I poured a 16oz can into a lager. It was canned on 12/10/13 and cost $2.50 ($0.16 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark copper/brown proper hue. Clear with visible
carbonation. Pours to a large, off white, foamy head which laces and
retains fairly well.
Smell: Sweet maltiness with confectionery notes, though there is a generic lager aroma at the core.
Taste: I’ve never been all that impressed by Narragansett beers. I had
high hopes for their bock, since this is a stronger brew with more malt
it’s almost assuredly more flavorful, right? Not really. While there’s
nothing particularly wrong with Narragansett Bock, there’s not a whole
lot right about it, either. Only the faintest traces of authentic malt
character and even fainter traces of authentic Helles Bock lineage.
Since this is technically a macro lager I was worried the beer might
taste cheap or flawed, but it does have some real craftiness to it
(though just barely). The nose indicated a strong malt presence, but the
palette did not deliver. Very mild notes of toffee and caramel with a
touch of dry hop bitterness. Perhaps a tad spicy, but mostly just mild
bitterness (I’m sensing a theme, here). Some nuttiness comes through on
the backend, which is nice, but there’s a little bit of astringency or
tanginess in the aftertaste. I think there’s a great beer struggling to
get out, but what’s here is only alright.
Drinkability: I was quite surprised to see Narragansett Bock weighs in
at 6.5% ABV, since there isn’t much flavor to support that weight. This
drinks like something much lighter and more overtly sessionable. I do
like the delivery as the mouthfeel is soft, smooth and calm to create
for a comfortable presence and smooth finish. The aftertaste isn’t as
clean as it could be, though, and I wouldn’t consider the beer