Additional Notes 03/10
Thanks go out to Penney for the chance to try this one again. From The Foodery in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Perhaps a little less bock character than I remember but still not especially BdG-like. Still a unique beer and to be honest this seems a LOT different to my earlier experience.
Obviously large batch differences at work here with the usual LA quality control issues.
Original Review 10/08
750 mL corked & caged affair from a recent trade.
Nice pop on opening and a superb, well carbonated amber body underneath a bone-white well formed head. Nice clarity.Nose is VERY malty – surprisingly so.
Tastes reflect that sweet breadiness and then finish a little drier than expected. Very unusual for a BdG in my opinion, this lacks those mild spices and wild character and replaces it with a malt bomb. Almost bock-like in its overall nature to me – in fact, VERY bock-like. There is a little hop nature in the finish to knock it out of real bock territory, but to be honest it remains an unlikely BdG. Darker than a BdG too.
Pretty tasty and an enjoyable drink, but if you are looking for a classic BdG look elsewhere. Marked down by me slightly because of that.