BOCK BOCK by Shmaltz Brewing

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BOCK BOCK by Shmaltz Brewing is a 9.2% ABV Imperial American Bock Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Label:
Batch No. 001/ Cases 1269
Bottling 4/24/2015

What is the Trinity of SHMALTZ Brewing?
1. “Shmaltz” Meants chicken fat, in Yidish. And no, there’s none in the brewing.
BOCK BOCK – craft beer comfort food for a new generation
2. Sentimental, often irreverent sense of humor. See also: Mel Brooks, Henny Youngman, Rodney Dangerfield, Seinfeld. Add your own shtick and enjoy.
3. The central ingredient in any true handcrafted beer: Malt

Rendered for your drinking pleasure – L’Chaim! To Life!
Jeremy Cowan, proprietor

Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Vienna, Wheat, Pale Crystal, Crystal, Dark Crystal, Rye Chocolate, Flaked Oats
Hops: Warriot, Fuggle, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Crystal.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one through my local shop. When I first saw this I remembered about how Shmaltz used to have their Coney Island Lager brand. They once made a Barrel Aged Bourbon Bock which was called Barrel Aged Block Head. So yeah, you see how this reminded me of that special lager I reviewed back in 2012. I was definitely excited to bring this one here for a review as I wanted to see if this entice what I used to try when they had their lager series. So bottoms up with this one and cheers!

Aromas:
Rich dark fruits like cherries, raspberries, raisins, prunes, sweetened condensed milk, Bourbon, Caramel, vanilla, oak, marshmallow smores, bourbon notes, rye bread, flan, cocada Mexican coconut candy, maple syrup, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, brown sugar and mocha hints.

Flavors:
Bourbon, toasted coconut, caramel, flan, dark fruit cherries, raspberries, raisins, prunes, sweetened condensed milk, oak, marshmallow smores, leather, tobacco hints, brown sugar, cocada Mexican coconut candy, maple syrup, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, mocha coffee hints, butterscotch, toffee, almond joy chocolate, red apples, cinnamon, apple pie crust, toasted rye bread, Marzipan with almond fillings, Stone fruit peaches and apricot preserves.

Aftertaste:
Lots of caramel, toasted coconut, vanilla, toffee, dark fruit hints, marshmallow, dulce de leche, sweetened condensed milk and marzipan notes leave along with nice bourbon notes. Slightly boozy heat coming from the bourbon. Most likely as this beer can use some aging. Crimson Brown Clear body, Smooth, silky, mouthfeel, and moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
An Exceptional bourbon barrel aged beer. It definitely did remind me of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Block head but definitely more alcohol heat. The bourbon heat is forward while colder and mellows out as you sip this one through. After a long time of drinking this one, it finally hit that level I was looking for from the past. I really will say, there are not enough Barrel Aged Bocks out there but for the ones that do exist, they are supreme and as such, highly recommended like this one.

Anime Corner:
Ashe and Vent from Megaman ZX Advent were used in this pairing since I wanted to get the whole aspect of the 2 chicks or chickens. Similarly in colors and representing the flavors of the ingredients used in this beer, both Ashe and Vent trend the similar attire. I also threw that sweet dulce de leche caramel confrontation like it shows similarly in the label. The passion of caramel and rich flavors.

Sources:
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Reunion Ale ’13 A Beer For Hope collaboration by Shmaltz and Terrapin

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Reunion Ale ’13 A Beer For Hope collaboration by Shmaltz and Terrapin is an 8% ABV Brown Ale brewed with Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla, cinnamon and Coffee

Label: 
Benefiting the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research

Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the third time, Shmaltz Brewing returns as a production partner for Reunion ’13. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in this venture – Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise finds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org). 

This year’s beer is a dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee from NYC and Upstate NY. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. 

Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginia’s Memory.

Cheers – Pete & Alan
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This is the first time I try the Reunion series. A beer with cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee? Yes Please. The good thing about the beer as well is that it is for a good cause. My mother died of cancer so anything that works toward fighting the dreaded disease is a definite win in my book.

Aromas are of coffee, hints of chocolate, mocha, hints of vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, biscuit bread, clove hints and nutmeg

Flavors are of coffee mainly, roasted coffee grounds, nutty mocha, vanilla notes, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, biscuit bread and clove spice

Aftertaste leaves with cinnamon, dark chocolate notes, coffee roast and a little bit of vanilla and close to dry finish. Alcohol hidden but moderate drinkability.

Overall, the beer is really good although, just be cause it says cocoa nibs and vanilla, you gotta be a little picky. The chocolate and vanilla though comes in subtle being taken over by cinnamon and coffee flavors near the end. It is one that you may want to be careful though because if you do not like cinnamon and coffee, this beer might not be for you I personally like this combination but I think I like chocolate and vanilla better. It is more on the spicy side than the sweet side. Recommended especially since it is really good and for a good cause.

Anime Corner:
Tifa Lockhart and Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII are paired with this beer for a couple of reasons. Besides the fact that Reunion is important in the series when it comes to Jenova and Sephiroth form the same series. However, reunion of Cloud and Tifa in this sense because they come together to thwart off the evil. The colors in the label represent mako energy from the series which you can see is greenish. Fighting for a good cause to save the world, this beer fights for the battle against cancer, therefore, fight on!!