Thumbprint Mocha Berry Bock
New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Bock - Traditional
Ranked #14
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Ranked #12,386
4 | pDev: 8.5%
May 03, 2022
Oct 04, 2021
Very Good
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Notes: We gathered summer’s forest berries to drench in silky chocolate decadence. Rich Wisconsin and Czech malts elevate mocha caramel chocolate notes while German and American hops support the bright berry goodness of this strong Bock. You hold in your hand Mocha Berry Bock, the magical alchemy of Brewmaster Dan Carey. A collision of chocolate malts and raspberry resulting in an unexpected symphony of tasty goodness.
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Photo of pweis909
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by pweis909 from Wisconsin

Conceptually, berries and bock sounds like a good idea, but the execution falls short. The depth of fruit is what I've come to expect from New Glarus, but there is a clash between the fruit and the bitterness, which I assume is hop but could perhaps be roasted malt. The result is a sweet fruitiness that hides an off bitterness, and that means it reminds me of cough medicine. The bitterness comes through in the finish, an I find the if I let the beer pass quickly in my mouth, it comes across as someting like their main fruit beers with a slight chocolate finish. If I try to savor that finish, cough medicine. If this were simply mocha bock or berry beer, I'd be pretty pleased, but the combo is flawed.

May 03, 2022
Photo of Beginner2
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Two statements constitute my full disclosure about this very favorable review.

First is a bias: New Glarus occupies a special place in my heart; being my favorite brewer for almost two decades, until I found Off Color in my own backyard... (but NG remains #2 without rivals.)

Second, NG brews in two styles in which its beers are pretty consistently world-class: first, its lagers range from faultless to great; second, its fruit beers dominate because they are as close in complexity as can be to the best Lambics.

Mocha Berry Bock combines these two NG world-class interpretations into one brew. Building from its strengths, NG nearly succeeds in, yet another, world-class creation.

I can't recommend any improvements other than the obvious: perhaps more mocha malt and less berry. How do to do that? Dan Carey can figure it out.

5/17/22 Had a second bottle at the end of a surprisingly cool spring day and it was a treat. I even saved some for dessert. Keeping count @ UnTappd.

May 02, 2022
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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

This beer pours a reddish brown color. The head is somewhere between red and white. The head is 2 finger and long lasting, however, there wasn't much lacing.
The nose is a berry bomb. I get blackberries, and raspberries. Well balanced, and pleasing to the nose.
The flavor is a berry bomb up front. I get raspberries, and blackberries in the flavor. They're a combination of sweet and tart. The berries linger, but are added to, on the back with a nice biscuit, bread malt flavor that adds even more to this beer.
The body is decent. Very smooth feeling.
This is delicious, but it went down way too fast. I do recommend this.

Apr 17, 2022
4.51 by Rhetion from Florida on Mar 30, 2022
4.54 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin on Mar 08, 2022
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer looked like a bock, brown with ruby hints and a small head.

Smell - The berries largely overruled the maltiness of the bock.

Taste - Even though the beer is flavored with raspberry, it reminded me of Belgian Red. The fresh berry taste is not overwhelming, but the base beer is hidden. Raspberries continued to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The beer had medium carbonation, with a somewhat heavy body.

Overall - I might like the beer if the base beer stood out more.

Feb 20, 2022
3.88 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Feb 19, 2022
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3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by emerge077 from Illinois

Dark crimson tone, two fingers of foam, lasting head and even a thin collar of spotty lacing around the edges.

Raspberry aroma, tiny bit of yeast in the periphery. Not getting any chocolate or bock related aromas.

Moderately sweet with some natural raspberry tartness to balance. Raspberry Italian ice comes to mind. Minor traces of chocolate, but pretty hard to find. Drinks like Raspberry Tart lite.

Lighter side of medium bodied, ample carbonation, fruit forward. Pleasant enough as an apertif, not something i’d want more of. Thankfully not as sickly sweet as some of New Glarus’ fruit beers lately.

Feb 06, 2022
3.91 by jakea from Wisconsin on Feb 04, 2022
3.81 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Jan 29, 2022
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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

Part of the Thumbprint Series. ABV is not listed on the bottle or on the website.

Pours tan colored, thick with a modest head of foam. Aroma is highly raspberries, present when poured. Just a whiff of chocolate can be detected, though it is quite faint. Taste is up front raspberry with chocolate notes, some very mild hint of caramel and a dry, bitterness coats the tongue. There is a similarity to beer brewed with tea. This is very distinct and not your typical bock. It is pleasing but holds its' distance. Quite unique.

Jan 19, 2022
4.18 by d5001986 from Wisconsin on Jan 15, 2022
3.33 by Benish from Wisconsin on Jan 14, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Strix from Wisconsin

Cranberry colored, decent initial head that fades.

Heavy raspberry in the nose

Heavy on the raspberry in the taste, maybe a little less tart than their regular raspberry brew. Ever so slight cocoa note in the finish.

Low carbonation, smooth drinking.

This one pretty much defies categorization. If you're looking for bock flavors (or for that matter, mocha flavors) you'll be disappointed. But is it tasty and refreshing? Sure!

Jan 09, 2022
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3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by smbslt from Illinois

Unbalanced and surprisingly disappointing for a great brewer. Berries overwhelmed everything else with an almost candy sweet quality. Not sure what was trying to be achieved.

Dec 31, 2021
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium brown body with a red hue. Thick cap of off white head; scant spotty lacing. Head dies down to no head with a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: seeds and jammy raspberry's and blackberry's. Perhaps some brown sugar notes as well. Mostly smelling tart berries though.

Taste: big tart raspberries upfront that seems to thin out towards the end of the taste into a very subtle caramel and chocolate note in the finish. I can say I have never tasted a beer like this before. Not getting much of the coffee aspect of a beer labeled "mocha" in the name. The berries kind of wash over most flavors of this beer.

Mouthfeel: On the light end of a medium bodied beer with low levels of carbonation present. There is plenty of carbonation in the beer though. drinkable not boozy.

Overall: Not your typical New Glarus beer. It's got fruit which we all know that Dan C. is a master of fruit beers. And it's a Bock which we all know that Dan C. also brews incredible German style beers. It's interesting and its enjoyable enough to try once. All this said, I think this is a bit of a stretch for what New Glarus does well.

Dec 31, 2021
4.35 by greenhousedrummer from Tennessee on Dec 31, 2021
4.16 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Dec 29, 2021
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Dec 27, 2021
4 by Krusader from Wisconsin on Dec 21, 2021
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - dark red clear with a big reddish white head and lacing
Smell - raspberry mostly
Taste - chocolate raspberry slight sour but sweet as well
Feel - lighter body with a medium light body
Overall - can't really tell this is a bock and has a very slight chocolate. This is more of a easy going raspberry tart. Dialed way back from there standard raspberry tart sour. This is very drinkable and not overly tart or sweet. Really nice

Dec 20, 2021
Photo of Bshaw22
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

Pours dark brownish red.
Smell is berry forward.
Taste is big berries. Can’t tell this is a bock beer.
Small amount of mocha. Tart on the back end.
Pretty refreshing beer.

Dec 19, 2021
4.09 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin on Dec 19, 2021
4.03 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Dec 06, 2021
Thumbprint Mocha Berry Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
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