Old Smoked Bock | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Old Smoked BockOld Smoked Bock
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Old Smoked BockOld Smoked Bock

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of kornkid8600
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of RBCBrams17
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of retry4z
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of jeff1973
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of welldigger888
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful honey garnet hue that is topped with a creamy khaki head that eventually settles leaving ample lacing down glass.

Lovely smokey sweet maltiness that is intoxicating and alluring. Little or no hop aroma and no booze.

Ohhh Ohhh my, smokey bacon wonderlust that brings a smooth maltiness to no booze or hop presence.

My only complaint is this brew is a touch thin, wonderful but just not what the nose and flavor leads me to believe.

Buy drink and enjoy, a wonderful brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy copper with a yellow/beige head. Aroma of smoke, sweet malt and medium dark fruits. Full bodied or nearly. Flavor is moderately smoky with some sweet treacly malt and something like fig or date.

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Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MisledTitan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/10/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of wood, smoked meat, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, pepper, brown bread, nuttiness, raisin, herbal, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of wood, smoked meat, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, nuttiness, light pepper, herbal, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of wood, smoked meat, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, molasses, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark and smoked malt flavors with yeast ester notes; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked bock style. All around nice complexity, balance, and robustness of malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of napetry
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle, refrigerator temperature with BBQ beef brisket and ribs.

A: Dark reddish brown color, short off-white head that fades but leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S: Smoke aroma with caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: Bready taste initially with malty character and lager yeast. Subsequently, smokiness comes in along with a bit of caramel sweetness. A hoppy presence is mild and brings a balance to taste. After-taste pleasant smoky and slightly bready.

M: Smooth, crisp, medium body, good carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down nice, not too filling, solid smoked beer, not overpowering, worth drinking if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: Corked and caged bottle imported to U.S.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into a water glass.

Muddy auburn body with a soapy beige cap - weak head formation, sloppy lacing, and faint legs.

Well balanced smoked and base (Munich) malt in the nose with a touch of spicy/minty noble hops rounding things out.

Lightly sweet palate entry, bready with significant smoke flavor (never quite acrid), a gentle almost citrus-like tartness, and a pleasing grassy/peppery touch of hops, though no bitterness. Bright and hearty with an earthy tobacco-tinged finish.

Light-bodied, vaguely oily, with sufficient carbonation (it doesn't take much as the smoke contributes a certain tannic bite all its own).

A subtle very tasty rauchbier with a smooth well lagered base.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a deep garnet color with one finger off white crown that settles slowly leaving a few "globs" of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.A good amount of oak smoke in the nose along with mild toast and caramel.Meaty smoke flavors up front with a bit of tasted oak notes,the sweetness creeps giving a caramel and rumy element in the finish.Not bad,to be honest maybe better than expected,dare I say a good English lager?

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish, I think. Corked and caged.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy dark caramel brew. Head falls to a skim pretty quick, with leggy sheeting lace. Aroma is malts with a tinge of smoke.

Taste continues the sweet and smoke of the nose, a peek of fruitiness in the middle, then coasts through a balanced close, with a few wisps of smoke left in the wake. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Want more smoke, but just being able to note any is better than some smoke brews.

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Photo of brureview
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By Date: June 2014.

Poured in a stein, the beer has a nice caramel color indicative of Bocks, with a 3/4 finger head.

Aroma: strong fruit at first, which changes to a pronounced peat smell. The beer is brewed with Beechwood smoked malts from Bavaria, which gives it a peaty smell reminiscent of the aroma of the peat in single malt whiskey.

The mouth feel is lightly carbonated, common to the style.

The taste is very "smoky" i.e. peaty. A very unusual beer, most likely very untypical for a British brewery. It is currently not brewed by Meantime. It is highly recommended, especially if one likes peat in Bocks.

Best glass:large Balloon or Stein.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/15/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoked caramelized malts, lager yeast, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then some somkiness come in along with a mild caramel sweetness. The hops presence is mild and brings a good balance. The after-taste is smoky and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid smoked beer worth drinking for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle, stamp on bottle says Best Before End 16 10 14 (but it is kinda hard to read). Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with a half inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. Not very much lacing at all. The aroma is nice, it smells like smoked malt/meats, caramel and grainy malt, and a bit of dark fruit. It tastes like smoked malt/meat, caramel malt, toffee, and some dark fruit. The smoke in both the aroma and taste is noticeable, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and has moderate carbonation. Overall I think it's a decent enough brew. Worth a try, but at $11.99 a bottle I'm not sure I'f I'd pick this up again at that price.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

What, no fresh smoked bock? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-russet topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises light hickory-smoked bacon, light maple syrup, and light candied orange peel. Somehow, all of these factors seem fairly muted. The taste holds notes of dried maple syrup, toffee, very light candied orange peel, and some mild smoke in the background. Once again, most elements are kinda muted, save the bock-y toffee and syrup. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda slick feel. Overall, a solid bock, though the advertised smoke is on the subtle side, and the remaining bock is closer to the middle of the road than either exceptional edge.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of CampusCrew
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I cant think of a better smoked beer for someone to start on than this. Nice amber lager with a touch of smokiness. Nothing too crazy but perfecly balanced caramel malty lager with some bacon on the backend. Color was on the dark side for style and head renttion was on the low side... but i really enojoyed this beer

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Old Smoked Bock from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 38 ratings