“An extremely dark coloured double-bock beer for both stout lovers and the beer connoisseur. Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars make this double-bock beer a really special beer with medium hops and lots of malts with a mild sweetness – reminiscent of malted milk, marmalade and caramel.” 7.4% ABV
Purchased from The Fort in Fresno, California.
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into my Libbey “Craft Beer” glass. The color is a deep reddish brown/cola. An ample brownish tan head is poured, frothy in appearance. Minimal carbonation is visible, as well as minimal lacing left on the glass.
Quite a lot going on here, very excellent aromas. I get incredibly sweet, sugary, bready malts, raisins/prunes, caramel, brown sugar, and the faintest touch of chocolate, as well as an earthy hop aroma.
Medium bodied, yet still rich mouthfeel; just the faintest carbonation noticeable. The flavors follow the nose, yet seem more complex when reaching the palate. Dark fruits, brown sugar, dark bread, and sweet malts are combined in the flavor. Korbinian finishes a little sticky, and the earthy, almost tea like characteristic from the nose comes through in the aftertaste. I also get a tiny bit of saltiness in the aftertaste as well. Again, a lot is going on with this beer.
The Weihenstephan Brewery is the oldest active brewery in the world. It has been around since 1040 AD, which I think is pretty freakin’ cool!
Korbinian is a very solid beer, with a complex and very well put together profile. It is not quite as smooth as the Ayinger Celebrator, but the mild harshness and earthy aroma/flavors really make me feel as thought I could be enjoying this beer in Medieval Europe centuries ago. I’m very much a fan of this beer, and think every beer lover should try it at some point. 9/10.
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan – Freising, Germany