Thumbprint Mocha Berry Bock
New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Mocha Berry BockThumbprint Mocha Berry Bock
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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Ranked #13
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Ranked #13,643
3.96 | pDev: 8.33%
Mar 30, 2023
Oct 04, 2021
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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Ratings by Chaz:
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Reviewed by Chaz from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Looks as it should for the style; Ruddy-amber/brown, topped with a medium tan head. Good duration, good lacing.

Berry all over the nose. Raspberry is my best guess. Much lighter notes of caramel, toffee, and darker, roasted malt. Very, very clean and neutral.

SWEET. Much sweeter than I was anticipating on the first sip, and with much less of the mocha (or Bock-like, even) character than I would have expected or liked. A bit lighter and “fizzy”, carbonation-wise. Not sure what to make of that altogether, although I expect (and prefer) Bocks to be a bit fuller in body.

Mocha character emerges about mid-palate, but is very subtle, and is subsumed by the berry character and the overall sweetness. Very little bitterness to this beer, also, so it seems a bit less than what it aimed to be (Bock beer has at least -some- bitterness, right?)

Much lighter in body than I had expected, but is very, very drinkable despite this.

The sweetness and fizziness (combined with the berry flavor dominance) is not what I expected, and if I were being 100% honest (with respect to my personal tastes) I’d rate this one a bit lower.

As it is, I expect that this is exactly what the brewmaster was going for, and I also expect that it is the sort of beer that would be well received by the “people who don’t like beer” crowd (this refers to the people that disdained and disparaged American Adjunct Lager for the last forty tears or so — some of whom probably still do so!)
Jun 19, 2022
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Rated: 3.64 by bplabernie from Michigan

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Rated: 3.99 by Bowers-Brew from Illinois

Dec 31, 2022
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Reviewed by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Kind of an iced tea coloring with a malty presence. Distinctive khaki head that is at first quite fluffy and velvety but has an audible fizziness to it. Some nice lacing down the glass.

Berries and cherries (especially) are the first thing I notice on the nose, then some very light roasted chocolate malts appear to give it some nuance and depth. I’d never pick this out as a bock, and the chocolatey characteristics described on the bottle aren’t nearly as pronounced as advertised. But it’s a nice, if somewhat fruit-dominated aroma profile. Maybe a touch of acidic balsamic vinegar hidden in the background as the beer warms.

Light cocoa plays a larger role on the tongue, especially on the back end, which does provide a slight chocolate-covered-cherry vibe. Fortunately it isn’t cloying or artificial in any way, just an additional layer behind the ripe berries (now more pronounced) and cherries. Maybe a little pithy hop bitterness under the surface? Again, fruit-juice dominated so the “beer” features are well hidden, as is often the case in the Thumbprint series beers. But incredibly drinkable, and I’m not getting the cherry cola vibe that previous reviewers mentioned.

Soft and smooth with a pleasant amount of stickiness on the teeth. Goes down smooth.

This doesn’t match the ultra-fruit-focused NB offerings like Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart for me, as those are standouts. But this is a very tasty beer that I will consume happily and that tickles a similar itch.
Oct 27, 2022
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Reviewed by magikbagel from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It reminds me of a cherry soda more than a beer, but its very good and appreciate its character. The chocolate flavor is a strong backbone for the tart fruit.
Oct 13, 2022
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Oct 11, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by Xyvos00 from Illinois

Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a willi becher. Pours a medium brown with a reddish tint. Medium-sized off-white head; good retention and lacing. Aroma and flavor feature chocolate-covered raspberries, fresh raspberries, caramel malt, light roast coffee, and hints of vanilla and earthy hops. It's moderately sweet without being cloying. Similar to the blueberry cocoa stout, this has the best elements of a pastry stout without being overly sweet, boozy, or thick/chunky. It looks, tastes, and acts like beer. Great stuff.
Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by pweis909 from Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
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
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.51 by Rhetion from Florida

Mar 30, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin

Mar 08, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.88 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.91 by jakea from Wisconsin

Feb 04, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Jan 29, 2022
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