7.5% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Clear, amber-red in color with a medium off-white head, good retention and solid lacing.
Aroma: Raisiny, nutty and biscuity.
Taste: Dark fruit over toasty and bready malt, with a pleasantly acidic hop bitterness and mild caramel sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, dry, smooth, bitterness balanced with a semi-sweet maltiness in the finish and a slight bit of warming alcohol.
The Germans of Einbeck may have invented the style, but Detroit’s Atwater Brewery makes a nice version of bock, with just enough hop bitterness to balance out the traditional palate of melanoidins (that’s the fancy beer dork way of saying toasty flavor) and caramel sweetness. A slight hint of the respectable 7.5% ABV creeps up the warmer it gets in your glass, making it a pleasant brew for a cold night.