Beer of the Weekend #658: ChewBOCKa

Today I saw brews from Des Moines’ Exile Brewing Company ( on the shelf at John’s. I will need to get some later because the beer of the weekend is from another DSM brewery: ChewBOCKa, brewed by the Confluence Brewing Company of Des Moines, Iowa.

I really like Confluence’s new labels. It will be nice when they start canning, too.

Serving type: 32-ounce mini growler. A batch code is printed on a label affixed to the cap, but there is no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a medium, mahogany brown with ruby tones into a becker glass. Two fingers of buttery, tight, tan head dissipates gradually and leaves a skim and thin ring around the edge.

Smell: Toasty and nutty with dark fruit. Toasted malt, caramel, toffee, a little cocoa, burnt sugar, a touch of molasses, some kind of nut (chestnut?), and hints of dark fruit.

Taste: The mouthfeel is thick and, yes, chewy. The flavor is a tasty blend. Toasted malt and perhaps toasted nuts (chestnuts?) are most prominent. There are also flavors of burnt sugar, caramel, a little cocoa, molasses, and dark fruit. The alcohol is noticeable, too.

Drinkability: This is a bold and chewy beer. It is tasty and very drinkable.

Fun facts about ChewBOCKa:

-Style: Doppelbock.

-Price: $9.99/bottle at John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

-Alcohol content: 6.5 percent ABV.

-IBU: 28.

The Quiet Man’s grade: B+.

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