Old Smoked Bock
Meantime Brewing Company Limited

Old Smoked BockOld Smoked Bock
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Bock - Traditional
3.81 | pDev: 9.71%
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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uturn from Florida

4/5  rDev +5%

Jan 16, 2013
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oberon from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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?

Jul 09, 2013
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber/mahogany with a nice tan head and decent carbonation considering there was no real pop on teh cork ... a tiny poof from the pull. Light sweet Munich malt aromas with a little smoke character. A bit more smoke character on the front of the taste with a nice solid maltiness. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry malty finish and traces of smoke.

Very nice Bock that picks up incremental traces of smoke as it warms up...

Per label: "The Greenwich Brewery" & "Unfiltered"

Per MJ notes:
- Munich and Smoked malts
- Perle and Spalter German hops
- Available in 750ml bottles, only through MJ’s Rare Beer Club

'L5351' lasered on the side
Tasted: 01/03/07

(25.4 oz. / 750 ml tall yellow-ish green champagne style bottle, corked, and caged)

Jan 04, 2007
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joecast from Australia

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hope this is the right beer. label is different, much more modern. and they dropped the "old" from the name. 6%abv vintage date 2/11/09 and bottle #2818 of 3860

golden/copper color. very clear. medium high carbonation. nice off white head. very light and refreshing looking.

malty aroma dominates. a slight sweetness from the higher abv. smoke is understated and i probably wouldnt pick it out right away if i didnt know it was there. as it is, the smoke is a delicate mix of wood and bacon with perhaps the bacon being slightly stronger.

good malt flavor but still manages to finish clean. very little yeast or fermentation character for a bigger lager. the smoke is light but does add character to the beer. little residual sweetness to make it heavy or cloying. bitterness mixes with the malt in sort of a german pils way only with a bit of, not sure. not a lot of crystal malt if any. maybe dark munich or something like that.

glad i picked this up. very interesting beer. the light smoke mixes well with this light dry lager.

Apr 08, 2010
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yelterdow from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Rare Beer Club comes this one from Greenwich, England. 750ml bottle, served at about cellar temperature in a lovely tasting tulip. No freshness date, but the code L5351Y 1432 is lasered in yellow.

Appearance- The cork pulls out pretty easily without fuss or fanfare... like pulling the pacifier out of a sleeping baby's mouth. Color here is that of a typical bockbier, a light caramel supporting a two-finger light beige head. Large, erratic bubbles hover above the quiet, clear liquid. No lacing and even though my glass is etched at the bottom, there are no streams of effervescence shooting to the surface.

Smell- Surprising notes of candied yams, vanilla beans, and dark fruit are noticed immediately... a far cry from the smokiness that a rauchbier usually imparts. Similarities to an old ale style are brought to mind. If you elect to pour the beer straight into your glass without tilting it, the resulting larger head will contain some smoky aromas along with the hops. Just an FYI.

Taste- Now, a lightly smoked malt character meanders through a sweet, delectable garden of figs and prunes... very nicely done. This is a malt lover's beer, rich and filling in a good way. The hops are saved for the very finish, where the mouth dries and the fruitiness begins to wane.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The feeling this beer has in the mouth is remarkable... soft and understated, it swells just right when rolled around and gently complements the ingredients. I would love to session this in the right atmosphere... late evening, there's probably snow on the ground... I could imagine maybe a ski trip... not that I've ever skiied. It's really good, big and flavorful, and highly drinkable. Rare and next to impossible to find, try it if you ever come across it.

Oct 15, 2006
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ALESwhatCURESya from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this from a friend in the MJ Rare Beer Club.

A-This pours out a hazy, unfiltered, chestnut brown body with a thin loose white head. When I popped the cork, there was no pop, but the carbonation was decent.

S-The peaty smokiness is present but not overpowering and fake like others I have had in the past. This was very subtle and allowed room for the maltiness to come through.

T-Smooth and smokey with big malt backbone. There were notes of chocolate and cinnamon throughout the bottle. As it warms, the spices (added or natural) come through more evident. This almost reminded me of a winter warmer with a smoked touch.

M-Very flavorful with an acidic and carbonic feel.

D-I am glad that I had the opportunity to try this beer, but I am not a big smoked beer fan. Unique and enjoyable.

Dec 25, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Dec 04, 2013
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bark from Sweden

3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep amber; the beige high foam sinks down to a finger thick head leaving lots of lacing. The liquid is hazy.

The smell got mild notes of smoked malt, a dry hoppy bitterness and chemical notes of soap and alcohol.

The taste is at first lightly smoked, and surprisingly light/drinkable. Bitter hints are followed by an interesting sour, almost tart lemon-lime flavour. Where are the malts? The aftertaste got mild notes of smoke/tar, citric notes and some bitter herbs.

The carbonation is a little odd: It is mild, yet the small bubbles are almost sharp. The liquid is relatively light.

A different beer and a very different bock. Lots of unexpected tart notes and almost none of the malty notes I expect from a bock. Still, it is quite drinkable.

Or is my bottle infected? Hmmm.

Nov 15, 2008
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

May 10, 2013
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Ego from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

many thanks to my bud and fellow BA Dan aka Yelterdow

3 full fingers of off white foam surge to the top of the glass, big soapy/frothy head here, light ruby tone delving into some brown, no apparent carbonation but it is obviously lurking, the head is also retention city, this is taking a while to calm down to the point where I can stick my beak in there and get a whiff. nice lookin' brew!

the smoke is pretty subtle, it almost "hides" in there but smoke is a peekin' on in, dry and biscuit like malts tend to dominate, everything seems a bit tame though, not much in this but smell isn't everything..

taste etc...
nice full malty flavor with medium to thicker mouthfeel, carbonation is tame, the smoke shows up in the aftertaste, on second sip this is creamy, nice job on the mouthfeel. The smoke is very subtle and accentuates the malt very nicely. Some smoked beers can go over the top with smoke (although I happen to like that). This is so unassuming and pleasant you could drink it all day if not for the moderate heft. Pretty straightforward but well executed.

not worth mortgaging your house but a nice interesting brew to try if you see it.

Jan 23, 2007
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much of a pop of the cork on the Rare Beer Club bottle, but it doesn't seem to be a problem as the medium tan head piles up easily and lingers for a bit though not as high as the picture online. The aroma is full of fruity esters, raisans, currants but light and no smoke in the nose. And take a sip--there's the smoke, a distinct roast but not overwhelming or excessively big for the style. At least, while the grainy texture gives a chewy mouthfeel, you're not sucking on a charred log either. Dark maroon or burgundy in color with shades swirling in the light, it is sweet up front, sticking on my lips, which I like. Not much of a choice, but drink this one slow--the alcohol becomes more assertive as it warms and blends with the smoke to mellow/integrate the flavor even more. Can't wait to go to Bamberg for the style on home turf, but this English interpretation is worth the effort.

Sep 09, 2006
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rab53 from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jan 23, 2013
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RWD1 from New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Source: 750 ml corked bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours reddish brown into an Imperial pint. Serious 1½-2” head dissipates fairly quickly to a fine light tan sheet. A few non-concentrated bubbles from the bottom.

Smell: Malty, with a hint of – I’m going to use this word a few times – smokiness coming through.

Taste: Smoke and malt hit you up front, but not in an overpowering way; it’s really quite balanced. A nice hop bitterness comes through in the end, but it is again not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is substantial.

Drinkability: I wasn’t familiar with the style and thought that, even if I liked the style, it wouldn’t be very drinkable. I wouldn’t call this a typical session beer, but you could easily drink several, particularly if you had some nice smoked meat (maybe BBQ?) to pair it with.

Sep 09, 2006
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Mar 02, 2013
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper beer with a thin head. Very clear.

Smell of smoke and wood. A subtle English fruitiness coming from the yeast.

Taste is mild smokey with a light roast. Although the color is light for a bock, it has a dark malt taste. The smoke is not in your face, but dominates the taste of the beer. It is a sort of birch-like smokiness. The malt is a little dextrinous and has bready notes. Bitterness is clean, but has some rough raw hop notes. Mouthfeel is a little sticky but not sweet.

Feb 07, 2010
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Mar 18, 2013
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dogfooddog from Panama

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This unfiltered 750ml bottle was a beer club selection; served at 50F. Pours with a very large tan head into a pint glass, beer is a reddish-copper color.

The barely-readable front label's grey text notes that this beer was made with Rauchbier malt.

Nose is of roasted malt, just a hint of actual smoke in the nose.

Taste is another thing entirely, the woodsmoke is dominant but not overpowering or overbearing. The roast/burnt malt taste accompanies and works very well with it. The beer is mildly bitter towards the end of the taste and into the aftertaste.

The finish is not very smoky, but instead like the nose, mildy roasted, burnt taste fading away.

This beer is fabulous and very drinkable. Highly Recommended. I generally do not like to open a 750ml of a beer I have never tried if I am alone, but in this case I finished the whole thing wanting more!

Apr 20, 2006
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sams Marcey

Meantime's Old Smoked Bock poured a beautiful clear caramel brown with the ruby tinted highlights. Very few large carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. A two finger head ecru head formed on the pour that was somewhat soapy and eventually fell to a thin crown. Great looking body although the head wasn't what it could have been.

Aroma is really nice. Traditional bock scents such as big doses of bready and toasted malts along with the a slight bit of rich banana bread (with cherries). This alone will make your mouth water but then along comes the ghostly smoke. I would have to say the perfect amount of smoke is intermingled in this brew and goes great with the traditional bock aromas.

The smoke isn't as noticeable on the palate as in the nose. Again, this is a good quality bock with hints of smoke on the swallow. Nutty and doughly throughout with some toasty malts toward the middle. Banana bread slides through mid-palate and a mild charred smokiness comes through on the swallow. The smoke is hardly noticeable at first but as I drink the smoke builds and becomes a little thicker.

Body is on the heavier side of medium but incredibly smooth. This beer is liquid velvet without much carbonation to get in the way. Nice smokiness hangs out on the back of the throat. Very nice mouthfeel.

Easy drinker beer on a brisk fall evening like tonight. Goes down and warms you as it does.

A creamy bock you can wrap your tastebuds around. Great on this cool evening. A good all around bock and the smoked malts just add a welcomed layer of complexity.

Nov 03, 2007
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augustgarage from California

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Aug 18, 2013
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kornkid8600 from California

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 12, 2015
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spycow from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

Apr 08, 2013
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Blursimarsi from Sweden

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Bottle) Pours amber to reddish brown with a medium, off-white to sand colored head. The aroma is medium to heavily malty with a nice balance between the smoked qualities and the rather massive bready, toasted, nutty cookies and tiny caramelly notes. The undertones bring hints of spices like clove and cardamom, honey, low alpha herbal hops, dark fruits/prunes and some apples. The nose is not too sweet which I personally like. The flavour starts a bit sweet with robust malty tones of dark grainy bread, toast, nuts and just a touch of prunes. The finish is a bit dryer with a lemon acid-like sting. Spicy and herbal hoppy. The mouthfeel is smooth, round, acidic and soft carbonated. Light to medium bitter. The aftertaste is of bread, spices and smoke. Medium bodied. The acidic notes grows stronger as the beer gets warmer, it might be infected.

Nov 13, 2008
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CampusCrew from Florida

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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

Jan 12, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Feb 10, 2013
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welldigger888 from South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Jan 09, 2014
Old Smoked Bock from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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