They say that first impressions are important and are usually correct. But, in the case of Yankee Jim Ice Bock, you might like to hang around until the fat lady sings and see what you think at the bottom of the glass!
The pour is lovely! To my amazement, I had hardly popped the tab on the can and a marvelously heady and enticing aroma virtually filled the entire room. No need to do any pretentious swirling of the glass with your nose positioned to catch the vapours on this beer. A nice two finger head sat atop a beautiful deep golden coloured beer that positively foamed with intense carbonation. To use an entirely inappropriate metaphor ... this was going to be a beer to sink my teeth into!
The head quickly vanished but (no matter, I mused), the proof is in the taste and I quickly quaffed a mouthful to check it out. First taste was a pleasant and refreshing, entirely typical backyard barbecue lager ... a rather non-descript grainy or corn flavour, heavy on the bitterness from the hops but, surprisingly, rather light in the malt given the beer's categorization as a bock!
Unfortunately, as I sipped, the carbonation slipped away quite quickly and I was left with a beer that deteriorated in taste as it become flatter and began to leave a quite disappointing metallic after taste.
Final recommendation ... drink it cold and drink it quick but restrict the intake to one at a time! The daunting 6.5% alcohol content isn't even remotely noticeable and would easily overwhelm you if you took my advice to heart and knocked back two or three of these in quick succession.
Paul Weiss A Beer Snob
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Paul Weiss (cpw1952)
A modern day dilettante with widely varied eclectic interests. A dabbler in muchbut grandmaster of none - wilderness camping in all four seasons, hiking, canoeing, world travel,philately, … more
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