TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Labeled a dunkels starkbier or "dark strong beer", this beer is a dopplebock, or double bock, by style. Dopplebocks are strong, warming, malty beers that were brewed by monks to sustain them during fasting. They have often been called "liquid bread" for their intense malt character. This beer quite possibly, could be the most impressive example of dopple bock ever brewed. It clearly was my favorite until I tried Andeches Dopplebock Dunkel on a trip to Germany last year. And while I did indeed find a dopple bock that I could honestly say is "better" than Korbinian, it is still one of the most impressive dopplebock biers being brewed today. I am stunned each and every time I drink this beer. If anyone ever had any questions as to what malt tastes like, one sip of beer will answer all those questions.
Korbinian Dunkles Starbier pours to a beautiful, bright, deep chestnut color with thick and creamy tan head, and a moderate to soft amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is striking. Deep, deep sweet malty, toasty, and nutty aromas marry with slow and subtle waves of alcohol strength. Just smelling this beer is a better experience than drinking many beers. The palate is full and lush on the tongue with a slick and syrupy body. The malt flavors in this beer are amazingly complex, comforting, and delicious. Flavors of sweet malt, toast, nuts, slight hints of chocolate, and vanilla coat the tongue and fill the mouth. Korbinian finishes with more stunning complex malt flavors up front, then ends with a slightly cloying, warming finish that lingers. This beer is indeed strong, coming in at about 7.4% abv.
Iím floored. Last night it was my pleasure to slowly sip and savor a half liter bottle of this Teutonic nectar. And at $2.85 a half liter, it is a steal. I would not dare match this beer with food. Korbinian makes the perfect after dinner drink, and is the perfect beer to slowly work on and enjoy as you relax reading the paper or a good book.
thegreenrooster (3215) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a nice dark red with a tan head. Aroma is toasted malts,fruits and hops. Flavor is very toasty and malty with hints of caramel. A very tasty rep of the style but Celebrator is still king.
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice aroma with brown sugar/molasses/caramel, raisins, toasted malt, and hops. The appearance is dark red brown with a medium head. The flavor has some figs and is sweet, nutty, toasted, malty, mildly bitter, and coffee like with a woody finish. The palate is just a little to thin but overall itís a quality beer.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a thin off white head, Smells of figs, sugar, nuts, yogurt, some raisins. Tastes of malt with some nice fruit and nut profiles.
OldMrCrow (1830) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 From the bottle; also on tap at Brouwers in Seattle.
Pours reddish-brown with an ample head. The nose is heavily malted, with a strong scent of agar broth and hints of burnt sugar and dried fruit.
The alcohol shows up surprisingly early and with surprising dominance in the early flavor; the other dominant flavors are molassas and dark-roasted grain with a bit of a robitussin toward the end edging to a woody finish. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, almost syrupy, though balanced by an ample carbonation.
This is a good beer, but itís simply not in the league of Ayinger Celebrator.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is deep red. Low head retention and some light carbonation. Smells malty and astringent with some stewed fruits. Flavor is malty with a sweet start and an astringent finish. Palate is surprisingly light for such a high gravity beer. Man, I guess I am jaded, but this just seems to be variations on the same theme – a good beer but did not knock my socks off.
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Real TTHHIICCKK head. Silky smooth taste. Very liitle bitterness. Outstanding brew.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tan colored head the consistency of barbasol. Beautiful dark brown color, smells like malty goodness. Tastes like malty goodness. Really nice darker-malty lager from the worldís oldest brewery. You can tell they have the most practice. Awesome brew.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours to a deep brown with a thick deep tan head that seems to die somewhat quickly. Aroma is good caramel, nuts, light roast, and hints of fruits such as apple and pear. The taste is fruity caramel, very thick right from the get go, followed by bread, dough, nutty malts, a hint of booze on the second sip, then it shows some hints of birch or oak wood, and if you look for it - a hint of spicy hops towards the end. Finishes sticky with notes of roasted ground malt, caramel, and a hint of coffee. Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation that really helps to keep this one easy to drink, sticky and a little syrupy. However itís never overwhelming and actually quite easy to drink. This must be 10x better when fresh, but it still holds up quite well in the bottle even after the trip to the states.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle shared with/by illini08. superb aroma of toasty malts and caramel apples. nice appearance with a tan head upon a vigorous pour. the usual sweet doppel flavors but the alcohol shows up at the rather thin finish. a solid effort and a good doppelbock.