Blizzard Bock | Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a classic German-style dunkel bock. It has rich, toasty malt flavor with hints of soft chocolate. The German-style hop varieties are subdued to allow the malts to star in this satisfying beer. It got us through last winter, it can get you through anything.

21 IBU

Added by oberon on 11-05-2006

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by wiseguy142:
Photo of wiseguy142
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts off nice- dark, rosy brown. Great frothy yellow head with good lacing. A little dark for a standard bock but I'm open to it. Head dies down a bit within a couple minutes but it leaves some nice spotted lacing.

Nose is full of light raisins and brown malt. Not overly heavy on the brown malt. Fruity, malty, totally clean.

Taste is complicated as hell. Chocolate malt, raisins, brown malt, dry and sweet at the same time, very very slightly astringent but definitely acceptable. I'd say cut down on the chocolate malt or roasted barley just a bit, bump up the alcohol and get it a lot cleaner. Either that or make it more like Optimator and turn it around towards the dark side. I enjoy drinking it though- it tastes fresh and seems to be made with high quality ingredients. Mouthfeel is creamy and could be a bit drier with alcohol. Or maybe I'm just looking for more of a dopplebock here. I would drink a Mass of this in Germany with no problem. Great beer garden beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blizzard Bock looks strong and hearty enough to withstand the cold western New York winter. Its head is built like a snow fortress and its body, despite wonderfully sheeny chestnut coloured highlights and immaculate clarity, appears dark and rather substantial. The beer is as nice as its label.

Malt should be at the center of every Bock and, indeed, this aroma has an enticing nuttiness and mild toast. There's a very mild sweetness that is faintly suggestive of caramel but, by and large, this smells mostly of roasted almonds, dark bread crusts and perhaps a hint of chocolate too.

The best bocks are the kind of strong, rich, satiating, subtly complex beers that makes one feel closer to god's heart - this one doesn't have what it takes for that. It is, however, a suitable winter alternative for yellow-beer drinkers; the body is only narrowly more dense and the ease of drinkability on par.

In fact, the only real way this differs from its paler counterparts is in the (mild) flavours of nuts, toasted bread and (even milder) notes of milk chocolate and purple plum-like fruitiness. Put another way, flavours are more numerous but really no more significant than they are in, say, a cream ale.

Flying Bison and I have a shaky relationship that they know nothing about. Their first beers I tried were so fair-to-middling that I never bothered buying them again. Blizzard Bock was my first purchase in a while and, though it reinforced my opinion, was still good enough to restore some confidence.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see Buffalo's only brewery continue to expand into different styles and from what I heard this is going to be bottled shortly as well.Poured a chesnut brown color with a thinner slight off white head,not an overly expressive nose but there is a nice roasted nut and chocolate elemant,big full almost creamy in texture body just what a bock should have pretty lush.Flavors of roasted nut and some caramel sweetness up front gliding into a semisweet chocolate note with just a hint of dry earthiness in the finish.Hops are subdued as they should be this will be a nice warming beer to have over this upcoming winter.

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Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dogfishandi
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on tap at mammoser's tavern in hamburg, ny into a pint glass.

a deep dark brown color, almost a little reddish, thin but retentive light tan colored head kept a thick ring the whole glass. a little sticky lace.

not much aroma. some light sweet toasted malt and very light roast.

not a bad taste, actually pretty decent. sweet toasty and some lightly roasted malts. some nice hints of chocolate, a subtle earthy hop, just enough bitterness to balance and just a hint of fruitness.

a little too much carbonation, medium to light in body.

ive never really been impressed by any flying bison beers, they all remain decent with good drinkability. this falls in line with the rest.

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Photo of CJake
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcbeers
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyFikes
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of sdj5
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Ryften
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Carlton1964
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of spark3148857
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of zrroot
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johnnyv310
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of johnso98
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gabedivision
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to pint glass from a 12 oz bottle

A- Deep reddish brown, clear, low carbonation with a 1 finger head that thins around the top of the glass.

S- Toasted malts, deep lager scents, small hints of chocolate and toffee.

T- Great typical bock flavor, roasted malts, chocolates, and a dark fruit characteristic on the finish.

M- Light - medium in body, robust, semi sweet, medium carbonation.

O- This makes the grade, while i'm never "blown away" by FBBC's beers, they always hold up well to their style. This is a good bock, with great traditional Bock flavors.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I don't know where I got this bottle-- no doubt it was an extra in a trade or BIF... So thanks whoever you are!
Served in a dimpled mug

Deep reddish brown body. Clear. Small tan head settled to a clingy film. No lacing.
Smells of roasty malts with some coffee and even chocolate.
The flavor is the same-- a touch of sweetness is lost to a dry roastiness. Light hint of bitterness
Really thin.... Really really thin. Kinda watery. What's off though is that despite being thin and watery, it leaves a gritty syrupy vibe on my teeth after each sip.

Overall-- yikes. This is not a very good bock... It is quite one-dimensional and too thin, the best I can say for it is this; it hides its ABV pretty well. I wouldn't drink another one unless I was too wasted to know the difference.

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Photo of electtodefer
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of fscottkey
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Looks black when it pours but it is really just dark red. You can easily see through it with a little back lighting. There was a small head that was gone really quickly. The bottle has a squished print code that I assume decodes to something. No listed ABV or IBU.

S: [3.75] Raisins and dark fruit. Some spice that I can't put my finger on. Also maybe caramel

T: [3.50] There are some holiday spices and nice sweetness. I am not getting much roasted malt character (darker beer makes my brain think roasted malt).

M: [3.75] The carbonation is light and the beer feels nice on the palate. It starts to feel a little watery late.

O: [3.50] I am a bit of a homer and this is a local brew - so I tend to dig deep for the positives (he at least I can admit it). This is a nice Christmas type beer. It has the warming spices and a nice sweetness to go along with it. It tastes like it has lower ABV (no alcohol taste at all).

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is brown, solid; head is light tan with fine to small bubbles; head presents 1/4 inch thick and then dissipate to a ring, no lacing.

Smell is cocoa, light caramel, toast, light raisin, solid munich malt character.

Taste is a touch thinner than some of the leading aromas, still present cocoa, light caramel, toast and raisin.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a bit drying, maybe a touch overcarbonated.

Overall the leading aroma and moderate flavors are in the style of a pleasant bock.

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Blizzard Bock from Flying Bison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 46 ratings