Blondibock | Mammoth Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

Added by flannelman808 on 01-29-2011

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by t420o:
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4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not following regular format here.

So odd to find a Bourbon Barrel aged "lighter" beer. The Barrel is at first and foremost which I like VERY much...even after 7-8 months from bottling.

Big Bourbon, Coconut and Vanilla Oak Barrel at the front. Blond Bock nowhere to be found...well maybe a wee bit in the finish if you look for it.

Sticky and big from the barrel but the lighter mouthfeel factor throws me for a loop with the big, bold, barrel notes in your this a session Bourbon Barrel beer? I'd bet my next month's rent this beer's ABV is higher than stated on the bottle.

From what I heard, or "WORD on the street" is that Heaven Hill Barrels, the same Barrels that 50-50 Eclipse used for their Heaven Hill variety were the ones used for this beer. I can you go wrong??

Awesome beer. A winner for my palate!

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Photo of Velunas
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of boesesfleisch
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of kmoen
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brolo75
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a white head, not much head retention, decent amount of carbonation, looks a little thin for 8%.

A: Vanilla bomb, lots of vanilla, bourbon, toffee, very sweet, not getting much else, some alcohol on the nose, pretty bright aromas, bourbon really shines through.

T: Like the nose, a hit of vanilla, toffee, and bourbon, slight bitterness in the middle, slight finish with caramel malts coming through, lots of vanilla and bourbon, overwhelms the other characteristics.

M: Medium mouthfeel, bourbon adds some heat, semidry finish, fairly easy drinking.

O: I thought the bourbon and vanilla came through really good, however, I would have like the bock's characteristics to come through, but they were overwhelmed by the bourbon, enjoyable but could have been better with some depth and complexity, with some age it might change.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Matonika
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear with floaters. smells :malty, bananas, caramelized,bourbon. Taste: boozy, mineral, slight bitter finish. Feel: smooth clean finish medium high body.
Good fun beer but not balanced.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -20.6%

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davey101
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to ILOVESTOUTS.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange/amber body. Two fingers of bone white foam settle into a thin cap with some patchy lacing. Decent retention.

S - If I didn't know any better I'd say this was a tamer Backwoods Bastard. Nose starts off initially with rich toffee malts followed by a wave of smooth bourbon notes. Butterscotch, vanilla, oak, and warming alcohol. Finishes sweet and fruity with a touch of spice, almost like apples or calvados. Really great aroma.

T - Smooth toffee malt leads right into the bourbon notes. Very strong on the butterscotch and vanilla with some light spice and fruit. The alcohol tends to overwhelm things and muddle the aftertaste.

M - Medium to light bodied with a somewhat high carbonation. Drinkability remains quite high.

O - Not very "bock like" to be honest. It is pretty damn tasty with a wonderfully smooth and balanced bourbon presence. Very close to scotch ale territory in terms of flavors and aromas though. I quite enjoyed this one.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

839th Review on BA
Bottle to hotel water glass


App- Golden orange/yellow with a 1-1/2 finger head. Head falls quickly to a ring of 1/8th in. Left a good amount lace and cling.

Smell- A very unique blend of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, bock and spicy yeast. I know this seems odd and it is but it works.

Taste- Semi balanced Bourbon blend with soft notes of oak and vanilla. Assertive bitter with strong malt backbone and grainular lager notes.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Bubbly bourbon and a bit spicy grainular notes.

Drink- I found this at a gas station, drank at a hotel in NV into a small water glass but still tasted damn good. Need to grab another bottle to age for a year.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of krrockwe
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer surprised me. I went in and asked for a barrel aged and they said this was the only one they had in bottles. I brought it home and drank it that night. Kinda has a smooth almost buttery taste to me. I would put this in the top 5 beers I have had in 2015

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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a vast, sweet, boozy brew that is like some friendly giant. Handsome orangey golden color in the Ommegang chalice with plenty of foam. The mouthfeel is a little on the unctuous side with adequate spritziness. Watery booze smell with some gardenias and vanilla.

Hot with alcohol but the bourbon flavor is delicious. Warm and toasty with a serious sweet malty undertone. The hops, in keeping with the sort-of Bock style, are fairly shy, but there is a twang of bitterness in the finish. I suppose it's a surprise that the often-sugary golden Bock style works as well as it does for this whiskeyfied cookie dough.

Crazy stuff that is quite sippable and has a pleasing woody barrel taste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in downtown San Diego.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

This beer is now know as Blondibock per the bottle.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a better bourbon presence in the taste over the smell.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Blondibock from Mammoth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 51 ratings