Urbock 23 – Schloss Eggenberg, 9.6% ABV, (Austria) (listed in the “1001 Beers you must try before you die”)

On the back label:

“Urbock 23 is one of the strongest beers in the world, with 23 plato attaining 9.6% alc./vol. It matures in our ancient cellars for 9 months, till it is fully fermented and turns amber in colour. Urbock 23 is full-bodied, with a creamy flavour, well balanced with noble hop bitterness. Urbock 23 is known in many countries as the ‘Cognac of beers’”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: full-bodied and honey-esque
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek, Jan-2012
  • How much: $4.50 (after 10% disc.)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours golden orange, minimal dissipating head, ultra-micro CO2, thin ringed retention, sporadic slow-moving CO2 streams. Heavy malted barley and thick honey on the nose. Creamy 8/10 sweet up front mixed with honey, chamomile, alcohol burn, and a very tingly CO2 sensation on the top of the tongue. Finishes very alcohol heavy and a gentle deep 6/10 lingering bitterness. Medium-high depth, medium complexity, good transitions, long length. The sweetness and high ABV are off-putting halfway through the session.