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Dominion Big Thaw Bock | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Big Thaw BockDominion Big Thaw Bock

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
As the chill of winter melts away, a new, lush world is revealed. Brewed with 100% malted barley and authentic german noble hops our Maibock is a perfect companion for the season of Spring.

Added by CuriousMonk on 02-05-2011

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Photo of goldbot
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale golden yellow with thin, white, fizzy head. Plenty of carbonation and pretty good head retention. Aroma is very grainy and bready with hints of fruity hop notes. Lots of malt flavor, earthy and strong. Bread and grain with a slight touch of caramel. No hop presence. Nice sweetness and full body. A fine beer but I felt the flavor could have used something to brighten it up a bit.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: deep, clear gold. significant carbonation. fluffy white head with decent retention.

S: toast and lots of it. significant noble hop aroma.

T: taste like pancakes. doughy, yeasty bread. im assuming a significant amount of hops were used as well with a solid amount of bitterness. considering how the finishes with a bit of alcohol.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. bitter linger in the finish.

D: my biggest complaint about this beer is the dominant noble hop nose and flavor. and by dominant, i mean comparing it to the style, which is predominately malty/bready beers. still a good beer, but i wouldnt call it a maibock. more of a hoppy german pils.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again a nice spring beer. It pours a medium gold and builds a white head, which does not want to stick around for very long.
The smell promises fruit and good hops.
The taste up front holds the promise and starts with a little peach and apple up front, turning to malty sweetness in the middle and being checked by some noble hops for very good balance.
Very good mouthfeel makes this medium bodied beer very dangerously drinkable. Great job for a maibock.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light honey or deep golden straw is the color of this brew. It has a pretty decent size head that is fairly dense leaving a fair amount of lacing.
Carbonation is low.
Lightly aromatic with sweet malts and sutle hints of noble hops.
Taste is similar to aroma; a fairly robust malt backbone that has a lighter pils flavor balanced by a fairly aggressive hop profile.
Thin body with some grainess at the end with some alcohol worming itself in.
A good tasting beer but a bit light in flavor.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather average looking, golden in color, decent enough head. Decent aroma-bready and malty. Solid malt flavor. Very bready like and pleasant grain flavors. Has a distinct noble hop presence. Some malt sweetness, hop bite and a dry finish. Faint trace of some malt sweetness in the end but again somewhat dry to finish. Nice solid mouthfeel-not overly sticky or sweet feeling. A very nice, solid helles bock. I could see this for an evening.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dominion's Big Thaw Bock pours a mostly clear deep-gold body beneath a short head of creamy antique-white foam. The head retention and lacing are average.

In the nose it displays a clean, straightforward maltiness and floral hops. It's bright and fresh and welcoming.

The flavor delivers more of what the aroma promised. It's golden pilsner malt is straight-forward and just a touch sweet, balanced by a solid bitterness, and threaded through with floral, spicy, and gently herbal hops. It's perfectly balanced, and finishes dry with a light bit of residual lingering malt and hop.

Helles bock can sometimes be overdone, either swaying too much towards the malt or too much towards the hops, but this one nails it; and on top of that the bitterness level is perfectly matched against the malt that's there. Very drinkable!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle (acquired on the day my local beer shop received them on 2/5/2011) into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber/golden hue along with a huge head that fizzles down to a half inch size, but continues leaving nice laces that linger throughout the entire drinking session. The nose picks up mild floral and citrusy aroma along with the authentic German Noble hops (somewhat bitter herbal), which show its true colors here. I am also picking up pine-y, green apples, sweet but toasty malts, and bitter hop activity in the taste. The Big Thaw is classified as a medium-bodied brew with a creamy mouthfeel and it hides the 7.5% abv pretty well making it a very interesting (and dangerously drinkable) Maibock beer for the Spring season.

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Dominion Big Thaw Bock from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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