Ironshore Bock | Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd.
Cayman Islands
cib.ky

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DIM on 06-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
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3
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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gtermi
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of canucklehead
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DIM
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of doremite
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of schoolboy
3.96/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TWStandley
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of inspektor
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of wiltznucs
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of deac83
2.34/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of SteeleWright
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mobrockman
1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

Photo of MichaelProcton
4.29/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried on draft at a Seven-Mile Beach restaurant. Pours a deep brown, with a nice, creamy head. Great dark beer for island living. Plenty of flavor without too much heaviness.

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Photo of diverite
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
1.79/5  rDev -47%
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.

Mouthfeel-Watery

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

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Photo of Mikestaf
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Ironshore Bock from Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd.
3.38 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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