Yankee Jim Ice Bock
Big Hole Brewing Company

Yankee Jim Ice BockYankee Jim Ice Bock
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American Malt Liquor
Ranked #50
Ranked #47,709
2.28 | pDev: 26.32%
Big Hole Brewing Company
Montana, United States
Yankee Jim Ice BockYankee Jim Ice Bock
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Photo of Kremlock
1.36/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

A: Colour is a pale straw. Poured a head that was about 1 inch then fell to a thin film. Very clear.

S: Alcohol present. Adjunct aromas present. No hop aroma.

T: Sweet adjunct flavours (almost like watered down cheap bourbon. Slight alcohol flavour but nothing harsh. Hints of pear present.

M: Slick on the tongue, med-low body, carbonation is too high.

O: This is way off style. There are no malt flavours present, carbonation is too high, adjunct flavours are present, the sweetness is not from the malt.

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Photo of spinrsx
2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

473ml Can - from the LCBO

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 1 or 2 minutes.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts, alcohol, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with grains and corn. There is also a bit of a apple juice sweetness and some harsh alcohol flavour. It ends with a corn/grainy alcoholic flavour that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Overall – What was I thinking when I picked this one up.. this is barely drinkable. I'll never buy it again.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.66/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tallboy can from the LCBO; served ice cold and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a vaguely cloudy golden-blonde colour, generating a little less than a finger of frothy white head that is in a hurry to disappear. Some scant lacing on the sides and a soapy film on the surface are its only remnants. The ice-cold temperature mutes the aroma of this stuff, but I have a feeling it's for the best, because the faint notes I am picking up are not all that appealing. Corn syrup is unfortunately rather prominent, with that tart apple juice feel I usually find in these cheap high abv lagers.

Pretty bland taste with maybe a few redeeming qualities. Lots of corn adjunct, honey syrupy sweetness with some underlying grainy malts and apple skin. Slightly dry finish is a saving grace for what would otherwise just be an insipidly sweet brew. Pretty thin-bodied and watery, but it leaves a bit of slickness behind on the palate. The alcohol is fairly well-hidden when served cold, IMO, with only some faint warmth toward the end of the sip.

This is not really enjoyable, but it's at least tolerable and not a complete chore to drink. Calling this a maibock or any other sort of bock is a serious stretch; it is just a strong lager, and an unremarkable one at that.

Final Grade: 2.66, about a C-.This is serviceable and far from the worst offering in its category, but in general I'd have to say the Europeans do this high abv lager thing better - I'd easily take a Warka Strong or Okocim Mocne over this. Finishing this glass will not be a problem, but I'd be surprised if I ever have another.

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Photo of biboergosum
1.89/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml can, looking like something out of Mountain Crest, in both presentation and confusion about origin of American production for a product sold in Canada...

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow colour, with three fingers of thick soapy white head, which leaves sparse, but consistent paramecia lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of sweet adjunct malt, melting plastic, laboratory alcohol, and a vague skankiness. The taste (after suppressing my involuntary initial gag reflex) is sweet, sweet glutenous malt, some actually unobtrusive warming alcohol, and an industrial chemical nature, which, while not overpowering, is just enough to maintain a constant level of annoyance. The carbonation is fairly mild, the body medium weight - by dint of its cloying nature, its 'smoothness' derived from the same. It finishes sweet and somewhat boozy, the cheap ice-beer character flooding my senses like a poor Brisbane suburbanite.

While not stricken with a skunky hop profile, this is still a run of the mill, low-rent ice beer, a style already carrying an inborn burden. Just because my need to convulse abated over the course of consuming the can, doesn't mean this is any good, nor should anyone else come sniffing for quality.

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Photo of OldGrowler
1.4/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer came up far easier than it went down. I took 3 swigs of the bitter chemical liquid, but couldn't swallow more than 2 without retching, which doesn't exactly give one enough for a proper review. Reminiscent of a FAXE variation I tried years ago with similar outcome. Should not even be in the category of rateable beers.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.11/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

473ml bottle poured into pint glass nov8 2010

A clear golden liquid with loads of bubbles that only produce a thin film that's gone pretty quick

S not much but what I do get is some candied corn and a chemical smell that hurts its cause

T some booze and sweet malts with that same chemical aspect that I can't quite place but perhaps that's a good thing

M much less carbonation then I could see in the glass and it has a little burn as it goes down

D not so much, I finished it but that's it

avoid this one if possible unless you just want to get smashed without spending much

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Photo of DogFood11
2.61/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Of all the places to find this beer its sitting in a cooler at a New Brunswick, Canada liquor store. The can caught my eye not only because of the unique name but also the catchy design of the can. Silver pin stripes run vertically on a black background. Shiney silver sharpie signature of Yankee Jim at the bottom.

Anyway on to the beer. It most definitely has a bock flavor as the can states. It definitely has the typical hotness from a Euro Strong Lager. Like a malt liquor brew with softer malts and a tad lighter on the bull ice aftertaste. Its a good novelty type brew for yankee fans. Decent enough not to insult your swilling friends.

Notes: Its not a beer judge type.

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Photo of mrmanning
2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

LCBO tasting- 473 ml can- A golden body is released from the can, and pours a thick billowing white foam, that cowers back to just a thin dusting. The aroma starts off with a touch of fusels, some grain, a dash of malt, and a load of corn. The flavour profile is grainy sweet at first and has some ok hops bitterness in the finish. There's corn here as well and a touch of sweet malt. MAinly this is a strong lager with non descript aromas, and a very bitter finish, but with little in the way of actual flavour. I enjoy the tongue tingle here, the bitterness is well placed and embraced.There's a touch of tin amongst all this too. The alcohol is not noticable at all, making it far more drinkable than I expected. A standard strong lager with few good qualities, but drinkable in the end.

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Photo of sammytag
3.2/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a - the yellow colour on this one isn't nice and the head faded so fast that I couldn't even appraise it, but, for me, this makes absolutely no difference. I've tasted great beer that wasn't visually appealing, and I've had appalling beer that looked gorgeous. looks can be deceiving. For the style though, this beer is way light.

s - nice, citrusy hops, warm alcoholic scent, and a little roasted malt playing in the background. I like. not too complex, but, not bad at all. a touch of raw honey and grist.

t - resilient hops. apparently bocks are supposed to be malty, and this one definitely doesn't favour the malts. Medium big malt in the back with the citrusy bitter hops playing up front. I am really enjoying the hop influence here. It's not cuisine, but it's damn good fried chicken. Well balanced on the attack, but very bizarre on the after-aftertaste. Not intriguing bizarre, but "wtf is going on" bizarre.

m - the catch: as soon as the carbonation dies on this puppy, it falls over like a house of cards. not sure why. Otherwise, satisfying, medium body.

d - this brew starts off pretty well, but fails near the end. Still, not bad. The biggest body I've tasted on a beer this light in colour. Whatever that means. Don't expect anything overly complex, but as far as euro strong ales in the ~500ml can go, this one is worth a taste.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

wtf? The can said Ice Bock. So how come it pours the color of a urine sample. I hope that's not a sign of things to come.

Smells like a cheap macro lager mixed with floor cleaner.

Tastes thin and metallic and a sort of florally soapy. Sour, almost like there's a shot of apple cider vinegar in it. Kind of reminds me of Tiger or some other mediocre Asian lager that I could probably enjoy ice-cold in a frosted mug but at the temperature I'm drinking it at it's kind of just mildly gross.

Mouthfeel? It's possible.

Drinkability? It's just kind of meh.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.33/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ehhhh....copper-gold coulr with a fairly flaccid, thin white head. Stringent, bitter smell of malt and over done hopes. It almost stings my nose.

Harsh, metallic taste. Hops are too much and the malts seem off and relegated to the background.

Rough mouthfeel, and there is a slight hint of alcohol which I would not expect with only 6.5% ABV.

Not worth repeating at all.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.81/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with strong lines of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of white head dissipate to a thin haze quickly. No lacing on the glass.
Strong smell of corn and malt with hints of pine and an alcohol finish.
Taste is a light mineral taste, followed by light honey sweetness. Bitter finish. None of these flavours really jump out at me.
Mouthfeel is a slightly creamy, medium-light body with sharp carbonation. Fairly good balance here.

This brew is inoffensive, but not much else. It was refreshing on a hot, sunny day.

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Photo of Proteus93
2.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale straw / blonde... seems very light for an eisbock style. Head is fizzy and very short lived, leaving very little behind.

S: Malts, a slightly herbal hoppiness, solvent and alcohol.

T: Not very good. Trying to go for the eisbock flavour, but it's falling short and seems very watery. It's slightly malty with an unusual solvent flavour.

M + D: Thin, a little sharp on the carbonation... this is closer to being a malt liquor than an eisbock. Not the most drinkable thing. Flavour is unpleasant, not much going on for aroma, thin, and watery. Not recommended.

As I get my notes, I see that this is listedr here as a European Light Lager, which seems odd, too. Either way, not an "ice bock" in the sense that I have ever known one, and not very good.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml can
6.5% ABV

I tried this beer on December 23, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent gold colour with a generous white fluffy head which quickly disippated after pouring was complete. The aroma was vomit, pure unadulterated vomit. Had I not poured this myself, I don;t think I would have drank it. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, mild carbonation. The taste was better than the aroma. There was a definite hoppy taste. It was a very easy drinking beer, went down well.

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Photo of jaz58
2.88/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very different "bock". Normally a bock beer comes out as being very dark similar to a stout yet this one os far from that. Deep yellow gold colour. Effevescent, thin white head which disappear quickly. Mineral nose. balanced mouthfeel. The taste begins with a subtle mineral and then there is a sweet honey aftertaste which lingers. Subtle bitters towards the end.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light amber in appearance, light fluffy white head on pour that quickly recedes.

Aroma of sweet carmelized malt, along with crisp fruit like apple and pear.

Truly not quite sure what is trying to be accomplished in the flavour department. Starts off tart, like an apple tartness, with a faint sweet toffee malt that continues to sit in the background until the finish, where it rises and is joined by floral, leafy hops that become more herbal further into the aftertaste. Carmelized notes linger on in the aftertaste as well. Huh...

Mouthfeel is watery for the most part, but with a little bit of lift.

An interesting science experiment, but I'm not quite sure how to peg it either way. Even now my mouth still lingers with carmelized malt and leafy hops, along with apple peels, yet none of them getting along with the other in any sort of harmony. It wasn't that bad, but still very confusing. Lack of balance and harmony is what I'm getting at I suppose.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really don't know what to make of this. It's definitely not an "Ice Bock" and certainly is a lager. A lager with some interesting characteristics. This poured a standard lager yellow with some head that subsided to.. well, not much. Smell is sweet, VERY sweet. There's a smell there that sort of reminds me of grapes. That is evident in the flavor as well, basic macro lager flavor with a hint of grapes in the finish, must be the sweetness fooling me. Mouthfeel was a bit thick and syrupy making this brew drinkable but hard to stomach in large quantities.

Firstly I would say it's classified correctly, imagine Crest without the headache and the nasty alcoholic twang. While it's not a great beer, it's not a terrible beer either. It's a beer that is acceptable for being exactly what it is, a reasonably drinkable beer for a reasonably inexpensive price.

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Photo of Sammy
2.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Almost cheese aroma, saved by alcoholic kick, accompanying light yellow white watery with a bit of cheesy head. Thin mouthfeel of metallic macro. What they had to do to get the LCBO to carry this I cannot imagine. Below average for this or any style.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extra yellow and extra loose, non-sticky head. Nose is sweet, floral, somewhat metallic and maybe a touch of citrus. Flavor is extra macro bland mild bitterness and sweet, grainy body. Maybe a touch of apple in there. Body is admittedly a bit heavier than your average macro, and fizziness is about on par. Touch boozy as well. Anyway, it is what it is I suppose, and at least I wasn't actually expecting something like say... a bock or something.

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Photo of Viggo
3.47/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 473 ml can.

Pours a clear urine amber/yellow, medium white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin layer, then is gone altogether, no lacing. Smell is sweet, honey and corn syrup, alcohol, citrus,, some floral, smells slightly bockish. Taste is similar, very sweet and corny, alcohol, caramel, wheat/bread, slightly dry in the finish, bit of spicy bread and decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. For a macro bock its really not too bad, certainly easy to drink, and although the alcohol is apparent its not over the top.

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Photo of pootz
2.58/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

473 ml can

Not an eisbock you would expect...I suppose they are pretending this is what a hellesbock would look like as a eisbock...except we know a commercial North American Ice beer process was used..odd to say the least.

Pours a clear gold with a fair 2 finger sticky cap fair retention laces well .enough.

Not much for the nose here: light hints of malt some apple and a lot od dextrin sweetness.

Flavour is primarily a sweet dextrin taste with hints of graininess and a light rush of hop at the finish just before it gets flooded out with a acidic dextrin "bite".
Inoffensive, no off tastes, more sweet than malty, hide alcohol well but stale tasting and unremarkable.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Considering that the number of american microbreweries sold in the LCBO can be counted on one hand, its pretty lame that this brewery, and their 'Yankee Jim' line, are one of them. I assume its a micro, it definitely isnt a national.

This insipid creation is neither a bock or an eisbock, its just a strong, bland lager.

It pours a pale gold color, a shade darker than typical Canadian macro lagers. The head is shortlived and leaves a decent webwork of lace behind. It smells like corn and light, bready malt. The taste is pretty watery and afflicted with DMS. Some cidery notes are also there in the shuffle. Hops are simplistic and lacking in aroma, probably cluster or something cheap. The mouthfeel is thin and intermittently carbonated. The finish is too alcoholic for 6.5% and un-noteworthy.

This is a very ho hum lager a couple pegs above undrinkable. Not worth trying in my opinion.

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