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Dominion Big Thaw Bock - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
As the chill of winter melts away, a new, lush world is revealed. Brewed with 100% malted barley and authentic german noble hops our Maibock is a perfect companion for the season of Spring.

(Beer added by: CuriousMonk on 02-05-2011)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dominion's Big Thaw Bock pours a mostly clear deep-gold body beneath a short head of creamy antique-white foam. The head retention and lacing are average.

In the nose it displays a clean, straightforward maltiness and floral hops. It's bright and fresh and welcoming.

The flavor delivers more of what the aroma promised. It's golden pilsner malt is straight-forward and just a touch sweet, balanced by a solid bitterness, and threaded through with floral, spicy, and gently herbal hops. It's perfectly balanced, and finishes dry with a light bit of residual lingering malt and hop.

Helles bock can sometimes be overdone, either swaying too much towards the malt or too much towards the hops, but this one nails it; and on top of that the bitterness level is perfectly matched against the malt that's there. Very drinkable!

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the dulles taproom.

Appearance: pours a golden clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white head and good retention.

Smell: spiice and fruit, sweet malt and some banana.

Taste: spice and banana, quite sweet from the grain, sweet spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: the banana was nice, good and i would have it again.

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big golden amber brew with a nice foamy cap in the tall tulip. Nice nose of flowery hops and a hint of carnations.

Rather sweet as you'd expect. Sprightly carbonation but kind of a flat mouthfeel. On the heavier side, and seems stronger than the ABV. Rather sharp and a little woody. Malty and buttery as it warms up. Strong and sweet, but that's the style. Clean and well made.

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at the pretentious market by George Washington University.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a orange yellow color with a one inch head that falls to a spotty foam.

Smell: caramel sweetness and a bit of hop bitterness.

Taste: moderate malt base with caramel, light fruit sweetness, a bit of earthiness, and a mild hop presence.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nice bock beer that has enough malty goodness to keep it interesting. Worthy of a try.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a little red tint. A two finger head forms on top, made up of small bubbles. Decent retention, leaving behind ringlets of thin lacing.

S: Toasted grain and bready malt with a little bit of citrus mixed in. A little bit of grass and a floral component.

T: Some bready malt initially, a little bit of citrus follows - some lemon peel, grass, and floral hops. Some light fruit as well - banana.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Would not guess it was 7.5%.

O: Solid beer, not spectacular, but pretty good. Would drink again.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into HotD tulip.

A- Light, clear orange with a thick, large bubbled off-white head.

S- citrus and sweet fruit.

T- Sweet malts and wheat.

D- A touch sticky, but pretty smooth.

O- My first try with Dominion. Not bad, maibock isn't my favorite, this is a decent brew.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a tan color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste is a bit hoppy for the style, malts are there, well balanced, a touch of bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of xnicknj
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to brees6221

Pours a clear straw color with a faint orange hue on the edges. A thick, buoyant head retains well with some patchy, stringy lacing on the glass.

Toasted grain and lemongrass with some very faint floral hops. Some softer fruit tones as well, a bit sweet, although somewhat muted overall.

Some bitter floral hops with lemon peel and rind. Citrusy zest and some fruit sweetness. Notes of banana and clove. Toasted grain malts with some honey edges. Finishes with some hop bitterness and a bit of warmth.

Medium bodied, fairly strong carbonation, tingly with lingering dryness on the tongue. This drank alright but it's definitely not something I'd seek out.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First surprise is not many reviews as this ones been on the shelf since January. Second it's its a damn drinkable bock!

A - Looks like a bock it's a bit lighter amber color with a 1/4 inch of tan head.

S - Smells of citrus hops, mild malts mostly caramel and some roast.

T - Taste is just a slightly hoppier than your average day bock but it's damn good overall.

M - Puzzled how it's almost 8% when I figured it was 5 or even 6%. Little alcohol and a medium body.

Overall not something I would seek out again but not a bad crafted bock. Heck even 4 months lager delivering a good head!

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather average looking, golden in color, decent enough head. Decent aroma-bready and malty. Solid malt flavor. Very bready like and pleasant grain flavors. Has a distinct noble hop presence. Some malt sweetness, hop bite and a dry finish. Faint trace of some malt sweetness in the end but again somewhat dry to finish. Nice solid mouthfeel-not overly sticky or sweet feeling. A very nice, solid helles bock. I could see this for an evening.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off tap at the Washington Dulles airport (concourse A, for the curious) this beer was a clear, 24k gold with a little rising carbonation. The one finger of white head retained itself as a delicate but firm collar. The aroma was of caramel malt, boozy alcohol, dry grains and slightly floral hops. Upon tasted it I detected sweet malt, caramel malt, biscuits, some diacetyl, floral hops and a hint of both herbal and citrus hops. The hoppy finish at the end was stronger than I expected and it threw me off, almost as though it had been influenced by a West Coast IPA. The mouthfeel was good, the body was medium and the carbonation light.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light honey or deep golden straw is the color of this brew. It has a pretty decent size head that is fairly dense leaving a fair amount of lacing.
Carbonation is low.
Lightly aromatic with sweet malts and sutle hints of noble hops.
Taste is similar to aroma; a fairly robust malt backbone that has a lighter pils flavor balanced by a fairly aggressive hop profile.
Thin body with some grainess at the end with some alcohol worming itself in.
A good tasting beer but a bit light in flavor.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle (acquired on the day my local beer shop received them on 2/5/2011) into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber/golden hue along with a huge head that fizzles down to a half inch size, but continues leaving nice laces that linger throughout the entire drinking session. The nose picks up mild floral and citrusy aroma along with the authentic German Noble hops (somewhat bitter herbal), which show its true colors here. I am also picking up pine-y, green apples, sweet but toasty malts, and bitter hop activity in the taste. The Big Thaw is classified as a medium-bodied brew with a creamy mouthfeel and it hides the 7.5% abv pretty well making it a very interesting (and dangerously drinkable) Maibock beer for the Spring season.

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden transparent body with bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Thick off-white head.

S- Light malt aroma with some citrus/tropic fruit notes. Fresh grass/straw also in the nose.

T- Malt is in balance with the fruity taste, somewhat of an apricot flavor.

M- Smooth creamy body with good carbonation.

O- Very good representation of the style with a lot of springtime flavors.'

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Dominion Big Thaw Bock from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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