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715. Sierra Nevada /Oskar Blues CANfusion Rye Bock

Sierra Nevada Rye BockI may be the only one left that is still chipping away at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. I got my 12-pack later than most and had already heard from many that the beer was lackluster at best. This one is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues from Colorado.

CANfusion pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head. Aroma is a mix of caramel and rye, not very pungent. Taste has some peppery spice, lots of sweet malts and a bit of citrus.

Another OK beer from Beer Camp 12-pack. Have a few more in the fridge that I will get to in the coming weeks. 
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.

Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.

142. Rock Art Brewery Mountain Holidays in Vermont Bock Lager

This was my first beer from Rock Art so I really had no idea what to expect from them. I was slightly disappointed with the pour as there was no head at all however there was a fair amount of carbonation so I don’t think the beer was flat. Color is a very dark red almost brown but not quite. Aroma is slightly sweet with a fair amount of caramel malt. Taste was smooth and very easy to drink with a lot of carbonation – not excessive but approaching it. Almost no bitterness and not really what I think of when I drink a bock. Overall not a bad beer but I am sure other offerings from Rock Art will be better than this one. Bottle art is nice and will add to my collection of bombers.
Pros: Great color
Cons: Minimal head, lots of carbonation, thin
Alcohol Content: ?? ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Rock Art Brewery
Brewers Description: Our delicious bock lager was brewed with lots of rich, sweet caramel malts and delicately balanced with the finest Bavarian Hallertau hops. For all holiday occasions, drink up the good life! This holiday bock will be available in some of your favorite restaurants and in specially packaged 22 oz. bottles in stores in time for the holidays (limited to 230 cases). We will have a limited number of hand bottled 1 liter flip top bottles specially packaged for the holidays This bottle will be limited to 72 hand numbered bottles available at the brewery only.

110. Samuel Adams Winter Lager (draft)

Another beer that I originally reviewed from a bottle (review #79) but again I enjoyed it more on draft. Still a bit watery compared to the old Winter Lager from 3 or 4 years ago but still enjoyable and went well with my meal. Color is a deep orange with a nice small head, leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Slight spicy aroma and minimal hop finish. Very smooth and enjoyable on a cold winter day.
Pros: Color
Cons: Watery feel
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: 193
IBU (Bitterness): 22
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Bold and rich, with a touch of holiday spice.
The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams® Winter Lager is the deep ruby color. Then comes the magical aroma which promises something special on the tongue. The cinnamon, ginger, and hint of citrus from the orange peel blend with the roasty sweetness of the malts to deliver a warming, spicy flavor. On the palate Samuel Adams Winter Lager is rich and full bodied, robust and warming, a wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings that come with the season.

90. Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

I originally had this one a few years ago from the classic bomber and it tastes exactly as I remember it from this 12oz bottle. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a small head. Aroma is a great chocolate smell with plenty of sweetness. Taste is not exactly what I would expect from a Bock – a little thin but still has a nice feel to it. Very sweet with a lingering taste but in this case it is not a bad thing. Would not recommend having with a meal but certainly a good choice for dessert. I have another in the fridge and may try the next at a slightly warmer temp as I think it will have a different taste at 45+ degrees.
Pros: Color, Sweetness
Cons: Thin compared to other bocks
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
Calories: 237
IBU (Bitterness): 11
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Smooth, rich, and dark, with the robust flavor and creamy texture of chocolate. To create Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, we wanted to take the flavor beyond the taste of dark roasted malt. For this year’s brew we worked with a blend of cocoa nibs including Ecuador nibs from TCHO®, an artisanal chocolate maker in San Francisco. We started with hand selected Noble hops from Bavaria and combined them with a complex selection of carefully roasted malts. This dark beer has a big, malty character with the added sweetness of chocolate. We slowly age the beer on a bed of rare dark cocoa nibs, the primary ingredient in chocolate. Known for their quality, these cocoa nibs harvested in Ecuador, impart complex aromas and flavors from chocolaty to fruity, nutty, earthy, and citrusy.

79. Samuel Adams Winter Lager

I have been drinking Sam Adams beer for a long time and I remember Winter Lager being much darker and bolder than the current version. This beer seems watered down and not what I was expecting from a Winter Lager. Color is a deep red with a nice head, carbonation is good with nice head after the pour. Overall the appearance of the beer is very good and minimal aroma. Feel is a bit too watery for me and the taste is simple average. Overall this is not a bad beer and about what you would expect from Samuel Adams. Hoping the others in the Winter variety pack are more unique.
Pros: Color
Cons: Watery feel
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: 193
IBU (Bitterness): 22
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Bold and rich, with a touch of holiday spice.
The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams® Winter Lager is the deep ruby color. Then comes the magical aroma which promises something special on the tongue. The cinnamon, ginger, and hint of citrus from the orange peel blend with the roasty sweetness of the malts to deliver a warming, spicy flavor. On the palate Samuel Adams Winter Lager is rich and full bodied, robust and warming, a wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings that come with the season.