Hugo | Heater Allen Brewing

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Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Fall

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Added by msubulldog25 on 12-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of jason_nwx
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of popery
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, just a bit reddish. Medium-sized beige head. Liquid is quite transparent. Head seems to stick around for a bit, doesn't leave a lot of bubbles on the glass. Lots of bready malt in the aroma. It's a big rich grain flavor that stays away from sweeter notes. Toasty. Some caramel but in a not terribly sugary way. Cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa, earth, mushroom. Some spice, maybe a little grass. Mild fruit. Pretty good dose of nutty malt character. The taste is relatively dry for a bock, at least in my experience with the style. Pretty much follows the aroma. Bready malt with toasty, nutty flavors. More of that woody cinnamon stick flavor. Finishes fairly dry caramel note. Just a faint touch of coffee. Mouthfeel is light but full and a bit creamy from somewhat gentle carbonation. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of VanKieft
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belmont Station. I was told that this was towards the end of the season for this beer, having been released in early March. I'm not the biggest drinker of bocks, but this impressed me.

Pouring a deep mahogany red-brown and capped with a thin, beige head with good retention and little lacing, this beer looks nice. The nose is great. A deep, rich, bready malt character with brown sugar, a little burnt sugar, a mild cinnamon and clove spice note (faint but appropriate) along with a modest hop character, this bock smells great. The hop aroma is more earthy and woody/twig-like. Some toast is also present. Very nice.

The palate opens well-balanced with a nice blend of earthy and dusty hop bitterness coupled with a nice burnt sugar bitter sweet flavor. A blend of toast, dark caramel, spiced bread and unsweetened cocoa are present. Drying on the finish with a mild earthy hop bitterness, a little green too, and burnt sugar and toast. Wonderfully structured, this beer is medium light in body and has a moderate, creamy carbonation. I love the feel here. Highly recommended, the way the flavors are put together bring to mind the top dunkler bocks/dopplebocks

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Photo of envinoveri
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle as a trade from msubulldog25. Thanks!

Damn good-looking beer right here! Pours into a Yards mini-stein, a translucent dark reddish-brown color with a nice creamy tan head that recedes a bit, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Small spouts of carbonation bubbling from the bottom. Aroma is very distinct, and there's one particular scent that I just can't put my finger on...otherwise, very roasty, nutty, with touches of cocoa. The taste is similar, big roast up front, nutshells, burnt caramel, very subtle cocoa, woody, grassy, very dry in the finish. Not bursting with flavor, but appropriate for the style, which is all that really matters. Light-medium body, crisp and drying, quite drinkable. I'm definitely not a lager guy, but I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to James (cavemanlawyer) for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a reddish color and about a half finger of off white head that dissipates fast.

Smell – Toasty nuttiness, caramel, slight dark fruits, spices such as clove.

Taste – Very similar to the aroma. Begins with lots of nuttiness. Raisins and prunes, toffee, and a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, pleasant carbonation.

Overall – A decent bock, but nothing special. Glad to have been able to try it.

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Photo of loren01
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a reddish brown color with good white head and lacing
S: smell is slightly sweet and bready with some spice in the nose maybe anise or cinnamon.
T: much the same as the smell but more spice than I expected. Lots of spice: anise, clove and cinnamon. Grassy hop aftertaste
M: medium bodied carbonation seems about right
O: interesting take on this style, not bad I would probably buy this again

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of vkv822
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark, red hued brown with a thin light tan head.

Aroma and taste are quite malty, toasty along with some caramel and dark fruit notes.

Medium body, with light prickly carbonation.

A nice Bock, some pleasant flavor notes, though nothing too intriguing.

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Photo of seanthornton152
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of chumba526
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a reddish black color with a bit of white foam.

It smells of prunes, nuts, and candied fruit. It also smells slightly smoky and a bit like brown sugar. It has a quite complex smell to it.

The taste had aspects of prunes, brown sugar, dried fruits and a slight bit of citrus flavor. There is also a slight smokiness that helps balance the sweetness of the ale.
The carbonation is around average.
For a bock it is very easy to drink and the flavors do not overpower each other. Bocks are not my favorite style of beer but this is amazing. Highly recommended if you could find this.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a stein. Body is a a dark brown with garnet highlights, topped by half a finger of creamy, light tan head that leaves some pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt with a nice, bready character. Mild, fruity hops come through in the background, providing a note of prune or other dark fruit.
Palate is very malt forward. Sweet, caramel malt and bread/fresh toast dominate, with a mild fruit character balancing things out. Finish is smooth and not quite as sweet, but pleasant. This beer lacks some of the husky bitterness that often shows up in traditional German bocks, but I see that as a plus.
Body is velvety and full, very enjoyable. The finish is silky smooth as well. This is a highly drinkable ale that's perfect for a cool spring evening. Nice work.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.71/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/04/2009. Bottle at PPRBSP09. This beer pours a clear brown with a small head. Aroma of raisin, sweet malt, prunes, and alcohol. Flavor is in a similar vein-- prune, raisin, sweet malt. Overall, just a boozy mess. I couldn't drink this stuff.

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Photo of pdxwhisky
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured gently into glass, very little head and almost zero lacing. Nice dark red/brown coloring. Nice medium malt nose, easy drinking first sip, lightly roasted notes. Good hop balance with medium to medium long finish. Alcohol content more and more evident as it warms, even slightly. Nice first beer from the brewery - looking forward to their pils.

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Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber purchased at Market of Choice in West Lynn, OR. Pours dark reddish brown with a small light tan head. Good amount of lacing.
Aroma was mostly malts. Taste is smooth dark malts with enough earthy hop flavor to provide balance. Carbonation was lower than most bottled beers but that was fine by me. The only aspect of this beer that was negative was I could taste the alcohol. Otherwise a very nice pour. I am looking forward to trying some of their other product.

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Photo of ccrida
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught in a small pils glass at Belmont Station, Hugo Bock is a chill hazed reddish brown with a small, creamy, light tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is pretty muted, generic maltiness at first, but as it warmed, a really tasty, grape kool-aide like aroma opened up.

Taste is good, a nice nutty maltiness with a spicy, bitter finish, semi-sweet, clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is good, quite smooth but with a nice spiciness that keeps it interesting, avoiding the sugary viscosity that some sub-par bocks suffer. My first Heater Allen brew, it certainly warrants further exploration of the rest of their lineup.

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Hugo from Heater Allen Brewing
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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