Review: Muskoka Salty Caramel Truffle Bock

When I think of Salted Caramel, I think of the flavour combination as a late autumn post-pumpkin spice hot drink season and not beginning of spring season. Muskoka has just released a Salty Caramel Truffle Bock brewed in collaboration with Kawartha Dairy. Well, seeing that it's a bock.. it might work, but I'm still thinking the combo would have been better for November more than April.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a hint of a dark cherrywood red hue to it. Minimal amount of yellowish-beige head on top that's mostly present around the side of the glass.

Aroma: My initial thought was that "this definitely smells like a bock", it's a sweet caramel malt-forward beer with a bit of a toastiness to it. There's a hint of creaminess, a light saltiness.. akin to salted caramel, and a bit of dark chocolate popping up once in a while.

Taste: A bit of a moderate coffee flavour to start things off followed by a lingering salted caramel aroma that gives it a bit of a desserty vibe to it. There's a bit of a dark chocolate presence, but not as noticeable as in the aroma. Fairly smooth at first but then the salted caramel flavour hits. It's somewhat creamy but not as creamy as I was expecting, if compared to a milk stout.

Overall Thoughts: It's good but there's something about this beer that's just.. meh. Maybe I was expecting it to be creamier? Maybe I was expecting to be sweeter? I have no idea. This definitely would work well as a part of a beer float, but seeing that Kawartha's not available in my neck of the woods, I wouldn't be able to make a float with this beer and a scoop or two of Kawartha's Salty Caramel Truffle ice cream. I've always wanted to try New Belgium's Ben and Jerry's collab, but that never happened.. perhaps it would be a bit like this?

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