Knuckleball Bock | Stone Coast Brewing Co.

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Knuckleball BockKnuckleball Bock

Brewed by:
Stone Coast Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ecoboy on 07-30-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by Gattopardo:
Photo of Gattopardo
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To round out a pleasant late afternoon at the Sunday River Brewing Company brewpub in Maine, I tried this beer. Naturally, the fact that it was being offered as $2.00 special made it irresistible.

The color is medium amber, and it appears rather fizzy. Indeed, the fizz is the first sensation that hits the mouth, which I don't deem a good thing. However, it has a nice melon aroma and taste that feels rather nice. Other fruit sensations help round out the palate. Overall, not the best bock I have had but drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came to the table in a 22oz pint glass a deep rich clear amber with a thinner slight off white head atop,hints of caramel and sweet bread dough in the nose not much hop presence wich was I expected the aromas dont really jump out at ya but they are there.A "small" bock the flavors dont really hit home it has some deep caramel sweetness and doughy components but it lacks a bit of oomph,its a tad thin but it went down easy,decent but nothing to write home about here.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average beer. Nice amber color with a medium head and some nice lacing. Aroma is sweet, perhaps a little spice. Taste is sweet, with some bitterness at the end. Not too impressive. Mouthfeel and drinkability also average. This is an OK beer, but not one that I'd want to be drinking a lot of.

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Photo of Billolick
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer without any freshness indication (might have been a good idea here, read on..) Pours cloudy dark peach amber. Typical off white head. The problems with this brew started with the nose, there was very little, except a bit of sourness and funk, not a good sign. I picked up some malt here, but the over powering taste sensation here was sourness, I think this one has gone bad. So here is the reason I reviewed this out for old/dusty bottles of this stuff, there are bottles out there that have gone over the edge...I'll look out for this one in the future and give it another a chance.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery-garnet with a teeny tiny off-white head. Moderat lacing.

Smells slightly sweet and fruity. Nice nose to it.

Tastes very fruity up front. A little plum and maybe some nutty background. Middle is slightly flat with a suprinsingly nicely hopped ending. Served way too cold in a cold glass at Stone Coast.

Mouthfeel is a hair thin but tolerable.

It's a good drinking brew. Could stand to have the temp raised to really bring out the flavor.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark carmel bock with tight lacing and a nice white head. The bock smells of malts with some underlying sweetness. Malt comes through in the taste of this beer as well, with some sweetness in the finish. It is a clean and refreshing taste. Mouthfeel was standard for this style, balanced and not to thin. This is a very nice easy drinking beer that I would have again.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is brownish copper with a light tan head. Quite a big foamy head to my suprise, about 3 fingers and slipping over the rim. A good layer of retention is left behind for my enjoyment. Nice munich malts fill the nose with light sweetness. Taste is slightly robust in its maltiness and a little hopped. Not bad. Brisk carbonation adds to it all.

Certainly a good easy drinking beer...good while watching the game. Nothing real exciting but not disappointing.

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Photo of dkoehler42
1.33/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm sorry to report this, as a Sox/Wakefied fan, but this beer was awful. The color was okay, and it looked alright. But the problems started after I poured it. That first taste was enough to shock me and wonder if I had really tasted a beer, or something grotesque. Unfortunately it was the beer, and while I don't like bocks, I have seen better ones(Sam Adam's double bock). I suspect this one went bad and I will be writing to the company. If I get a chance to try a new batch, I'll let you know how it turns out.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

AP: Burnt caramel color, carbonation is mild with bubbles pushing up only on the edge of the glass and creating initially a 2" deep tan colored head that quickly becomes a 1/8" thin cover. There is nice foamy lacing sticking around.

Nose: Oats and wheat bready malt, herbal almonds, subtle chocolate and a very subtle zesty-like hop scent.

Flavor: A dark wheat bread malt flavor with oats and wheat and a mild chocolate current way down deep turns into a mildly bitter, slightly metallic herbal balance of hops and a sweet lager yeast. Just a bit thin in the flavor overall, but the balance is good.

Feel: Medium bodied, feels more like a light bodied beer and a bit thinner than some of the best bocks around. This one really has the fel of a lighter ale.

DA: Pretty simple and meak.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark amber color with a lacey two finger head.A real spiced scent,very earthy,fruity,and spices.But not too strong.This has a very sweet fruit like taste.Very citrus flavor.A nice light feel and very drinkable.It's too bad this has been retired because I would buy this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Coast's Knuckleball Bock Beer pours a slightly hazy, deep-amber/copper body with glowing golden and orange highlights beneath a thick head of creamy, off-white foam that settles but holds well. In fact, the head retention is quite good, and it leaves walls of spotty and streaky lace about the glass.

The nose is mainly malty with a lightly sweet and mildly toasted side; but if you look it's actually more intricate than that with some notes of honey; crusty, almost-singed bread; and subtle leafy and tobacco-ish hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a moderately crisp, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it smooth across the palate.

The same toasty-sweet maltiness found in the nose returns in the flavor. It's doughy, bready, toasty and slightly honey-accented. Herbal, gently spicy, and mildly grassy hop flavors accentuate it, and help to dry it in the lingering, firmly bitter finish.

Well-rounded and enjoyable, this is a well-brewed lager that has more than enough character and flavor to keep you interested, but not so much alcohol that it'll knock you on your ass. Well worth trying!

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Photo of edchicma
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice copper appearance with a small head that lasts. Smell is distinctly malt, with a hint of hops underneath. Taste is lightly sweet throughout most of the palate with a light hop finish that leaves a dry element. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily, but ends in a dry finish which puts it above average. Bock is not my favorite style because it isn't as smooth as I like. This brew is in that category....a good brew ...but....

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Photo of wedge
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear chestnut copper color with a slowly shrinking creamy white head of froth - great retention. The aroma is all malt - a little sweet and herbal. Lightly toasted caramel malt flavors with some dry woody tones. Seems this bottle is less carbonated than the one I had yesterday which seems to fit the style better. Clean, smooth, and medium bodied - finishes a bit sweet.

Couldn't resist picking this up as Tim Wakefield was on the mound at the time. I wouldn't exactly say its as erratic and exciting as a knuckleball, but its still a nice beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one as an extra in a trade earlier this week. I had room in the fridge so I threw it in there right away. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 09/30/2008.

The pour was decent, nothing really standing out too much for me, but then again nothing really bad in this one either. Rich dark caramel in color with a light haziness that quickly subsided leaving behind only the slightest touches of carbonation trickling up from the bottom of the glass. The head rose up to about tow inches but then came down fast, leaving only the slightest bit of side glass lace in its wake.

The aroma was rich with caramel malts as I would have expected. Nice and sweet with an almost nutty like quality to it at times, it was a nice and very pleasant smelling beer. Rich earthy grains and bread like smells were dominating the profile here for sure. The flavor was more of the same, richly smooth with a nice bit of carbonation kicking up the flavor a bit, there was a smooth rush of malts that came over very quickly, sweet with a subtle drying to it that let some of the deeper bread notes come forward and left a long lasting caramel sweetness that was just the icing on the cake for me.

Overall this was a solid little bock I have to say. But no means perfect, still though it was quite solid and I would have no issue with drinking this one again. Not bad at all for my first foray into the brewery.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheManicalOne for the beer.
Pours a dark amber color with some golden highlights. Large tan head with a very aggressive pour. Some lace sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Honey and grainy aroma. A bit musty smelling but not much.
Nice doughy and toasted flavor. Honey accentuates it nicely with a hint of grassy bitterness in the finish. Very well rounded.
Lighter than expected mouthfeel but I like it as it makes the beer more drinkable for me on this hot muggy night.
Good beer for when you want to drink a beer and not sip it.

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Photo of Lupin
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, out of the silly Leute Bockbier glass. Pours amber/copper with good clarity..

Aroma is straightforward malt, mostly caramel. No spiciness or complexity. Head is 1/2" or so and dies quickly to a thin film. Taste is a little thin, with fresh malts and a well-balanced finish. This can't be more than 20 or 25IBU, but it's refreshing.

Stone coast has done some good things in the past. The 840 IPA on draft is above average. The cask black bear was phenomenal. This, however, is a little too plain for me. Not bad, not great. Just somewhere in the middle.

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Photo of carln26
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap Sunday at RedBones. It came from the tap bright amber to gold, very clear, with a thick cream colored head. It had a sharp malt aroma, a very sweet candy tone with a touch of hops. The taste has malt up front with just a little alcohol. This tastes more like the maibock I brew than any other beer I’ve come across. Very light mouth feel, almost creamy (which I don’t get with mine). Very drinkable.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Pilsener glass

Poured silent & smooth. Initially strong phenols dominate the nose, its rocky, sharp and bittersweet, hot summertime pavement just getting its first fat raindrops. As it warms it starts to get it legs with caramel, crackers, bread. A fat finger's worth of tight. slightly sculpted cream foam lingers on & on, not fading as it slowly laces in curtains. A very nice, warm cherry amber hue, its beautifully backlit by a steady & strong parade of bubble rising haphazardly thru it. Visually this is a very attractive beer.

Smooth, balanced, nicely bittersweet, traces of orange pekoe tannins, slight hint of some dark cherry, malted with a peep of some baking chocolate. Its not very complex, and as such its easy to drink. There is an overriding bitterness to it that I like.

It stays pretty true to the initial taste as it transitions to the palate, perhaps a little caramel sweeter and somewhat drier, then finishes clean and bittersweet with a slightly fuzzy coating.

An easy to drink Bock. Could see this working really well with a number of cheddars, or some pub fare like a deli sandwich, burger, etc. I'd drink it again no problem, especially with something to munch. Give it a shot.

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Photo of mountdew1
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass. A burnt amber color in appearance. Poured with a nice frothy head that lasted for a few minutes. Kept a slight head during the whole beer. Initial aroma was a turn off. Smelt very bitter (which I don't like) I was suprised then to find that the beer was only slightly bitter, which I tasted after each sip. It took a little while to kick in, but then it lingered for a while on the tounge after I was done. Not a bad beer, but definately prefer the Alt, Porter, or Wheat if I'm drinking something else from the brewery. Wouldn't be my first choice again, but thats just my preference towards non-bitter beers.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Nikki's Liquors in Providence, Rhode Island for $1.59...
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark-copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly dissipating and leaving behind a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Malt-dominated aroma consisting of honey, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla...
Taste: The overall taste strongly complemented the aroma... Honey, candied sugars, rich malts, vanilla, amber, and grains...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel...
Good level of drinkability... Easily downable... Not bad...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, lager yeast, tea, spices and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty but not too heavy with sweet flavors of caramel, honey, tea. There's a mild hops presence that provides a decent balance and there's a hint of smokiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I could drink a few of these, but normally I would probably look for something a little more flavorful to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a rich clear amber brew with a three finger, rocky head that had a lot of lace. Looked pretty darn good.

Aroma was of caramel and medium-bodied malts, a mere hint of hops... not fruity at all. I expected a bit more from the malts though, based on the color.

Taste was malty and slightly sweet, with some caramel, a hint of fruitiness, and a twinge of roasted malt that came as a bit of a surprise. But a pleasant one.

Mouthfeel was OK, with a modest amount of creaminess from the fine layer of foam that persisted throughout.

Drinkability... well, let's just go on this as a beer in and of itself, overlooking the fact that it's been retired. I would give it slightly better than average marks, because it was pretty tasty.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Shaker 12oz glass presentation. 3/4" pillowy beige head over an orangey amber brew. Aroma is generically beery, just some light malt and hop notes. Taste is balanced and relatively non-descript, with a slight lean towards the hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, making it a bit more drinkable if this is what you're looking for. Guess I just don't get this beer, but it doesn't seem like much of a bock to me.

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Photo of grahambo
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer poured into a pint glass was a nice dark amber/brown with an off white head about 1.5 fingers thick.

S: This beer has a big malty nose, bigger than the 5% abv would suggest. Some nice spicy notes to complement the malt.

T: A good, solid bock, malty and bready but with enough hop bitterness and other spiciness from the malt to make it a balanced beer.

M: I thought this beer was a little thin and not as mouth coating as I would have expected based on the style and the nose.

D: Overall a good beer that I could have a couple of, while hanging out or watching a game.

Sidenote: Paired very very well with a schnitzel sandwich and potato pancakes

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a chilled bottle poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a clear copper color with some lite reddish tints. A fluffy off white head foams up 3 cm easily and fades slowly.
Aroma is some grainy malt and caramel mixing with an herbal and spicy hop presence that is appealing.
First sip reveals an average body with average carbonation that tingles my palate.
The flavor is very nice. There is a start of slight sweet caramel followed by a spicy hop hit and finishes rich and fruity. Not really sweet fruit but almost a tangy bittersweet mix due to the hops. I get some white grape and berries. There is also some lingering hop presence on the back of my palate that makes me want to take another sip for the sweet fruit again.
This beer is very tasty IMO and easy to drink. A great summer beer or anytime for that matter. Wish I had bought more than 1 bottle!

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