it's actually more intricate than that with some notes of honey; crusty, almost-singed bread; and subtle leafy and tobacco-ish hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a moderately crisp, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it smooth across the palate.

The same toasty-sweet maltiness found in the nose returns in the flavor. It's doughy, bready, toasty and slightly honey-accented. Herbal, gently spicy, and mildly grassy hop flavors accentuate it, and help to dry it in the lingering, firmly bitter finish.

Well-rounded and enjoyable, this is a well-brewed lager that has more than enough character and flavor to keep you interested, but not so much alcohol that it'll knock you on your ass. Well worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 20:09:18 | More by NeroFiddled
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Knuckleball Bock from Stone Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.