Ironshore Bock
Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd.

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Bock - Traditional
Ranked #152
Ranked #46,088
3.39 | pDev: 15.34%
Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd.
Cayman Islands
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SWMeyer4141 from Texas

1.79/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass...

Appearance-Nuetral watery brown with no head, no lacing, no retention. Just looks ugly.

Smell-Sour, Bready, light caramel malt.

Taste-Pretty gross. Soggy stale bread. Sweet malts, some hops on the finish. Unbalanced and disguisting.


Overall-My 4th and final caybrew beer and probably the worst. Theres nothing good about this beer.

Jul 31, 2011
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tired of the bland lager-types that perverses the Carabean islands? The dark taste of the tropics come alive with this malty-sweet German-style Bock beer.

The very un-tropic looking lager starts with a dark brown color and ruby highlights. Its dense appearance releases an equally dense looking creamy tan foam stance to cap the beer session-wide and lacing the glass lightly with spotty foam after each sip.

The full aroma of malt is on prominent display with deep toffee and molasses. Burnt caramel, light chocolate, nutty and meaty scents follow closely behind. Lightly vinous in its tone, a slight wine-like note peaks through the malt. With really no hop presence, the sheer malty sweet scent is balanced by alcohol alone.

The taste is even sweeter. Savory in its rich molasses and dark with toast, walnut, and a hint of maple all create a complex matrix of sweetness that keeps it from becoming one-dimensional. A late charge of brandy-like alcohol and mild woodish bitterness may keep the beer from cloying but never attempts to balance the malt sweetness.

Full bodied from head to tail, the sheer weight of residual sweetness is thick, creamy and dense on the palate. A slow and somewhat incomplete fade never reaches even malty-dry status. Warm and sweet late, the ale is destined to a dessert unto itself.

Jul 18, 2013
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the best beer I have ever bought that was brewed and consumed south of Miami. I don't think anything from the Caribbean or Mexico comes close. It is just one beer, but it tasted really good after a boring beer vacation, and I had two of them.

It is seems to be more of a red ale by taste, but bock works for me. Maybe it is in fact a bock and thus will hold up better in the warmth.

It has a nice rich flavor that does not get old. Malty, with a hops balance (more than usual for a bock) and a bit of yeasty flavor too. Just all around a nice balance and certainly a huge surprise.

There may have been other beers to discover in the Caymans (I had been there once before and had Caribe and some other swill), but I liked this a lot and had two rather than try something else unknown. Recommended, in fact, if I come back to the Caymans for a longer stay, it will be a minor draw for me, knowing that there is a decent local brew that I could drink 5 or 6 of and enjoy.

Nov 23, 2013
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, golden amber color and it poured with a large but short lived fizzy head.

s: Sweet and toffee and maybe some light fruits. Kind of sugary overall.

t: I tasted sweet bread, brown sugar, a hint of something fruity, and a little heat at the finish.

m: A little on the watery side with fizzy carbonation.

o: A very pleasant surprise in the beer desert of the Caymans.

Jun 08, 2011
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a BB date stamp of May 2015 purchased and consumed near the brewery on GCI.

Clear brown with a decent light brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Visible carbonation is very fine-grained.

Pleasing simple aroma of caramel malts with just a faint hint of spicy hops and little sign of the 7% ABV.

Flavor: hops, some darker malts, and alcohol esters are more obvious in tasting.

Feel: Smooth but with some alcohol warming; medium carbonation.

O: A mild bock with pretty good balance and partly hidden alcohol.

Dec 23, 2014
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AD17 from New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dec 21, 2019
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Zekenyce from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 28, 2019
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Walked in a bar on Grand Cayman ( Da Fish Bar) and expected to find only the lighter Cay Brew. Very happy to find this dark bock that was probably the best beer I had in the Caribbean outside of Foreign Extra Stout in Montego Bay. Totally drinkable but with a fairly complex caramel malt flavour in the finish. Great to see a local craft brewery stepping up their game and giving the drinker something other than a light lager.

Mar 03, 2016
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 11, 2015
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doremite from Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Jul 13, 2013
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deac83 from Texas

2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Friend brought this back for me to try.

Light brown in appearance.

Sour/bitter taste not in a good way.

It did very little for me, so much so that I had a few sips and decided to toss the rest. It was drinkable but having other options in the fridge I didn't think it was worth it. If I was in the Caymans and this was an option I'd choose it over some of the others I've tried from there.

Apr 22, 2013
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TWStandley from Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mar 09, 2015
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moreyswig from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Apr 01, 2013
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inspektor from North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Jul 18, 2013
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evilkalla from Alabama

3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at our dive resort.

A: amber brown, with a good inch or so of head. Head dissipated but left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. A pretty decent looking beer.

S: bread, brown sugar, some toffee. Not bad.

T: tastes a little sweet, brown sugar and caramel. Not a lot of hops in this one. Some alcohol on the finish. Not bad.

M: average on the mouthfeel. Decently carbonated. A little alcohol bite.

O: not bad for a local brew. Other reviews are hard on this one, but it isn't that bad. Maybe it's not as good from the can, who knows.

Oct 10, 2011
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catfan2000 from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Jun 01, 2013
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PSU79 from Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 04, 2015
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gtermi from Texas

3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 18, 2016
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jeremy2027 from Texas

2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured out of a can into standard bar glass overlooking the Caribbean.

Light brown, clear one finger head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing after the beer is done.

Floral aroma maybe some light malts but mainly floral.

Floral tasting with little malt character so far the best out of the Caybrew selection on the island.

Watery mouthfeel with no sweetness left on the tongue.

Overall the Best Caribbean beer I have had so far. A good way to not drink the BMC's of the world or Hieniken. Like someone earlier stated it is a vast desert out here at Cayman, go with this beer instead of the others out there.

Jul 19, 2011
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phideltashaggy from Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a plastic cup at The Cayman Islands Turtle Farm snack bar.

A- poured a translucent dark brown color with a little bit of an off white head.

S- somewhat malty, some notes of grass.

T- very malty, some light corn sweetness. Finishes like most macro domestics.

MF- light and thin, but not as thin as I was expecting.

Overall, this was a great beer to drink in the Islands on vacation. I wouldn't say "no" if offered one in the future, but I don't see myself seeking to import any.

May 22, 2012
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diverite from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is bready and sweet.

Taste matches the smell, bready and sweet, lightly hopped. This beer is not as malty as one would expect, but its not terrible. I can only describe it as something like a Foster's draft in "bock" form if that makes any sense.

This is not a world class beer by any means, but it is a refreshing beer with a little more body than typically offered by the warmer climate breweries. I will order it again, but its nothing to get excited about.

Feb 26, 2012
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JRod1969 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 01, 2015
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Feb 22, 2014
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Mdez from Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this last week when I was on Cayman Brac for a vacation. It was probably h the best beer available on the island. Not that it's great, but it has a lot more taste and gumption that the usual macros and the island lagers. Despite the bad beers, though, I'd still rather be down there where it's 83 every day.

Mar 03, 2015
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mojohawk21 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Nov 30, 2012
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