I saw this one appear on my Twitter feed a few times in the last week. The reviews were good, and that's no "sham." :)
It didn't take long before I managed to get my hands on a bottle from one of the nearby LCBOs. I should have picked up a few.
Sham Bock from Railway City Brewing Company.
The color was a very dark ruby red, with a creamy light brown head. I didn't detect any lacing as it was enjoying it.
I had difficulty detecting the aroma at first. Chocolate? Perhaps it was too cold or I lost my sense of smell. My wife said it reminded her of a stout. Chocolate. As it warmed up in my glass it did give off hints of other aromas. A little butterscotch, caramel, toffee, and something fruity.
There were light molasses, chocolate, and coffee flavours. It was slightly bitter with a light carbonation so it was smooth drinking, ending with a light bitter finish.
Overall, I have to say this was a tough beer to review. I think I need to raise the temperature of my fridge a little, or let my beverages sit for 5-10 minutes before opening.
I think I could easily enjoy many of these. I found it to be very easy drinking. Maybe a little dangerous at 6.8% though. ;)
I need to find a couple more bottles for St. Patrick's Day.