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Espresso Bock | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Espresso Bock was made with actual Espresso Beans & 5 Malt Varieties. It is a dark brown color with attractive garnet highlights. The bouquet is noticably coffee-like. The malty-sweet flavor is complimented by the roasty, chocolate notes of the espresso beans and balanced by a medium to full body. Try this delicious offering with our Chicory Stout Rib-eye, our sweet-n-spicy BBQ ribs, or one of our homemade pastries!

Bottom fermented, a Bock beer is named for the famous medieval German brewing town of Einbeck. The style is generally a heavy bodied lager and is darkened by high-coloured malts. Bock is traditionally brewed in the winter time for drinking during the Spring.

30 IBU

Added by froggyfrog on 05-15-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of imbibehour
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a creation that set out to make an espresso type beer, and on that note I would say Dogfish succeeded. An incredibly dark nearly black colour composed of coffee hints, made to go with desert.

I love drinking espresso so how could I not like this? However, the mouthfeel (like an espresso), is incredibly watery and weak. No lingering finish and a taste that nearly evaporates on the taste buds.

An accurate combination and success of the style trying to be achieved, but the combination is not a good one for general consumption.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub in Rehoboth Beach. "Imported from the other room" as the sign states! Nice,caramel sort of brown color. Mellow espresso aroma-sort of nutty and with a scent of vanilla and sweet malt. Definate espresso flavor-not real prominant but its there. Almost has a cocoa flavor-not chocolate but cocoa-grainy and earthy. Very reminiscint of a chocolate bock I brewed for last Xmas. Malty-a lingering sweetneess with a bitter bite. Good body. Very drinkable. Personally I dont know how many I could enjoy in a row but enjoyable none the less. A treat to find on tap here.

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Photo of Hobbz
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

“Espresso bean bock” were the words on the special-beers chalkboard at the DFH taproom/brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE, that caught my eye. This is the latest of the ‘experimental’ beer batches that are brewed right at the Rehoboth Beach facility by the consummately talented brewer & distillery manager, Mike Gerhart, and available only there.

Served fresh from tap into a 1/2 pint glass, 05/12/2006.

Appearance: Enticing very dark liquid which in dim lighting looked black, though a little backlighting allowed some dark brown tones to pass. A rim-embracing thin lacing lingered as I sampled.

Smell: No hiding its unusual ingredient (for a bock). Coffee aroma is immediate and complimented by the smell of a sweet and malty beer alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A rich, complexity of tastes. Delivers fruity bock tones against which coffee flavors abound. Really dead-on background flavors and mouthfeel with its bock lineage: malty and complex, yet nicely 'crisp' - not at all syrupy and carbonation levels to match. All this makes for a very drinkable brew (except for perhaps the coffee-avoider).

With a grain bill of 5 malts and brewed with espresso beans, you could really tell 'by shape' that this is bock-based (and no masquerading coffee porter or stout -- all the more impressive, given what I would assume to be more restrictive balancing requirements for a lager to get things just right-on).

Personally, I am usually not a big fan of beers brewed with coffees or vanilla, though I really enjoy the quality of both (just not in beer). But after drinking a range of DFH beers at their taproom in Rehoboth Beach, a fine ½ pint of this provided an exceptional finish (ok - a few fine ½ pints). I could drink loads of this (and did try to – but was cut short by the limits of my visit).

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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a Rehoboth Beach Brewpub Exclusive lager but I wouldn't be surprised if it eventually found it's way into full production because it is damn tasty!

I had the pleasure of enjoying a pint of this during a weekend trip to RB. The beer was dark brown with red overtones and no head by the time it arrived at our upstairs table.

The aroma was dark roast espresso as expected, coupled with the distinctive burnt grain smell of chocolate malt. It smelled good but the scent was not as strong as it could have been. A more assertive aroma would definitely have heightened the experience.

The taste was grainy at first before transmuting into a flood of heavenly chocolate followed by a delightful bitter espresso flavor in the finish. Hops were mild and seemed to be of a somewhat spicy German descent.

This beer had a lactose-type mouthfeel to it, full on the tongue and almost chewy. I liken it to drinking chocolate milk made with Hershey's Special Dark chocolate.

My perception is that a lot of the bitterness in this beer was picked up from the espresso beans and while it had a strong roasted bitterness there was more than enough sweet chocolaty maltiness to balance. This is a smooth sticky bitter concoction that goes down nice and easy.

A very nice beer. Think Starbucks double shot Espresso Macchiato à la Sam Calagione. Another winner from the people at DFH.

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Espresso Bock from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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