Description: This offering by Bad Tattoo is fashioned in the tradition of German Bocks, but with a Mexican twist. This involves dark malts that are fermented using lager yeast and at lower temperatures, but with a shorter fermentation that results in a crisp, dark lager reminiscent of a Mexican dark.
Tasting Notes: I was very much reminded of two Mexican lagers when I drank this beer, the first being Negra Modelo and the second being León – a beer I thoroughly enjoyed while touring southern Mexico in 2006. A dark malt base, which has hints of cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, and a good mineral tang, manages to bridge the worlds of a bock with your basic dark lager, and in a way that is crisp and refreshing.
Appearance: Dark brown, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, roasted nuts, hint of cocoa, hint of espresso, mild hops
Taste: Roasted malt, chestnuts, hint of brown sugar, cocoa, mineral tang, dry hops
Aftertaste: Lingering mineral tang, roasted malt flavor