Velvet Hammer Bock | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cokes on 09-20-2002

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Pint served up with a bunch of BAs on a random pub crawl.

Appearance: Transparent brown-amber body, a touch of tan lace.

Aroma: Coffee beans and dark fruit. A bit of vanilla. Sweet booze.

Taste: fermented cherries and coffee in the front, Carmel middle, vanilla and booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet with an obvious alcohol warming. Very rich.

Drinkability: tough at first but once the palate gets used to the boozy sweetness it’s alright and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of pulphead
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby-amber glass with a well-retained beige head.
Full malty aroma heavy on sweetness.
The mouth is greeted with carmel and toffee notes off the bat, switching to dark fruits (raisin and plums), faint cherry and raspberry hues are detected. Subtle spice notes accentuate this nicely, with vanilla, nutmeg and hazelnut. Faint and delicate, but they really make this one stand out. Hops are a non-factor.
Smooth and, uh, velvet-like in the mouth. The name doesn't lie. Medium bodied.
Another easy drinker from Great Dane. A very nice offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The barkeep told me this was only 5% abv. I questioned it but she said "no, the Scotch ale is the strongest"... OK, whatever, there's definitely SOME strength to this baby!!!

It was delivered in an Imperial pint with glowing orange, and gold highlights glimmering beneath its fuller, ruby-accented shoulders. The creamy but thin cap of ivory held well and left solid curtains of lace throughout the first quarter of the pint.

Very dark, even scorched, caramelish malt was evident in the nose, and it was even a touch smokey.

The flavor offered a healthy dose of rich malt that was like nutty, crusty bread infused with burnt brown sugar and drizzled with lightly sugary dark caramel. Rich and clean! Nicely malty! Across the middle and into the finish, some spicy, floral, and grassy hops left a very nice accent. It had a solid bitterness and finished dry with some lingering sweetish malt (nuts, toffee, vanilla), spice, and a spritz of alcohol.

Superbly balanced. Remarkably drinkable. One of the best made bocks I've ever had. Kudos!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$4.50 imperial pint at the downtown dane with a number of BA's on a cold winters taken from cell phone notes

appearance: arrives in the standard imperial pint glass...strong amber-mahogany body, bubbly tan foam with decent lacing, rather clear body

smell: coffee beans hit the nose, smooth caramel malt, nice roasted aromas, light vanilla, some dark fruits

taste: I am assuming that "velvet hammer" is supposed to suggest this is a smooth beer with some force to it. It definitely is smooth and roasty, with some obvious comparisons to the coffee ale (unless they somehow got mixed together, i would think the same kind of beans were used). smooth caramel malts, dry roastyness...nice

mouthfeel: very smooth and rich

drinkability: high

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Photo of dhannes
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a tap at the Fitchburg location in a nonic pint.

A=Medium to dark red; average head.

S=Maltiness and cherry.

T=A cherry flavor at first, but not sweet or artificial...maybe more towards black cherry. Nice malt presence. Minimal hops.

M=Rather drinkable...I could not detect any alcohol until the very end...but the high ABV does come to bite you quick.

O=A great change of pace and one that I enjoyed; I wished the taste developed a bit more in the second half. I am planning to buy a growler and cellar to see what happens.

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dane downtown.

A. Pours a brownish red with a small off-white head.

S. Caramel, light grape, cooked grain.

T. Comes out yeasty, with a nice sweetness: fig, maple, caramelized grain, raisin bread, a hint of vanilla.

M. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O. Quite a nice bock, similar to and on par with NG's Uff-Da. I'm having trouble believing the 10.5% ABV listed here, but either way this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of Ri0
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz can into Weizen glass. Color is mahogany with garnet highlights and a single finger of off white head. Fair retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is sour dough, cherry skin, grain, and toffee. Not as heavily caramelized malts as I would typically expect in a bock. Flavor is bready malts, dark fruit (such as plum and raisin), black cherry, grain, and some toffee. Feel is medium and smooth with some carbonation on the finish. It's a decent bock.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light brown with a finger and half of off white head. No lacing. Aroma is Belgian malts, and bread. Flavor profile is Belgian malts through and through. Distinct taste, with a slighty bready base. Mouth feel is thin, but smooth and crisp. Overall, a flavorful and earthy beer. It's on the thinner side which keeps it slipping down smooth and steady.

Served in a Teku glass.

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Photo of Mambajahamba
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beveragecaptain
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Velvet Hammer Bock has a reddish brown color with a mediun sized head. The aroma is caramel along with some spices. The flavor starts off sweet with some caramel flavor, but quickly turns bitter. Spices come in a the middle and provide much of the flavor in this beer. Some lager yeast flavors are detectable in the finish. This beer has an interesting contrast between sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to full. This is one of the better lagers served at the Great Dane.

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Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Gotti311
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewery notes: Goes down like velvet, hits you like a hammer. Brewed with imported malt and our lager yeast, the Velvet Hammer is a classic bock: Smooth, with a sweet caramel-maltiness that almost hides the relatively high alcohol content. Relatively sessionable; a “gateway” bock.

This is not a dark Dunkel bock. It does have some Mai bock characteristics. ABV is in the 6.8 to 7.0 range. I had it on tap at the Great Dane and bought a 32 oz crowler for home. It has semi sweet caramel flavor, maybe a touch of a honey flavor. There is some stone fruit flavor too kinda like plum. There is a slight spicy hop note mixed in. Fairly smooth. Somewhat malty A decent beer.

Update 2/11/18. I bought a 6 pack at Great Dane Wausau on 2/10/17. Not sure why but they had 6 packs this time. But anyway it seems better than last time. smoother, sweeter and finishes better, I am not sure the 6 pack is from the same batch????

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic, the bartender claimed the ABV to be 10.5%.

My experience was that there was such a small presence of booziness or alcohol in the nose and taste that I found myself questioning the bartender's claim...until I was done with the nonic and found myself buzzed. Either my mind was playing tricks on me or the ABV is exceptionally well-hidden in this brew!

Velvet hammer has a lightly hazy mahogany color with a single finger of sticky foam that lasted for about two minutes with medium levels of lacing left behind on the top fifth of the glass. The aroma and flavor was of doughy sticky toffee buns with crushed walnuts on top that had been lightly toasted. Every now and then I also spotted a smoke and plum aroma peeking up around the corners as well. However, only the plums translated through onto the flavor palate. My only real niggling complaint is that the earth / floral hop tones are a smidgeon *too* subdued to properly accent the impressive malt-play that is happening.

Texturally, it is medium thick, sharply carbonated yet slightly oily on the palate. I'm not a fan of the oily feel, but we can't always get everything we want all the time, now can we? And it bears repeating that it does a disturbingly good job of obscuring ABV content from the senses. Even with these small flaws, this one is well worth checking out at least once.

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Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mjpolzin
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A partially drank growler was given to me by a client of mine as they knew that this beer was soon to go flat if it wasn't consumed soon. I think they knew I was up to the task. I will admit that I think the beer had started to go a little flat so I tried taking that into account when reviewing it. I will say that the name "Velvet Hammer" was fitting to me as this beer coats your mouth and tongue with a feeling that is probably best described by the name. Beyond that, it is a pretty standard Maibock-type of a beer but with a little more of an alcoholic kick. This was one I will for sure order next time I am at the Great Dane.

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Photo of larryi86
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thank you Ri0 for this
12 oz can poured into a slim pint glass

A- A brownish copper with a small white head.

S- Dark fruits, bready, hints of caramel malts, a little floral with hints of earthy spice.

T- Dark fruits, some toffee, some earthy hops with some spice, some bread.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A decent bock, nose seems a little muted but not bad.

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Photo of drpimento
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a light tan head and some lace. Nice brown color with red highlights. It has a malty, slightly caramel and a hint smokey aroma. Flavor's about the same, but sweetness comes out some. Nice beer. Very drinkable. Easy. Not too sweet. Good body. Satisfying. Not boozy. Good session beer.

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Photo of iron78
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a thin head, mix of foam and bubbles. Amber or mahogany colored. Light coming through is clear and sharp.

Smells a bit of grain and fruit.
Big carmel taste with a solid malt backflavor. has a bit of a bit to the finish with a touch of hops trying to cover the alcohol.

Nice and big body, smooth in the mouth. Really is a good name for the feel.

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Photo of LennyBound
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Velvet Hammer Bock from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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