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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Reviews by jlindros:
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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oct 2014

pours a darkish creamy 1 finger head that fades at Med pace, dark but clear ruby mahogany

Nose dark dried fruits like raisin with little choc covered raisin, into biscuit and candied wheat toffee, caramel, with candied dark fruits, almost date like, juicy thick creamy wheat and dark porter like choc malts.

Taste brings more of the same, fairly sweet, biscuit and toffee with caramel and brown sugar, little nutty even, with the mild porter like choc darker malts. Then mild candied dark fruits again, little raisin fig like covered in brown sugar, and into a big creamy full toffee like wheat. Finish brings mild bitterness, more biscuit, toffee wheat, candied fig, creamy wheat.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, creamy feel, lots of fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, about what I expected, maybe a bit too sweet and candy like, but enjoyable and fairly true to typical bock beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sunofneurot
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DrBier
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 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 JohnofUpton
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

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 jeff1973
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of turcobrau
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

This beer seems to be between a traditional bock and a doppelbock but with more hop bitterness.

A - Deep mahogany color, with shades of ruby. Drinking on draft and the carbonation seems low even for the style. Little head retention.

S - Bready, malt heavy aroma. No noticeable hop aroma.

T - Malt-forward taste with biscuity, bready notes. Plenty of Munich malt. Surprising amount of hop bitterness for the style. No discernible yeast-derived flavors. Pleasant alcohol warming on the finish.

M - Rich, silky mouthfeel. Lots of body though not overly sweet.

O - A fine original interpretation of a bock. Very drinkable for such a big beer. The hop bitterness was unexpected, but adds to the drinkability of the beer. Could use a touch more carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

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

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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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