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Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
My interpretation of an Irish stout, with an extra portion of choice barley, special and aromatic malts to give the beer its distinctive full-bodied flavor.

A robust beer of deep, dark color with an aroma of roasted malt combined with the taste of sweet caramel, delicious dark chocolate notes and a hint of wild berries.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-08-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 25
Reviews by Bierman9:
Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw a bottle of this (and the other Maisel & Friends offerings) in a small shop in Rothenburg on 30SEP13. I snapped it up, the 0.75l bottle costing me €4.95, and quaffed it that same eve at my Gasthaus. Though called a Bock, the brewer notes that this is his interpretation of an Irish stout.

It poured a deep, clear chestnut hue, with a little ruby at the edges. Head was mocha, fine and creamy, with good stick. Aroma was of roasted malts and choco - mmmm! It was smooth going down, and medium in body, though I thought it could be thicker.

Had some mild caramel, but lots of roasty notes. Also present was a bit of choco and some powdery, cocoa-like flavors. Subtle hints of dark fruit lurked in the background also. A tad bitter, I could have used a smidge more sweetness. Not bad, all in all, though. Zum Wohl!!

4.01/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz glass at Beer Revolution in downtown Edmonton - nice to see a German brewer branching out like this.

This beer appears a very dark, black-adjacent brownish colour, with one chubby-ass finger of puffy, finely foamy, and moderately creamy ecru head, which leaves some barren deciduous tree lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of thin cocoa powder, semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, creamy coffee, a subtle black orchard fruitiness, suggestions of a licorice root thing that once was, and a wee boozy astringency. The taste is grainy, doughy pale and caramel malt, a bit of that weird European treacle character, a mix of red and black licorice strands, some subdued chocolate wafer confectionery, fading dark fruity notes, coffee that has seen better days, and a sidling hint of alcohol intrusion.

The carbonation is pretty gone and away by the time I got to it, with a barely perceptible frothiness presiding, the body an adequate middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a nicely wavering creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the purported cocoa still hard to really pin down, but the boozy caramel lager surely is not.

Overall, not the best chocolate flavoured or bock based brew that I've come across of late - though nothing actually seems off, everything consequently appears wan and stilted at the same rate. Nice to try, but I feel a bit pit out by my effort to seek this one out.

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Photo of NierBier
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Brown to ruby brown color with thick tan/beige color head. Aroma has roasted malt, coffee and sweetness- smells great. Taste is full of roasted malts and a dry bitterness. Feel of it is hard to describe, there is a fullness and the carbonation hits the right point as the beer warmed from what I thought was a correct temperature for a bock. I would call it roasted bitter.

Overall - this is more of a stout than a bock, but with the dryness and bitterness that I enjoy.

Excellent beer to enjoy with a meal as it tastes better as it warms up a bit.

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

Dark brown color with milk coffee head. Aroma has milk chocolate and some roasted malts. Taste starts with some slightly sweet milk chocolate and gets roasty and bitter in the finish. Body is medium and has a good amount of carbonation. Quite enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of drmeto
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-Milk chocolate,dark berries,caramel,licorish,slight coffee
-chocolate-y finish
Beer does a great job combining the roasty flavors of an Irish Dry Stout and the fruity flavors of a Doppelbock

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Photo of prinnysquad
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leitmotif
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of janubio
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brwon colour, with a two fingers off white head that leaves a good lace and ring. Aroma of chocoalte, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, spices, cinnamon, clove. Medium body, palate is a maybe thin, creamy. Taste of chocolate, spices, coffee, dark fruits, orange peel. Great.

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Photo of rredshift
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clarknova
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Thor76
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found it enjoyable and full of the rich malty goodness one would expect from a German intergpretation of an Irish dry Stout. One of the first German "Craft Biers".

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Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of josanguapo
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Hipercor, last units. After dinner, shared with Enrique. The chocolate is appreciable in the aroma, not much in the taste. Its bitterness is much nicer than in Guinness

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Photo of Epiktetos
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoPeL
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of dryndantheman
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Julikind
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Catalin90
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a small brownish head, rather sticky and creamy as it recedes.
Roasted malts on the nose, a bit of coffee, some dark chocolate, nut, a "lagery" zestiness, faint forest berries and dark grape.
Chocolatey, but kinda zesty, with some caramel and blueberry sweetness too. Rich dark bready malts, nice and roasted, with an earthy, nutty feel, too, but that crisp zestiness interfering still. Finishes with a bit of coffee and cocoa powder.
Aftertaste has dark bread crust, dark chocolate shavings, light caramel, faint hop. Medium body and carbonation, but there's this crispness that doesn't fit right.
Instead of being deep, dark and dry, it feels like someone dropped a bit of Beck's in an otherwise tasty doppelbock. So close!

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Photo of Kiro
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maisel & Friends Marc's Chocolate Bock from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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