Off The Wall: Shaggy Bock

Earlier this week a bottle of Shaggy Bock showed up on my doorstep. Oh, fun! I love it when that happens. So we decided to write an Off The Wall review of the beer. We’ve done a lot of work with the Grand Canyon Brewing Company in the past, and actually had a bad experience with them a few years back… But that is behind us now, and I have moved on from that. I remember the Shaggy Bock being one of my favorite beers from them, so it is fitting this was the beer sitting on my stoop.

This beer uses the Flavor Bomb, and the longer you age the beer, the more flavor comes from the Flavor Bomb. We waited, what, two days? So this is fresh. But as soon as I took the cap off, I could smell the sweetness I remember from this beer last year. They use a toasted oak stick in this beer.

Ricky’s Thoughts

The last Off The Wall review we did I used 140 characters or less for each category. I am going to do that again tonight. Here we go. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer is dark, has a nice tan head, and appears almost creamy. I wonder if they ever pour this on nitro. At Whole Foods, maybe?

Nose: This smells sweet with a ton of caramel notes. I am getting a hint of allspice, too. I wonder what this smells like without the flavor bomb.

Flavor: I REALLY want this beer to be better than it is flavor wise. It’s good, don’t get me wrong. But I want/expect more flavor out of it…

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice; slightly carbonated. I bet a year on this would help that. I bet a year would also bring more flavor from that Bomb.

Aftertaste: The finish is nice. The sweetness I could smell really hangs on. I almost want to break the bottle to see what the Flavor Bomb looks like.

These 140 character reviews are awesome. Not because I am too lazy to write more… Not about that at all. But it forces me to get my point across in a timely manner. Plus, in the future, I might just tweet my reviews, too. Cheers to the Grand Canyon Brewing Company. Curious if they have any more Flavor Bomb ideas up their sleeve… Maybe something with citrus? A saison would be nice.

Shaggy Bock – The bottle says: “This classic bock style uses Pilsner malt that we smoke with locally obtained Alligator & Shaggy bark juniper wood then aged in the fermenter with toasted Oak.

“This revolutionary product changes everything you know about beer! The flavor bomb is packed with medium roast Oak stick aged in this very bottle.

“The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. is located in historic downtown Williams, Arizona “Gateway to the Grand Canyon” Stop in next time you’re near the southern rim!

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Tonight we are doing another “off the wall” beer. This one is from a local brewery, Grand Canyon Brewing out of Williams, Arizona. I have not had the opportunity yet to visit this brewery or even the town it’s in. Maybe sometime soon. I think there’s a train that goes from Williams to the Grand Canyon, so that might be cool to do.

We’ve had a few beers from Grand Canyon before. There are pretty widely available around here, being a local brewery. I think the Pumpkin Springs Porter is my favorite. I honestly can’t remember if I’ve had the Shaggy Bock before or not. That’s the one we are trying tonight.

The beer is a dark red color in the glass and looks slightly cloudy. It had a lot of head when poured out, but that’s all gone now. I smelled it to try to get something from the nose, but honestly I’m pretty much getting nothing. It doesn’t have a very strong nose at all, and I couldn’t really tell you what it smells like.

First sip… not a ton of flavor, which surprises me, considering this had something in it that is unique to Grand Canyon Brewing – a “flavor bomb”. It’s a little thingamabob that they put into the bottle of beer. They are different flavors depending on which beer it is in. This one is supposed to contain French toasted oak. The beer is very malty. That’s probably what I taste the most in the beer. Ricky doesn’t seem to like it, but I think it’s ok. Of course, he’s into beers that are more hoppy, and I’m not as much.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe. It probably wouldn’t be my first choice, but it’s not bad. I’d like to go visit Grand Canyon Brewing and try their beers on tap straight from the source to see what they’re like. In the meantime, while this beer wasn’t bad, I’ll still stick with the Pumpkin Springs Porter as my favorite.

Rating: 3/5

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