Split Rock Bock - Lake Superior Brewing Company
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +12%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of light tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A bready and roasty malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate and caramel. Upfront toasted malts with bready hints of biscuit, toast, grains, chocolate, coffee, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Also some hints of smoked malt and brown sugar sweetness. Light earthy hop presence. A solid toasty aroma.
Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a bready and roasty malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, chocolate, and caramel. Toasted malts with upfront bready notes of biscuit, toasted bread, grains, chocolate, caramel, coffee, nuts, yeast, and some smoked malt. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Subtle background notes of earthy hops. A solid dark bock taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, smooth, and fairly drying on the finish.
Overall: A pretty solid take on a bock. Good dark toasty malt notes with a nice smooth dryness.
04-01-2014 06:38:47 | More by MattyG85
3.33/5 rDev -6.7%
A- Deep red-brown with a nice one finger cream head that lasts well.
S- The aroma is quite mild, too much so, with sweet caramel being about all I can pull out.
T- More flavor than the nose indicated. Caramel, with a bit of cocoa, and dark bread dough.
M- The body was disappointing. Light, almost foamy consistancy. Not in the the rich hearty bock tradition. Flavor, oddly enough, lingers in the mouth though.
O- An average bock. It has flavor, but it needs some more body to it for me to think of it as more than an average bock.
04-17-2012 02:17:28 | More by jsprain1
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
Nice beer from umustdrink in a trade thanks!
A very nice bock, I see from past reviews this beer can be iffy, but for me it was a winner!
Cola brown pour, clear, with a bubbly ivory head and condensed into a foamy mass of toppings.
Intrigued with the smoky hints in the aroma, firm malt backbone. And yep, the smokiness is there in the quaff, very nice along with a toasted malt kick, woody and resinous.
Smooth drinking and full bodied, I could go for a full sixer of these critters.
07-20-2007 12:42:32 | More by Vancer
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
12oz brown bottle
Split Rock Bock was a red-brown color with good clarity. It had a short beige head with decent retention and a little lacing. The aroma was sweet malt and fruity. The taste was about the same with a dry finish. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a pretty good bock.
07-19-2007 02:19:45 | More by afinepilsner
2.9/5 rDev -18.8%
A - Almost completely opaque, held to light it's a deep red. Head is an offwhite that fades to a film. Lacing
S - Light roast coffee, green grapes, odd sourness.
T - Watered down cold coffee, mild sweetness with a tinge of hops.
D - I bought a six pack of this beer when it first came out this year and it tasted almost nothing like what I have in front of me.
Negative points for inconsistency (common with Lake Superior Brewing Co)
02-12-2007 05:43:30 | More by umustdrink
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
Originally reviewed February 6, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Soy-like malty aroma. Deep chocolately amber color. Thin head, whitish. Light carbonation. Fresh tobacco tones. Very creamy, but lacks depth or stength. Finishes nutty and smooth. Smacks of avocado and mellow fruits.
07-22-2006 17:03:44 | More by CharlesDarwin
2.68/5 rDev -24.9%
Decided to re-review this, as a few posters noted sourness that I couldn't recall and my earlier review did not reflect.
Yep. It's there, and it is pretty obvious. Maybe I missed it the first time around, for some reason (what was I eating?) or maybe it's something that cropped up in a recent batch.
I still get some chocolate, some malt sweetness, maybe even smokiness, but definitely sourness.
I have to agree with an earlier poster -- the sour bite this brings to the beer is not consistent with the style of bock (in truth, even during my earlier review, the beer seems more porter-like than bock-like).
Furthermore, now that I am noticing this taste, I'm not sure I like it.
New scores in taste and drinkability reflect this new take on the beer. I'll wait several months before reviewing again.
05-08-2006 14:09:35 | More by pweis909
2.13/5 rDev -40.3%
Chestnut brown in color with a little white head on top...Nose is a bit different for a bock....yeasty and sourish at first....almost like raspberries..also some faint doughyness on the nose....along with a strong horse shit aroma....some might say cow shit but I'd lean toward horse shit...
.Mouthfeel leans thinish ...carbonation is about right...Overall I have had this beer for about three different years now and find it very average at best. The sourish flavor does nothing for me....niether does the horse shit aroma...not what I expect out of a bock...avoid
03-24-2006 15:18:13 | More by ZAP
2.83/5 rDev -20.7%
Deep bronzed brown. Slim sandy brown cap of slick bubbly unlasting foam. A thin and slightly bubbled collar stays present. Thinnly placed lacing in drippy globs of broken ringed sheets.
Aroma is a bit like sour dough bread mixed with a flat cola sweetness.
Flavor is quite plain and simple. A forever unbalanced tangy sourness pursues for far too long. A slimming, yet soured bread doughy sweetness with a cherry cola backing make up most of whats there with some notes of nuts and cocoa. Far to shallow and tanged in a creepy sourness thats like licking a fresh penny.
Feel is lighter/medium with a lot of sweetened tangy sourness taking alot of interest from anything else that may help bring balance. Smooth but overly soured on the lips and palate for any real enjoyment. This was disappointing to say the least.
03-15-2006 01:54:20 | More by tavernjef
3.35/5 rDev -6.2%
Pours a deep chestnut, reddish edges. Modest head with average lacing.
Smell is not strong (typical with LSBC) but what there is smells of malts, with coccoa and there's almost a burnt match smell too...
The taste is surprisingly of cola. I noticed hints of coccoa and maybe a roasty malt. Pleasant
Mouthfeel is a little thin, and it does give the feeling that you are drinking an RC or SuperChill cola... which is not pleasant. It's not bad in anyway... it's also just not that good either.
Very much in the vein of other LSBC beers, approachable, but clearly not best in class.
02-03-2006 22:36:15 | More by CultureJamMN
4/5 rDev +12%
Just picked up a 6'er off the rack of my favorite local beer store and couldn't wait long before popping on open.
I'd never been a huge fan in the past of Bocks but this is a great beer and could change how I view them. Poured a large head over a rich dark brown that dissipated after several minutes and left a little lacing as the glass emptied.
Has a pleasent, sweet smell that lets you know its still a bock.
Taste likewise is sweet and very smooth. It is a tad lighter in flavor compared to other bocks, but leaves only a faint and very pleasant after taste that you dont find in many beers.
Feels very nice rolling back over your tounge. A little crisp from carbonation, but fairly mellow overall.
If I didn't have to get up I early tomorrow, I might consider laying waste to the rest of the 6-pack. This is a great beer for anyone thats looking for a nice full beer and wants a new encounter with the bock-style.
Tastes great, goes over smooth.
08-16-2005 03:20:25 | More by tempest
4.58/5 rDev +28.3%
What a good value of a very solid representation of the style. Deep brown in color. Tan head. Smell is malty and full, brown sugar and roasted malt. Taste is relatively well hopped from what I have had from the single bock style. Very good flavor, roasted and somewhat sweet just like a well made bock should be. Good full mouthfeel, excellent drinkability, I drank a six pack of this stuff in a 4 hours span leaving me with a pleasant taste in my mouth. For $6.49 a 6er, you can't go wrong with Split Rock Bock (named after one of the most beautiful monuments in Minnesota).
04-23-2005 05:10:36 | More by TastyTaste
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
deep brown color, transparent round the edges, where it shines a bright crimson, a rocky cocoa / tan head nestled above, long-lasting and attractive.
Nutty nose, cola tones, chocolate, too, soft and lovely...nice.
Mmmm...tastes good, too. Smooth and creamy, warm mouthfeel, rich malt, very easy on the palate and riding off it, too. Bit of cherry in there, mixed with the other flavors, getting sweeter. A substantial bock, though, lightish in body. Faint finish, rounds off rather tidily.
Wasn't sure what to expect with this one, since I'd never seen it before, and heard that some batches had their problems, but this was a pleasant surprise. A drier kind of bock, not as thick with the malt, but satisfying in it's own way.
04-06-2005 01:39:22 | More by feloniousmonk
3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
This brew is almost completely black, some brown hues around the bottom. Fair tan head leaves some lacing behind. Light malt nose. The light sweet malts are followed by a sour fruit flavor. Hops are minimal. Medium bodied. This isnt my main style, but i agree with some of the other reviewers that this is a different take on the bock.
03-15-2005 17:29:35 | More by Tballz420
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours a dark amber with a small light tan head. Smells like soapy sweet gingerbread, with a light roasted edge and a shot of mid-priced Wisconsin-cabin VSOP brandy. Taste is rich, sweetish caramelly malt. Light bitterness comes in to balance and the finish is roasty with a touch of bitterness and sweetness. Chewy, med-bodied. Not a bad MN beer.
07-15-2004 02:36:36 | More by alexgash
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
This beer is deep brown in color with ruby-highlights. It forms a creamy tan head. The aroma is sour, malty, and a bit of chocolate is detected. The flavor is malty, some-what sour and milky, and a bit sweet. There is also a bit of roastiness and toastiness to it. It is medium-full in body. I am not too impressed with this one, it is a bit different.
06-29-2004 16:12:07 | More by BeerBuilder
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
I guess I like this more than most. I found my sample to be quite enjoyable.
Aroma presents with a creamy quality that has soft characteristics that is semi-sweet, somewhat yeasty with malt.
Dark brown-mahogany-red in light. One inch head that is firm. Good looking beer.
Medium dry malt taste start to finish. Fairly rich malt presence throughout. Some hop bitterness towards the finish. Balanced nicely. Pushes with some fruitiness.
Fairly heavy for Am. style bock. Thins towards the end of the drink. Smooth for lager.
This was better than I had anticipated. Good flavor changes as warms.
04-10-2004 16:33:03 | More by garymuchow
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
A decent bock beer, with a nice reddish brown hue and a light tan head..could use more for a bock. It has a sweet dark fruit aroma of prune,raisin, and maybe a touch of smoke. It has a quaffable medium to light body starting malty sweet with notes of chocolate and finishes lightly acidic with some roasted malt.
12-10-2003 20:19:27 | More by jeffboo
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
This bock has a clear, deep chestnut color. The head is a light tan hue, and starts out rich and creamy but then thins to a fine layer. Leaves a little lace, but not much. Nose is sweet and malty, with some whiffs of chocolate present as well. The body borders on medium, though I'd like to see it be fuller, for the style. Carbonation is minimal, allowing the bier easy passage over the tongue. The flavor begins with a light, sweet maltiness, yet the overwhelming taste here seems to be derived from a strong, fruity presence, almost sourish in nature, much akin to the fruitiness in Victory Moonglow. This bier finishes somewhat dry, with a slight lingering of the fruitiness. Split Rock is a slightly different twist to a typical bock. Thnx to ZAP for the sample! Prosit!!
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5
12-04-2003 16:55:45 | More by Bierman9
Split Rock Bock from Lake Superior Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.