Mad Scientists Series #2: Berserker Bock | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brentk56 on 02-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

was able to score a growler of this stuff while passing through brooklyn back in april reviewed from notes

ok i had the mad scientists #2 but thats what i assumed this was i watched the video too on the making of this beer very interesting and really awesome process

beer poured out into my pint glass deep deep red color almost brown and some haze to it for sure, small creamy head on it crazy the same color as the head on a cup of cappucino

really just awesome aroma my favorite thing about this beer you really could get that rich aroma smell in there its just simply awesome coffee and roasted caramel malts and meaty as well

taste was delicious heavy on the caramel malts and some coffee bitterness in there as too but lighter in the coffee flavor more in the aroma overall very drinkable

the mouthfeel was pretty unobstrusive really delicate for a rich and interesting beer i am hoping this beer comes around again i would definitely try it a second time

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Photo of david18
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All the other Beer Advocate reviewers who have brewed this beer have mentioned the presence of coffee but none seem to point out how unique that is for the style. When I first had my twelve ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side, I was blown away by the coffee flavor and aroma and wondered whether this was appropriate for the style. I'm not saying I didn't love it. I'm merely confused as to how a beer with this strong a coffee presence couldn't draw more attention to that fact.

Appearance was very dark. I had this beer once, looked it up on BA thinking the tap had to be wrong, but then saw everyone make coffee comments and realized it was the right beer. However, another bartender subsequently asked me if it looked right for a bock. Head was very light compared to the dark, opaque color.

The aroma had a lot over everything but completely under the aroma of coffee, which was intense and delicious.

Flavor, again, is completely augmented (perhaps dominated) by the coffee, which mellows all the other qualities that, for me, make many bocks a little too intense for me.

I love this beer and find it to be very drinkable. Easy to drink slow because the intense flavors make you want to sip and the low-ish abv means you won't get drunk too fast.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

I'll start out by saying that it's interesting that no one else mentioned coffee in their review of this here. That's pretty much what everyone at the tasting I attended was focused on, and it doesn't appear that there is any issue with the name of the beer, as we definitely had the spelt wine. Brew itself was light brown. The nose carried loads of coffee along with a bit of roast and caramel. Aside from that, there were some hops and a bit of toffee. Really soft and clean. Interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big creamy head fades slowly with sticky lacing over murky reddish dark mahogany brown color

Nose had plenty of roasted coffee beans, tons of coffee beans and espresso but no real coffee itself, light sweet toasty malts, lighter dark wheats, brown sugar, toasty, light earthy hops.

Taste again loaded with fresh roasted coffee brand and espresso, an interesting fruit quality, earthy and floral hops add another light fruit base, sweet toasty malts, brown sugar, caramel, darker wheats and light herbal quality, earthy malts. Finishes earthy and little bitter, drier, lingering darker what's and toasty malts.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, decent carb.

Drink is good, smooth, sessionable, drier finish, bit of bitterness but balanced well, light sweetness.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy, tea brown color with a head that leaves splotchy lace behind

Smell: Brown bread, coffee and earthy, nut tones

Taste: After a brown bread opening, the earthy/roasty coffee takes over, with nuts and a hint of chocolate making an appearance by mid-palate; the finish is filled with the earthy/roasty flavors and is rather dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A coffee bock? Now that is unusally creative - the coffee is held in check and adds character rather than dominance and the beer is much dryer than is typical for the style

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Photo of mdfb79
2.94/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 03/27/11 notes. Shared by nimbleprop at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky mahogany color with less than an inch of head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, coffee, roasted malts. Something weird to the smell too that I can't quite place, like off citrus/lemon/herbal notes.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, yeast, lemon, citrus.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall an interesting wheatwine, but not one of my favorites. Thought the different aspects of smell and taste were a little weird and didn't really work well together. Wouldn't seek it out again..

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Photo of Messiinnnaaaa
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent coffee bock. When I first heard of it I wasn;t sure it was going to work but everyone swore that it had a serious kick. This is a great beer to drink while putting in some serious time out on the town as apparently 1 pint has the equivalent of 2 shots of espresso in caffein....

A - this was truly a dark bock. It had almost no light pass through it and had a heavy motor oil look. I thought this was an excellent color for something that was supposed to be a beer equivalent to a black coffee.

S - right away the smell of coffee hits you. It also had a slightly toasted caramel scent that was more subtle and mostly masked by the overpowering smell of coffee. Don't get me wrong when I say overpowering though because it smelled terrific and made my mouth water

T - Wow. This was truly a sweet and delicious offering from the folks at Six Point. This rich coffee flavor really highlighted the creamy chocolate flavor of this bock. It was like drinking a Cafe Mocha or something similar. Again that subtle roasted caramel was there but it was really very subtle. Very rich. Very sweet. Totally delicious.

M - this was exactly what I would expect from a bock. Because of the richness, I can't say I would be able to drink a lot fo these and the mouthfeel just adds to that. It is a robust creamy beer with a hit of coffee immediately and a soft creamy mellow finish.

Overall this was a fantastic rendition of a bock. Kudos to Six Point for really finding a perfect mixture of ingredients and coffee to really make this one of my favorite beers of the night.

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Photo of JRed
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with off white head that disappears. Aroma of slight light coffee, toasted pita bread. Tastes of coffee but not burnt, toasted bread, cinnamon, and strange but a pleasant touch of crackers and cheese aftertaste. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Beautiful drink that's tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 2/27/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a reddish copper color. It has a small 1-finger off-white head. The head leaves some specs of lacing on the glass.

S - The smell has a lot of very earthy coffee ground scents too it. There are also some notes of light malts, fruit, and it also has a nuttiness to it.

T - The taste is mostly light malts and a big earthy coffee ground taste. There are some light fruit notes and some nuttiness as well. The coffee taste is a little strong for me. Its more of an earthy musty coffee taste, that is different than the normal coffee flavors i see in other beers.

M - It has a medium body and average carbonation. It goes down quite smoothly.

D - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and has a very interesting flavor. I think that this is a very interesting beer, and I am glad I got the chance to try it. I would try this again, and I recommend giving it a shot if you come across it.

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Mad Scientists Series #2: Berserker Bock from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 9 ratings