TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
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.
I’m 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. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Pours a dark brownish mahogany color w/ a tall, relentless, creamy froth that sits there forever. Reduces to a full canopy of thick lace. Intense aromas of honey, dark fruits, roasted coffee bean and cocoa. Nice! Medium nectar w/ very mellow effers that create a nice creamy texture. Flavors are fresh and complex in nature w/ a very defined overlying roasted honey character. Molases, honey, plum, red apple, raisins, cocoa, roasted coffee bean, spiced cakebread, and slightly earthy. Wow! This brew rocks. The creamy texture really sets this one apart from the usual suspects. The finish has a perfect bittering component consting of chocolate roasted coffee beans and a lasting presence of stewed dark fruits and buttery cocoa. Goes good w/ spicey chili con carne. Highly recommended. shanoknowsfood (104) - Hawaii, USA - JUL 19, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2017 Bottle @ Whole Foods, Sarasota, FL.
Just tried this amazing beer for the first time today (2013). WOW! Never thought i could find a beer as good as (or even better than), Spaten Optimator. Well, today i did. This beer is just plain delicious! Everything’s the same...just a little bit smoother & creamier ;) Chocolate, fruit cake, plums, nutty, malty, yummy...
Like Christmas in a bottle! You won’t regret trying this. My absolute favorite brew on the planet! Briera (12) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
This is one of the most flavorful Dunkels I have ever came on contact with. Smooth with a lovely aftertaste. I would highly recommend this brew. RichieMac3 (15) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Sweet. Nutty. Lingering body. Excellent beer for its high malt character. Overall very well balanced.
Davebarbs (1) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
Having tasted many beers in my time, this beer contains the complement of excellent qualities, full bodied with wholesome aroma. A meal in itself. frotxo (6) - SPAIN - JAN 14, 2015 does not count
Sientes un ligero orgasmo cuando este brebaje se precipita desde lo alto de tu garganta, simply amazing ;) WABeerFiend (426) - - JAN 16, 2015
Poured from a pint bottle into a tumbler on 01.19.14.
A: Black. Nearly opaque. Some lacing.
S: Roasty banana bread.
T: Lots of malt. Banana bread. Complex.
O: The roasty malt comes in sweet then a slight crusty banana bread takes over. The alcohol is completely hidden. This and Salvator are my favorite doppelbocks. ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2015
One of the best beers I have ever had. An excellent Dopplebock and it nails every category: Aroma, Appearance, Taste, Palate and the Overall. corkyrory66 (2408) - BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2017
Doppelbock de 7,4 % abv, dont mon exemplaire était à 4 mois avant date (mais ceci relève de l’anecdote pure … puisque cette bière peut vieillir traaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnquille …).
Couleur noir aux reflets roux, et à l’opacité très forte.
Mousse brun moyen, crémeuse, stable à 2 mm.
Arômes de malt grillé, noisettes, amandes, pointe de café.
1ère bouche souple, à la superbe entame malt/houblon/levure.
Arrière-bouche avec un équilibre merveilleux, et une harmonie sans faille.
2ème bouche grandiose, d’une quad.
Arrière-bouche longue, aux magnifiques saveurs.
3ème au splendide ensemble malt/fruits mûrs.
Arrière-bouche dense, complexe, grandissime.
Longueur au développement strictement extraordinaire.
Jambes fines, serrées, longues.
Levure douce, fine, totale, grande ligne.
Alcool parfait, il fait plus que son niveau, et travaille la bière à outrance.
Finale korbinianesque, et même aristotélicienne ...
CONCLUSION : ce genre de bière ne supporte absolument aucune critique …
C’est le ciel descendu sur terre .. via la planète korbinian.