Maple Bock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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Reviews by xmorgan:
5/5 rDev +34%
Had on tap at Señor Wong in St Paul
Appearance dark and a little reddish (poor lighting) with a dirty white head and great lacing
Smell: malty with no sweetness in the nose
Taste: Malty and a slight maple comes through
Overall not to sweat with balance malty and Maple tones
03-23-2013 03:22:10 | More by xmorgan
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
Web description promises that "hints of chocolate and caramel malts and a touch of maple syrup fill your nose. Maple Bock enters your mouth dense, and full. With the nice taste of a solid bock, maple syrup flavor doesn't overpower the rest of the beer." Try as I might, I couldn't find maple in either the nose or the flavor. It pours with a very nice, dark color and firm head. It is a chocolatey, dense beer that comes off more like a stout than a bock. A good to very good beer, but not a great one.
The web site lists it at 6.8% abv, by the way.
Comes in a 16 oz bottle.
04-29-2012 05:58:53 | More by mrquartetman
4.03/5 rDev +8%
A thick dark brown in color, this beer shows deep red highlights. It develops a sexy rocky, thick light brown crown of head just over two fingers tall. It shows good retention, fading to thick foam only after a good amount of time sitting, and leaves thick lacing in webs.
It's almost standard bock here but for a strength both in ingredients and alcohol, seeming to straddle the line between bock and doppelbock but giving me no qualms about believing bock. The malts backbone is solid, laying down a good foundation to work with. Alcohol steers clear of being too fusel or ethanolic but adds warmth. There's just the slightest hint of coffee and a touch of something like vanilla in a very light sweetness. Maple adds some slight character to it, but for the most part is boiled out, I can assume. just a touch of smoke/roast character makes this on a well-rounded brew.
The body is strong without being too heavy for the style. It leans that way, but it stops just short. It's pretty smooth with a bit of creaminess in the texture after just a very slight crispness up in front.
04-27-2012 16:15:29 | More by Brenden
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a very dark crimson brown, that approximates black unless back lit. The dark tan suds never gain much size, but collect in pockets of large bubble around the sides of the glass and slide their way down.
Potent aromatics of dark chcolate, caramel fudge, prunes, Brandy, and coffee. Maple can possibly be teased out, but it's just as lighly a byproduct of some of the sweeter element that come through more strongly.
The nose promises something that will drink like booze-soaked chocolate cake batter, and that's not too far from what it delivers, though in a dialed down, more drinkable format, with a side of espresso. Toss in a hefty dollop of caramel, toasted nuts, prunes, and a dusting of dark chocolate.
It enters the mouth porty, dense, and full, then deflates as it travels towards the throat. Carbonation is stunted, then seems to die altogether. With a better feel representation, this could be a home run of a bock- it's a solid stand-up double as it- just don't come here expecting a bottle of maple syrup.
03-21-2011 05:35:07 | More by cokes
4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
16oz bottle, been holding this one a while
appearance: served in an imperial pint, dark muddy-amber body, thick creamy tan head with strong retention.
smell: dry chocolate, some nice dark fruits, earthy and rustic
taste: Really nice - creamy chocolate, raisin, maple provides really nice texture and depth, char and smoke, earthy malts. The complexity of this one is really nice - dark fruits gently soaked in booze, earthy and chocolatey
mouthfeel: full body, creamy and rich
01-08-2011 21:40:10 | More by dirtylou
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Pours dark caramel brown with ruby highlights. Agressive, creamy, off white head leaves ample lacing down the glass.
S - Burnt sugar, maple syrup, and toasted marshmallow aromas are strong from the start, giving way to more roasty scents at the end.
T - Nice and roasty, almost a cola flavor. maple syrup balances the subtle bitterness from the roast. Not too complex, very rounded. The alcohol sneaks in, but is well hidden.
M - Not too vigorous, not too creamy. The carbonation breaks up the flavors to keep any one from getting too intense.
O - Very nice beer. The maple can be hit and miss. I'd like more maple in a Maple Bock, but beggars can't be choosers.
03-10-2012 23:29:13 | More by RocPorterFanatic
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
500ml. A very dark pour, layer of cream head that retained a while.
Aroma, malty caramel, toffee. Maple I suppose.
Taste, Malty caramel again. Some burnt malt and fig. I don't get the overly harsh that others found. Tad of molasses, cocoa.
Light side of mid, maybe a little thin but not badly. Abv is a little high for a bock but only slightly warming.
I found this to be quite pleasant.
04-22-2012 02:27:31 | More by Bung
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Russet brown coloration, tan foam that lasts for awhile. Eventually the foam settles and dwindles down to a wispy skim.
Authentic 100% maple syrup aroma comes out as it warms, but is muted if served cold. Earthy sweetness like molasses and real maple syrup (obviously).
Robust flavor, bittersweet with some chocolate malt, woody toastiness, finishing dry with no residual sweetness at all. Similar to real maple, it's not a sweet taste or cloying either. Lingering traces of hearty malt flavors. Medium bodied, but easily drinkable. The dryness is a nice characteristic, more pleasant that ultra-sweet bocks.
06-14-2011 02:27:45 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
16 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with some reddish tints. There's also about a half inch light tan head that stays around for a while. There's also a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like maple, caramel, molasses and some sweet malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also a slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. This is the second Hinterland beer I've tried, and I've liked them both. I'll definitely try more of their other beers! $9.99 a 4-pack.
09-22-2012 23:34:14 | More by bluejacket74
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange. "Beer brewed with maple syrup" no date or additional info.
A - The moderate pour from the bottle like a tapped tree gave way to short-lived but beautiful cascading and a thick two-finger tan head. Moderate retention and thick lace coat the glass above the black beer. Holding it up to the light reveals the color to be a dark but clear bronzed mahogany.
S - Maple wood and smooth sweetness open up the aroma of Maple Bock nicely. Toasted but sweet Vienna and caramel malts hold the fort as a lingering smoke note wafts in from the open-flame boiling of the syrup. Light notes of earthy hops compliment the heavily malted aroma. No real maple syrup comes through, but wasn't meant to. It was added, mainly, for the fermentable sugars. It's fantastic for a traditional bock, which is what was aimed for.
T - The entry is smooth with a mellow malty and maple syrup sweetness that balances nicely but the malts come off much more roasted in the flavor. This imparts a rough dry cocoa-like flavor and texture to the finish. An earthy, dirty, rustic profile is added from the maple syrup and earthy hops. While there is sweetness present, the balance is definitely dry and earthy-heavy.
M - Smooth and supple starting out, this medium-full-bodied bock edges a little too far towards a harsh dry finish for both the style and for my taste. Moderate carbonation follow-through.
D - While I knew not to expect actual maple syrup in the aroma and flavor, I continued to desire it, but that didn't keep me from enjoying this new Hinterland brew. It never gets over-the-top or too unbalanced in any way but I'd be hard-pressed to jump right into a second pint of it without something lighter to swig.
01-11-2011 22:57:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
a: lager glass, the bock is a deep brown the color of burnt sugar, topped with a healthy ocher head
s: heavily caramelized malts, dark sugars and a sweet maple syrup aroma, rum raisin, bittersweet chocolate, smoky roast, layers of complexity
m: carbonation low, medium-full body, smooth and creamy
t: fantastic flavoring - lots of dark sugars and a rich maple flavor, nuances of dark chocolate with a bitter roast coming out in the finish, date and raisin, heavy caramel, toasted grain, earthy hops with a mild bitterness, delicious
d: this one came out of nowhere, a richly flavored bock that's a pleasure to drink
500 ml bottle from dirtylou, paired with a "kitchen sink"
12-12-2010 04:34:09 | More by blackie
3.4/5 rDev -8.8%
poured from 16 oz bottle into imperial pint glass
A-dark ruby with about 2 finger head that faded to a small cap
S-not much in the way of a maple smell but some roasted malt and a little dark fruit
T-again not the maple taste I was hoping for but definitely drinkable
M-nice medium bodied for a little creminess
O-probably not something I would ever turn down if offered but just not enough maple flavor for me to warrant buying again
03-05-2012 16:31:44 | More by tvv375ia
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
16oz bottle shared with my mom.
Appearance: beautiful deep amber, robust head up front slowly dissipates, fine lacing.
Smell: big medium-weight maltiness, molasses, no notable hop characteristic. No maple that I can detect.
Taste: more of the maltiness, hint of sweetness.
Mouthfeel: outrageously smooth, creamy carbonation. Like a silk pillow for my tongue.
Overall: nice, drinkable beer. Jeez, I just now looked at the ABV. This could be a troublesome beer.
01-14-2012 00:55:01 | More by myspoonistoobig
Maple Bock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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