This spiced bock from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is a clear ruby tinted orange colour and pours with a spongy off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a stringy collar and a few spots of lace in its wake. Hogan’s Goat is ripe with earthy, herbal and outdoorsy aromas like juniper, mint and pine oil standing out against a sweet malt backdrop with a hint of wood.
Herbal flavours of peppermint, orange peel and juniper berry also permeate the taste of Hogan’s Goat. The addition of rye malt contributes to a decidedly dry experience, with toasted grain, red berry juice and a sharp hickory-like note rounding things out in the finish. This lager has a medium body and light carbonation, as well as a pronounced oiliness that lingers in the aftertaste with a blend of herbal tones that bring dry gin to mind.
Dunkel Buck from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a hazy nut brown colour with a rusty orange tone around the edges. A very frothy, tan-coloured head takes a while to burn off, leaving minimal lacing behind and a nice, thick collar and film.
This dark, strong and unfiltered German ale has strong fruit tones in its smell. Banana and bubble gum notes are joined by a plum or cherry-like smell and a hint of cloves. A honey-like sweetness and alcohol come though after warming.
The taste of Dunkel Buck follow suit with a slightly sweet, fatty banana flavour taking the lead. The beer is backed by a toasted wheat taste and a cocoa or roasted baker’s chocolate tone that fills out the body and lends a nice bitterness to the finish. The mouthfeel is quite creamy thanks to the long-lasting collar and sediment, while managing to not come off as too thick.
There is a low carbonation but a mild prickly sensation occurs on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry and tart, with a peppery note and the warming effects of the alcohol coming through on the back of the tongue and throat.
This flavoured strong beer from Trafalgar Ales and Meads in Oakville, Ontario pours a cola brown and ruby colour with very little head or lacing, but leaves a long-lasting, hair thin ring. Trafalgar Maple Bock smells of sweet chocolate malt, table syrup and has a subtly spicy hop note after warming.
Trafalgar Maple Bock does indeed taste like maple syrup, with a hearty wood smokiness and a deep , chocolaty malt backing. The mouthfeel is thin for a bock, but very smooth-drinking. The beer masks its strength well and has a dark fruit character in the finish.
Traditional urBock from the Creemore Springs Brewery in Creemore, Ontario pours a lovely ruby colour with nut brown and amber tones. It creates a sizable tan-coloured head that leaves behind some nice lacing and a small collar. The aroma is deep and malty, with notes of brown sugar or syrup and toast, along with the freshwater aroma Creemore Springs products are known for.
There is a certain tang to the initial mouthfeel, despite a seemingly low carbonation level. It then takes on creamy traits, but never feels thick like other dark beers. The taste itself is rich and malty with hints of biscuit and fruit. I found an unexpected bitterness to the finish with a very mild syrupy aftertaste on the back end.