Bossing around Bavaria
A Review of Bockscar by Big Boss Brewing Co.
Posted on 11/7/2012 by Chops
Anyone familiar with this website should know by now that I'm a bockhead. I love my bock beers. Those toasted malty lagers just make me happier than a witch in a broom factory (thank you Geico). The only downside to loving bocks as an American is that I have to pay a premium for my favorite German nectar. In other words, good bocks are hard to come by stateside. Good local bocks are an even bigger rarity. So imagine my surprise to find some tasty toasted bock juice at a local tap take over of the Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC. One of their taps featured the Bockscar, a tasty bock by the Big Boss Brewing Co.

In the glass, this beer has a bright clear coppery orange coloration. It immediately reminded me more of a maibock, but traditional versions are also known to have lighter hues from time to time. This beer comes with a frothy white head that has decent retention. On the nose, that signature toasted bread crust aroma was in full force along with some caramel and citrus notes. So far so good, nothing left to do but dive in for that first taste.

The aroma ended up translating very well to the flavor profile. Right away you are greeted with those savory toasted bready malts, which have been blanketed by a caramel coating. The hop profile added a nice citrus tang to the vibe, but remained balanced and unassertive. The mouthfeel has a doughy thickness to it, creating a rich solid body that is quite smooth and easy to drink. The finish is crisp, clean and exits with a malty sweet aftertaste complete with a mild bitter counterweight.

Overall, the Big Boss Bockscar is a very tasty brew with a solid presence. I can easily recommend this beer to any level of beer fan, which makes me very happy for my local scene (hence my shit eating grin). I denote Bockscar as great because I have to compare it to its German counterparts. It's days like this when I wish I could forget about cresting the top of the mountain, but alas, I am forever tainted by world-class bocks. It's okay though, because while the quality bar may be set high in my mind, my taste buds will always know a great beer when they meet one. Bockscar is one such beer and I look forward to the next several rounds. Cheers!

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