Split Rock Bock | Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Split Rock BockSplit Rock Bock

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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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 36
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +13%
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 jsprain1
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +8.2%
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 +10.7%
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 -18.1%
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 -0.6%
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 -22.3%
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 -39.5%
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 -18.6%
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 -5.9%
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 +12.4%
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 +29.1%
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

deep brown color, transparent round the edges, where it shines a bright crimson, a rocky cocoa / tan head nestled above, long-lasting and attractive.
Nutty nose, cola tones, chocolate, too, soft and lovely...nice.
Mmmm...tastes good, too. Smooth and creamy, warm mouthfeel, rich malt, very easy on the palate and riding off it, too. Bit of cherry in there, mixed with the other flavors, getting sweeter. A substantial bock, though, lightish in body. Faint finish, rounds off rather tidily.
Wasn't sure what to expect with this one, since I'd never seen it before, and heard that some batches had their problems, but this was a pleasant surprise. A drier kind of bock, not as thick with the malt, but satisfying in it's own way.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is almost completely black, some brown hues around the bottom. Fair tan head leaves some lacing behind. Light malt nose. The light sweet malts are followed by a sour fruit flavor. Hops are minimal. Medium bodied. This isnt my main style, but i agree with some of the other reviewers that this is a different take on the bock.

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Photo of alexgash
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a small light tan head. Smells like soapy sweet gingerbread, with a light roasted edge and a shot of mid-priced Wisconsin-cabin VSOP brandy. Taste is rich, sweetish caramelly malt. Light bitterness comes in to balance and the finish is roasty with a touch of bitterness and sweetness. Chewy, med-bodied. Not a bad MN beer.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is deep brown in color with ruby-highlights. It forms a creamy tan head. The aroma is sour, malty, and a bit of chocolate is detected. The flavor is malty, some-what sour and milky, and a bit sweet. There is also a bit of roastiness and toastiness to it. It is medium-full in body. I am not too impressed with this one, it is a bit different.

Sampled 3/25/04

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Photo of garymuchow
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I like this more than most. I found my sample to be quite enjoyable.
Aroma presents with a creamy quality that has soft characteristics that is semi-sweet, somewhat yeasty with malt.
Dark brown-mahogany-red in light. One inch head that is firm. Good looking beer.
Medium dry malt taste start to finish. Fairly rich malt presence throughout. Some hop bitterness towards the finish. Balanced nicely. Pushes with some fruitiness.
Fairly heavy for Am. style bock. Thins towards the end of the drink. Smooth for lager.
This was better than I had anticipated. Good flavor changes as warms.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent bock beer, with a nice reddish brown hue and a light tan head..could use more for a bock. It has a sweet dark fruit aroma of prune,raisin, and maybe a touch of smoke. It has a quaffable medium to light body starting malty sweet with notes of chocolate and finishes lightly acidic with some roasted malt.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bock has a clear, deep chestnut color. The head is a light tan hue, and starts out rich and creamy but then thins to a fine layer. Leaves a little lace, but not much. Nose is sweet and malty, with some whiffs of chocolate present as well. The body borders on medium, though I'd like to see it be fuller, for the style. Carbonation is minimal, allowing the bier easy passage over the tongue. The flavor begins with a light, sweet maltiness, yet the overwhelming taste here seems to be derived from a strong, fruity presence, almost sourish in nature, much akin to the fruitiness in Victory Moonglow. This bier finishes somewhat dry, with a slight lingering of the fruitiness. Split Rock is a slightly different twist to a typical bock. Thnx to ZAP for the sample! Prosit!!

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of Bighuge
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Turbid looking dark brown color. A nice looking beige head sits on top and has some retention. The aroma is all about the sweetness. Some maltiness and breadiness as well. The taste is interesting for a bock. This one's almost like a bock/stout hybrid. Some sweet carmelized malt tones with molasses as well. But also some roasted tones and an oatmeal stout like smoothness. Decent taste. Just not what I'm used to for bocks. Nice mouthfeel and a body better than medium. Not too bad, but I wouldn't seek it out with all the other options available.

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Photo of brakspear
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a limited release offering. I assume it will only be available during the Spring.

This bock is a typical representation of the traditional Spring beer that used to be issued by many Upper Middle Western breweries. A darker, maltier, and sometimes tastier offering from breweries that normally only brewed American pale lagers and pilsners.

It pours a nice chocolate brown with a slight off-white head forming. The head does not linger long, but collars around the inside of the glass.

The aroma is primarilly sweet malty notes, with some toasted notes in the backdrop. Not bad.

The taste is again dominated by the malty sweetness, followed by slight bread and toasted malt notes. Any hops are way in the background. Nice moderate mouthfeel.

Overall a decent American bock.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Jeffboo for this offering.

This brew pours a dark caramel color with no head and thin silky lace. A sweet smell of malt and caramel fill the nose. A slight hop aroma, alcohol smell is not strong which is nice. Toasted malt sweetness is strong to the palatte. The hops are not bitter. The layers of this brew are simple not very many tastes, which is unfortunite. This is still a good beer and I will look forward to next years offering.


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Photo of ADR
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark chocolate brown appearance, early 1/4 inch head settles to a fizzy skim in 25 seconds or so. Minimal comma-like lacing. Slightly toasty smell, some sense of nutmeg and clove-like spice. Lower carbonation, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very bready and wheat toast-like in flavor, some cardboard works its way back up the nasal passage at the swallow. Hops are minimal at best, more like a tea impression overall. If this was a lighter colored Maibock, I'd expect a grassier and spicier flavor, as is, its an acceptable entry as an ordinary Bock, a style that doesn't often generate a lot of flavor to my tongue.

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Split Rock Bock from Lake Superior Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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