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Big Billy's Bock | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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Brewed by:
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by taez555 on 09-04-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

from "notes"

Dark crimson. Sinking, very dense tan foam. Straggling flares of large bubbled carbonation. Plum and blackberry preserve aroma smothered with toffee, spicy nutshells and faint floral hop flowers. Initially softly crisp, supple with dark fruit dipped toffee and nutty dry leaving a stamping of baked and caramelized fruits. Brawny full texture but notable clean and barely sweet for all of its fullness. A delicate floral hop note rides a tingly warmth of alcohol spiciness mainly which adds to the brooding malt charm beneath. Finishes smooth and mellow with a deep blend of toffee, nutshells, black plums and overripe berries closing with the slightest hintings of cocoa powder. Such a delicious Bockbier.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark, very dark, red up to the light, thin almost invisible chocolate milk colored head, too dark to notice the carbonation

S - ahh, its been too long since i have had a bock, raisiny-licorice-y, nice dark fruity aroma, quite inviting

T - smooth and dark, big licorice up front, even the girlfriend could discern that, dark fruits like raisins or dates come to mind, with a hop kick in the background, the aftertaste is of alcohol, very nice

M&D - nice and velvety smooth mouthfeel, a little to much alcohol taste to be highly drinkable but otherwise very good

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Photo of counselor
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark reddish with a moderate creamy head. Sweet malty aroma of caramel and molasses. smooth mouthfeel, full bodied, bordering on creamy. complex malt flavors, part sweet up front, part crisp in the finish with a faint hop taste. Overall a nice beer and an easy drinking bock

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Photo of Matthew
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of bocks and dopplebocks and I was suprised at how much I liked this beer.
Pours a deep red/ruby color with a medium sized tannish head that sticks around for the whole ride. Great head retention.
The smell is of sweet maltiness, almost creamy, with some estery notes mixed with that big malt character.
This is a pretty smooth tasting bock. The flavors really blend together quite well. The maltiness is the first thing I noticed but there was certainly some estery banana notes (which is unusual for a lager)with a slight hop background to balance it all out.
Considering this beer pushes the limit of the bock style and almost spills over into the dopplebock style this beer is not as heavy in the mouthfeel as I would have guessed.
The drinkability of this beer is almost too easy...A 22 oz went down quickly.
Nice example of the bock style...I plan on stopping back for another before its gone.

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Photo of MarineHokie
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red, red, reddish copper topped by a thin reddish khaki head. Good retention not much lacing.

S - Faint banana esters compete with hop aroma.

T - Big, smooth malt sweetness with banana notes softens to a rich toast, finishes with light hop bitterness and a touch of raisin. finish lingers just a little, then leaves no distinguishable aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, with smooth slightly oily mouthfeel.

D - Dangerously drinkable, pushes the style envelope a little. A 22oz all at once is probably too much, but 2x10oz with something in between is nice ;-`)

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Photo of taez555
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at JH in Framingham, MA 9/3/03

Not sure if this is the same beer, it was simply labeled Bock with the ABV @ 6.1%.

It poured a dark but rather clear red amber body with a small but very creamy white head.

The nose was surprisingly fruity. Malty and woody but with this beautiful soft touch of fresh pears. Very inviting.

The taste was medium bodied. Very light carbonation. A slight woody smokeyness on top of a mellow roasted barely malt flavor. A slight sour bitter bock bitterness. A touch of fruit, pear yet again. A nice german earthy hop flavor sat well against the malt.

It ended with a very soft roasted barley bitterness.

Overall it was just a really good, very fresh, classic german bock beer. well done to the style.

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Big Billy's Bock from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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