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Split Rock Bock | Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-04-2003

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Nolster
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Metalsnota
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cpt_splding
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigAl18
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickSMpls
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the two bottles purchased was flat. Secondon proved lacking across the board. Overly sweet, low aroma and highly muted flavors.

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Photo of d5001986
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of MynamesRickJames
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kraticus41
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of light tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and roasty malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate and caramel. Upfront toasted malts with bready hints of biscuit, toast, grains, chocolate, coffee, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Also some hints of smoked malt and brown sugar sweetness. Light earthy hop presence. A solid toasty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a bready and roasty malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, chocolate, and caramel. Toasted malts with upfront bready notes of biscuit, toasted bread, grains, chocolate, caramel, coffee, nuts, yeast, and some smoked malt. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Subtle background notes of earthy hops. A solid dark bock taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, smooth, and fairly drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a bock. Good dark toasty malt notes with a nice smooth dryness.

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Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of elcrawl
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of troyvar
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jsprain1
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep red-brown with a nice one finger cream head that lasts well.
S- The aroma is quite mild, too much so, with sweet caramel being about all I can pull out.
T- More flavor than the nose indicated. Caramel, with a bit of cocoa, and dark bread dough.
M- The body was disappointing. Light, almost foamy consistancy. Not in the the rich hearty bock tradition. Flavor, oddly enough, lingers in the mouth though.
O- An average bock. It has flavor, but it needs some more body to it for me to think of it as more than an average bock.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer from umustdrink in a trade – thanks!

A very nice bock, I see from past reviews this beer can be iffy, but for me it was a winner!

Cola brown pour, clear, with a bubbly ivory head and condensed into a foamy mass of toppings.

Intrigued with the smoky hints in the aroma, firm malt backbone. And yep, the smokiness is there in the quaff, very nice – along with a toasted malt kick, woody and resinous.

Smooth drinking and full bodied, I could go for a full sixer of these critters.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Split Rock Bock was a red-brown color with good clarity. It had a short beige head with decent retention and a little lacing. The aroma was sweet malt and fruity. The taste was about the same with a dry finish. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a pretty good bock.

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Photo of umustdrink
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Almost completely opaque, held to light it's a deep red. Head is an offwhite that fades to a film. Lacing

S - Light roast coffee, green grapes, odd sourness.

T - Watered down cold coffee, mild sweetness with a tinge of hops.

D - I bought a six pack of this beer when it first came out this year and it tasted almost nothing like what I have in front of me.

Negative points for inconsistency (common with Lake Superior Brewing Co)

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed February 6, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Soy-like malty aroma. Deep chocolately amber color. Thin head, whitish. Light carbonation. Fresh tobacco tones. Very creamy, but lacks depth or stength. Finishes nutty and smooth. Smacks of avocado and mellow fruits.

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Photo of pweis909
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Decided to re-review this, as a few posters noted sourness that I couldn't recall and my earlier review did not reflect.

Yep. It's there, and it is pretty obvious. Maybe I missed it the first time around, for some reason (what was I eating?) or maybe it's something that cropped up in a recent batch.

I still get some chocolate, some malt sweetness, maybe even smokiness, but definitely sourness.

I have to agree with an earlier poster -- the sour bite this brings to the beer is not consistent with the style of bock (in truth, even during my earlier review, the beer seems more porter-like than bock-like).

Furthermore, now that I am noticing this taste, I'm not sure I like it.

New scores in taste and drinkability reflect this new take on the beer. I'll wait several months before reviewing again.

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Photo of ZAP
2.14/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chestnut brown in color with a little white head on top...Nose is a bit different for a bock....yeasty and sourish at first....almost like raspberries..also some faint doughyness on the nose....along with a strong horse shit aroma....some might say cow shit but I'd lean toward horse shit...

.Mouthfeel leans thinish ...carbonation is about right...Overall I have had this beer for about three different years now and find it very average at best. The sourish flavor does nothing for me....niether does the horse shit aroma...not what I expect out of a bock...avoid

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Photo of tavernjef
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep bronzed brown. Slim sandy brown cap of slick bubbly unlasting foam. A thin and slightly bubbled collar stays present. Thinnly placed lacing in drippy globs of broken ringed sheets.

Aroma is a bit like sour dough bread mixed with a flat cola sweetness.

Flavor is quite plain and simple. A forever unbalanced tangy sourness pursues for far too long. A slimming, yet soured bread doughy sweetness with a cherry cola backing make up most of whats there with some notes of nuts and cocoa. Far to shallow and tanged in a creepy sourness thats like licking a fresh penny.

Feel is lighter/medium with a lot of sweetened tangy sourness taking alot of interest from anything else that may help bring balance. Smooth but overly soured on the lips and palate for any real enjoyment. This was disappointing to say the least.

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Photo of CultureJamMN
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut, reddish edges. Modest head with average lacing.

Smell is not strong (typical with LSBC) but what there is smells of malts, with coccoa and there's almost a burnt match smell too...

The taste is surprisingly of cola. I noticed hints of coccoa and maybe a roasty malt. Pleasant

Mouthfeel is a little thin, and it does give the feeling that you are drinking an RC or SuperChill cola... which is not pleasant. It's not bad in anyway... it's also just not that good either.

Very much in the vein of other LSBC beers, approachable, but clearly not best in class.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a 6'er off the rack of my favorite local beer store and couldn't wait long before popping on open.

I'd never been a huge fan in the past of Bocks but this is a great beer and could change how I view them. Poured a large head over a rich dark brown that dissipated after several minutes and left a little lacing as the glass emptied.

Has a pleasent, sweet smell that lets you know its still a bock.

Taste likewise is sweet and very smooth. It is a tad lighter in flavor compared to other bocks, but leaves only a faint and very pleasant after taste that you dont find in many beers.

Feels very nice rolling back over your tounge. A little crisp from carbonation, but fairly mellow overall.

If I didn't have to get up I early tomorrow, I might consider laying waste to the rest of the 6-pack. This is a great beer for anyone thats looking for a nice full beer and wants a new encounter with the bock-style.

Tastes great, goes over smooth.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.57/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a good value of a very solid representation of the style. Deep brown in color. Tan head. Smell is malty and full, brown sugar and roasted malt. Taste is relatively well hopped from what I have had from the single bock style. Very good flavor, roasted and somewhat sweet just like a well made bock should be. Good full mouthfeel, excellent drinkability, I drank a six pack of this stuff in a 4 hours span leaving me with a pleasant taste in my mouth. For $6.49 a 6er, you can't go wrong with Split Rock Bock (named after one of the most beautiful monuments in Minnesota).

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Split Rock Bock from Lake Superior Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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