Dominion Big Thaw Bock - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
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!
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2011 20:13:34 | More by NeroFiddled
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2011 18:15:43 | More by CuriousMonk
Dominion Big Thaw Bock from Old Dominion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.