Dominion Big Thaw Bock | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
olddominion.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of msh4k3
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in Chalice
bottled 3/15/12

A. A very filtered copper orange. 1 inch head fades to a soapy build up on top.

S. Little citrusy notes from the hops and little pear notes. Not as fragrant as I would like in a beer.

T. Bitterness from hops leads to pear like flavor then to the barley malts.

M. Kind of creamy very light easy drinking.

O. Pretty refreshing beer for the season. When i think of bocks I think of the smoky dark hearty beer. This is a style i'd like to dabble in!

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Photo of JonesD
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Jfowler05
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of MasterQ
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cbyrd4088
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of mfigueroa713
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Profchaos20
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TechTriumph
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 01/16/12; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy head with decent retention; Orange hued amber in color with a semi-hazy appearance and some floating sediment; Spotty lacing left behind

S - Notes of clove, esters, sweet citrusy lemon, and floral/spicy hops - nice invitation to take a sip

T - Lots of yeasty and fresh baked bread flavors accompanied by cereal and grains, esters, lemon zest, and a bit of spice; Aftertaste consists of lingering yeast and spice flavors; Alcohol briefly pokes through towards the beginning of the taste, but then disappears for good

M - Carbonation is a bit below moderate; Medium bodied; Finish is a bit dry

O - This beer seemed like a good choice for a day like today - chilly in the morning with comfortable warmth coming in the afternoon. This particular maibock wasn't one to break any ground, but it's certainly very drinkable and refreshing, and a solid brew to go along with the young Spring season.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off tap at the Washington Dulles airport (concourse A, for the curious) this beer was a clear, 24k gold with a little rising carbonation. The one finger of white head retained itself as a delicate but firm collar. The aroma was of caramel malt, boozy alcohol, dry grains and slightly floral hops. Upon tasted it I detected sweet malt, caramel malt, biscuits, some diacetyl, floral hops and a hint of both herbal and citrus hops. The hoppy finish at the end was stronger than I expected and it threw me off, almost as though it had been influenced by a West Coast IPA. The mouthfeel was good, the body was medium and the carbonation light.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a little red tint. A two finger head forms on top, made up of small bubbles. Decent retention, leaving behind ringlets of thin lacing.

S: Toasted grain and bready malt with a little bit of citrus mixed in. A little bit of grass and a floral component.

T: Some bready malt initially, a little bit of citrus follows - some lemon peel, grass, and floral hops. Some light fruit as well - banana.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Would not guess it was 7.5%.

O: Solid beer, not spectacular, but pretty good. Would drink again.

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Photo of brewandstew
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of EastCoastHawkeye
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of sobeleg
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pure orange hue with a HUGE 3-finger white head that lasts forever leaving a great trail all the way down the glass. The head ends in a very persistent thick lace.

S: Hoppy floral aroma with a malty bock background.

T: Slightly sweet pilsner malt taste with a hoppy floral mix. Starts off crisp and finishes slightly dry.

M: Slighty strong and boozy. Medium body and heavy carbonation

O: This was a really good Maibock. It was a great balance between the hops and malt and had enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this nice beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees and it produced a nice big off white head. The beer smelled like bread and was a nice hay color. There was a slight hop note but not too bad and the beer was thick tasting. The beer also had good lacing. I will buy again.

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Photo of dyoung3
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Peculiar thing was that the bottle was a twist-off but the caps weren't....weird. Purchased from Harris Teeter, Washington DC.

Appearance: Fine, golden color with nice medium head that rose about two inches and stuck around for a good while.

Smell: Not much going on here; maybe some orange peel mixed with some vague malt notes.

Taste: Honestly a little bland. The flavor intensity is not where it should be in respect to the alcoholic content and therefore taste a little minerally. Almost like drinking a Pelegrino with vodka.

Mouthfeel: A little more alcoholic than expected which comes through on the mouthfeel.

Overall an ok beer but I would not purchase again. Too many other great choices.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden straw color with a touch of an orange hew to it. Pure white head about a fingers worth and it disappears quick.

S- Has a citrus fruity smell covered with a unique blend of malts and hops. But nothing really seems to strong or week. Very well balanced.

T- Toasted malt and citrus fruits with just a soft bitterness on the finish from the hops.

M- Has a thick creamy texture with a smooth soft finish.

O- This is a very nice beer. Very drinkable for me. Pick this one up next time you're out.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into HotD tulip.

A- Light, clear orange with a thick, large bubbled off-white head.

S- citrus and sweet fruit.

T- Sweet malts and wheat.

D- A touch sticky, but pretty smooth.

O- My first try with Dominion. Not bad, maibock isn't my favorite, this is a decent brew.

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Dominion Big Thaw Bock from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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