Hunter Bock | Potters Hotel & Brewery (Hunter Beer Co)

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Potters Hotel & Brewery (Hunter Beer Co)

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 08-07-2006

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of KeithG
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery 09/07/11.

Pours a chocolatey brown colour with nice glint up to the light. Head is beige, I guess, hanging around nicely and pleasantly dense. Decent lace. Looks good.

Not a lot on the nose to be honest. Bit of chocolate grain, some yeasty notes. Some nutty aroma, but I feel like it's a bit overattenuated, with not a lot added late for aroma.

Taste is not a huge deal better. Sweet grain upfront that dissipates to leave a quite mild front palate; develops more flavour on the mid with chocolate grain giving mild cocoa and roasty hints. Late-mid gets a bit sour where one feels that the flavour isn't quite full enough, so it becomes this weak roasty flavour. Finishes well though, with a clean crisp cutoff of the fairly sweet dark flavours, to remind one it's a lager. I've had some unpleasant bocks, and this is not one of them - although this is largely due to the fact that this isn't a very impressive one.

Bit of texture and nice body. Could tone down the carbonation a bit, but it's nice and full.

I feel that, as a bock, this could definitely be bigger and bolder, but as a beer it's OK.

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Photo of ADZA
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a kola beer hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and little lacing,the smell is chocolate,oak,tobacco and coffee,it has a light bodied averagely carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of cherry ripe,dark bitter coffee,tobacco and is finished off with a dark fruity bitterness and overall its pretty average and i can not see it in my forseeable future cheers.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ML poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a light cola color and settled a dark cola color. Moderate pour got a very large, fluffy light brown colored head of 3 fingers. Good staying power to the head. Nice head retention to this as well. A few rings of lacing here and there.

S-- Thin and more thin. Some nuttiness to this and some roasted malts but the nose is very weak.

T-- Taste is somewhat better. A lot of toasted nuts, small bit of bread and just a touch of carmel sweetness.

M-- Medium carbonated and lighter feel. Far closer to a dark lager than a bock. A lot of toasted hazelnuts and Carmel in the mouth. A lot of residual sweetness in the finish.

D-- Not really bock but any means. More a dark lager than anything else. Pretty boring really. One of my issues with the beer is the bottle format. Only in 750's. Get really tired of it after a while and want to stop drinking after a glass or two. Becomes a chore in a way. 330 or 500 is almost perfect for this and would help improve the quality of this in a big way.

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Photo of dgilks
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rounded malt aroma with notes of chocolate and toast. It doesn't have the bready melanoidins of lots of other bocks.

Very dark brown colour with a big, fluffy, quick dissipating tan head.

There's a nice sweetness here with a good malt character but again there is lack of the breadiness expected of a bock. TO me this is more of a Schwartzbier. Good but not great.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a bit boring. It lacks really clear Bock character and what there is is uninspiring.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at Paddy's Brewers Market Festival 09.

Pours a deep russet copper, with a filmy, but sticky head of off-white lace. Lacing is very good, sliding in great gobs around the edge of the glass. Excellent clarity. Looks very good indeed.

Some light roasted grain notes on the nose. A bit weak overall, some sweetness, but little else.

Taste is much better. A good burst of roasted malt, verging on slightly smoky, with a drying bitterness at the back. Tastes darker than it looks. Finish is slightly phenolic, with a vaguely acetone character, but it's forgiveable. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin.

A pretty decent little brew. Plenty of roasty characters, and a cleansing bitterness to go along with it. Overall, it's a drinkable drop.

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Photo of vancurly
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beige head, good lace & bubbles.
Colour of dark brown, with deep cherry edges.
Little nose...some dark malt notes, but not much.
Deep, roasty complex flavour, some banana-like esters. Cold coffee.
Medium bitterness, touch cloying, reasonable balance. Would prefer it served warmer.

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Hunter Bock from Potters Hotel & Brewery (Hunter Beer Co)
3.33 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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