Two Roads Henry’s Farm Double Bock

Two Roads Henry's Farm Double BockThe name for Two Roads Brewing stems from a divergence, a separation, that poet Robert Frost wrote about: the road more commonly taken from “the one less traveled by.”

Located in Stratford, Connecticut since 2012, Two Roads has an impressive portfolio that consist of nearly three dozen year round, seasonal, and specialty beers. One of their more recent seasonal releases is a double bock named after their CEO’s great-grandfather Henry.

The beer pours a clear copper amber color with some ruby highlights. The one finger light beige head shows average retention. Once dissipated a light and sporadic lacing remains a top the beer.

Aromas of sweet caramel malts are in no shortage here! Alongside the malty notes are enticing bready notes back by abundant aromas of dark fruits. The fruit notes are dominated by the dark dried variety including raisins and figs.

The palate echoes the nose rather seamlessly. Caramel and toffee notes hit right off the bat and are immediately followed with malty and bready notes. The rich dark fruit notes of fig, raisins and cherries join the party and meld perfectly with the other flavors. There is a light grassy hop note on the finish that provides balance. The finish is otherwise crisp and clean.

A great beer from the folks at Two Roads. This is a well-balanced and well-made beer. Try pairing this one with Gruyere, grilled smoked sausages or warm bread pudding. 4 Out Of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5

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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock

Einbecker Mai-Ur-BockThe Einbecker Brewery is located in Einbeck, Germany and was founded in 1378, making it one of the oldest operating breweries in the world. The city of Einbeck is noted for its bock beer, and Einbecker is the only remaining brewery in town. Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock is released in March and the last cases leave the brewery towards the end of May of each year. It is designed to have a more refreshing, bubbly, and soft character than its fall sibling.

The beer pours a light golden orange color with a creamy off white head, which dissipates quickly but leaves a lacing atop the beer. It will re-emerge when the glass is swirled. While the beer is obviously filtered, it’s not crystal clear.

The nose emanates a crisp toasted malt aroma. There is a yeasty sour bready note that mingles with fruit notes of white grapes and apples. When the two combine, it brings forth an aroma similar to partially fermented white grape or filtered apple juice. Sweet aromas of honey and caramel break through, before giving way to herbal and floral hop notes.

The beer greets the palate with a creamy and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet breads and all its components (dough, honey and caramel) are the first to come through on the palate. Notes of toasted malts are also notable from the start. The mid-palate shows notes of apples and a hint of tropical fruits. Bitter floral and peppery hop notes carry through to the finish and linger slightly thereafter.

Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock is a true to style Mai Bock showing a generous hopping. A well balanced and well crafted beer that would pair perfectly with spicy creole shrimp, grilled pork chops or traditional fish and chips!3.5 Out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5

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Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock

aventinus weizenbockEarning a perfect score of 100 on Ratebeer, Aventinus is a wheat doppelbock made in Bavaria, Germany by the brewing company G. Schneider & Sohn. This beer was introduced in 1907 by Mathilde Schneider and named in honor of Johannes Aventinus, a Bavarian historian.

The beer pours a hazy amber color that transitions to a bronze when the glass is half full. The off white head is thick and dense with fantastic staying power. Once the head finally begins to dissipate, evidence of it remains in both trails on the side of the glass as well lacing on top the beer.

On the nose, aromas of sweet spice and fruits intermingle harmoniously with yeasty malty notes. Spice notes of clove, nutmeg and allspice almost jump out of the glass. The fruit notes are dominated by banana but also include dark fruits like plum and raisins. The yeast and malt notes combine with a hint of caramel to create an aroma of fresh baked sticky buns.

On the palate, this medium to heavy bodied brew soured bready notes and lightly toasted malts make an appearance. They are joined on the mid-palate by fruit notes including banana, tart cherry and figs. The spice arrives next boasting the clove, nutmeg and allspice notes noted in the bouquet. On the finish there is a sour spice cake note that lingers with the fairly high carbonation of this beer.

Aventinus shows a great deal less sweetness then many other bock beers and is complex and well balanced. It is no wonder that it received a perfect 100 or that it has been sought after for over 100 years. A great pair for braised pork or bread pudding. 4.5 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Pints out of 5

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Troegs Troegenator Double Bock

TroegenatorTroegs is an American brewery originating in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. John and Chris Trogner founded the company in 1996, and their Troegenator is made (and named) in the true German style. Weighing in at 8.2% ABV Troegenator is a hearty beer that will keep you full and warm all year long.

The beer pours a dark amber color. Once there is a decent pour in the glass it appears a clear bronze with a slight copper hue. The head is about one finger and is a light brownish color. It dissipates slowly and leaves an elegant lacing.

On the nose the first thing you pick up is the fruity notes. Dark fruits like plum, raisin and cherry dominate with an underlying aroma of sweet white grape juice. Balancing all the fruit notes are the expected aromas of toasted malts, bread and caramel. There is also a light spice that shines through the bready malty aromas.

Sweet bready and biscuity notes hit first with a hint of cinnamon spice. On the mid palate the fruit notes from the nose shine through. Fig, raisin and alcohol laden cherry are met by notes of boozy chocolate, toffee and lightly toasted almond. The finish is smooth and showcases a muted version of all the flavors previously noted plus a hint of earthy hops. With the exception of the earthy note, the hops are undetectable but provide a balance to the sweetness. Despite its ABV and its flavor profile, Troegenator doesn’t carry a super thick mouthfeel.

Troegs is known for delivering well balanced and delicious beers and the Troegenator is proof of this! A big beer that is perfect for pairing with grilled steak or crème brulee. 4 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5

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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel

Einbecker Ur Bock DunkelThe Einbecker Brewery is located in Einbeck, Germany and was founded before 1378, making it one of the oldest operating breweries in the world. The city of Einbeck is noted for its bock beer, and Einbecker is the only remaining brewery in town. Their Ur-Bock Dunkel is a darker version of their original bock and is a great example of the style.

The beer pours a clear copper color with notable carbonation. The thin beige head dissipates quickly but leaves a thin layer of bubbles across the top of the glass.
Aromas of malts and caramel dominate the nose. There are also strong notes of bread and lightly toasted nuts. In addition, there are subtle notes of toffee and dark fruits like plums. Rounding out the nose there is a subdued underlying musty note similar to that of overripe fruits.

On the palate, this medium bodied beer displays a rather chewy mouthfeel. The first discernible notes are those of sweet caramel and malts. Joining the sweet malts are toasty bready notes backed by a hint of dark fruits. At the midpalate, the beer transitions and becomes bolder showing bitter spice and herbal notes. The finish is crisp and lingers slightly with a grassy hop note.

Rather complex, the palate has 4 distinct stages of flavors that meld and balance each other perfectly! A great example of an Ur-Bock and the perfect pair for Smoked Brisket or Pecan Pie! 3.5 Out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5

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Lakefront Big Easy Imperial Maibock

Lakefront Big Easy Imperial MaibockLakefront Brewery is a leader in brewing the best beers from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Started in 1987, Lakefront Brewery has been brewing for more than 26 years and the Big Easy Imperial Maibock is their Spring offering in the seasonal line up.

The beer pours a lightly hazy light amber color with definitive orange hues. The head is thin and off white. It dissipates quickly to a light lacing. Carbonation bubbles continue to rise to the top of the glass, like champagne, and cause further lacing.

The nose is dominated by classic malty notes and clover honey sweetness. Fruity notes of orange and grape take to the forefront while light apple notes linger in the background. Floral and earthy hop notes make an appearance and aid in balancing the dominating sweet malt aromas.

In this fairly heavy brew there is an initial surge of sweet malts, as predicted by the nose. The malts take on both bready and biscuity flavors and the sweetness is marked by a distinct caramel note. Tangled in the sweetness is a faint dark fruit note reminiscent of figs. There is an underlying herbaceous note similar to a sweet green pepper. The citrus hop presence is subtle, balances the sweet malts and lingers slightly on the finish.

Overall, this is a great take on a Maibock displaying a fairly accurate depiction of the traditional style. Big Easy Imperial Maibock is a refreshing yet weight beer that begs to be drunk with spicy Cajun shrimp, chipotle sweet potato fries or carrot cake!4 Out Of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5

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Aventinus Weizen Eisbock

Aventinus Weiss EisbockG. Schneider & Sohn is a Bavarian brewing company founded in 1872 by Georg Schneider I and his son of the same name. They are known throughout the world for their Weiss or Weizen beers. Their Weizen Eisbock is a complex brew, boasting a whopping 12% ABV.

The beer pours a murky cola brown with a slight copper hue when viewed in the light. The head is thick, frothy and sandy tan in color. It continues to grow after the pour. The head is very stable but after time will dissipate to a beautiful lacing.

The nose of the beer is dominated by the scent of banana bread. Aromas of chocolate and sweet raisins intertwine harmoniously with the banana bread. There is a faint hint of heavy cream that settles in with the rich fruit notes. A sweet smoke note creeps in at the end and completes the bouquet.

On the palate this thick and creamy beer is laden with fruity notes of over ripe bananas and dark dried fruits. There is a faint yet discernible note of clove spice that is carried by the bready notes that greet you on the mid-palate. On the finish a slightly nutty boozy note lingers and creates a tongue tingling sensation when met with the beer’s forceful carbonation.

An amazing complex and balanced beer! This is NOT one for the novice drinker. Try pairing it with apple stuffed roasted pork lion or molten lava chocolate cake. 4.5 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Pints out of 5

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