A battlefield where everyone wins
A Review of Battlefield Bock by Red Oak Brewery
Posted on 8/8/2011 by Chops
My never ending quest for quality American bocks continues with Red Oak Brewery's Battlefield Bock. This brewery is a mere 40 miles down the road from me, so I was anxious to give it a try. I was fortunate enough to find this little beauty on draught at a local restaurant, so it was a no-brainer. A bock on tap you say? Well then fine sir, hook a thirsty patron up.

In the glass, this brew looked much more like a doppelbock than a traditional bock. It was dark and thick looking, but without a heavy dose of sediment. I was able to see a few deep reddish hues when I held it up to a light source. It's a very nice looking brew, just looks much stronger than it is. The aroma was quite pleasant with those signature caramels and some roasted nuttiness.

The first sip was gentle and tasty, highlighting a roasted, creamy mouthfeel. It felt a lot like an iced mocha would. The taste appropriately matches with a lot of coffee and dark chocolate notes. The caramel and roasted nut flavors also rear their heads, but are hardly prominent. It doesn't have the hefty flavor burst of a high quality bock, but it's certainly tasty nonetheless and has a decent amount of malty goodness.

Overall, Red Oak's Battlefield Bock is a very nice brew. Like most American bocks, it just can't compete on the world stage against German bocks. But as an American version goes, it's one of the better brews. I can recommend this beer to most levels of beer drinkers. It's a nice intro into the bock style and is easy drinking enough to be enjoyed by novices. It's a delightful bock that you don't have to think to hard about. I imagine that I will be enjoying many more of these in the future. Now I just have to convince my favorite local pub to carry it.

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