Bocky Bier | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
What? Who? What? The answer to all these questions is “YES”!

Allow us to introduce you to the best friend of Pretty Things, Jim “Bocky” Barnes. He was first Jim Barnes, then self-christened “Bocktech”, and finally nicknamed “Bocky”. Well, now Bocky is a beer, and a Pretty Things beer at that! Quite a transition.

How did we do it? For after all, “Bocky” began this journey as a real-live-human-being.

To make this transformation, we first planted Bocky in the rich soils of Europe and North America’s barley growing regions. We have often heard that Bocky leads a busy life. Well, this project really took him to the limits of his free time! As Bocky the barley plant matured he was harvested and transferred to several malting facilities, most notably Weyermann in Bamberg, Germany. There he sprouted tiny white shoots as he lay in the warm germination boxes. This may have been a peaceful, even blissful start to the process. But the restful times didn’t last for long! First the dry heat of the kiln, then the violent tumble of the roasting drums. A small amount of Bocky was even smoked over an oak fire! Bejabbers, the lengths to which Bocky will go for a great beer!

Bocky came to us as 4,000 pounds of barley, largely from Weyermann maltings in Germany. While his initial transformation may have been complete by now, his suffering was yet to hit its climax. Martha slowly crushed him with a 6-roller mill and Dann mashed and decocted him expeditiously. He spent two hours letting gravity pull him into the brew kettle. Then Bocky was boiled and fed to the yeast. For six weeks, he lay there in his cold lagering tank, occasionally expelling gas and alcohol.

And then finally, one morning, he was ready. The transformation from man to lager was complete.

Added by Patches826 on 10-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This BEAST of a bock pours a deep muddled brown with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, light layer, and nice sudsy lacing. Nose of sweet rich malts, deep amber molasses, subtle grain notes, subtle cocoa, and light breaded malts. Flavors Follow the nose with subtly peppery breaded malts touch lightly with molasses on all sides. Light notes of cocoa and nutty roasted malts fill the middle to back with a subtle herbal hop note and a sweet malty aftertaste with a touch of dark cherries. Smooth mouth feel, moderately coating, nicely carbonated. A solid bock. I am liking this brewery more and more with each release I have tried.


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Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dark chocolate color. Fine-bubbled tan head retains well. Thick clumps of lacing.

S: Blackstrap molasses, nutty, cocoa, even some semi-sweet dark chocolate. Grassy hops. Huge amount of malt sweetness.

T: Follows the nose. Super rich malt flavors of blackstrap molasses, some melted chocolate, carob, nutty. Toasty grain. A touch steely with hop bitterness and hints of alcohol providing just enough balance. Very clean overall. Sweet carob and molasses finish.

M: Thick, rich, coating, heavy. Low carbonation.

O: An immense bock. Sits with weight in both the mouth and the stomach. There's a ton of rich malt character crammed into this beer. Must've been nuts to brew.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I believe this says Dec 2014 on the bottle.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany. Tall, frothy, airy brown head. Decent head retention. Minimal lacing, however.

S: Surprisingly, a lot of chocolate. Smells more like a nice chocolate/milk stout. A closer examination reveals more of a toasted bread/pretzel aroma to the malt than a charry, roasty malt indicative of a stout. Sweet and malty for sure.

T: Toastiness is more apparent here. Lots of pretzel flavors mixed with a semisweet chocolate. Heavy bread. Light caramel, especially in the finish. Light toasty bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

M: Medium/heavy bodied, sweet and smooth.

O: Definitely the best Bock I've ever had. If you had told me this was an english brown I would have believed it, never would have suspected a Bock. Maybe a Doppelbock, but with less of the dark fruits I typically see there. Great toasted malt flavors, loads of maltiness and exceptional smoothness. Easy #1 Bock by a mile. La Trappe isn't even really that close. Excellent brew, Pretty Things.

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Photo of vermilcj
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rshersnow
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
2.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First Pretty Things beer that I couldn't drink. This is a complete malt bomb. From aroma to taste. I can't say a single thing I like about it.

Talked to Dann about this after and I understand the point was to make this a hugely malty beer but I couldn't handle it. I'm always aware that my palette is not as sophisticated as others and that it can change. but for now, my taste buds didn't enjoy this offering from Pretty Things.

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Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into an Innis & Gunn flute

a: Clear copper with an inch and a half tan head which receded to even surface foam and drense lacing.

s: Ripe dark fruit and alcohol.

t: Follows the nose plus some roasty malt. Mild bitterness follows and lingers.

m: Medium, good body, copious carbonation tingle.

o: An exceptionally flavorful bock. A fine quality cold weather brew.

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Photo of SABERG
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of benzalman
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buzz3d
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So malty is makes you wanna slap yo mama!

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Photo of Rick778
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tarps68
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deeps
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but is clear, very dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving some wisps of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet cocoa and nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of nutty malts and hints of cocoa. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful for a bock and has some complexities that approach a Doppelbock, but it isn't that heavy in body so it is easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Danno48
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured into an old ale glass, it pours a waxed ruby-hued mahogany color with a creamy, two-finger beige head floating on top along with some webby and patchy lacing.
Upfront smells of fresh rye bread, molasses and cracked barley make way for nice balancing dry hops, dark tea and whiff of rum.

This is certainly a malt-forward brew. Tastes of toasted marble rye, honey, bran and rum roll nicely forward. Noble hops provide a decent bittering balance with tea, resins and a mild citrusy bite. A faint taste of pears was noticed as it warmed.

The body is well-rounded and slick, but not at all cloying as some in the style range become. Sweetness and heft becomes more pronounced towards the end of the glass as the effervescence fades. Very nice!

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Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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