Review: Big Rig Brewery - Bock Me Gently

Brewery: Big Rig Brewery

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Style: Bock

ABV: 7.0%

Available at: LCBO

It was only a few short years ago when Big Rig first opened their doors, and many Ottawa beer enthusiasts would agree that they have come a long way since then.  My opinion of them then was very different from my opinion of them now.  Words like "middle of the road", "safe" and "gateway craft beer" were terms that I used to throw around when asked what I thought of them.  (Yeah, I was a judgmental prick, it happens to the best of us.)  It's hard for me to believe that the brewery I saw back then has turned into what we have today.  

Sure, they still have their "safe" beers.  And that's okay!  Because they brew so much more now: an incredible black IPA, a wonderfully rich double chocolate milk stout, and quite possibly one of the best scotch ales you'll find here in Ontario.  You'll always find beer that appeals to the craft beer lover in you whenever you step into one of their locations.  And with Brewmaster Lon Ladell always brainchilding some new seasonal, there's always something new to try.  Their most recent addition to their LCBO stock is a - to use their own words - "rich, malty & warming copperbock" called Bock me gently.

This pours a deep ruby red with an initially frothy beige head.  The head dissipates quickly, leaving only a thin coating floating on top and offering little in ways of lacing.

Aroma has quite a bit going on in this one: caramel malt, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and dried dark fruits.

The flavour profile is quite nice, offering up an initial candied sweetness that lasts from start to finish.  In between that you get a nice blend of the previously mentioned caramel and nuts along with a dry maltiness that all balances with the sweetness quite well.  The alcohol sharpness that one would expect from a 7% just isn't there, although there is a slightly drying bitterness effect that leaves a light metallic tinge in the aftertaste.

Overall, there's a lot going on here.  This bock is quite enjoyable.  I could see how the finish could be offputting for some, but it just makes me want to drink more.

-James