Sloppily aggressive Belgian quad/ German bock mix lets rotted apple mustiness, viscous corn syruping and disturbing alcohol burn relegate, then ruin, its fig-dried raisin, plum and prune niceties. Disgustingly cloy and stylishly conflicted 14% ABV Lithuanian worth avoiding unless inducing hangover.
On tap at Flying Saucer – Garland, understated bock competes favorably against fellow Texas rival, Shiner Bock, but lacks sufficient toasted malt profile in murky soft-tongued mix. Dank dewy nature provides overcast outlook for diminished brown-sugared toffee spicing, soapy raw-honeyed musk and wispy fig-dried tartness. Ill-defined.
On tap at Taverna Rossa, smoothly copper-paled light body (official beer of popular Fort Worth band, the Toadies) does fine job coalescing chalky cocoa powdering with mild coffee tones, musty kiln-smoked earthen dewiness, roasted tobacco crisping, delicate prune notions and distant cola nuttiness.
On tap at Ambulance, ‘enticing’ 10% ABV weizenbock drips sweet honey upon pastry-fruited entry, creamy caramelized toffee mass, cotton-candied sugaring and mild spice-hopped peppering. Honeyed sugarplum, stewed apple, apricot, cherry, brandy, banana, mango, cantaloupe and melon illusions spread thru full-bodied barleywine-like dessert.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, dewy earthen moss drapes balmy raw-honeyed dried fig leafing, tannic grape niche and reedy hop moderation as phenol carbolic spritz provides brisk tongue prickle.
Impressive orange honey-blossomed weizenbock drapes maple molasses syrup atop bruised banana, plum, prune, red grape and black cherry fruiting as well as chewy chocolate malts. Charred oak bittering stays below surface alongside subtle chestnut roast and Cafe Dumond chicory coffee snip. At finish, gentle port and burgundy tones color fondue-like dried fruiting.
Nifty Polish bock loads raisin-pureed fig, brown-sugared pecan and crystal-malted brown chocolate sweetness atop coarse hop acridity. Murky caramel, molasses and cocoa undertones fade beneath.
Lackadaisical Vienna-lagered winter bock is stylishly thin and apprehensive. Meager caramel-toasted toffee sweetness and faint honeyed molasses sugaring fade quickly. Wispy hop spicing and dry peat whim need a severe push up.
Brazenly musky German-styled bock (bottled by Wisconsin’s Stevens Point Brewery) seems somewhat reminiscent of England’s once-dominant Watney’s Red Barrel with its sludge-watered mineral graining and dewy earthen moss complementing sweetly creamed chocolate malting. Tea-like residue at back end picks up wheat whiskey snip. Recessive black cherry, raisin and grape nuances waver below. An excellent strong lager that’s easy on the palate despite its perfectly ‘skanky’ and dirty overall appeal.